Canton Dentist Loses License

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

June 29, 2004

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the dentistry license and the dental hygienist license of Karen Lynne Smereck, D.D.S., R.D.H., due to her felony conviction in the Third Judicial Circuit Court, Wayne County, Michigan. On December 12, 2003, Smereck was convicted of Medicaid Fraud–False Claim and was sentenced to six months probation. Smereck failed to report her conviction to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On June 17, 2004, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Smereck’s licenses pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Smereck’s licenses.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.