[UPDATE] The Dentist Who Wasn’t; ‘It is a felony to practice without a license’
Eshghi purchased a practice near Redwood Memorial Hospital on Renner Drive and has been seeing patients until just recently. Two weeks ago, the Fortuna police were informed that Eshghi did not have a license. The Fortuna Chief of Police. William Dobberstein, confirmed that his officers and the Humboldt County District Attorney were investigating.
A Michael Eshghi is listed as a dentist on Linkedin. There he states that he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. The school confirmed that a “person with the name Michael Eshghipour earned a DDS from UCSF in 2013,” according to an email we received from them. However, after completing a dental program like this, an individual must also pass both a “written and clinical exam.” There is no evidence that Eshghi did so.
Chief William Dobberstein of the Fortuna Police confirmed that his agency as well as the Humboldt County District Attorney are investigating the situation. “The DA’s office has assigned an officer to work with our officer,” Dobberstein stated. “In 21 years, I’ve never had a case like this….These are serious charges. It is a felony to practice without a license.”
UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: Below is the letter sent by the previous dentist to his former patients this week.