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Underwear-clad woman at Oklahoma City airport once posed for Playboy

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: December 3, 2010 at 8:24 am •  Published: December 3, 2010

Tammy Banovac has appeared scantily clad in print before being shown at the Oklahoma City airport in her bra and panties this week.

The first time started at an airport, too.

Banovac, the headline-making woman who went through security at the Oklahoma City airport in her underwear this week, posed in 1997 for a Playboy magazine pictorial featuring “dental girls.” Her Arizona dental license had actually been revoked four years earlier over the death of a child in her care.

Banovac, 52, told The Oklahoman on Thursday she was once approached by a photographer in an airport who asked if she was a model.

“I told him, ‘No, I'm a doctor,'” Banovac said. “I know it's a bad line.”

Banovac said the airport encounter led to a phone call years later when she was asked to pose for an issue featuring women in the dental profession.

Banovac's photos were in the April 1997 issue of Playboy under her maiden name, Tammy L. Brewer, Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said.

The Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners revoked Banovac's dental license in April 1993 after a 7-year-old boy died three hours after Banovac remove nine of his teeth, according to board records obtained by The Oklahoman.

Why her license

was revoked

The Arizona board ruling states that Banovac treated the boy in Tucson, Ariz., on May 9, 1991. The boy was born with tricuspic atresia, identified in the documents as a congenital heart defect that resulted in low oxygen content in his blood and caused a blue hue to his lips, gums and fingertips.

A medical examiner's report listed the teeth extraction with local anesthesia as a contributing factor in his death, according to the board ruling. Cause of death was listed as complications from heart problems.

Banovac said Thursday she signed a confidentiality agreement that prevents her from talking about the case.

Board members concluded Banovac made false sworn statements during the investigation and was negligent and guilty of gross malpractice in the way she treated a “medically compromised patient.” The board ruled she did not obtain informed parental consent and respect limitations requested by the boy's father, that she should have referred the family to a more qualified dental surgeon and that she didn't have a license to practice in Tucson.

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