Mother, daughter plead guilty to practicing dentistry without a license in Oklahoma City

Elizabeth Hinojosa, 48, is sentenced to five years in prison for crimes including practicing dentistry without a license. Her daughter, Monica Salazar Orozco, 29, received a deferred sentence.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013
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As part of their plea agreements with prosecutors, Hinojosa and Orozco agreed to never work in a dental office or perform dental procedures or services.

Hinojosa received prison time because “she was much more culpable,” Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.

“She is the one who held herself out as a dentist and was performing the actual dental and orthodontic procedures,” Rowland said.

Hinojosa, also known as “Dr. Liz” by her victims, was a dental assistant and her daughter was a receptionist in Oklahoma City, where the alleged incidents took place between Sept. 1, 2010, and May 26, 2011.

Investigators with the state dental board alleged Hinojosa and her daughter performed unlicensed dental work on at least 22 adults and children, posing as dentists after hours and, if paid in cash, offered their services to uninsured customers who spoke little English

“The individuals were led to believe I was a dentist and only consented to a dentist treating them,” Hinojosa wrote.

The dentists Hinojosa worked for spoke no Spanish, and they relied on her or her daughter to translate for patients during procedures and to set appointments. But the women scheduled appointments after the offices closed and forwarded office calls to their personal phones, investigators said.

“… I aided Elizabeth Hinojosa in arranging after-hours appointments and diverting patients, monies and supplies which were used in the procedures …,” Orozco wrote.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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