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posed in 1997 for a Playboy magazine pictorial featuring â€œdental girls.â€ Her Arizona dental license had actually been revoked four years earlier over the death of a child in her care.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.
â€œI told him, â€˜No, I'm a doctor,'â€ Banovac said. â€œI know it's a bad line.â€
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
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 â€œmedically compromised patient.â€ 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.
The board also voted to censure Banovac for what it called inadequate treatment of another patient. The board censured her again in August 1993 for what it called inadequate treatment of a man for whom Banovac made dentures.
The Arizona board records show her license was issued in April 1989 after her 1988 graduation with a doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry.
Banovac told The Oklahoman she practiced dental surgery for a short time in Arizona and provided general medical services in volunteer trips to Mexico and along the Amazon River. She said she closed her dental practice because she married Robert C. Banovac, who wanted her to spend more time with him.
Robert Banovac told The Oklahoman on Wednesday in an e-mail he hasn't spoken with his ex-wife since they divorced five years ago.
She lives mostly
When Tammy Banovac tried to pass through security the first time this week, she was denied boarding by the Transportation Security Administration after security workers detected traces of nitrates on her possessions.
Banovac returned to the airport Wednesday, again clad in her bra and panties and using a wheelchair, and successfully passed through security. She put on more clothes before boarding her flight to Phoenix, where she said she spends most of her time. She said she also has a ranch in Kingfisher County and a residence in Hawaii.
Banovac said she has worn underwear at airport security â€œthree or four timesâ€ since an unpleasant experience two weeks ago when she felt violated by a pat-down TSA search using the more invasive methods it recently adopted. Banovac said she thinks it makes it easier on her and TSA because the parts of her body TSA would want to hand-search are visible when she wears only underwear.
She said she was not trying to draw attention to herself or make a scene.