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State reaches tentative agreement with dentist

By Susan Essoyan

LAST UPDATED: 01:22 p.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014

State authorities have reached tentative agreements with Dr. John D. Stover over 11 of the 12 complaints filed against him for his medical and dental work.

Stover, an oral surgeon and dentist, practiced in Hilo, Kona and Waimea, doing business as Cosmetic Centers of Hawaii. He closed his offices on April 11 as complaints about his conduct escalated.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs website was updated late Monday showing that a "pre-petition settlement agreement" was filed on April 15 for 11 of complaints, including six that were filed this year, three last year and two in 2012. 

The outcomes remain "pending" because such settlements are subject to approval or disapproval by the Hawaii Medical Board and the Board of Dental Examiners. The medical board next meets on May 8 and the dental board on May 19.

Among the allegations listed in the complaints were that Stover had failed to comply with laws relating to work performance, laws governing professional conduct, and licensing laws or rules. One complaint accused him of aiding and abetting an unlicensed person.

Friends and supporters of Kristen Tavares had picketed Stover's office in Hilo asking the state to revoke his licenses, after she plunged into a coma while having her wisdom teeth extracted on March 17. Tavares, 24, was a certified nurse assistant who recently gave birth to her second son. She has been unresponsive at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The medical and dental boards have the option of putting licensees on probation or suspending or revoking licenses, or the license can be surrendered voluntarily. A source said that Stover had agreed to give up his licenses. The website shows that his medical and dental licenses are "current, valid and in good standing."

A single medical complaint filed this year, MED-2014-0090L, remains pending on the website, with no tentative settlement. The nature of the allegation is confidential.

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cojef wrote:
Credentials on the wall have no meaning if his practice fails to meet medical ptocedural requirements. Also knowledge in itself is meaningless if the expertise cannot be practically applied to treat patients. Some have it and others don't. Whether Dr. Stover has the touch, only he and patients he has treated knows.
on April 22,2014 | 01:59PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I need a root canal. What's his number?
on April 22,2014 | 02:11PM
kainalu wrote:
on April 22,2014 | 03:52PM
Upperkula wrote:
Hey Dr Stover, I hear the Humane society is looking for a used dentist.
on April 22,2014 | 03:40PM
bullturd wrote:
Ooooo that's cold!
on April 22,2014 | 06:28PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Not cool, at all. Some of use like animals.
on April 22,2014 | 08:49PM
skamitaki wrote:
He has lots of colleges degrees so he thinks has true wisdom and all knowledge.
on April 22,2014 | 08:44PM
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