Dr. Michael Zuk, of Bower Dental Centre, has been an outspoken critic of what he calls questionable dental practices. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Appeal court rules on Red Deer dentist

Most advertising allegations upheld

The Court of Appeal of Alberta recently upheld the majority of unprofessional conduct allegations against a Red Deer dentist in connection to his advertising.

Dr. Michael Zuk, the dentist at the centre of the allegations, said the court’s decision was a partial victory.

“Basically the decision was quashed,” said Zuk, of Bower Dental Centre.

He said the case is being bounced back to the Alberta Dental Association.

“But I fully intend to fight this to the end because it’s just kind of a technicality thing they drummed up to keep me quiet.”

Zuk has been an outspoken critic about what he calls questionable dental practices.

In 2015 the hearing tribunal of the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADAC) found Zuk guilty of 21 allegations and ordered him to serve a one-year suspension, and pay $175,000.

Unprofessional conduct involved breaching advertising rules and his conduct during the investigation process.

When Zuk appealed the tribunal’s decision to ADAC’s council of appeal, the council dismissed Zuk’s appeal and ordered that he pay an additional $51,761.

Zuk then took his case to the Court of Appeal of Alberta whose decision was released this week.

The appeal court found the council’s decision was “generally reasonable” but also unreasonable to uphold the tribunal’s allegation that Zuk failed to co-operate with the complaints director. The court also disagreed with the allegation that Zuk breached an undertaking to change his bus bench advertisements.

The matter was referred back to ADAC’s council of appeal to consider sanctions and costs in light of the court’s decision.

Zuk said in the past year the ADAC has made changes to its advertising rules and has some serious concerns about what he calls “word police.”

“I’m still getting beat over rules that are now reversed.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Alberta’s biathlon women sweep the podium

Alberta biathletes take four medals, including silver in men’s race, on Sunday

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

BEIJING — China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying… Continue reading

Electoral reform: All eyes turn to tiny P.E.I. as issue put to voters

CHARLOTTETOWN — Tiny Prince Edward Island has a chance to send a… Continue reading

Officials still working out how much oil leaked from derailment in Manitoba

ST-LAZARE, Man. — Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week… Continue reading

South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

JOHANNESBURG — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday,… Continue reading

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt, B.C.

Greg and Gerry Latham spent Friday morning scrambling to pack up family… Continue reading

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

LONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an… Continue reading

Most Read