By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
The Iowa Dental Board on Oct. 27 placed the license of Centerville dentist Craig D. Stater on probation for five years.
According to the board's Notice of Hearing, Settlement Agreement and Final Order, Stater was charged with "willful or repeated violations of Board rules by failing to comply with the terms of an Iowa Practitioner Review Committee contract." According to the Board's Statement of Matters Asserted, Stater in April 2008 self-reported his alcohol dependency to the Iowa Practitioner Review Committee, submitted to a substance abuse evaluation in May of 2008, was deemed as alcohol dependent and subsequently completed abuse treatment in June of 2008.
Stater allegedly relapsed using alcohol multiple times in May 2011 and during an interview confirmed the relapse. In June, Stater "voluntarily removed himself from the practice of dentistry and submitted to an additional substance abuse evaluation," which indicated Stater was alcohol dependent.
"The evaluating facility recommended (Stater) enter substance abuse treatment. (Stater) subsequently completed substance abuse treatment in August, 2011. The treatment facility supports (Stater's) return to the practice of dentistry."
Stater was issued a license to practice dentistry in Iowa on July 1, 1978. Stater's dental license was scheduled to expire on Aug. 31, 2012.
Probation terms include Stater's compliance with the treatment facility's recommendations and evaluations, "abstain from the personal use and possession of alcohol and all controlled substances or drugs," meet with an "addictionologist at a rate to be determined," continue outpatient therapy, "work with a local 12-step sponsor and attend meetings," participate "in the Board's random drug and alcohol screening program," submit to random drug testing analysis, name a "Worksite Monitor," inform employees of the Agreement and pay $300 each quarter for each year for "monitoring costs."