Alexandru Tanase was a dental hygienist until he was stripped of his license and labeled a sexual abuser for sleeping with a patient. The woman he slept with? His own wife, but that didn’t seem to matter to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.
The New York Daily News reported that Tanase “confessed to cleaning the teeth of Sandi Mullins … on several occasions between April 2015 and August 2016.” The two were engaged at the time and are currently married.
For three years, Tanase attempted to fight the allegations against him, arguing that he wrongly believed a Canadian law that allowed dentists to work on their significant others applied to hygienists.
On Facebook, Tanase said he thought the bill would be helpful for his wife, whom he said “suffers from dental fear and anxiety like so many other clients.”
After one of the treatments, his wife, Sandi Mullins, posted a picture with Tanase. The former dental hygienist wrote on Facebook that in the “summer of 2016, a complaint was filed with the CDHO by a former friend and Facebook acquaintance of my wife’s, who saw a photo my wife posted, saying how happy she was with her dentist and what an amazing dental hygienist she had.”
The Daily News reported that Tanase still plans to fight the case in court but needs money for legal fees. He said he wants to change the 26-year-old statute that prohibited dental hygienists from providing services to their spouses, and that 14,000 other hygienists were affected by the law.
Tanase spoke to Canada’s CTV News, saying he just wants the case “to end.”
“I don’t want anybody to experience this,” he told the outlet.
Tanase added that if he lived in any other province he would not have lost his license.
“In April 2015, the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) proposed an amendment to the Regulated Health Professionals Act that, once approved by the provincial government, would allow dental hygienists to provide dental care to their spouse,” said on Facebook.
CTV reported that the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta exempts spouses from being included in sexual abuse claims, stating: “a spouse, interdependent partner or individual with whom a dental hygienist has a pre-existing sexual relation that is ongoing is NOT considered a ‘client’ for the purposes of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct.”
Tanase hopes Ontario will adopt the proposed measure so that no one else faces what he did, but admits that he should have made absolutely sure the proposed law was actually in effect before he treated his fiancé.
“There’s no common sense in this situation, my situation in particular,” he told CTV. “Because I know what happened and I admitted to it and I’m not hiding anything.”
He added that he’s “not a victim.”
“The only thing I’m a victim of is this stupid law,” he said.
Tanase also said the law is supposed to protect patients, but his wife isn’t being protected.
“She is devastated and she is infuriated because nobody asked her as a victim, a supposed victim, how she’s feeling or what does she have to say about this,” he said.
CTV reported two other dental hygienists lost their licenses at the same dentistry after treating their partners.