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Woman charged with practicing dentistry without a license

Updated: February 8, 2013 10:41AM

Authorities are working with attorneys for a woman accused of illegally practicing dentistry at an office a west suburban office to arrange for her surrender.

Bond has already been set at $3,500 for 37-year-old Silvia Hernandez, indicted last week by a Kane County Grand Jury on charges of a felony charge of theft and misdemeanor counts of deceptive practices and unlawful practice of dentistry, according to North Aurora police.

Hernandez, of Aurora, is charged with illegally practicing dentistry at a dental office in the 100 block of North Lincolnway in North Aurora. The charges come after a more than seven-month investigation by North Aurora police.

Court documents allege Hernandez knowingly took more than $500, but less than $10,000, from a victim by portraying herself as a licensed dentist, when in fact she was not, a release from police said.

This investigation began on July 5, 2012, when a woman went to North Aurora Dental Associates to report a problem with her braces. When the office staff could find no record of the victim having been a patient there, she reported that she paid “Doctor Silvia” to put her braces on about four years earlier, the release said.

Staff at North Aurora Dental Associates contacted North Aurora Police and detectives learned Hernandez was employed at North Aurora Dental at that time as a dental assistant, but no longer worked there. Police said she does not, and did not, have a license to practice dentistry. The victim reported the dental work she received from Hernandez was done in that office on Sundays, a day that the office is actually closed.

On Sept. 12, 2012, another woman reported she went to North Aurora Dental Associates to report a problem with her dental work. Again, office staff could find no record of the victim being a patient, so staff .again contacted police.

The victim said she paid Hernandez to maintain her braces beginning in December 2008. The initial service and several follow-up appointments were performed between December 2008 and March 2012, always after hours or on weekends. There were also appointments at Hernandez’s home in Aurora, police said.

As of Friday morning, Hernandez had not yet been arrested, but an arrest warrant has been issued and detectives are communicating with Hernandez’s attorney to arrange her surrender.

North Aurora police said they do not believe legitimate patients of North Aurora Dental were harmed or impacted, and the business has cooperated fully with the investigation, police said.

But detectives are interested in speaking to other people who may have received dental treatment from Hernandez. Anyone treated by “Doctor Silvia” should call (630) 897-8705, Ext. 610. They are also urged to see a licensed dentist as soon as possible.

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