In May 2001, When Terri Bowling, 42, walked into the Steliotes dental-Medical Spa in McMurray, PA, for laser hair removal, she thought her husband had given her the perfect Mother’s Day gift. “The technician wore a long white coat, had all these certificates on the wall, and said she’d been doing this for a while,” recalls Bowling, who was looking forward to never having to shave her legs again. Once the procedure started, however, she began to worry. “The pain was worse than childbirth,” Bowling says. “Every time she zapped my legs, the skin would come off. I could see a purple checker pattern forming. By the time I got home, my legs were swollen to twice their size and covered with fluid-filled blisters.” The next day, an emergency room physician diagnosed Bowling with second-degree burns. Back at the medical spa, she discovered that the woman who had performed the procedure was a cosmetologist—and that the only doctor associated with the spa was a dentist, who’d used his license to purchase the laser. Bowling filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. The spa owner, Theodore Steliotes, DMD, was fined $1,000 for practicing medicine without a license, and… Read full this story
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