ED Magedson – Founder
Ali Moheb1844 San Miguel Drive, Suite 206 Walnut Creek, California USA
Ali Moheb Alireza Moheb, Art Deco Dental, Moheb Dental, Unlimited Smiles Moheb Insurance Fraud and Improper Billing. Dental Board Problems Walnut Creek California
My wife went to see “Doctor” Ali Moheb in late 2011 at his Walnut Creek office. She needed a simple crown replaced on an upper tooth. We were recommended by another couple who knows the Doctor and had used him before.
First off- even though this office is under Moheb’s name, he has other, unlicensed, dentists practicing there. From what I understand he has a bunch of offices, and does the same thing in all of them. He has the practices under his license, then hires unlicensed dentists to work. There are NO licenses on the walls for these other dentists. Something we did not realize until we left.
We were scheduled for a cleaning and exam. After the exam we were told she would need to have a full root canal and a extraction, a post placed, crown, and two more crowns placed on adjacent teeth. This was NEWS to us, as she never had dental issues in the past. Moheb wrote up a treatment plan then told us to review it with the receptionist, who is not even a dental technician. The front office assistant, by the name of Blanca Casillas, said she is the manager, and proceeded to discuss financing and payment plans before we even knew the full extent of the work. Even WITH our dental insurance the price was miles higher than any other Dentist would perform.
I asked about the billing codes and was given a song and dance about the codes not being the important part and told to focus on the actual treatment. Moheb came over to see what was wrong and started arguing with me about the treatment asking me if I knew anything about Dentistry and telling me that I needed to pay the money and get the treatment. His assistant took him back to his office to calm down. A few minutes later he came out and apologized then he left. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUR WARNING TO NOT CONTINUE! However Blanca offered to reduce the bill by 20% and said they could “get creative” with the treatment in order to have insurance cover it. We are an older coupler on a fixed income and made the decision to get this treatment done for this reason.
After much back and forth where we now realize we were lied to blatantly by this Blanca Casillas woman and the doctor. We placed a down payment and were told to come back in two weeks for the casting and told total treatment would take 6 weeks for everything! I asked for a statement and she said that they are “automatically mailed”. We never received anything in the mail. When we left without the cleaning we did not know they would charge us for it. We did not see the charge until our next month’s billing statement from the Insurance Company which was AFTER our second appointment.
At the time of our next appointment they had “NO RECORD” of our initial down payment but again hoodwinked us into believing they would fix the issue and find out what happened. Only it turns out that they added this amount back on to the total treatment cost which had gone back up to the higher number. We did not find this out until AFTER this second appointment where they pulled what turns out was a perfectly healthy tooth. We paid the second installment and were told that they could not print an invoice because their “systems are down”. This time a Doctor Miles performed the treatment and not Dr. Moheb.
When we got our billing statement we saw that they billed our insurance company for the SAME PROCEDURES they charged us cash for saying Insurance would not cover it. Including the cleaning. It also says he performed procedures that he never did perform on my wife (casting for the new crown, a second tooth extraction, placement of a post, etc…)
My wife went for a second opinion when the pain would not subside and was told that Moheb’s plan for everything was a flat out LIE and that she only need a cracked crown replaced. This dentist asked where my wife had gone and when she said Moheb he laughed.
Apparently it is well known in the dental community that Moheb likes to party and is notorious for using drugs like cocaine and ecstasy which would explain why his behavior was so erratic during and after our initial exam. Many other dentists have reported his practice “Art Deco” also known as “Unlimited Smiles” for fraud when they take over his patients.
He can be seen all around the “San Francisco Bay Area” at clubs and parties just look at this link http://www.donovansf.com/PartyPics1.htm. We also heard through the Private Investigator we know that he likes to use escorts and has been for a while. With all of this it sounds like he must be using the money he SCAMS from his patients to pay for everything.
He says he lives in Arizona but he lives in San Francisco. This is a common trick to avoid paying taxes in California.
We wrote many letters to the California Dental Board and it turns out that he is being investigated by them and was sued by them:
When you look him up on the Dental Board’s website you see how many infractions he has: http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/WLLQRYNA$LCEV2.QueryView?P_LICENSE_NUMBER=50324&P_LTE_ID=706
His credentials come from a Caribbean dental school where he says he is also a professor. http://caribbeandentalimplant.com/ but look at the website and you can see that he is not listed on there as a professor. In fact they have no mention of their professionals at all! It is a scam just like Moheb and his “practice”! http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alireza-moheb-dmd-dicoi/1b/835/48
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