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#682 May 15, 2010
what do you mean who talks to balaban? is he around somewhere? has anyone seen him?
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#683 May 16, 2010
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Crooked Teeth, Crooked Dentist
By Rosey Mulderrig, on May 15th, 2010
Think these braces are expensive?
A group of local residents gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Library this Wednesday with the Siegel & Siegel Law firm to exchange horror stories, console each other and join together to discuss a class action lawsuit against Dr. Stuart Balaban and Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling. According to his ex-patients, Balaban is not only an orthodontist; he’s a highly skilled con artist who can sweet talk intelligent people out of their money and a magician who can make it disappear. Balaban allegedly would offer his patients a great deal on services if they would pay the total amount up front. At the same time he would file insurance claims to pad his fees. On December 21st, 2009 Balaban filed for bankruptcy. His clients say that he continued to take money from them including upfront payments for services to be performed at a later date without informing them about his 40-year old business’ financial trouble. Eventually Balaban told his patients that he was forming a partnership with Dr. Jackie Fulop-Goodlings and moving his office from Melville and into her Woodbury office.
The group that gathered at the library was eager to share complaints although they asked that we publish their first names only.
Ellen, a mother of three, says she thinks Balaban has changed since she first met him 20 years ago,“It’s like someone else took over his body”. She says Balaban began working on her 15-yer old daughter’s teeth five years ago. She trusted Balaban that braces were appropriate for a 10-year old who still had baby teeth and even took his recommendation to outfit the girl with expensive “invisalign” clear braces. Ellen says she thinks Balaban ”would sell you back your underwear if he could”. The family paid $3.500 up front for regular metal braces followed by another $3,900 for the invisalign upgrade and post-treatment fees. Balaban then closed up shop, taking their money and leaving the daughter with broken invisalign braces still on her teeth. The family consulted with a Huntington orthodontist this week who told us the job was “the worst that she’d ever seen”. The Huntington orthodontist says invisalign style braces should never have been used on someone so young and caused her molars to grow in behind the braces leading to an overbite. This orthodontist said the child probably didn’t even need braces to start with and notes that it has to be emotionally difficult for someone this young to put up with five years of orthodontia and more to come.
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#684 May 16, 2010
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John is the father of two children who were patients of Balaban. He thought that he and the doctor were friends. John claims after his son had braces put on by the doctor he was offered a “great deal” if his 12 year-old daughter would sign up immediately and pay upfront for braces. John says Balaban explained that he was selling his business to Dr. Fulop-Goodling by the end of the next day and she would finish any work that he had contracted.“Today I control the price, tomorrow it’s Dr. Jackie.” is what John remembers him saying. John paid up and in return he received a signed letter stating that Fulop-Goodling would wrap up any unfinished work. Balaban installed braces on his daughter’s teeth and shortly thereafter they received a letter saying that Balaban had declared bankruptcy. John took his children back to the Woodbury office expecting Fulop-Golding to pick up where Balaban left off. Instead Fulop-Golding explained ”Whatever happened with you and Dr. Balaban is between the two of you.“ She said they were never partners, and she only let him practice in her office because he said that he was going to commit suicide if she didn’t let him use her facilities.

Apparently Balaban left manufacturers and dental suppliers with unmet obligations that may exceed the financial distress he has caused his former patients. Jon, a dental supplier, says he was defrauded of “a lot of money”. He said that he had supplied the doctor with expensive dental supplies for over ten years and when Balaban’s business went belly up, Jon was given a worthless IOU and a promise to pay him back at a future date.

Siegel & Siegel says Dr. Balaban had about 650 patients all in varying stages of dental work so it is difficult to tell exactly how much patient money was lost, but estimate the financial damage may run to $5,000,000 for patients, with suppliers and manufacturers out just as much if not more. There are a number of insurance companies involved who may have been defrauded as well. It’s bad enough seeing adults taking a financial hit but unfortunately there are a lot of children who have suffered the worst with incomplete work and/or poor workmanship and who will have to put up with many more years of orthodontia than was necessary. Siegel & Siegel are planning to sue Dr. Fulop-Golding on the grounds that “she apparently represented that she bought the practice and then reneged on it”, and Dr. Balaban for the losses and the additional fees people paid to get treated elsewhere.

In a statement released to CBS news from Dr. Balaban’s attorney, Steven Gaitman, said:
“Dr. Balaban has been a practicing orthodontist for over 40 years. He is highly regarded in his field of dentistry and has accumulated a patient list that exceeds 650 patients. Dr. Balaban adamantly refutes the allegations that have recently been put forth. Additionally, Dr. Fulop-Goodling has promulgated the baseless claims to protect her own interests. Dr. Balaban’s repeated efforts to rectify any complaints have been thwarted by Dr. Fulop-Goodling’s refusal to return Dr. Balaban’s own patient list.”
article can be found in: http://villagetattler.com/2010/05/15/crooked-...
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#685 May 16, 2010
first part of article

Crooked Teeth, Crooked Dentist
By Rosey Mulderrig, on May 15th, 2010

Think these braces are expensive?

A group of local residents gathered at the Cold Spring Harbor Library this Wednesday with the Siegel & Siegel Law firm to exchange horror stories, console each other and join together to discuss a class action lawsuit against Dr. Stuart Balaban and Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling. According to his ex-patients, Balaban is not only an orthodontist; he’s a highly skilled con artist who can sweet talk intelligent people out of their money and a magician who can make it disappear. Balaban allegedly would offer his patients a great deal on services if they would pay the total amount up front. At the same time he would file insurance claims to pad his fees. On December 21st, 2009 Balaban filed for bankruptcy. His clients say that he continued to take money from them including upfront payments for services to be performed at a later date without informing them about his 40-year old business’ financial trouble. Eventually Balaban told his patients that he was forming a partnership with Dr. Jackie Fulop-Goodlings and moving his office from Melville and into her Woodbury office.

The group that gathered at the library was eager to share complaints although they asked that we publish their first names only.

Ellen, a mother of three, says she thinks Balaban has changed since she first met him 20 years ago,“It’s like someone else took over his body”. She says Balaban began working on her 15-yer old daughter’s teeth five years ago. She trusted Balaban that braces were appropriate for a 10-year old who still had baby teeth and even took his recommendation to outfit the girl with expensive “invisalign” clear braces. Ellen says she thinks Balaban ”would sell you back your underwear if he could”. The family paid $3.500 up front for regular metal braces followed by another $3,900 for the invisalign upgrade and post-treatment fees. Balaban then closed up shop, taking their money and leaving the daughter with broken invisalign braces still on her teeth. The family consulted with a Huntington orthodontist this week who told us the job was “the worst that she’d ever seen”. The Huntington orthodontist says invisalign style braces should never have been used on someone so young and caused her molars to grow in behind the braces leading to an overbite. This orthodontist said the child probably didn’t even need braces to start with and notes that it has to be emotionally difficult for someone this young to put up with five years of orthodontia and more to come.
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#686 May 16, 2010
article CONTINUED:

John is the father of two children who were patients of Balaban. He thought that he and the doctor were friends. John claims after his son had braces put on by the doctor he was offered a “great deal” if his 12 year-old daughter would sign up immediately and pay upfront for braces. John says Balaban explained that he was selling his business to Dr. Fulop-Goodling by the end of the next day and she would finish any work that he had contracted.“Today I control the price, tomorrow it’s Dr. Jackie.” is what John remembers him saying. John paid up and in return he received a signed letter stating that Fulop-Goodling would wrap up any unfinished work. Balaban installed braces on his daughter’s teeth and shortly thereafter they received a letter saying that Balaban had declared bankruptcy. John took his children back to the Woodbury office expecting Fulop-Golding to pick up where Balaban left off. Instead Fulop-Golding explained ”Whatever happened with you and Dr. Balaban is between the two of you.“ She said they were never partners, and she only let him practice in her office because he said that he was going to commit suicide if she didn’t let him use her facilities.

Apparently Balaban left manufacturers and dental suppliers with unmet obligations that may exceed the financial distress he has caused his former patients. Jon, a dental supplier, says he was defrauded of “a lot of money”. He said that he had supplied the doctor with expensive dental supplies for over ten years and when Balaban’s business went belly up, Jon was given a worthless IOU and a promise to pay him back at a future date.

Siegel & Siegel says Dr. Balaban had about 650 patients all in varying stages of dental work so it is difficult to tell exactly how much patient money was lost, but estimate the financial damage may run to $5,000,000 for patients, with suppliers and manufacturers out just as much if not more. There are a number of insurance companies involved who may have been defrauded as well. It’s bad enough seeing adults taking a financial hit but unfortunately there are a lot of children who have suffered the worst with incomplete work and/or poor workmanship and who will have to put up with many more years of orthodontia than was necessary. Siegel & Siegel are planning to sue Dr. Fulop-Golding on the grounds that “she apparently represented that she bought the practice and then reneged on it”, and Dr. Balaban for the losses and the additional fees people paid to get treated elsewhere.

In a statement released to CBS news from Dr. Balaban’s attorney, Steven Gaitman, said:
“Dr. Balaban has been a practicing orthodontist for over 40 years. He is highly regarded in his field of dentistry and has accumulated a patient list that exceeds 650 patients. Dr. Balaban adamantly refutes the allegations that have recently been put forth. Additionally, Dr. Fulop-Goodling has promulgated the baseless claims to protect her own interests. Dr. Balaban’s repeated efforts to rectify any complaints have been thwarted by Dr. Fulop-Goodling’s refusal to return Dr. Balaban’s own patient list.”
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#687 May 17, 2010
Office of the Professions at the NYS Dept of Education issues all professional licenses. If enough people complain, she can lose her license. http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/ or 1-800-442-8106 or conduct@mail.nysed.gov. She must be stopped.
distressed parent

Pleasanton, CA

#688 May 18, 2010
Whoever wants to joi the group of patients who is going to file a case against Balaban and Fulop-Goodling must talk to the office of Siegel and Siegel ( www.seiegelandsiegel.com ) and Ask their secretary to e-mail you the retainer agreement. The cost per family to join will be $250 no further fees.

The group will file their case no later than next Monday, therefore whoever isnot signed by Friday, will not be able to go forward with this group.

Ispoke with Sharon Siegel this morning and she again stressed that the timing is very important, therefore we are NOT delaying any longer.

If you want to get in touch with parents over the e-mail, please e-mail formykidzmouth@aol.com,
enough

Bronx, NY

#689 May 18, 2010
Fulop-Goodling must be stopped. She has multiple offices, and is very experienced in legal battles, whether it be lawsuits, malpractice cases, etc.. Agree with "complain" above, the best thing to do is to contact The NYS Dept of Education, Office of Professional Discipline as listed in complain's post previously. Fulop-Goodling has hurt too many parents like us, and children to be allowed the privilege of practicing dentistry. Another source may be to contact Invisalign, for who Fulop-Goodling is a paid lecturer. Obviously she does not deserve that, and Invisalign must be made aware as well.
nancy

Bronx, NY

#690 May 18, 2010
both my daughters had braces with dr. balaban and due to his imcompetence and greed my younger daughter almost lost all her front teeth and she didn't even need braces to begin with. he inserted a permanent retainer and decay produced from this retainer was so extensive her teeth were ruined. he mistreated my older daughter who should have had a palate expander and he never diagnosed her properly and left her with a tremendous overbite which she now has to have treated as an adult. so much for harvard dental school he is totaly incompetent and corrupt and I hope he goes to jail.
Forourchildren

Haledon, NJ

#691 May 18, 2010
complain wrote:
Office of the Professions at the NYS Dept of Education issues all professional licenses. If enough people complain, she can lose her license. http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/ or 1-800-442-8106 or conduct@mail.nysed.gov. She must be stopped.
To "proof". To clarify, I meant that going with lawyers for financial recovery is a start. I want to take other legal steps to remove them from "practicing" on any one else. Thank you complain, this is what I meant. Thank you proof. I welcome all the info and guidance I can get.
make complaints

Brooklyn, NY

#692 May 18, 2010
Everyone should be making complaints daily to
Invisalign , American Dental society , Orthodontic society ,Harvard etc . etc.
The more complaints ....the faster they will act
complain to everyone , everywhere
Lets not let this happen again
make complaints

Brooklyn, NY

#693 May 18, 2010
also the ADA , which really surprises me that they have not stepped in .
Maybe a FB page to get their attention might not be a bad idea.
They need their licenses taken away
To distressed partent

New York, NY

#694 May 18, 2010
I just found this site and got the info. on the lawyer. Great! I have friends interested too. Let's get Balaban/Fulop both before they hide the money. What is formykidzmouth.com ?
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Staatsburg, NY

#695 May 18, 2010
To distressed partent wrote:
I just found this site and got the info. on the lawyer. Great! I have friends interested too. Let's get Balaban/Fulop both before they hide the money. What is formykidzmouth.com ?
formykidzmouth@aol.com is 2 parents that put together an email account in order for us to speak and communicate and come together to discuss this and go forward...they can giv you some more info. Contact our attorney she is on this case with a lot of other interested parties that too were hurt by those crooks!!!
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Staatsburg, NY

#696 May 18, 2010
read the above newspaper article
To paper prints article

New York, NY

#697 May 18, 2010
I got the info from distressed parent about Siegel and am circulating it among my friends! I am in and have friends maybe interested too. We are all soo angry. You would not believe it. I agree with distressted parent! Let's get them and FAST! They are smart and must know that what they did was illegal. I am going to send my $250. Am I right? You even get it back if the lawyer gets my omney? LET'S GET EM! Thnx!
i agree with you

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#698 May 18, 2010
To paper prints article wrote:
I got the info from distressed parent about Siegel and am circulating it among my friends! I am in and have friends maybe interested too. We are all soo angry. You would not believe it. I agree with distressted parent! Let's get them and FAST! They are smart and must know that what they did was illegal. I am going to send my $250. Am I right? You even get it back if the lawyer gets my omney? LET'S GET EM! Thnx!
you need to contact sharon siegel today to get her retainer and to give her your information. we are also very upset and frustrated that this happened to our children. we are all in this together. go back and read many of the previous blog complaints on this site to give you some insight. you can email the attorney asap to move on this or call her today. you can get in touch with formykidzmouth@aol.com to get some more info. this is an email where we have privately been emailing and in contact with one another. one parent found the lawyer and moved us in this direction. there are many things you can do now that you found us.
i agree with you

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#699 May 18, 2010
the lawyers email is actually:
sieglaw@optonlin.net
her name is sharone siegel
she has many patients of balaban and fulop retained for this law suit.as "distressed parent" posted above in the blog, the attorney needs to file this upcoming week. so contact her asap for her retainer and info.
good luck!
you can also look up her website to contact her in the office via phone
complain

United States

#700 May 18, 2010
I contacted ADA but they had referred me to local dental societies, which she is not a member of. I was surprised at first, but now it makes sense. She is not required to be a member of ADA to practice dentistry. Why would she be a member and open herself to more complaints? Very smart. ADA does not issue licenses and membership is completely voluntary.
to I agree with you

New York, NY

#704 May 18, 2010
I just spoke to her and she is great! Well now we are gonna move fast! Can't thnk u enough! I guess you all already paid already?

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