nogod

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Jan 18, 2010
i live in hurley...
Frances Clarke

Tucson, AZ

#22 Jan 18, 2010
nogod wrote:
first dr. sparks saved my life she removed a cancerous tumor that was in my thyroid. second if you knew her you would know that she is not hetro.... all she did was perform duties she wasnt licensed to do. she did not rape anyone. she did not molest and the state never charged her with anything at all. no its not a double standard its spin from the media. but go ahead vilinize her go a head with your witch hunt. both newspapers in silver suck. they never get anything right. theres always a correction hidden somewhere in each issue.
bottom line im male i still see sparks as a patient. not everyone is getting surgery from sparks so the people this affects is minimal.
lol its ok if you doctor see's your privates.
All Dr. Sparks did was perform "duties" that she was not licensed to perform. Is that okay? What I am getting at is that her duty was to go in and do what she had already told her patient she was going to do. I do not think anyone clearly understands exactly what that procedure was except those directly involved.

So, say she removed your leg. She is not a licensed orthopedic surgeon. According to the point you made, she was only performing a procedure she is not licensed to perform. Would you not be outraged? Hey, at least she did not rape you so it makes it okay that your leg is gone?

Spin from the media? Can you explain how the media spinned what happend? I only wish the media gave the individual who was fired for reporting her "oops" some spin. What happened with that I would like to know.

Silver City does not have the best in-depth coverage on the planet but without what little it does have we would be in the dark about our saftey, what is going on in the community and everything else that has to do with living in the community we live in.

Are you still a patient of Dr. Sparks because you hope that this EAR, NOSE and THROAT doctor will examine your privates?
r Rogers CRNA

Greenwood, DE

#23 Feb 9, 2010
Read the article in outpt surgery mag.....If a man,,,,ie me reached down and fondled a female pts genitals in front of the OR staff while the pt was under anesthesia I have every expectation I would be in handcuffs in about 30 min. On top of that would never practice again.....WTF were people in that room thinking?

that is so far over the top,,,,unreal
little ole me

Silver City, NM

#24 Oct 15, 2010
Im not sure what to believe, but we have little options in silver city if something goes wrong. She was a life saver for me a year ago, and it seems again Im going to need her help. It seems odd that if the allegations are true as stated that she wouldnt face some sort of criminal charges. I would like to hear the whole story. Im sure there is more to it than what we have been told. It may be that she was curious what a penis looked like, and performed an exam. Medical students look at your body parts out of curiosity all the time, it may not be her specialty, but apparently she did it in a fully professional manner. Maybe next time she should just get consent......
A Real Patient

Honolulu, HI

#25 Dec 1, 2010
I have been a patient of Dr. Sparks twice - once for an oral surgery in 2007 and once for a follow-up and throat exam last year.

Dr. Sparks has always been completely professional with me. I found her to be very knowledgeable, a great communicator, and had a great sense of humor! The last one may have been part of what brought on the accusations, as friends of mine who have operating room jobs have told me - some joking around has been known to happen to break the tension of such an important job.

When I compare the tone of the article to my actual experiences with Dr. Sparks, it doesn't add up. The articule certainly does not justify the witch hunt that the above comments seem to be. Comparisons to Michael Jackson are display the ignorance of the author.

Look at the facts - Dr. Sparks is well educated. She has been a well respected member of the community and has had a successful practice with no complaints that I know of before these allegations. Is it possible the allegations were the work of a disgruntled worker?

According to the Silver City Sun-News 11/29/09, Dr. Sparks "signed an agreement with the New Mexico Medical Board that allows her to continue to practice, but with numerous restrictions" and admitted no wrong doing. Right or wrong, her actions are monitored and anyone should feel confident to seek her skills.

Whether wide awake, or put under, I would be happy to have Dr. Sparks perform surgery on me. I trust her because she has earned it repeatedly.
Max

Hopkins, MN

#26 Dec 31, 2010
My question is, how was it discovered? Were some guys aware of what was happening?
Circe

United States

#27 Dec 31, 2010
Max wrote:
My question is, how was it discovered? Were some guys aware of what was happening?
A nurse in the OR filed a complaint against Dr. Sparks for talking or joking about a man's penis while he was undergoing surgery and she also touched his pee pee. Dr. Sparks is an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.

The nurse who filed the complaint is not from Grant County, lost her job,and no longer lives in New Mexico. So much for trying to so the right thing. I think this explains why Dr. Spark's fun and games was never exposed. The locals know better than to do the right thing.
Correction

Albuquerque, NM

#28 Jan 1, 2011
Circe wrote:
<quoted text>
A nurse in the OR filed a complaint against Dr. Sparks for talking or joking about a man's penis while he was undergoing surgery and she also touched his pee pee. Dr. Sparks is an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.
The nurse who filed the complaint is not from Grant County, lost her job,and no longer lives in New Mexico. So much for trying to so the right thing. I think this explains why Dr. Spark's fun and games was never exposed. The locals know better than to do the right thing.
She is an ear nose and DEEP THROAT specialist. I hope the next time she tries this crap she chokes on the jizz. Or even better, the patient wakes up and tells her "my turn" and does some really nasty stuff to her.

Since: Oct 09

Killeen, TX

#29 Jan 17, 2011
If one has a 'happy ending' during surgery and isn't aware of it did it ever really happen?

I noticed that someone above stated that Dr. Sparks wasn't "hetero" and, to be honest, I wondered about that when I reviewed the pictures of her clinic staff on her website.

Not knowing Dr. Sparks personally, I can't add anything to those who speak for her stellar reputation except to recall another doctor named Mengele who was also held in high esteem in some circles and who's family name was emblazoned on farm equipment all over Germany.

As for her future practice, I'd be quite surprised if a lawsuit doesn't materialize out of somewhere and malpractice premiums being what they are for physicians without disciplinary records, I'll bet Dr. Sparks may find the practice of medicine a bit less rewarding.

Oh, and though its outside my usual area of practice, when a few of the chairs in the barber shop open up I'll be offering pelvic and breast exams to select customers.
Santa Fe Gay

Rio Rancho, NM

#30 Jan 18, 2011
Frances Clarke wrote:
<quoted text>
All Dr. Sparks did was perform "duties" that she was not licensed to perform.
Hmmmm...so twiddling with one's privates while under anesthesia is considered a "duty" by doctors. Do they charge extra for it? Can I specifiy exactly what I want from them BEFORE the "duty" is performed? Or is every time a surprise? And how is it listed on the bill? "Tactile manipulation of junk."
Bill

Tonawanda, NY

#31 Jun 24, 2011
I agree with the folks who insisted on the presumption of innocence when this story was first reported. They were right to state that no sanctions had been levied, and so we should withold judgment.

My question is, where are you now? Sparks (I refuse to call her "doctor") HAS been sanctioned. Essentially, this means that she was found guilty of the charges.

Would you still defend her? Or, do you now accept that she is not worthy of your trust?

I have to ask because, by some travesty, she was permitted to continue to practice medicine. Is Silver City so lacking in physicians that the folks there will accept care from a pervert? Or, are you in denial?

The only thing that disgusts me more than the sexual assault that she committed is the willingness of the citizens of Silver City to tolerate it.
Someone who knows

Albuquerque, NM

#33 Jul 6, 2011
She was sanctioned. You apparently don't understand what that means. Had she been "Found guilty" the medical board would have revoked her license. This did not happen. So she was not found guilty. I suppose that you in your infinite wisdom are more knowledgeable about this case than the Medical board of New Mexico. Or the hospital in Silver, who despite the increased risk of law suits still allows her to practice. If only you ran the world, things would be oh so different and better!
Bill wrote:
I agree with the folks who insisted on the presumption of innocence when this story was first reported. They were right to state that no sanctions had been levied, and so we should withold judgment.
My question is, where are you now? Sparks (I refuse to call her "doctor") HAS been sanctioned. Essentially, this means that she was found guilty of the charges.
Would you still defend her? Or, do you now accept that she is not worthy of your trust?
I have to ask because, by some travesty, she was permitted to continue to practice medicine. Is Silver City so lacking in physicians that the folks there will accept care from a pervert? Or, are you in denial?
The only thing that disgusts me more than the sexual assault that she committed is the willingness of the citizens of Silver City to tolerate it.
upset

Silver City, NM

#34 Jul 22, 2011
stunned in Silver City wrote:
Correction, they will not pay the full amount of her claim, leaving the patient responsible for the balance.
Interesting last sentence in the above cited article: Solove said she has every confidence that Sparks will more than satisfy the conditions set by the state medical board restricting her activities to those specifically outlined within her specialty as an ENT, and that she plans to ask the board to repeal its action sometime this year." I wonder what would happen if residents from the area wrote to the board requesting that it does not repeal its actions.
They should not be repealed. The pendulum should swing in the direction of patients rights. The dignity of those receiving treatment should come before the doctor's whims.
Keith Canale

Ashburn, VA

#35 Nov 14, 2011
SQ Simpson wrote:
As far as I remember, there is in the United States of America a presumption of innocence, until PROVEN guilty. Dr. Sparks has been accused of some things. Period. She should not be and has not been sanctioned on the basis of accusations. An appropriate investigation is underway and will, I have no doubt, be exonerating.
A quick internet search reveals that there are those who may believe they have reasons for personal vendettas against her. You can do the same search I did. I don't know who's doing the alleging, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were the same people.
I don't know about Dr Sparks but I do know about Gila Regional. The care is flaky at best. I tore my shoulder out and was declared stable and sent home with no pain medication. I found out through a medical exam in Safford AZ where I went out of desperation and previous good and compassionate care (MRI), that this was the case. Same thing just happened to my wife. She fell out of our RV's door and hurt her foot with it visibly black and blue and very swollen. Again, after 5 hours later and an X-ray she was declared stable and sent home, again without any kind of pain medication. I suppose because we never saw an actual Dr but only a physicians assistant the responsibility of dispensing schedule III medication comes down to CYA and not concern for a patients pain. I have refused to pay this shyster hospital but my wife is on Medicare or I would insist she not pay also. I went AMA after it was insinuated I was a pill head by the ER staff when in fact I had torn a tendon completely loose from my shoulder blade. It's not like you have any choice where to go as this is the only hospital in the area. If I was a person of more means I would definitely try to sue. I would not recommend anybody go to Gila if you are in great pain and need some sort of legitimate relief or an accurate diagnosis. It seems to appear to be an assembly line operation with a "get them out" attitude. I have complained but with very little effect. I have been living here now for about a year and a half and it does indeed feel as though you are south of the border at times.
Old Man

Albuquerque, NM

#36 Nov 14, 2011
she can fondle my pee pee anytime, I just hope I am awake when she does whatever she does
Bill

Tonawanda, NY

#37 Dec 9, 2011
Someone who knows wrote:
She was sanctioned. You apparently don't understand what that means. Had she been "Found guilty" the medical board would have revoked her license. This did not happen. So she was not found guilty. I suppose that you in your infinite wisdom are more knowledgeable about this case than the Medical board of New Mexico. Or the hospital in Silver, who despite the increased risk of law suits still allows her to practice. If only you ran the world, things would be oh so different and better!
<quoted text>
I understand it quite well. A prominent physician would not be sanctioned, if some degree of guilt was not established. This is on her record, is public knowlege, and she can't even examine a patient without a chaperone present. Do YOU know what that means? "Chaperone"?

Let me help you. It means that this vermin cannot be trusted to be alone with a patient. THIS according to this Medical Board that you esteem so highly. Did you even bother to read the sanctions imposed, or did you fail to understand, because the words were too big? The medical board determined that it is unsafe for this "doctor" to examine a patient without supervision. And you say she wasn't found guilty?

Sadly, that's about as much an admission of guilt as you are going to get. Especially due to the threat of the same lawsuits that you mention. To find her guilty is to open the hospital to a class action suit. Do you really think that they are going to do that?

As to why they continue to let her practice, it's because of money. She makes major bucks for the hospital, THAT'S why she is still employed there.

Besides, why not let the cash cow continue to practice? No one else at the hospital is ever going to report her again. Not after the way one of the few decent persons in this sick story, Alison Garner, was treated. You know Ms. Garner, right? Of course you do, because you are SO well versed on this situation. She is the CRNA who brought her concerns first to the hospital administration, and then to the Medical Board.

She was let go one month after the board issued its ruling. Do you truly believe after the "doctor" received a slap on the wrist, and the whistle-blower was fired, that they truly need to worry about lawsuits? What, when they can count on fair-minded people like YOU to be on the jury?

So, I have a partial answer to my original question. Clearly, there is at least one person who is still in denial.
kkh

Denver, CO

#38 Dec 20, 2011
would this be all "ok" if this was a male doctor who was fondling the genitalia of his female patients?
wow

York, PA

#39 Jan 9, 2012
nogod wrote:
first dr. sparks saved my life she removed a cancerous tumor that was in my thyroid. second if you knew her you would know that she is not hetro.... all she did was perform duties she wasnt licensed to do. she did not rape anyone. she did not molest and the state never charged her with anything at all. no its not a double standard its spin from the media. but go ahead vilinize her go a head with your witch hunt. both newspapers in silver suck. they never get anything right. theres always a correction hidden somewhere in each issue.
bottom line im male i still see sparks as a patient. not everyone is getting surgery from sparks so the people this affects is minimal.
lol its ok if you doctor see's your privates.
Yeah but its no okay for her to touch anyone in any area she was not authorized too. If it were you she was fondling with , would it be ok?
just the facts

Newport, OR

#40 Jan 27, 2012
The person who made the complaint, did so after Dr Sparks fired her. This nurse anesthatist killed a patient, was fired, then filed a complaint.
Eastern Arizona Patient

Morenci, AZ

#42 May 26, 2012
Dumbasses. Twana Sparks is a lesbian. She has zero interest in male genitalia.
This was a vendetta against her by disgruntled employees.
By the way, the care I received at the hospital and by Dr. Sparks were a model of how modern medicine should work.

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