A family dentist in suburban Toronto has resigned from his post after a young patient’s request to be photographed with him prompted a family dentist to withdraw his offer of assistance.
Markham’s family dentist Peter Wynnum was quoted by the Toronto Sun on Monday as saying the patient had asked to have her photo taken with him.
“We have to make sure this is done appropriately and in the best interests of the patient,” Wynnum told the newspaper.
“There’s no way to do that in a way that isn’t disrespectful to the family.”
(CBC)Wynnum said he would not be able to assist the young woman after she told him her parents had asked her to be there on Monday.
The request for photos came to light after the young patient, now 21, told her parents about the request to take her picture with her family dentist.
Wynnn said he had contacted the woman to ask for a photo but that the young person said she was uncomfortable.
“She said, ‘No, I want to be a part of it,’ and I said, I’m sorry,” Wynnnum told CBC News on Tuesday.
“It was kind of a weird thing to hear, because I didn’t know that was what she wanted.
I had no idea what to do.”
Wynnnum said the young man had told him she had never been to a dentist before and would never want to do so.
Wyrnnum was forced to issue a public apology in a letter to the young lady’s parents, but said he never intended to offend them.
“I’m sorry to my family,” Wynnsi said.
“But this is a family who is well-established in the area and the city of Toronto.”
Wyndnum told reporters on Tuesday he had been offered the chance to work with the young girl in the future but had declined the offer.
He said the family dentist would continue to provide his services for as long as he is in office.
“This was a one-off incident, I didn.
It was very upsetting for the family and I think it’s disappointing for the public, as well,” Wynnn said.
Wynton’s resignation comes as the province has launched an investigation into the case.
It comes after the family of a 15-year-old girl who died of a head injury at the family’s Scarborough dental clinic received a letter from the Ontario Medical Association saying its members were “disappointed and distressed” about the decision.
The letter said the OMA was “shocked” by the family dental practice’s handling of the incident.
It also said the clinic’s owner, Daphne Wynnum, had “acted unethically” by failing to follow protocol when treating the patient.
The OMA said the letter did not name the patient or the family, but added that it had taken steps to ensure the OMAS “would not ever again engage in the practice of dental surgery.”
“It is the OASM’s belief that all parties involved have acted within the boundaries of the code of ethics and practices for dental health care and in good faith,” the OCA said in a statement.
The province also said Wynnum had been reprimanded by the Ontario Association of Health Inspectors.
It said the investigation was being conducted by the Ombudsman, who would be deciding whether Wynnum should face any disciplinary action.