Ridgefield (WTNH) - One Connecticut plastic surgeon is accused of being a dirtydoctor. Now, her license is suspended and investigators say thethings they found were shocking.
Dr. Teresita Mascardo had been running the Connecticut PlasticSurgery Center in Ridgefield.
What was allegedly discovered is quite disturbing. Rust onequipment like an auto-clave, and blood and human fluid on toolsdesigned to be used once, which were found repackaged and re-used.Blood, dust and animal droppings were found on the floor andmachines. All of the violations, nine counts in total, werediscovered during a scheduled inspection.
"Emergency orders are very rare, they are reserved forextraordinary situations. This facility is one in which there isimminent and immediate danger to public health," Blumenthalsaid.
NewsChannel 8 has learned that Dr. Marty Gottleib, listed as thegroup's head of anesthesiology is not a licensed doctor inConnecticut.
"All kinds of really completely unsafe, unsanitary unacceptableconditions. This has to be stopped right away," Blumenthalsaid.
Dr. Mascardo has an office in New York. Connecticut officialsare working to spread their message, informing legal and healthorganizations about their findings.
"Her license is suspended as far as this facility is concerned.We are going to make sure there is no threat from her practicing inany other facility in which she may be engaged," Blumenthalsaid.
Attorney General Blumethal says the investigation is on-goingand is designed to protect the public.
"She'll have a hearing in which she can defend herself,"Blumenthal said. "But our investigation is ongoing and we are goingto make sure public health is protected."
We made phone calls to Dr. Mascardo on both her Connecticut andNew York numbers, but none of the messages were returned.
According to her web site, Dr. Mascardo also has a practice inNew York. According to court documents, in 2007, Dr. Mascardo pledguilty to filing a false tax return and as a result, had herlicense suspended in 2008 in New York.
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