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65-1435. Improper use of certain names by dentists; exceptions; unlawful acts; suspension or revocation of license; limitation on multiple office ownership. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to practice or offer to practice dentistry under any name except such person's own name, which shall be the name used on the license granted to such person as a dentist as provided in the dental practices act.

(b) A licensed dentist may use the name of any association, corporation, clinic, trade name or business name in connection with the practice of dentistry, as defined in the dental practices act, except that such name may not misrepresent the dentist to the public as determined by the Kansas dental board.

(c) Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent two or more licensed dentists:

(1) From associating together for the practice of dentistry, each in such person's own proper name; or

(2) from associating together for the practice of dentistry, each as owners, in a professional corporation, organized pursuant to the professional corporation law of Kansas, or, each as owners, in a limited liability company organized pursuant to the Kansas revised limited liability company act, and using a name that may or may not contain the proper name of any such person or persons except that such name may not misrepresent the dentist to the public and from employing nonowning licensees; or

(3) from associating together with persons licensed to practice medicine and surgery in a clinic or professional association under a name that may or may not contain the proper name of any such person or persons and may contain the word "clinic."

(d) It shall be unlawful, and a licensee may have a license suspended or revoked, for any licensee to conduct a dental office in the name of the licensee, or to advertise the licensee's name in connection with any dental office or offices, or to associate together for the practice of dentistry with other licensed dentists in a professional corporation or limited liability company, under a name that may or may not contain the proper name of any such person or persons or to associate together with persons licensed to practice medicine and surgery in a clinic or professional association under a name that may or may not contain the proper name of any such person or persons and may contain the word "clinic," unless such licensee is personally present in the office operating as a dentist or personally overseeing such operations as are performed in the office or each of the offices at least 20% of the time patients are being treated in the office or each of the offices.

(e) The violation of any of the provisions of this section by any dentist shall subject such dentist to suspension or revocation of a license.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d), a licensee shall be permitted to own two dental offices in addition to the licensee's primary office location under the following conditions:

(1) The licensee's secondary dental office is located within a 125-mile radius of the licensee's primary office; and

(2) the licensee's secondary dental office is located in a county with a population of less than 10,000 according to the 2000 United States census.

History: L. 1943, ch. 221, § 19; L. 1984, ch. 230, § 1; L. 2000, ch. 169, § 9; L. 2001, ch. 45, § 1; L. 2008, ch. 29, § 1; L. 2011, ch. 114, § 94; L. 2014, ch. 13, § 1; July 1.


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