A prominent Woodland dentist suspected of groping more than two dozen female patients tried to keep his license Thursday by arguing chest massages were an appropriate procedure in certain cases.
Dr. Mark Anderson appeared at Thursday's hearing before a state administrative judge to defend himself against the state dental board's attempt to suspend his license pending resolution of the charges against him.
His lawyer, Robert Zaro, told Judge Jonathan Lew that articles from dental journals discussed the need to "palpate" the pectoral muscles in cases of temporal mandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, a common jaw problem that can cause head and neck pain.
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