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Police arrest mobile ‘dentist’ known as ‘El Dentista’

This tackle box with dentures and dental implements was among the items police seized from a man known as "El Dentista" who police say was practicing dentistry without a license from his car.
This tackle box with dentures and dental implements was among the items police seized from a man known as "El Dentista" who police say was practicing dentistry without a license from his car.
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A dentist in Santa Fe will fix your teeth for a fraction of the cost, provided you don’t mind him working with tools from a dirty tackle box.

Eliver Kestler

Eliver Kestler

Eliver Kestler, or “El Dentista,” as he’s allegedly known to clients, is in Santa Fe County jail on charges including practicing without a license, distribution of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a felony, conspiracy and a warrant in a traffic case.

Kestler, 36, of Santa Fe, is accused of running an unlicensed dental practice, making home calls to clients in his red 2001 Chevrolet, according to a report written by Santa Fe Police Sgt. Mario Salbidrez. Photographs from the police show a dirty tool or fishing tackle box containing drill bits, syringes, false teeth and vials of drugs.

Salbidrez’s report alleges that he contacted Kestler and said he had a toothache. Kestler asked if his tooth had a hole, and the sergeant said he didn’t know but was in a lot of pain. Kestler said he could meet him off of Agua Fria Street within the hour.

Salbidrez said he saw Kestler sitting in a red 2001 Chevrolet, wearing blue hospital scrubs.

Kestler allegedly told the sergeant that his equipment was in the car, and that he had a license to practice dentistry in Mexico and was seeing clients here to make ends meet.

Kestler had a business card saying “Dentista” that advertised a variety of dental work. In addition to the tools, police found drugs including epinephrine, septocaine, diprospan and a syringe with an unidentified clear liquid inside.

Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said police were not able to determine whether he had a license in Mexico.

Westervelt said police interviewed one of Kestler’s former patients, who said he paid $80 for dental work, including crowns and a new tooth, done on April 9. She was not sure whether the man had any complications from this dental work.

She said police were searching for more “victims” as they built a case against Kestler.

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