Dentist’s License Cancelled over Failure to Pay Child Support

Cory Everett, Chief of Staff for the Division of Professions and Occupations announced this April 6 that dentist Donovan Martin’s license to practice has been suspended under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Interestingly, the suspension is not due to a dentistry related issue but in fact for failure to pay for child support.

The Colorado Dental Board is required to suspend a license until the licensee comes into compliance with any child support order(s) issued by the Colorado Division of Child Support Enforcement, State Enforcement Unit. As per the statute, incidents like these can trigger the suspension, revocation or denial of professional, occupational and recreational licenses of people who owe more than six months’ gross dollar amount of child support and who are paying less than 50 percent of their current monthly child support obligation each month. This law is also applicable to state licensees who fail after receiving proper notice to comply with subpoenas or warrants pertaining to child support proceedings.

There are about fifty different state professions licensed through Boards and Programs under DORA’s Division of Professions and Occupations that are subject to the statute. These include dentists, doctors, mental health workers, electricians, plumbers, engineers, architects and many more.

Dentist Donovan Martin has a four-year old daughter with ex-wife, Katherine Martin. He was petitioned in the Boulder District Court for divorce in May 2011 by his then wife, to which dissolution was granted on December 21, 2011.

This is not the only legal issue that Martin is involved in. The Boulder County records show that Martin has other, recent legal problems too, which include an incident of him being sued this March by Live Oak Banking Co., of Wilmington, N.C., for allegedly being in default on a loan amount of $1,188,000 that he obtained in February 2012. The complaint alleges that the current unpaid principal balance on that loan has now added up to $1,224,383. Another incident in the Boulder District Court includes a complaint by a patient filed on May 19 for unsatisfactory restorative work undertaken by Martin in December 2013 and May 2014 that carried an estimated cost of $43,295.

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