Dentist Buzz Nabers sells downtown Knoxville building and closes Gay Street office

Knoxville dentist Clarence “Buzz” Nabers has sold his Gay Street building and closed the branch of his practice located there. 



a sign on the side of a building: The former office of Buzz Nabers Dental Studio on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2020. Though the company signage is still up, Nabers sold the building and closed this location of his practice.


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The former office of Buzz Nabers Dental Studio on Gay Street in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2020. Though the company signage is still up, Nabers sold the building and closed this location of his practice.

Josh Smith, founder and former owner of Master Service Companies, purchased the four-story building in late September for $2.8 million under the LLC Master OZ 300 Gay St.

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Around that time, a Knox County Circuit Court judge denied Nabers’ motion to dismiss a proposed $50 million class-action lawsuit, allowing the case against him to move forward to what seems likely be a costly and time-consuming discovery process.

The lawsuit alleges Nabers endangered thousands of his patients by improperly sterilizing dental equipment, potentially exposing them to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. 

Nabers still operates out of his 2061 Thunderhead Road office in West Knoxville. 

A different dentist, Ethan Long, has leased the dental office space in the Gay Street building, Smith told Knox News.

Buzz Nabers controversy

Nabers was fined $11,000 in August 2019 and his license placed on probation after the Tennessee Board of Dentistry found he improperly sterilized dental equipment and forged certification documents. 

More: Knoxville dentist Buzz Nabers improperly sterilized tools, forged certificates, state says

The investigation found Nabers had dental assistants perform procedures outside their scope of practice, including filling cavities and placing permanent crowns.

The state mandated that Nabers inform patients of the risks associated with some of those improper sterilization techniques. Months later, some patients received unsigned letters from Nabers’ practice stating they could obtain HIV and hepatitis tests if they “would like to be tested.” 

More: Buzz Nabers dental patients urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C



a person wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Buzz Nabers and his wife Trish pose in their building located at 304 S. Gay St. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Dr. Nabers will open his dental practice on the first floor while the couple will live on the upper floors in their private residence.


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Buzz Nabers and his wife Trish pose in their building located at 304 S. Gay St. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Dr. Nabers will open his dental practice on the first floor while the couple will live on the upper floors in their private residence.

Three patients filed a $50 million proposed class-action lawsuit against Nabers.

Though a judge denied the defense’s motion to dismiss the case, the class has not yet been certified. It’s a procedural step in which the judge will decide whether the case can move forward and, if so, how to break up and define the groups of individuals involved. 

Smith investing profits of company sale



Stephen Marcus sitting at a table: Josh Smith, CEO of Master Service Companies at the company headquarters on Monday, August 26, 2019. Printed on the wall are the company values.


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Josh Smith, CEO of Master Service Companies at the company headquarters on Monday, August 26, 2019. Printed on the wall are the company values.

Smith sold his company, one of the region’s largest residential waterproofing and foundation services providers, for an undisclosed sum in November 2019 and invested $8 million into 4th Purpose Foundation, a prison reform nonprofit he created.

Smith was released from a federal prison camp about 16 years ago and

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MiraMed Circle of Warmth Donates to U-M Wolverine Street Medicine Honoring #GivingTuesday

The Circle of Warmth campaign, an endeavor provided by the MiraMed Family of Companies, located in Jackson, Michigan, has begun their third year of partnership with the Empowerment Plan. The Empowerment Plan seeks to end the generational cycle of homelessness by producing durable coats that turn into sleeping bags. These coats are made by people striving to overcome homelessness and poverty. Donations to the Circle of Warmth keep them working. These donations support an entire network of people working to end homelessness with skills-based training and employment.

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, the MiraMed Circle of Warmth campaign has donated 150 coats to Wolverine Street Medicine a program founded by University of Michigan Medical School students in 2017. Their mission is to improve health of the homeless community, educate medical students on best practices in care and treatment of homeless person and raise awareness of health challenges associated with homelessness. These coats will be handed out to the homeless community while the clinic provides medical attention as well as food and a connection to the communities’ local resources.

Please consider donating to the Circle of Warmth this winter as part of your holiday giving to help organizations like Wolverine Street Medicine keep up the much needed work they are doing in our communities. Click here to donate and to learn more about the Circle of Warmth.

About MiraMed Global Services

Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, MiraMed Global Services stands as the premier global provider of business process outsourcing solutions to healthcare organizations nationwide. MiraMed partners with hospitals, health networks, physician practices and related industry service organizations to provide a broad portfolio of customizable solutions, uncover and capitalize on hidden financial opportunities, improve productivity and ultimately increase profits. MiraMed has offices in Jackson, MI, Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL, Thousand Oaks, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Boston, MA, Dearborn, MI, Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, Chennai, India and Manila, Philippines.

MiraMed pairs healthcare industry experts with world-class processes, infrastructure and technology to deliver meaningful and measurable results. This proprietary model enables sustainable change by delivering a complete, customizable enhanced revenue cycle solutions devised to meet a client’s own unique financial and organizational needs.

About Empowerment Plan

Empowerment Plan, headquartered in Detroit, MI, works to produce our durable and innovative coat that transforms into a sleeping bag. This employment opportunity ensures that each person we hire is able to earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence.

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Harley Street dentist says he ‘didn’t plan to have sex with patient at Savoy hotel’

A Harley Street dentist to the stars who slept with a patient after wining and dining her at the Savoy said he only had a condom with him to carry water in an emergency.

Dr Sahil Patel, 28, said he had the contraceptive in his bag ‘for several years’ after attending a survival course.

The dentist twice met up with the woman at a pub in north London after providing her with his mobile phone number.

He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment.

They carried on drinking until after midnight, when the dentist said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the General Dental Council heard.

Dr Sahil Patel (pictured), a Harley Street dentist to the stars who slept with a patient after wining and dining her at the Savoy, said he only had a condom with him to carry water in an emergency. Dr Patel, 28, said he had the contraceptive in his bag 'for several years' after attending a survival course, the General Dental Council heard today

Dr Sahil Patel (pictured), a Harley Street dentist to the stars who slept with a patient after wining and dining her at the Savoy, said he only had a condom with him to carry water in an emergency. Dr Patel, 28, said he had the contraceptive in his bag ‘for several years’ after attending a survival course, the General Dental Council heard today

The dentist twice met up with the woman at a pub in north London after providing her with his mobile number. He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment. They carried on drinking until after midnight, when Dr Patel said he could not get home 'as there are no underground trains,' the tribunal heard

The dentist twice met up with the woman at a pub in north London after providing her with his mobile number. He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment. They carried on drinking until after midnight, when Dr Patel said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the tribunal heard

Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her, the tribunal heard.

The dentist is said to have referred to the woman a ‘Jewish princess’ but he denies using the phrase.

The disciplinary hearing is being held in Marylebone, central London, near The Harley Street Smile Clinic, where Dr Patel is an associate dentist.

The clinic lists former Everton and Scotland striker Andy Gray among its clients as well as TOWIE stars including Lauren Pope, James Lock, Frankie Essex and Kirk Norcross.

Giving evidence, Dr Patel admitted if the condom ‘was present without context then, yes it would show pre-planning’.

But he maintained he kept it ‘in a field craft kit which has been in my bag for several years, incidentally, since attending a training course. It’s used for water retention’.

He claimed ‘Patient A’ asked him to have sex a second time at the hotel.

In his witness statement, he said he turned her down because he was tired, and added today, ‘We couldn’t anyway, due to a lack of contraception’.

Dr Patel is said to have passed her his mobile number on September 27 last year and gone for a drink with her at the White Horse Pub in Parsons Green, south-west London.

Giving evidence, Dr Patel admitted if the condom 'was present without context then, yes it would show pre-planning'. But he maintained he kept it 'in a field craft kit which has been in my bag for several years, incidentally, since attending a training course. It's used for water retention'. Pictured: The General Dental Council building

Giving evidence, Dr Patel admitted if the condom ‘was present without context then, yes it would show pre-planning’. But he maintained he kept it ‘in a field craft kit which has been in

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Female patient claims Harley Street dentist, 28, ‘used me and got rid of me’

  • Patient A claims she had not pursue the dentist and did not send him messages
  • Dr Sahil Patel is an associate dentist at the Harley Street Smile Clinic in London
  • He took patient to dinner at Savoy after completing her veneer treatment
  • Hearing told the pair then went to hotel and had sex hours after the treatment
  • Patel could face a ban by General Dental Council if his ‘fitness to practise was impaired by misconduct’ 

A female patient claims her Harley Street dentist ‘used me and got rid of me’ when he wined and dined her at the Savoy before having sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her.

Dr Sahil Patel, 28, twice met up with patient A at a pub after providing her with his mobile phone number.  

He then took the patient out to dinner at the Savoy in London on November 1 last year after completing her veneer treatment. 

They carried on drinking until after midnight, when the dentist said he could not get home ‘as there are no underground trains,’ the General Dental Council heard.

Dr Patel then went to the patient’s hotel room across the street and had sex with her, the tribunal heard.

However the patient denied she had pursued Dr Patel and said she ‘did not send him any messages that were proactive.’  

She said ‘I never once asked that man out or did anything to spur him on. I did not ask him out. 

‘He had lied to me about the train to get into my hotel room. No part of me was leading him on. I did not send him any messages that were proactive.’

Harley Street dentist Dr Sahil Patel, 28, wined and dined a patient at the Savoy then had sex with her in her hotel room hours after treating her, a hearing was told

Asked by Dr Patel’s counsel if she was ‘at least equal in making the running’ for their dates, she replied ‘absolutely not.’

Concluding her evidence of the first day of the hearing, Patient A added:’ My dentist used me and got rid of me.

‘I was shocked. His behaviour was rotten.’    

During the hearing the patient explained she had told the dentist she would be in London in October 2019 and suggested they could meet up.

She said: ‘He said he wanted to take me out’

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The hearing was told that the patient had described emails from the dentist as probing into her life.

She said they had a mutual interest in property development and were both landlords and any meeting was not of a sexual nature but over their shared interests.

Patient A denied that she flirted with the dentist in a series of text messages they swapped.

She also denied that she was flirting by telling him she needed to shower before they met up.

Patient A said that after they met at a pub in west London she understood to have

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CSUSB Palm Desert Street Medicine Program Receives $50K Grant

Press release from CSUSB Palm Desert:

Nov. 23, 2020

The Desert Healthcare District & Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus to support its Street Medicine program.

Grant funds will be used to improve access to healthcare for traditionally underserved populations, increase mobile medical clinics, improve health-related infrastructure in the Coachella Valley and strengthen engagement of nurses and nursing students with the homeless, unsheltered and vulnerable populations in the Coachella Valley.

The Street Medicine program is a collaborative partnership between the CSUSB Department of Nursing at the Palm Desert Campus; the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine; Desert Regional Medical Center; Well in the Desert; and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine.

“The funds from the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation will provide support for us to continue our efforts to grow our Street Medicine program,” said Diane Vines, street medicine program coordinator and CSUSB nursing faculty member. “We are providing much-needed healthcare services for homeless and unsheltered people in the Coachella Valley, and preparing our future nurses to understand the needs of this vulnerable population.”

“Through the Street Medicine program, nurses and nursing students provide an invaluable service, taking medical care to Coachella Valley residents who may not receive it any other way,” said Carole Rogers, an RN and Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board director. “Their work directly supports the District’s mission ‘to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents,’ and we’re happy to support them.”

Also, visit the Desert Healthcare District & Foundation website at www.DHCD.org to learn more about its programs.

The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in educational leadership, and teaching credentials and certificates. With more than 1,600 students, it is the Coachella Valley’s four-year public university and plays a vital role in educating and training the region’s growing population.

For more information about the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus, contact Mike Singer in the Office of Strategic Communication at [email protected] or (760) 341-2883, ext. 78107, or visit the PDC website at www.csusb.edu/pdc.


This press release was produced by CSUSB Palm Desert. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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