Roy S. Shelburne, DDS

The Appalachian Dental Group
37166 Wilderness Rd.
Jonesville, VA 24263


Presentation Information

Clinical Records Prevent Criminal Records, Do Dentistry, Not Time

Dr. Shelburne went to prison on August 20, 2008 and was released on May 14, 2010 and learned a series of lessons the hard way. There are ways to protect and defend a dental practice and to prevent what happened to him from happening to you. You can protect your practice in the event of a Board complaint, insurance audit, malpractice claim, or criminal complaint and maximize legitimate reimbursement.

Dr. Shelburne found that his records and systems were faulty. He learned that it is critical and possible to implement protocols and form a defensive systemic approach to record keeping. Know that if it’s not in your clinical record, you didn’t see it, you didn’t say it, you didn’t do it, it didn’t need to be done, and it doesn’t exist….from the legal perspective. To be prepared for any challenge the whole dental team must be careful, concise, complete, and diligent, not just the doctor. Learning and implementing this no non-sense team approach to record keeping could mean the difference between success and failure in the event of an action or challenge to your practice and will result in maximum legitimate reimbursement.

Biographical Information

Dr. Shelburne graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Biology and Religious Studies in 1977. He went on to graduate with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Dental School and opened a private general practice in Pennington Gap, Virginia, in 1981. He and his family have served as short-term volunteer missionaries with the Baptist Medical Dental Missions International and on various Mission of Mercy projects in Virginia. In March 2008, he surrendered his dental license after being convicted of healthcare fraud, racketeering and money laundering and spent 19 months in Federal Prison and 2 months in a halfway house. Dr. Shelburne is a nationally known speaker/writer/consultant and an American Dental Association Subject Matter Expert who openly shares his mistakes, what he learned as a result, and how to avoid those career ending errors.

Presentation Topics

  • Dental Law
  • Digital Records/ Recordkeeping
  • Risk Management

Past Presentations

  • Hinman Dental Meeting; Atlanta, GA
  • American Dental Association National Meeting; San Antonio, TX
  • Greater New York Dental Meeting; New York, NY
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting; Chicago, IL

Future Presentations

  • Yankee Dental Congress; Boston, MA
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association Meeting; Pittsburg, PA
  • Texas Dental Association Meeting; San Antonio, TX
  • Siroworld; Las Vegas, NV