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Rocklin doctor arrested

Efrain Gonzalez charged with ‘mayhem’
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View public records regarding Dr. Efrain Gonzalez at www.mbc.ca.gov.

A Rocklin doctor accused of negligence against 15 former patients was arrested Friday, according to the Placer County Jail website.

Efrain Diego Gonzales, 52, of the Advanced Med Spa cosmetic surgery clinic in Rocklin, is accused of gross negligence and incompetence in a 95-page complaint filed the last day of 2012 by Linda K. Whitney, executive director of the Medical Board of California. The lengthy document outlines 56 causes for discipline going back to 2008, including one patient who reported that at the end of a surgery she awoke to find not Gonzalez, but rather an unlicensed surgical technician applying sutures to her abdomen, while Gonzalez was not in the room.

Since 2006, Gonzalez has held a physician’s and surgeon’s certificate from the Medical Board of California. He practices primarily as a cosmetic surgeon, according to the medical board, although his board certification is in obstetrics and gynecology.

Another patient reported that following breast augmentation surgery in 2012, she is unable to use her right hand, according to the complaint. Another reportedly suffered necrosis of one of her nipples following a breast augmentation, and another alleged a vaginal rejuvenation surgery so botched that it left her unable to have sex, use a tampon or even wear pants.

Gonzales was booked into and released from the jail Friday. He is charged with mayhem, which, according to California penal code, “unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of their body, or disables, disfigures or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ears or lip.”

The California Medical Board issued a brief statement about the arrest: “The Medical Board was involved in the investigation that led to the arrest of Dr. Efrain Gonzalez. Investigations are not public record and no other information can be provided at this time regarding the arrest.”

Rocklin resident Schrene Gonzalez (no relation), said her reaction when she heard of the arrest was, “It’s about time.”

Gonzalez said she received Botox injections from Gonzalez in 2011, after which her eyes became lopsided and droopy, the area between her eyebrows expanded and even her smile was affected.

“I looked weird,” she remembered. “I couldn’t smile for pictures.”

Schrene Gonzalez said when she returned to Advanced Med Spa to have Gonzalez fix the problem, he prescribed her expensive eye drops he said would “reverse the Botox” and told her to come back for any needed touchups. Schrene Gonzalez instead got a second opinion from a doctor in Folsom who told her to not add any more Botox to her body and instead “ride it out.” The second doctor also told her “nothing reverses Botox.”

When she returned to Gonzalez’s office, Schrene Gonzalez said, he yelled at her for seeking a second opinion and, while he reimbursed her for the eye drops, did not give her any money back for the injections.

“It took a long time for it to normalize again,” she remembered. “Because the effect of Botox is four to six months. It wasn’t a quick fix – I had to let it get out of my system.”

The Medical Board complaint requests that a hearing be held to revoke or suspend Gonzalez’s physician’s and surgeon’s certificate; revoke, suspend or deny his authority to supervise physician assistants; and order that, if placed on probation, Gonzalez pay the medical board the costs of probation monitoring.

A hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 is expected to take about two weeks, according to the Office of Administrative Hearings calendar.

 

A Rocklin doctor accused of negligence against 15 former patients at his was arrested Friday, according to the Placer County Jail website.

Efrain Diego Gonzalez, 52, of the Advanced Med Spa cosmetic surgery clinic in Rocklin, is accused of gross negligence and incompetence in a 95-page complaint filed the last day of 2012 by Linda K. Whitney, executive director of the Medical Board of California. The lengthy document outlines 56 causes for discipline going back to 2008, including one patient who reported that at the end of a surgery she awoke to find not Gonzalez, but rather an unlicensed surgical technician applying sutures to her abdomen, while Gonzalez was not in the room.

Since 2006, Gonzalez has held a physician’s and surgeon’s certificate from the Medical Board of California. He practices primarily as a cosmetic surgeon, according to the medical board, although his board certification is in obstetrics and gynecology.

Another patient reported that following breast augmentation surgery in 2012, she is unable to use her right hand, according to the complaint. Another reportedly suffered necrosis of one of her nipples following a breast augmentation, and another alleged a vaginal rejuvenation surgery so botched that it left her unable to have sex, use a tampon or even wear pants.

Gonzalez was booked into and released from the jail Friday. He is charged with mayhem, which, according to California penal code, “unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of their body, or disables, disfigures or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ears or lip.”

The California Medical Board issued a brief statement about the arrest: “The Medical Board was involved in the investigation that led to the arrest of Dr. Efrain Gonzalez. Investigations are not public record and no other information can be provided at this time regarding the arrest.”

Rocklin resident Schrene Gonzalez (no relation), said her reaction when she heard of the arrest was, “It’s about time.”

Gonzalez said she received Botox injections from Gonzalez in 2011, after which her eyes became lopsided and droopy, the area between her eyebrows expanded and even her smile was affected.

“I looked weird,” she remembered. “I couldn’t smile for pictures.”

Schrene Gonzalez said when she returned to Advanced Med Spa to have Gonzalez fix the problem, he prescribed her expensive eye drops he said would “reverse the Botox” and told her to come back for any needed touchups. Schrene Gonzalez instead got a second opinion from a doctor in Folsom who told her to not add any more Botox to her body and instead “ride it out.” The second doctor also told her “nothing reverses Botox.”

When she returned to Gonzalez’s office, Schrene Gonzalez said, he yelled at her for seeking a second opinion and, while he reimbursed her for the eye drops, did not give her any money back for the injections.

“It took a long time for it to normalize again,” she remembered. “Because the effect of Botox is four to six months. It wasn’t a quick fix – I had to let it get out of my system.”

The Medical Board complaint requests that a hearing be held to revoke or suspend Gonzalez’s physician’s and surgeon’s certificate; revoke, suspend or deny his authority to supervise physician assistants; and order that, if placed on probation, Gonzalez pay the medical board the costs of probation monitoring.

A hearing scheduled for Aug. 5 is expected to take about two weeks, according to the Office of Administrative Hearings calendar.