Dr. Rene Piedra, 41
Dentist in Miami area since 1998.
Divorced, one child.
Now: His new office is a strip center in Pinecrest, just a few miles from his former office in Coral Gables. A generic sign — "The Dentist'' — is mounted on the façade above the doorway. A smaller sign —no bigger than a standard street sign — juts out just above the door frame: "New Era Dentistry.''
A Times reporter was waiting for him on a recent morning when he strolled through the front door at 11. He stood in his waiting room for 20 minutes, listening to a summary of allegations brought against him by the bankruptcy trustee and former patients and explaining why he didn't want to be interviewed. He'd had bad experiences with media, he said, and also worried how current patients might react.
His goal, he said, is to get back on his feet and make amends to former patients by finishing the treatments of those with legitimate claims.
Not removing his sunglasses at any point, he dismissed as legal strategy the allegation that he and church entities schemed to defraud patients. He agreed to review a list of written questions, but a week later said his lawyer advised him not to comment.
Dr. Piedra, from his practice website:
"As a Doctor of Dental Medicine and as your dentist, my mission is to provide you with healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime; while promoting and preserving the soundness of the ethical and professional standard of the dental profession. The combination of advanced education and state-of-the-art equipment allows us to offer you the highest level of care you expect. My staff and I will give you a warm welcome and our ongoing commitment to your dental health."
Indira Blyskal, 38
Born in Bolivia.
Worked in another dentistry practice before joining Piedra.
Mother of five boys.
Now: In the summer of 2009, about a year after Piedra filed for bankruptcy, Blyskal was sued by four banks. Three are seeking to foreclose on mortgages totaling $1.3-million. In the Piedra bankruptcy case, Blyskal was questioned in a deposition last month, but a transcript of her testimony is not part of the public record. She appears to have operated a consulting business after Piedra's dental practice went under. Her pledge: "Bringing solutions to your business."
Blyskal, from her website
Verbatim: "Full-service management consulting. We help clients companies create value by providing advice, counsel and implementation capabilities which lead to lasting organizational improvement source if the company is losing focus or has identified specific inefficiencies and trouble spots, during a diagnostic analysis will determine or confirm problems, identify the cost of those problems, examine the benefits of fixing the problems and recommend appropriate corrective action."