Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Piedra, Blyskal today

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."

Piedra, Blyskal today 11/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Hopes fade after landslide destroys Chinese village (w/video)

    World

    Crews searching through the night in the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing.

    Vehicles and people line a road leading to the site of a landslide in Xinmo village in Mao County on Saturday in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. More than 100 people remained missing after the village was buried under tons of rocks and soil.
  3. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.
  4. Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central.

    (From left to right) Emma Chalut 18, gets a rainbow sticker on her cheek from her sister Ellie, 15 both of Jacksonville before the annual St. Pete Pride parade in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the route was changed from the Grand Central and Kenwood area to Bayshore Drive.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Retired Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald dies

    TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice, who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race, has died.

    Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday, the court said in a statement. He was 93.