In video footage from 2016 that was played in court and broadcast by Anchorage’s KTUU television station, Dr. Seth Lookhart appears to extract a tooth from the mouth of his patient, Veronica Wilhelm, while moving slightly back and forth on a hoverboard. According to court documents, Lookhart proceeded to send the video to at least eight people, joking in an accompanying message that his actions depicted “a new standard of care.”
Wilhelm testified in court that she was sedated at the time of the procedure and would not have consented to Lookhart’s behavior had she been awake. She was unaware of the incident or of the video’s existence, until investigators from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit contacted her.
Lookhart is also alleged to have engaged in a series of unethical and/or illegal behaviors before his license was suspended in 2017 by the Alaska Dental Board. He currently faces 43 charges including the theft of approximately $250,000 from business partners. He was paid $1.8 million by Medicaid for intravenous (IV) sedation procedures in 2016—more than three times the amount of the next highest IV sedation biller in Alaska—and is accused of fraudulent billing.