Cops: Lindy Dentist Arrested for Practicing While Drunk

Suffolk Police say Robert Garelick was allegedly drunk while he performed a dental procedure on a patient on Monday afternoon.

Suffolk County Police arrested a dentist who they said was allegedly under the influence of alcohol while he conducted a dental procedure on a patient on Monday afternoon.

First Precinct police officers responded to a complaint at a dental office - located at 152 North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst - about a dentist who appeared to be intoxicated at approximately 4:30 p.m.

After investigation police officials said First Precinct Crime Section officers determined Robert B. Garelick, 57, was under the influence of alcohol while performing dental work on a patient.

Garelick - who resides in Melville and is licensed to practice dentistry by New York State - was charged with one count of reckless endangerment, second degree.

According to police, he was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday, January 22.


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Dan Taylor January 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM
I have been a patient of Dr Garelick's for over 10 years and have always found him to be professional and quite competent.. I have complete faith and trust in him and will not let this one unfortunate situation change my attitude towards him, will continue to be his patient. Dan Taylor, Lindenhurst Ny
Denise Botiglione January 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Thats just awesome. my son and husbund were his patients. Not anymore.
Sue Kelly January 22, 2013 at 04:04 PM
He was my dentist also. I don't understand what prompted him to practice drunk. I have also never seen any unprofessional behavior from Dr. Garelik, I have been a patient for over 10 yrs also
Johnny January 22, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Surprisedto see this brushed off as an 'unfortunate situation' from loyal patients. I've read the dentist's columns in The South Bay, always professionally written. But this is beyond any excuses, totally unacceptable. Would the same consideration be given to a drunk surgeon or school teacher? I doubt it. Hopefully for the doctor's sake most of his clients feel the same way... That is if he still has a license.
Kathie Skopek January 22, 2013 at 05:42 PM
I agree with Johnny, totally unacceptable behavior from a doctor.
Lisa D. Huber January 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM
This is the first time he was "caught". Keep that in mind people. Unacceptable!
Sue Kelly January 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Having too many beers at lunch IS unacceptable, having any beers at lunch IS unacceptable..for a doctor. He should have waited till he got home. Signs of alcohol problem, probably a blessing that this is all that happened.
lorry sullivan January 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM
sounds like something the DA can really sink his teeth in to
Michael Chiavola January 23, 2013 at 04:43 PM
He was arrested not convicted! He is innocent until proven guilty. Am i the only one that believes in the system. I was a patiant at one time and never had a complaint. I just wish people werent so fast to judge a man that hasent been proven guilty of a crime.
john manning January 24, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Michael, Not guilty by a jury of your peers doesn't always mean "innocent". You and many others offer that argument in the wrong context all the time. If he hires a great lawyer who gets the case thrown out or reduced on a plea because the courts are clogged up, and no crime goes on the dentist's record, does that mean he didn't do it and life should go on as usual? He should practice again without prejudice against him? **The dentist ADMITTED TO DRINKING TO THE POLICE.** He was also witnessed drinking vodka by his own assistant. He hasn't been convicted, but does an admission and an eye witness not mean anything? Casey Anthony wasn't convicted of murdering her child, so I suppose you'd hire her to babysit? Would you offer the same leniency to a school bus driver who was arrested for drunk driving and admitted to it? Let's say you come home to your house and you see your neighbor climbing out your window carrying your 52" TV. You call the police and he's arrested. You're telling me you won't tell the rest off the neighborhood the facts of what you saw until he's convicted in court? Suppose he's not convicted, you'd call him innocent?


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