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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Former Dentist Sentenced to 270 days in Jail for Practicing Without a License

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that James D’Alise, 78 (d.o.b. 12/24/1942) of the 0-100 block of Godair Circle, Burr Ridge, has been sentenced to 270 days in the DuPage County Jail for practicing dentistry without a license. Following a bench trial on May 26, 2021, Judge Monique O’Toole found D’Alise guilty of seven counts of Unlicensed Practice, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Today’s verdict and sentencing stem from allegations that from August 2018 through April 2019, D’Alise provided dental care to patients without a valid dental license at his Oak Brook office. On July 31, 2018, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation revoked D’Alise’s dental license following an investigation into his practice prompted by hundreds of complaints from victims regarding D’Alise’s dental procedures and business practices. The investigation revealed that in addition to practicing without a license, several patients were forced to seek additional dental care at their own expense to repair work performed by D’Alise.

“When people visit their dentist, they expect that the dentist providing services to them is licensed and in good standing with the State,” Berlin said. “For one-and-one-half years, Mr. D’Alise ignored this requirement and will now be held accountable for his actions. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Orescanin for his efforts in ensuring that medical providers in DuPage County are in compliance with State regulations.”

 D’Alise was taken into custody immediately following today’s proceedings to begin serving his sentence. He will be required to serve 50% of his sentence. In addition to his jail sentence, D’Alise was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $964 and will serve two years of conditional discharge following his release from custody.

On July 29, 2021, D’Alise’s case will be in court for a hearing regarding restitution to his victims.