A Sydney dentist who describes himself as the “smile guru” to A-List celebrities has had his contract terminated following allegations that he sexually harassed female employees at the Double Bay practice where he worked.
The “serious” complaints made against David Carr have also been referred to the Healthcare Complaints Commission, according to private healthcare company Bupa, which owns the Smile Dental Care clinic on Cross Street at Double Bay where Dr Carr worked.
Dr Carr, who has worked as a cosmetic dentist in Double Bay for more than 25 years, has denied the allegations.
In the past, Dr Carr has counted Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett and Lara Worthington among his clients, and appeared on Channel Seven’s reality make-over show 10 Years Younger in 10 Days .
His website says his “pursuit of excellence is legendary among the A-List stars who fly from around the world to visit the ‘smile guru’.”
“Together with his highly trained team, Dr Carr is renowned for making miracles happen!” his website said, until it was taken down in recent weeks.
“A beautiful smile gives you confidence. ‘Your self-esteem is paramount’.”
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A Bupa spokesman confirmed on Wednesday morning that Dr Carr no longer worked at the Double Bay practice.
“We can confirm that we’ve terminated Dr Carr’s contract following an investigation into serious complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards Bupa employees at the Smile Care dental clinic in Double Bay,” he said.
“In doing so we have also notified the Healthcare Complaints Commission of this matter. Patients will soon be provided with details of the dentists who will be available to attend to their dental needs.
“The safety of our employees and the upholding of our values are our highest priorities.”
Fairfax Media understands the allegations were of sexual harassment against female employees at the practice. None of his patients are alleged to have been harassed.
Fairfax Media has contacted Dr Carr for comment.
Dr Carr told The Daily Telegraph that he rejected the claims. which he described as “weird”.
“The rumour mill goes on. Double Bay is always happy to stir up a rumour. There is no way I can substantiate those claims,” he reportedly said.
He also claimed he retired on doctor’s orders due to too much stress.
Early on Wednesday morning, an inspirational quote was posted on Dr Carr’s Facebook page, which read: “When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom”.
Alongside the quote was written: “Bring it on!!”