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'Pill doctor's' license suspended

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Denise Oldenberg aka Hollabaugh, Thormahlen
A Fulton County doctor has once again had her license suspended for allegedly over-prescribing scheduled medications.

On May 17, the Arkansas State Medical Board (ASMB) issued an emergency order of suspension regarding Dr. Denise Oldenberg's (aka Hollabaugh, Thormahlen) ability to practice medicine.

This is not the first time that Oldenberg has been brought before the ASMB on the issue of over prescribing addictive or potentially harmful drugs.

On Nov. 27, 2007, the medical board issued an order of suspension stating that Oldenberg "had prescribed scheduled medication for various individuals without proper diagnostic workup or need for the medication before giving the prescriptions for the scheduled medication to individuals; all of this occurring in the spring of 2004 at a Dairy Queen in Salem. Ark."

At a hearing of the ASMB June 6, 2008, in Little Rock, all charges were dismissed against Oldenberg after an agreement was reached between the ASMB and Oldenberg's attorneys, Larry Kissee of Ash Flat and Edward Chandler of Mountain Home. They requested that a two-year monitoring plan be initiated, along with other conditions, instead of continuing with the disciplinary hearing.

Oldenberg was also brought before the ASMB in March, 1992, to answer allegations of "grossly negligent or ignorant malpractice, in the prescribing of excessive amounts of controlled substances to various patients and writing an excessive number of prescriptions for an addictive or potentially harmful drug." The ASMB's vote was overturned and reversed by the Arkansas Court of Appeals in September of 1993.

In November of 1995, an investigative report says that Oldenberg appeared before the ASMB once again. At this hearing, the ASMB voted to enter into an agreement and stipulated Oldenberg had violated the Medical Practices Act, specifically, the Arkansas Rules and Code of Federal Regulations concerning the inventory, accounting, distribution, dispensing and prescribing of controlled substances. Oldenberg's medical license was placed on probation for two years; she was ordered to refrain from practicing as a solo practitioner during this time; she was also required to take and complete 40 hours of continuing medical education each year of the two-year probation, a portion of which would be in the field of medical practice management.

In the May 17 emergency order of suspension and notice of hearing, the ASMB alleges that Oldenberg has violated a previous order of the board, referring to the June 6, 2008, settlement: wherein Oldenberg agreed and was ordered to provide the board monthly reports of all scheduled drug prescriptions and refills that she authorized the use of, by her patients; she violated a regulation of the board by prescribing an excessive amount of controlled substances for her patients; she prescribed scheduled medication for pain not associated with malignancy or terminal illness for more than six months and without keeping proper records and monitoring the condition of her patients to justify the ongoing prescribing of the scheduled medication.

Oldenberg is also charged with allegedly prescribing schedule 2 amphetamines and methamphetamines for attention deficit disorder without obtaining a second opinion from a physician confirming the diagnosis and the medication prescribed and that Oldenberg did not have an exemption from that regulation; prescribed schedule 3 and 4 controlled substances for obesity or weight loss without following the guidelines on the regulation for the treatment of obesity in her patients; and committed gross negligence and ignorant malpractice in the manner in which she performed facet injections and sciatic nerve injections for her patients.

The emergency order of suspension lists 34 patients who were allegedly over-prescribed scheduled medication and other violations resulting in what the ASMB says "presents a danger to the public's health, safety and welfare" and suspended her license on an emergency basis until a disciplinary hearing can be held on the charges.

A hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 at the offices of the ASMB, 2100 Riverfront Drive in Little Rock. At this time, the board will determine whether Oldenberg has violated the Medical Practices Act, the Rules and Regulations of the Board, and the previous orders of the board. If it is found that she has in fact violated any of the above, the board will determine whether Oldenberg's license to practice medicine in the state of Arkansas should be revoked or suspended, or whether other sanctions should be given as punishment.

Oldenberg has the right to be represented by counsel at the hearing.

Oldenberg's clinic, Rural Medical Clinic, is located at 266 Cardinal Drive in Horseshoe Bend.


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dr.oldenberg is a christian women. she can not help if someone does not do as things are to be done correctly.she is a decent lady . god bless her!

-- Posted by donaldhampton on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 6:32 PM

This is very disturbing--she described methamphatimes for ADD patients without a 2nd opinion?? why does she need a 2nd opinion--that's all ADD medicine is--recognize the names Ritalin, Aderall, Concerta, etc? 1 out of 10 people has ADD. Who is at that God-foresaken Board who doesn't seem to want Fulton County to have one single doctor! Wake up America and speak out! It sounds like a railroad job to me!!

"Oldenberg is also charged with allegedly prescribing schedule 2 amphetamines and methamphetamines for attention deficit disorder without obtaining a second opinion from a physician confirming the diagnosis and the medication prescribed and that Oldenberg did not have an exemption from that regulation; prescribed schedule 3 and 4 controlled substances for obesity or weight loss without following the guidelines on the regulation for the treatment of obesity in her patients; and committed gross negligence"

-- Posted by conventional1 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 9:31 PM

Anyone who thinks Dr. Oldenberg is a "christian woman" is a deluded moron and most likely a drug addict. I wonder how many people she will kill before her license is permanently revoked. I think Ted Bundy killed 30 and they electrecuted him. She's already killed more than that and all she's facing is having her medical license temporarily suspended.

-- Posted by jeep4137 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 8:43 AM

I would think you would need to back up a slanderous remark like "how many people will she kill".

I don't believe most of what the newspapers say they sensationalize everything and action by a state board has to be proved. They sometimes make wild accusations.

Probably someone she refused drugs to made accusations.

Maybe she tries to be a compassionate human being to a fault.

Some people lie to their doctors to get drugs and they (the doctors) are instructed that patients are the best indicator to their pain. People are not human lie detectors.

I do not know this doctor but temper judgement with facts.

-- Posted by brenda100 on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 8:52 AM

she prescribed my sister phentermine, which is a weight loss drug. She never once asked if she had every had health problems in the past. She had a heart murmor, had high blood pressure and also high cholesterol. She died from an overdose on phentermine in 2008. She left 3 children under 12. She was 35 years old. I wish she would have had her license suspended earlier and maybe my sister would still be here.

-- Posted by misst on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 9:53 PM

This woman should have lost her license a loooong time ago! i used to work for her, and man! the stuff that goes on behind those doors! medicare fraud! medicaid fraud! insurance fraud! thats why i left... i knew who ever was there when she got busted was going to be right beside her having to explain why they went along with her crazy methods! really i dont think she does any of it on purpose; she just is one of those smart DUMB people! you know, the kind that passed every test in school but cant seem to put their shoes on the right feet? she just thinks because shes the doctor, thats all that matters. in all seriousness, i dont think she should be considered competent to have the kind of prescribing power that she does. she has made some pretty big screw ups in the past that could have gotten her in big trouble. around here tho, we're not really the law suit kinda ppl. just a matter of time until she does have to face the consequences of what her ignorance brings...

-- Posted by floored on Mon, May 31, 2010, at 3:25 PM

Seems to me there is a whole lot of people making statements about a person they do not really know. If you really knew her, you would know that she is really a christian and a very giving person. She has been in serious pain, and no doctor would help her, so she really tries to help the ones who can prove that they are hurting! (x-rays, CT's, MRI's and labs are required by her)! She does not just hand medicines out! Doc has helped alot of people in the area of central and west Ark. With out her I would not be able to work and would be on disability! paid by your taxes, but instead I work and pay IN taxes!

-- Posted by REALLY FLOORED on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 4:01 PM

donaldhampton, being a christian woman as you say has nothing to do about anything. You're either not that bright or brainwashed beyond help. you try and make a case for someone based on their religious views? you're a dolt. let the courts decide on this alleged activity, not religion. your views of her or anybody else's view of her mean absolutely nothing. the only thing that matters is how the courts will eventually decide on this issue.

-- Posted by LesterT on Sun, Jun 6, 2010, at 10:05 AM

i happen to know that she DOES require medical records and does not give out meds w/o examining the patients first. all you who judge, you must never have been in chronic pain in your life. my husband has to live the rest of his life on pain meds because of an accident at work (which btw workers comp did NOTHING for us). for the 2 years we fought them he laid in bed unable to walk some days because he hurt so bad. we drive 7 hours ONE WAY to be able to see Dr. Oldenberg. without her i probably wouldnt have a husband. I definitely wouldnt have a life. If someone takes a medicine the wrong way, its not the doctors fault. and if someone does not divulge their medical history to the doctor, its not the docors fault. everyone always wants to blame someone else. as far as the insurance fraud, i know nothing about that, but she doesnt even come close to overprescribing. the dea and the medical board are liars and dirty scoundrels when it comes to this stuff. been here, done this. We will be in Little Rock Fighting fo Our DOC!

-- Posted by xsissy1979x on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 7:19 AM

I am shocked and disgusted by the news headline in Area Wide Media (THE NEWS) referring to Dr. Denise Oldenburg as the "PILL DOCTOR". This smacks of SLANDER. 'THE NEWS' has a responsibility to print facts and only facts. Name calling is not only injurious and cruel, but I highly suspect it is illegal. Area Wide Media has a responsibility to print facts and facts only.

-- Posted by Bunji on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 4:29 PM

Many comments allowed to be posted on this thread are unfounded, unproven personal opinions. Shame on all of you judgmental people who are spouting injurious remarks. I believe this to be slander as well. @ the person called "floored"...if you know information that should be reported to a Medical Board, then do so. The newspaper is not the proper format. Shame on you.

-- Posted by Bunji on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 4:35 PM

I also meant to say earlier how pathetic it is for a newspaper to print slanderous information. It is a very unprofessional and unethical thing to do.

-- Posted by Bunji on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 4:38 PM

I agree with Bunji on the comment the "floored" made. If you were/are so ethical, why didn't you report these things assuming the statements you made are true? Also, hiding behind a "nickname" on a public newspaper blog, making comments about supposed criminal activity, will probably not cut it. I'm pretty sure that when you signed up for this account, there is information that the FBI can glean and find you and give you the opportunity to explain in more detail the crimes that were committed and why you should not also be charged as an accessory. With that said, if this medical professional did commit these things, then they should put her under the jail, and maybe you on top.

-- Posted by hogwild67 on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 6:10 PM

So I guess it's safe to assume that "Bunji" & "Hogwild76" are also the type of ppl that think the government should take our guns away because they kill people? So go back and read your comments again! We live in AMERICA! I can say what ever I want! As for the news paper, It's their job to report the news. That's why you buy it. You should probably write the news paper and tell them the next time a huge drug bust makes the front page, that they are not to report that there was in fact a drug bust! After all, we are all innocent until proven guilty. Only after the trial is it ok to print that there was in fact a drug bust, and the people involved.

They won't have to find me for anything! All the "records" or lack thereof, are in her office! All they will need is a simple audit... Speaking of, She was under suspension already. All of this paper work that she never turned in is HER FAULT! No one else's. What kind of idiot gets in trouble with the medical board, gets off the hook, and then carries on to commit the same crimes she was originally accused of? Sounds to me like she lacks the common sence to be a medical doctor!

For those of you who keep posting comments all over the internet about how badly you're hurting and no one understands your pain except Dr Oldenberg, GO SEE A PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR! That's what they are LICENSED to do! The reason she is being investigated so much is because she is not a pain management doctor. Anyone who has any kind of medical experience or certification, knows that the DEA keeps records of all schedule II narcodics and they do review them. A big ole red flag goes up when they see one doctors name on 50% more prescription reports than any other doctor in the state. Seriously something is not right with the facts or there would be no review.

For "hogwild76", go ahead a post your full name and address on the message boards! I'll just laugh, because I sure don't plan to do so! Then you can say I'M hiding!

-- Posted by floored on Thu, Jul 1, 2010, at 2:27 PM

I'm sure if the FBI or other law enforcement agency needs to know who I am, they will be able to get my information, without me posting on here. I love how you "Floored", make assumptions about my opinions of gun ownership which is totally off topic. You made the statements that you and I quote " i used to work for her, and man! the stuff that goes on behind those doors! medicare fraud! medicaid fraud! insurance fraud! thats why i left." Knowing these things and leaving before the SHTF...is a weak defense. So, like you said, this is America and you can say what you want, just as I can.

-- Posted by hogwild67 on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 11:23 PM

Hey Doc.,I hope you aren't listening to all the crap these very ignorant people are saying against you.The negative comments are from bored people who have not one thing at stake,in this situation.And the pos.are from people that aren't ignorant of you and your compassion for your patients.To the low-life that worked there you say all this bad stuff was going on,yet you didn't stop collecting your pay,did you?So if you watch a crime and do nothing arent you a s guilty,if not more of the SAME CRIMES?So if you see a person getting raped you are the low-life that watches for gain,til the shtf,then you are a two-faced piece of garbage!So are you trash or are you just a filthy liar?You call it!I say the latter is what you are!Doc was good to everyone,inc.you that worked side by side w/her.She gave my 3 young kids their mommy back,100% everyday I was a productive person,finishing college at night and taking care of my home and family ALL the time.It was like the 3 cars that smashed into me,killing me for all that mattered,never ocurred!Thank you Dr.Denise Oldenburg for helping me the time you could!I pray for God to help you out of this low point.I would love to not feel so bad all the time and be able to be the person I was able to be under your care.Sincerely,FWoods

-- Posted by FWoods+Pain=0 liven on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:37 PM

You know she is a very sincere an caring christian woman no matter what others may think! I have been a patient of hers going on 5 yrs now and she has done nothing but help me and get my physicalities of life back in order! Its not her fault that ppl cant seem to read or follow directions on their prescriptions! If they took there medications AS PRESCRIBED they would be fine! But noooooooo ppl like to abuse their scripts and take over the hourly/daily limit of their scripts and end up overdosing! Thats pure negligance on the patients behalf! Doc cant be there to hold ur hand and make sure u take the right amount!

-- Posted by goldberg4562 on Wed, Aug 18, 2010, at 10:09 AM

Dr. Denise Oldenberg does not deserve this kind of abuse. She is a wonderful doctor and human being and I would trust her with the very lives of my children.

Probably what has happened here in some cases is that many very poor patients can't get treatment for extreme pain-- including cancer and she has pity for them. She is devoted to the loving care for her patients. People who do not know the truth about the situation should not judge.

I've known Denise for many years and love her dearly and respect her as a doctor who is determined to provide good medical care for her patients.

Arkansas is like a third world country. I've tried to talk her into leaving.

-- Posted by Momoffourtoo on Fri, Oct 15, 2010, at 2:10 PM

Dr. Denise Oldenberg does not deserve this kind of abuse. She is a wonderful doctor and human being and I would trust her with the very lives of my children.

Probably what has happened here in some cases is that many very poor patients can't get treatment for extreme pain-- including cancer and she has pity for them. She is devoted to the loving care for her patients. People who do not know the truth about the situation should not judge.

I've known Denise for many years and love her dearly and respect her as a doctor who is determined to provide good medical care for her patients.

Arkansas is like a third world country. I've tried to talk her into leaving.

-- Posted by Momoffourtoo on Fri, Oct 15, 2010, at 2:13 PM

Misst,

I'm so sorry for the tragic loss of your sister. From what you have written here it is evident that she was struggling with some serious health issues. However to blame her death on Dr. Oldenberg is just wrong. You wrote that she took an "overdose" which means she did not follow the instructions given by the physician. I'm sure if you could search beyond your anger and bitterness you would see that Dr. Oldenberg was trying to save her life.

Obesity, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolima and some heart conditions such as what your sister had can be genetically predispositioned so take care of yourself. You can give your anger and bitterness to God and He will help you. Dr. Oldenberg is just a human being.

-- Posted by Momoffourtoo on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 3:48 PM

I have never used Dr. Oldenberg i do not live in that area.I do however suffer from chronic pain from my neck to my tailbone and have for many years and it is only getting worse.I am on Medicaid and cannot find a pain mangement doctor who will accept medicaid.I have had several MRI`s the most recent 2 months ago have had back surgery 4 years ago.I am sick and tired of the Medical Boards they are the very reason people that actually need medication cannot get it!!!Doctors are terrified to prescibe anything anymore and honestly you are not seriously thinking that overtaking medication isto be blamed on the Doctor??They should be more concerned about the fact that there are so many doctors that will not accept medicaid instead of being concerned that Doctors are prescribing medication that is needed.Who are they to judge who needs it or how much they need??They dont see them, visit with them examine them etc...I dont know how but there has to be a way to fight against this.If i shoot someone are they going to go after the Gun manufactuer??Same thing with people overdosing....whos to balme for that???Not the Dr.I am sick and tired of this and everyone should be.For those that are so judgemental about people that take meds on a regular basis.....Karma it will bite you in the butt and someday you may be on the recieving end.Dealing with constant everyday pain and you wont be able to get any help either.

-- Posted by Ridiculous on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 10:11 AM

Just an example of how bad it is now.....recently i had decided to change my pcp because mine had basically become hard to get in to see and for some othere reasons.When i began searching one of the Doctors office`s i contacted informed me that "They did not accept patients that had chronic problems".That tells me that our healthcare has gotten crzy out of hand.Doctors cannot make judgement calls anymore because of the Medical Boards and it is worse here in Arkansas than anywhere else!!!

-- Posted by Ridiculous on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 10:17 AM

I have a question was that referal to the person that worked for her suppose to be about Dr.Mann in rsvl??Because his name is spelled with 2 n`s not one or was it another dr.?The only reason i ask is because if you worked for him wouldn`t you know how to spell his name?

-- Posted by Ridiculous on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 1:12 PM

I have very serious health problems, such as COPD and heart problems,severe pain, mucle dpasms,insomnia and bipolar and now ive slipped into depression. All Dr's know you cant stop a patient cold turkey off there meds,it can be fatal,I'm a us citizen and I have the right to choose my own DR.Give back her licences before you ppl kill patience

-- Posted by ladycrow on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 5:03 AM

I Know DOC all too well she was my families doc for many years. At the time I was 10. I Am 28 in Dec of 2005 I was 21 at the time I was rushed to the hospital and found out that I was having a minor heart attack due to my prescribed meds from doc. I changed doctor's and starting realizing how brain washed she had me and everyone else in my family. In the fall of 2006 my aunt Doc's Patient died mysteriously after a prolonged cold according to doc. She asked doc to run tests on her blood Doc said everything was fine its just a cold. 5 weeks later she died at uams in little rock with stage 4 lung cancer. During this time Doc had taken a large number of narcotic medication away from my mom due to her asking questions from my suspicions. She almost died and spent months recovering. still has major problems from it. My Aunt's children like me seen doc most of our lives. She showed my cousins how to break down the pills and shoot them up as well as provided them with the needles to do so. At the time this was unknown to me. This has all came out since my cousin's father died in early 2007. Also a patient of doc's and then my father in 2009 Also a patient of hers. And my now ex husband was also a patient of hers and his life is still in pieces due to her over prescribing medications. This was my med list At 16

yrs. old with perfect health other than a minor back injury from a fall.

Hydrocodone 10/325 4 times daily

oxy Ir 5mg. 4 times daily for break thru pain.

Doc continued increasing my med list until I changed doctors at age 21 by that time this was my meds for a perfectly healthy 21 yr old.

hydrocodone 10/325 4 times daily

Oxy IR 5mg 8 times daily

Valium 10 mg 4 times daily

Roxycodone 30mg 4 times daily

My husband's list was worse than mine.

Later I found out what everyone else was one and everyones was worse than mine. I have lost 3 loved ones almost 2 more and my youngest cousins are now having problems from being on adhd meds without proper testing. This Woman Is Pure evil evil in ite best for blinding people to who she really is I am pushing for her to be under the jail for what she has done

-- Posted by kiyasmommma on Tue, Jul 31, 2012, at 3:52 PM


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