Local woman caught injecting botox without license

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- You would think it would be common sense, don't go to a friend or someone down the street for a medical procedure. The State Department of Health has put Colleen Patridge-Staudinger of Benton County on notice with a cease-and-desist order.

She's been injecting Botox into patients for cosmetic purposes without a license. Local doctors say this is a scary epidemic in their field.

"Let's grab a needle and throw it into your face." When you hear that, said Dr. Sidney Smith, "run."

Unfortunately, that's not the case in Benton County; Colleen Patridge-Staudinger listed as an esthetician in Kennewick is accused of injecting people with Botox on four different occasions. It's an illegal practice that can sometimes have devastating results.

"If someone doesn't know how to inject, you can get ptosis where the eyebrow comes down, uneven lips," explained Smith.

It's a problem board-certified dermatologist, Sidney Smith said could end up costing you thousands, if not your entire face. "It's going to cost a lot to fix that...We'd rather just do it right the first time."

Unfortunately, not everyone is listening. A quick Google image search of 'Fix-a-flat and surgery' and you get her, or rather him, O'Neil Ron Morris. The transvestite is accused of injecting the unimaginable into patients for profit. She's now behind bars, but not everyone gets caught and not every Botox Bar is legitimate.

"We do get calls from people trying to sell us cheap Botox that's imitation from other countries like China," said Smith as a word of caution. Of his practice, Smith said "We absolutely won't do that, we only use FDA certified products because it's all about the safety our patients."

For doctors like Smith, they're bound by 'first do no harm' but live it in their practice.

"I am a board certified dermatologist, it's part of our training." That's what Smith says to look for when it comes to cosmetic surgery, not the deal down the street.

Bottom line, said Smith, if the deal sounds too good to be true, that's probably because it is.

Make sure to do your research on the practice, and Smith said it is 'good practice' to have a Doctor on staff supervising the practice.