Redmond orthodontist who abruptly closed business files for bankruptcy

by: Alison Grande Updated:

REDMOND, Wash. - The Redmond orthodontist who shut his doors suddenly has filed for bankruptcy.

Warner Young, 79, of Young Smiles in Redmond closed his office at the end of April, notifying some patients by mail.

Many of those patients were just sent a letter notifying them of his bankruptcy filing, and they are listed as creditors.

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KIRO-7 obtained the bankruptcy documents. Throughout 74 pages, it details the money owed by Young and his wife, Dianna.

The couple is renting a home in Sammamish in the Sahalee Country Club neighborhood, according to court documents.

Patients are upset about the money they pre-paid for years of treatment. According to the bankruptcy documents Young has 826 patients.

Meika Prince told KIRO-7 she felt duped by Dr. Young. The 19-year-old college student says she saved her own money to pay $6,000 for Invisilign retainers and now she has to start over with a new orthodontist. "It hurts, it just hurts," said Prince," There's really no excuse for what he did to his patients."

Patients told KIRO-7 Young kept taking new patients right up to the time he closed his doors.

"He knew he was in trouble financially and he still took on new patients and that's the real dishonest thing," said patient Arjun Garg. Garg filed a civil suit against Young and started a Facebook group for former patients of Young so they could be stay informed.

"He's kind of screwed us all over and I want everybody to get even and be able to get their money back so they can get the treatment they wanted to," Garg said.

Marjorie Blanco told KIRO-7 she saved up money for two years to afford braces for her 13 year-old daughter.

She visited Young's office in 2015 but then was waiting for her daughter's teeth to come in before starting braces. She says Young's office sent her an email in December 2016 telling her she would get a $500 discount if she started treatment and then encouraged her to pay for the full treatment upfront.

She noticed Young's age and said she even asked him about it. "I asked him, 'Young you're reaching retirement age. How long are you planning on being an orthodontist?'" She says he replied, "'Until the day I die, I love doing this. I want to bring a beautiful smile to your daughter'." Now Blanco says her daughter will likely have to wait two more years before they can afford to pay another orthodontist.

She had a message for Young, "I want him to realize you have hurt so many people, especially those children you service, that you claim to care about. I want you to think about that and can you sleep at night?"

The big question is what happened to the money? Bankruptcy documents show the Youngs have very little cash or belongings.

Most of the creditors listed in court documents are linked to his business, but there is also credit card debt.

The documents also showed that he owed Neiman Marcus $13,630.

When KIRO-7 investigated Young last month, he did have a current license with the Washington State Department of Health. He did have an open complaint.

Now several patients have filed claims in small claims court trying to get their money back. Those cases are now cited in the bankruptcy filing.

There is a hearing set for U.S. District Court on June 29 at 9 a.m. Patients say they plan to attend so they can ask Young themselves about their money obtained in the bankruptcy documents. Throughout 74 pages, it details the money owed by Young and his wife, Dianna.

The couple is renting a home in Sammamish in the Sahalee Country Club neighborhood.

Patients are upset about the money they pre-paid for years of treatment. According to the bankruptcy documents Young has 826 patients. The documents also showed that he owed Neiman Marcus $13,630.

When KIRO-7 investigated Young last month, he did have a current license with the Washington State Department of Health. He did have an open complaint.

Now several patients have filed claims in small claims court trying to get their money back. Those cases are now cited in the bankruptcy filing.