Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee (the “Committee”) made an order restricting the registrant’s practice subject to certain conditions, including that the registrant be chaperoned during each visit with a female patient while the order remains in force and effect.
Reasons: The College received a complaint alleging that the registrant touched a female patient, a minor, in a non-therapeutic, sexual manner while providing massage therapy to her. The Committee was satisfied that the information available indicated that action was necessary to protect the public during the investigation due to the seriousness of the alleged conduct, and a real risk of harm to the public. The Committee took the least severe interim action it considered necessary to address immediate public protection concerns.
Important Note: Limits, conditions and suspensions ordered by the Inquiry Committee under section 35(1) of the Act are made to protect the public during an investigation or pending a hearing of the Discipline Committee. Measures taken under section 35(1) of the Act pertain to matters which are and remain unproven unless admitted by a registrant or determined by the Discipline Committee.