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Disciplinary Actions

Aydin Nozhat, RMT

Location:
Surrey, BC
 
Date of Action:
July 21, 2022

Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), a panel of the Inquiry Committee made an order to impose limits/conditions on Aydin Nozhat’s registration with CMTBC in order to protect the public.

The limits/conditions on Mr. Nozhat’s practice of massage therapy are that he:

  • may not treat female patients;
  • must post in a prominent place in the reception area of any clinic where he provides massage therapy treatment a notice stating that he is prohibited from treating female patients pending an investigation and containing a link to this public notice;
  • must post a notice on his practice website, containing a link to this public notice and stating that he is prohibited from treating female patients pending an investigation;
  • must bi-weekly provide the College with, or electronic access to, his calendar, including the name and contact information for each patient he treated in the preceding two weeks;
  • will be subject to random on-site audits of his practice by a College-appointed inspector to ensure compliance with the orders of the Inquiry Committee;
  • is required to notify the College of any orders made by the Court in a related criminal law proceeding including but not limited to any orders varying or rescinding the judicial interim release order; and
  • is required to notify the College at least 14 days before bringing an application to vary the judicial interim release order in the criminal law proceeding.

Reasons: On May 31, 2021, CMTBC received a complaint from a female patient of the registrant (the “Patient”). In relation to this complaint, the Inquiry Committee panel found that there was a prima facie case of allegations that, during the provision of massage therapy to the Patient, Mr. Nozhat engaged in sexual misconduct by engaging in non-therapeutic touching of sensitive areas of the Patient’s body.

The Inquiry Committee panel considered the allegations serious and found that there is a risk of recurrence if an interim order was not made. Therefore, the panel determined that the public must be protected by an interim order during the investigation and pending any discipline hearing.

The panel considered what interim measures would be sufficient and proportionate in this case. Having weighed the different options and the circumstances of this case, and having considered the impact on the registrant, the Inquiry Committee panel concluded that the above-described limits/conditions are proportionate and sufficient to protect the public during the investigation or pending a discipline hearing.

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 allegations which are and remain unproven unless admitted by a registrant or determined by the Discipline Committee.

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