Nature of Action: A section 39(2) order by consent under section 37.1 of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183 (the “Act”). Following the issuance of a disciplinary citation (notice of a discipline hearing), the Registrant consented to the following disposition by the College:
Reasons: The Registrant admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by failing to comply with section 10(a) of the Standards of Practice (Schedule “D” to the Bylaws of the College of Massage Therapists of B.C.), which requires that “a registrant must utilize professional and written communication”, in that he had discussions with a patient during massage therapy sessions that were not patient-centred and were not for a therapeutic purpose. The Registrant acknowledged that the discussions made the patient uncomfortable and caused her distress. The Inquiry Committee is of the view that the terms of the order are sufficient to protect the public.