Nature of Action: Pursuant to s. 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, chapter 183 (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee (the “Committee”) of the College of Massage Therapists (the “College”) made an order without notice suspending the Registrant’s registration until certain conditions are met including that he obtain approval from the College of a person to act as a chaperone during sessions with his patients.
Reasons: The College received a complaint regarding the Registrant asking inappropriate sexual questions during a patient session. The Registrant is dual registered as a Registered Massage Therapist and as a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”). On the basis of the same complaint, the TCM College issued an order without notice under s. 35(1) of the Act suspending Dr. Li Lam’s TCM practice subject to conditions.
The Committee was satisfied that the information available indicated that the Registrant represented a real risk to the public and it took immediate interim action it considered necessary to address immediate public protection concerns.