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Disciplinary Actions

Dennis Desrochers, RMT

Enderby, BC
Date of Action:
April 18, 2019

Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee made an order limiting the practice of massage therapy by the registrant, Dennis Desrochers. The limit on Mr. Desrochers’ practice is that he cannot treat female patients in the upper chest area, specifically, the anterior lateral structures inferior to the clavicles superior to the xiphoid, pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, or serratus anterior.

Reasons: The College received complaints from two female patients alleging that Mr. Desrochers undraped them to the waist without informing them of other draping options, which would be a breach of the College’s standards of practice.

The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that there is a prima facie case of professional misconduct as well as a real risk to the public which requires that the public be protected by an interim order during the investigation. The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that the risk to the public will be protected in a sufficient and proportionate manner through the limit on practice described above.  

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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