Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee made an order restricting the practice of the registrant, Glenn Kukkee, subject to certain conditions, including that Mr. Kukkee have a chaperone present at all times during the consultation, assessment, examination or treatment of female patients while the order remains in force and effect.
Reasons: The College received a complaint from a female patient alleging that Mr. Kukkee engaged in sexual misconduct during the provision of massage therapy to her, by engaging in communications of a sexual nature as well as non-therapeutic touching. The complaint also raised concerns that Mr. Kukkee may have breached the College’s Code of Ethics by entering into a personal relationship with the patient while the therapeutic relationship was ongoing. The Inquiry Committee is also investigating Mr. Kukkee’s conduct towards a second female patient, based on an allegation that Mr. Kukkee may have entered into a personal relationship with the patient during the therapeutic relationship or shortly thereafter. In addition, the Inquiry Committee is investigating Mr. Kukkee’s conduct towards a third female patient, based upon allegations about Mr. Kukkee’s communications with the patient.
The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that there is a prima facie case of sexual misconduct which requires that the public be protected by an interim order during the investigation of these matters. The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that the risk to the public will be protected in a sufficient and proportional manner through conditions requiring Mr. Kukkee to use an approved chaperone who must be present at all times during the consultation, assessment, examination or treatment of female patients and with regular reporting to the College on the use of chaperones.
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.