Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee (the “Committee”) made an order restricting the registrant’s practice subject to certain conditions, including that the registrant be chaperoned during each visit with a female patient while the order remains in force and effect.
Reasons: The College received a complaint alleging that the registrant touched a female patient in a non-therapeutic, sexual manner while providing massage therapy to her. The Committee was satisfied that the information available indicates that there is a real risk to the public which requires that the public be protected by an interim order. The Committee was satisfied that the risk to the public will be protected in a sufficient and proportionate manner through conditions requiring the registrant to use an approved chaperone who must be present at all times during every treatment of a female patient 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 matters which are and remain unproven unless admitted by a registrant or determined by the Discipline Committee.