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 limits/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 sexual body parts of a female patient in a non-therapeutic manner while providing massage therapy to her. In addition, the patient alleged that the registrant draped her in an inappropriate manner. The Committee was satisfied that the information available indicates that there is a risk to the public which is real and immediate and which requires that the public be protected by an interim order. The Committee took the least severe interim action it considered necessary to protect the public.
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.