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Disciplinary Actions

Stephen Bartlett, RMT

Location:
New Westminster, BC
 
Date of Action:
May 16, 2022

Nature of Action: On August 25, 2021 the Registrar issued a citation to Stephen Bartlett, RMT under section 37 of the Health Professions Act.

The citation notifies Mr. Bartlett that the Discipline Committee will conduct a hearing to inquire into his conduct as follows:

  1. In the course of providing massage therapy services to patient A.A., he:
    1. Disputed her surgeon’s diagnosis of her medical condition and provided his own diagnosis;
    2. Made comments and/or statements of an unprofessional, inappropriate and/or personal nature to her [note: particulars omitted];
    3. Manipulated her neck without any, or, in the alternative, adequate, consent and after she had instructed him not to do so;
    4. Failed to adequately communicate the treatment plan to treat her pectoral muscles and serratus anterior, including that this treatment would be at or near her breasts;
    5. Failed to obtain any, or, in the alternative, adequate, consent to treat at or near her breasts; and
    6. Failed to adequately adjust treatment and communicate with her after she expressed that she was experiencing pain while he was treating at or near her breasts;
  2. In the course of providing massage therapy services to patient B.B., he:
    1. Made comments and/or statements of an unprofessional, inappropriate and/or personal nature to him [note: particulars omitted];
    2. During the assessment and while patient B.B. was clothed, touched patient B.B.’s low back, hips, buttocks and/or gluteal cleft without any, or, in the alternative adequate, consent; and/or
  3. From or about November 7, 2019 and thereafter, stated online, that he:
    1. “specialize[s] in structural alignment, specifically spinal and pelvic alignment”;
    2. is an “osteopath”, which is a reserved title under section 2(2) of the Medical Practitioners Regulation for registrants of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia; and/or
    3. is an “Arthrokinetic therapist”.

Preliminary Decision

On January 31, 2022, a panel of the Discipline Committee issued reasons for decision in respect of an application to hold the discipline hearing in private and by video-conference, among other things. Read Reasons for Decision (PDF).

Hearing Dates and Location:

The hearing is scheduled to be heard on the following dates: May 16-20, 2022, commencing at 9:30 am each day. The hearing will take place at Charest Legal Solutions, located at 885 West Georgia Street (4th floor), Vancouver, BC V6C 3E8.

Important Note: Citations issued by the Inquiry Committee under section 37 of the Health Professions Act contain allegations which are and remain unproven unless admitted by a registrant or determined by the Discipline Committee.

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