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, Steven Anderson, subject to certain limits/conditions, including that:
Reasons: The College received a complaint from a female patient alleging that Mr. Anderson engaged in sexual misconduct during the provision of massage therapy to her, by engaging in non-therapeutic touching of a sensitive area of the patient’s body. The College also received a second complaint from a different female patient, alleging that Mr. Anderson engaged in sexual misconduct during the provision of massage therapy to her by engaging in non-therapeutic touching of sensitive areas of the patient’s body.
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 limits/conditions requiring Mr. Anderson 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, as well as a limit that Mr. Anderson not perform treatment to the obturator internus muscle on female patients.
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.