Scheduled Hearings

Acting in the public interest, the College holds Ontario’s regulated naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice. The College takes all possible breaches of conduct or practice seriously. The Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence, and the Fitness to Practice Committee hears allegations of incapacity. The College publishes the Discipline Committee’s decisions or summaries of decisions on the website, in its annual report and may publish decisions in the College’s Newsletter.  

Attending a Hearing

Hearings of the Discipline Committee are open to the public (unless otherwise determined), and are held at:

College of Naturopaths of Ontario
150 John Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON

Observers must understand and follow the Observer Guidelines for Discipline Hearings available for download here.

Please book your attendance at a disciplinary hearing by emailing the College at general@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca

Dates of hearings are subject to change at any time. Those scheduled to attend a hearing should confirm whether dates have changed by checking the current hearing schedule before coming to the College. Visitors are prohibited from carrying into or using while inside the Discipline Hearing Room, any audio/visual equipment (including video cameras, still photography equipment, laptop computers and tape recorders) without prior written permission.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

As a part of its transparency initiatives, the College ensures that the public is aware of the status of each matter being brought before the Discipline Committee.
To review a general outline of the stages of a disciplinary matter involving a Member of the College, click here.  
To review a complete copy of all current Notices of Hearing and Specified Allegations against a Member of the College, click here. 

Referral Date
Member Name / Status
Summary of Allegations*

Hearing Date(s)
June 7, 2018 Rodak, Taras
STATUS:Stage 4

1. At all relevant times, Dr. Taras Rodak (“the Member”) has been a member of the College.

2. On or about October 2, 2017 the Patient attended the Member’s clinic in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Patient was seeking assistance related to low energy and leg cramps related to her marathon training.

Standards of the Profession

3. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member:

  1. Provided a consent form for the Patient to sign before the Member had an opportunity to discuss the proposed treatment and obtain informed consent;
  2. Failed to confirm at the outset of the appointment if the Patient wanted a person present during the appointment;
  3. Asked the Patient to change into a robe and/or if he could conduct a breast exam;
  4. Did not obtain informed consent to perform Bowen therapy on the patient;
  5. Did not adequately respond to the Patient’s questions about Bowen therapy;
  6. Asked the Patient to sign another consent form after the appointment indicating that she had been provided with an option to have a person present during the appointment; and/or
  7. Did not advise the Patient in advance of the appointment of the cost of the appointment and/or the remedies provided.

4. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession); and/or
b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Informed Consent

5. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member failed to:

  1. Provide the Patient with the nature of the Bowen therapy treatment;
  2. Provide the Patient with the expected benefits of the Bowen therapy treatment;
  3. Provide the Patient with the material risks of the Bowen therapy treatment;
  4. Provide the Patient with the material side effects of the Bowen therapy treatment;
  5. Provide the Patient with alternative courses of action to Bowen therapy treatment; and/or
  6. Provide the Patient with the likely consequences of not having the Bowen therapy treatment.

6. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

  1. Paragraph 3 (Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except, i. with the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s authorized representative, or ii. as required or authorized by law); and/or
     
  2. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Failing to advise of a fee

7. It is alleged that the Member did not advise the Patient in advance of the appointment, or in advance of him recommending a remedy of the fee to be charged for the appointment and/or remedy.

8. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

  1. Paragraph 20 (Failing to advise a patient or a patient’s authorized representative, before providing any service, of the fee to be charged for the service or of any penalties that will be charged for late payment of the fee); and/or

  2. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Sexual Abuse

9. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member:

  1. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by failing to confirm at the outset of the appointment if the Patient wanted a person present during the appointment; and/or
  2. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by asking the Patient to change into a robe and/or if he could conduct a breast exam.

10. The behaviour and/or remarks as set out in paragraph 9 were not of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided.

11. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(b.1) of the Code as the Member sexually abused the Patient.

TBA
June 6, 2019  Cohen, Helen   
STATUS: Stage 3

1. Dr. Helen Cohen, ND ("Dr.Cohen, ND") was initially           registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless                   Therapy - Naturopathy on or about Januar1, 1991. Dr.         Cohen, ND became a member of the College of                       Naturopaths of  Ontario (the "College") in the General             class of registration on or about July 1, 2015 as a result of       the proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

2. At the relevant times the Member’s private clinic was Woman & Child Naturopathic Clinic Inc.

3. On or about October 17, 2017 the College received a complaint from an insurer alleging that the Member submitted and/or issued false claims. The complaint and its investigation included the following concerns:

a.    The insurer received claims for sixteen naturopathic treatments allegedly provided by the Member between 2013 and 2014 at MedEllixCare;

b.    The Member confirmed to the insurer in April 2015 that she provided the naturopathic treatments described in paragraph 3a;

c.   
The Member provided the treatment notes and assessment notes for the naturopathic treatments described in paragraph 3a to the insurer in or around September 2017;

d.    The Member confirmed to the insurer in or around September 2017 that the treatment notes and assessment notes for the naturopathic treatments described in paragraph 3a were written by the Member;

e.    The treatment notes and/or assessment notes indicated they were from Woman & Child Naturopathic Clinic Inc.; and/or

f.     MedEllixCare closed in or around 2013. 

4. It is alleged that between approximately April 2015 and the Member:

a.    Did not provide the naturopathic treatments described in paragraph 3a;

b.    Provided false or misleading information to the insurer in 2015 and/or 2017; Created false or misleading treatment notes and/or assessment notes; and/or 

Allegations of professional misconduct as a Registrant of the Board

5.  It is alleged that the conduct which occurred from 2013 to June 30, 2015 constitutes misconduct pursuant to subsection of 30(1) of Ontario Regulation 278, R.R.O. 1990, as defined in Professional Misconduct/Incompetence established by the Board:

a.    Paragraph 2(i) – Making a record or signing or issuing a certificate, report, account or similar document that is false, misleading, incomplete or otherwise improper;

b.    Paragraph 2(r) – Conduct or an act relevant to the practice of naturopathic medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by naturopathic doctors as unprofessional or incompetent; and/or

c.    Paragraph 2(w) - Contravening standards of practice or guidelines of practice set by the Board, specifically:

 i.    2.6 – Deal honestly with all patients, colleagues, public institutions and legal bodies, and refrain from giving any false, incomplete or misleading information. 

Allegations of professional misconduct as a Member of the College

6. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007: 

a.    Paragraph 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession); 

b.    Paragraph 24 (Signing or issuing, in his or her professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement); 

c.    Paragraph 25 (Falsifying a record relating to the member’s practice); and/or 

d.    Paragraph 46 (engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

TBA 
June 6, 2019   Cohen, Helen
STATUS: Stage 3

1. Dr. Helen Cohen, ND (the “Member”) registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy on January 1, 1991. The Member then became registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the “College”) on July 1, 2015.

Failure to comply with order of a panel of the ICRC

2. In September 2017, a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (“ICRC”) ordered the Member to successfully complete a Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (“SCERP”), at her own expense.

3.The deadline for the completion of the SCERP was on or about December 12, 2018 (the “Order”). 

4. It is alleged that as of May 30, 2019 the Member has failed to successfully complete all components of the SCERP.

Acts of Professional Misconduct

5. It is alleged that the above noted conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to section 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007: 

a. Paragraph 41 (failing to comply with an order of a panel of the College) and/or 

b. 
Paragraph 46 (engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

TBA
 August 1, 2019 Deshko, Yelena
Status: Stage 2

1. At all relevant times, Dr. Yelena Deshko, ND (the “Member”) has been a member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the “College”).

2. The Member met the Therapeutic and IVIT Standards in or about October 2015.

3. At all relevant times, the Member worked at and/or owned Timeless Health Clinic in Toronto, Ontario (the “Clinic”). The Clinic is not a laboratory or a specimen collection centre pursuant to the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act.

Improper Delegation

4. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Member delegated the act of administering a substance by injection (via IVIT and/or intramuscularly) and/or performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis (drawing blood) to a nurse and/or nurses.

5. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Member delegated the act of compounding to a nurse and/or nurses and did not record information as required in s. 19 of Regulation 168/15.

6. 
It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. Paragraph 23- Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;

c. 
Paragraph 36 - Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts; and/or

d. 
Paragraph 46 - Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

7. It is also alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to subsection 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

Charging Block Fees

8. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Member sold packages or blocks of treatment to patients.

9. 
It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. Paragraph 23 - Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession; and/or

c. Paragraph 46 -
Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

Laboratory Compliance

10. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Member:

a. Ordered specimens to be sent and/or sent specimens to laboratories not licensed by the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act; and/or 

b. Requisitioned the collection of urine, and/or saliva, and/or blood for tests:

  1. At the Clinic and/or
  2. That are outside the scope of a naturopath. 

11. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. 
Paragraph 8 - Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment that the member knows or ought to know to be beyond the member’s knowledge, skill or judgment;

c. Paragraph 9
- Failing to advise a patient or the patient’s authorized representative to consult another member of a health profession within the meaning of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, when the member knows or ought to know that the patient requires a service that the member does not have the knowledge, skill or judgment to offer or is beyond his or her scope of practice;

d. Paragraph 10
- Performing a controlled act that the member is not authorized to perform;

e. Paragraph 36
- Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts; and/or

f. Paragraph 46
- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

12. It is also alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to subsection 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

Advertising and Administration Concerns

13. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Clinic offered and/or the Member administered to and/or the Member recommended to and/or the Member ordered and/or the Member delegated the following treatments to patients:

a. Lipotropic B12 injection that includes choline, inositol, chromium and/or methionine;

b. Immune Boost injection that includes Vitamin C;

c. Immune Boosting IV that includes anti-viral botanicals;

d. Gluthathione injection that includes procaine and/or Procaine injection;

e. 
Iron IV that includes iron;

f. 
Fresh Start Detox that can “help reset your metabolism.”

14. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. 
Paragraph 8 - Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment that the member knows or ought to know to be beyond the member’s knowledge, skill or judgment;

c. 
Paragraph  9 - Failing to advise a patient or the patient’s authorized representative to consult another member of a health profession within the meaning of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, when the member knows or ought to know that the patient requires a service that the member does not have the knowledge, skill or judgment to offer or is beyond his or her scope of practice;

d. 
Paragraph 10 - Performing a controlled act that the member is not authorized to perform;

e. 
Paragraph 23 - Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;

f. 
Paragraph 27 - Permitting the advertising of the member or his or her practice in a manner that is false or misleading or that includes statements that are not factual and verifiable;

g. 
Paragraph 36 - Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts; and/or

h. Paragraph 46 - Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

15. It is also alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to subsection 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

Falsification and Misleading Records

16. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015:

a. the Member issued and/or permitted to be issued, invoices that indicated the Member provided treatment when she did not do so; and/or

b. the Member charted in patient records that she treated patients when she did not do so.

17. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. Paragraph 18
- Issuing an invoice, bill or receipt that the member knows or ought to know is false or misleading;

c. Paragraph 23
- Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;

d. 
Paragraph 25 - Falsifying a record relating to the member’s practice;

e. Paragraph 36 -
Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts; and/or

f. Paragraph 46
- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

Testimonials

18. It is alleged that since July 1, 2015, the Clinic’s FaceBook page included a testimonial of the Member’s and/or Clinic’s service.

19. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. 
Paragraph 27 - Permitting the advertising of the member or his or her practice in a manner that is false or misleading or that includes statements that are not factual and verifiable;

c. Paragraph 28
- Using or permitting the use of a testimonial from a patient, former patient or other person in respect of the member’s practice; 

d. Paragraph 36
- Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts;  and/or

e. Paragraph 46 
- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

Health Track-Pro

20. It is alleged that on or about December 12, 2018 an undercover investigator of the College ordered “Health Track-Pro” from the Clinic’s website. Health Track-Pro included a blood work requisition and one hour appointment with a naturopath from the Clinic.

21. The undercover investigator was not a patient of the Member.

22. It is alleged that once the undercover investigator paid $270 she was provided the following via email:

a. An electronic requisition signed by the Member. The electronic requisition ordered the following blood tests:

i. Lipid Profile
ii.CBC
iii. Ferritin
iv. Glucose Fasting
v. Chemistry Panel M
vi. 
Chemistry Panel N
vii. TSH

b. An invoice from Health Track Pro for a Basic Check-Up.

23. It is alleged that after the undercover investigator had her blood drawn at a laboratory (with the electronic requisition as described in paragraph 22) she was contacted by the Clinic and offered an appointment to meet with another naturopath at the Clinic.  It is alleged that the undercover investigator asked to meet with the Member.

24. It is alleged that on or about January 23, 2019 the undercover investigator had a 30 minute appointment with the Member.

25. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code, as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 - Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession;

b. Paragraph 8 - Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment that the member knows or ought to know to be beyond the member’s knowledge, skill or judgment;

c. Paragraph 18
- Issuing an invoice, bill or receipt that the member knows or ought to know is false or misleading;

d. Paragraph 23
- Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession;

e. Paragraph 27
- Permitting the advertising of the member or his or her practice in a manner that is false or misleading or that includes statements that are not factual and verifiable;

f. Paragraph 36
- Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts; and/or

g. Paragraph 46
- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.

26. It is also alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to subsection 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

 TBA
December 5, 2019   Rodak, Taras
STATUS:Stage 1

1. At all relevant times, Dr. Taras Rodak, ND (“the Member”) has been a member of the College.

2. The Member works at and owns the Clinic in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Electro-Dermal Screening for Member's Patients

3. 
The Member retains Ms. G as an independent contractor to provide electro-dermal screening (“EDS”) to his patients at the Clinic.

4. Ms. G is not a member of the College or any regulatory health college.

5. 
The Member permits Ms. G to provide EDS to her own personal clients at the Clinic. The Member does not provide EDS or administer EDS.

6. 
The Member’s patients sign a separate “Informed consent agreement” for the services provided by Ms. G. Ms. G performs the screening and makes treatment recommendations based on the results.

7. 
The Member charges his patients $150 for the EDS service. The Member pays Ms. G $90 for the provision of each EDS service.

8. 
The Member then charges $15 for a naturopathic consult that involves the Member reviewing the results of the EDS with his patient.

9. Ms. G charges her personal clients $150 for the initial and follow up EDS service provided at the Clinic. Ms. G charges her personal clients $90 for the follow up evaluations at her own clinic.

10. 
It is alleged that the Member issued or permitted to be issued invoices for the services he did not provide. In particular, the Member issued invoices: 

  1. Indicating that the Member provided EDS to his patients instead of Ms. G;
  2. Indicating that the provision of EDS to his patients was a naturopathic service yet provided by Ms. G; and/or
  3. That did not identify the actual cost and/or the mark up of the EDS service.

11. It is alleged that the Member did not audit his invoices to ensure accuracy and compliance with the College standards.

12. 
It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007

  1. Paragraph 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession) including but not limited to:
    1. Fees and Billing Standard; and/or
    2. Record Keeping Standard;
  2. Paragraph 18 (Issuing an invoice, bill or receipt that the member knows or ought to know is false or misleading);
  3. Paragraph 19. (Charging a fee that is excessive in relation to the services or products provided);
  4. Paragraph 23. (Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession);
  5. Paragraph 24 (Signing or issuing, in his or her professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement); and/or
  6. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).
TBA

February 6, 2020   Ali, Elvis
STATUS:Stage 3

1. Dr. Elvis Azad Ali, ND (Inactive) (the “Member”) became a registrant of the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N) in 1987. The Member became a General Class member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the “College”) on July 1, 2015. The Member transferred to the Inactive Class on November 4, 2019.

2. 
At all relevant times, the Member has a financial, employment, business and/or contractual relationship with Alpha Science Laboratories (“ASL”) and was/is their Clinic and Educational Advisor.

Breach of Discipline Committee Order

3. As a result of an order from the Discipline Committee of the College, the Member’s certificate of registration was suspended from approximately April 30 to October 30, 2019.

4. 
As a result of the suspension, the Member was not permitted to practise naturopathy, see or treat patients, act as naturopathic advisor and/or use the titles “Dr.”, “Naturopath”, or “Naturopathic Doctor” and/or the designation “ND” in Ontario.

LinkedIn Page

5. It is alleged that as of July 15, 2019 the Members LinkedIn page identified the Member as a Naturopathic Doctor and used the Dr. title.

August 16, 2019 Webinar

6. It is alleged that on August 16, 2019 the Member presented in an ASL webinar (the “First Webinar”) and was identified as “Dr. Elvis Ali, ND, BSc. RNCP, FIACA, Dipl. Ac.”

7. 
It is also alleged that during the First Webinar, the Member advertised his email address that included the term “doctor”.

8. It is also alleged that as of the date of the First Webinar, the Member was practising the profession as during the First Webinar, the Member spoke of his “patients”, that he “was in” private practice, responded to clinical questions, and/or provided recommended doses of ASL products for certain symptoms.

FaceBook Post

9. It is alleged that an August 28, 2019 ASL FaceBook post stated “just last week [the Member] helped a practitioner by putting together a protocol for her client that is suffering from Crohn’s disease…. Do you have a client you’d like to review a protocol with? Reach out to us and we’ll get you in touch with Dr. Elvis for support.”

September 20, 2019 Webinar

10. It is alleged that on September 20, 2019 the Member presented in an ASL webinar (the “Second Webinar”) and was identified as “Dr. Elvis Ali, ND, BSc. RNCP, FIACA, Dipl. Ac.”

11. It is also alleged that during the Second Webinar, the Member advertised his email address that included the term “doctor”.

12. 
It is also alleged that as of the date of the Second Webinar, the Member was practising the profession as during the Second Webinar, the Member spoke about what he recommends to a patient in his practice, spoke of himself as a “health care practitioner”, and/or recommended ASL products for symptoms.

Allegations of Professional Misconduct

13. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to section 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

  1. Paragraph 27 - Permitting the advertising of the member or his or her practice in a manner that is false or misleading or that includes statements that are not factual and verifiable; 
  2. Paragraph 36 - Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts including but not limited to:
    1. Section 8 of the Naturopathy Act, 2007; and/or
    2. Section 33 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991; 
  3. Paragraph 39 - Practising the profession while the member’s certificate of registration has been suspended; 
  4. Paragraph 40 - Directly or indirectly benefiting from the practice of the profession while the member’s certificate of registration is suspended unless full disclosure is made by the member to the College of the nature of the benefit to be obtained and prior approval is obtained from the Executive Committee; 
  5. Paragraph 41- Failing to comply with an order of a panel of the College; 
  6. Paragraph 46- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional); and/or 
  7. Paragraph 47 - Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession.

Undertaking

14. On or about January 31, 2013 the Member signed an undertaking with the BDDT-N to refrain from promoting products, including natural health products, including in the media and on websites.

Promoting Products

15. 
It is alleged that as of March 2016, the Member promoted ASL products on the ASL FaceBook page.

16. 
It is alleged that the Member promoted ASL products during the First and/or Second Webinars.

17. 
It is alleged that on or about August 29, 2019 an undercover investigator contacted the Member and asked him to recommend products to aid digestion. It is alleged that the Member recommended ASL products to the investigator.

Allegations of Professional Misconduct

18. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to section 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

  1. Paragraph 1- Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession, including but not limited to:
    1. Conflict of Interest Standard; 
  2. Paragraph 17 - Acting in a conflict of interest when acting in a professional capacity; 
  3. Paragraph 43 - Failing to carry out or abide by an undertaking given to the College or breaching an agreement with the College; 
  4. Paragraph 46- Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional); and/or 
  5. Paragraph 47 - Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession.
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