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 info@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 2

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
September 6, 2018   Yores, Anthony  
STATUS: Stage 3

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

2. The Member has met the Therapeutic Prescribing and the Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) Standards of Practice.

3. Between approximately March 2013 and January 2017 the Member worked at the Clinic as a naturopathic doctor.

Breaching Undertaking with the Clinic

4. On or about June 15, 2015, the Member signed an undertaking with the CEO of the Clinic agreeing to the following:

  1. Supplements, medications or any other product recommended or prescribed to a Clinic patient whether stocked in house or not will only be billed by the Clinic.
  2. Payment for any service provided to a Clinic patient must go through Clinic staff and will be not billed or paid directly to the Member.
  3. Professional services to Clinic patients outside the Clinic office will only be provided with prior knowledge and approval of relevant Clinic staff.

5. The Member breached the undertaking by doing the following:

  1. Receiving direct payment from Patients 1, 2, and/or 3 for cannabis oil; and/or
  2. Providing home visits to Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 and/or receiving direct payment for those visits.

6. 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 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 the following:
    1. Conflict of Interest;
    2. Fees and Billing; and/or
    3. Selling.
  2. Paragraph 17 (Acting in a conflict of interest when acting in a professional capacity);
  3. 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
  4. Paragraph 47 (Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).

Selling Unauthorized Drugs

7. From approximately March 2013 and January 2017, the Member:

  1. Discussed the benefits, prescribed and/or sold cannabis oil to Patients 1, 2 and/or 3;
  2. Sold cannabis oil to Patients 1, 2 and/or 3 without a label;
  3. Did not issue a receipt for the sale of cannabis oil to Patients 1, 2 and/or 3;
  4. Did not document the discussion or sale of cannabis oil to Patients 1, 2 and/or 3 in a patient record;
  5. Obtained the cannabis oil from a personal source and not a licensed producer; and/or
  6. Did not know the contents of the cannabis oil.

8. Naturopaths in Ontario are not permitted to sell, dispense and/or prescribe cannabis oil.

9. Cannabis oil is a drug as defined in the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, 1990.

10. 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 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 the following:
    1. Sections 3, 9, 10 and/or 12 of Regulation 168/15;
    2. Fees and Billing;
    3. Selling; and/or
    4. Consent.
  2. 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);
  3. 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);
  4. Paragraph 14 (Prescribing, dispensing, compounding or selling a drug or a substance for an improper purpose);
  5. Paragraph 21 (Failing to provide an account or failing to itemize the account in a way that sets out each item charged, including, but not limited to, professional fees, products, services and applicable taxes);
  6. Paragraph 23 (Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession);
  7. Paragraph 36 (Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts);
  8. 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
  9. Paragraph 47 (Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).

11. It is further alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to section 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 (contravening section 4(2) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, by failing to perform a procedure under the authority of section 4(1) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 in accordance with the regulations).

Administering unauthorized drug and substance

12. From approximately December 2016 to January 2017 the Member prescribed, sold, dispensed and /or administered by IVIT Dichloroacetate (DCA) and alpha lipoic acid to Patient 4.

13. The DCA and/or alpha lipoic acid were intended for, and/or sold to, another patient of the Clinic.

14.The DCA and/or alpha lipoic acid were given to the Member by the other Clinic patient.

15. DCA is a drug as defined in the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, 1990.

16. Naturopaths in Ontario are not permitted to prescribe, sell, and/or dispense DCA.

17. Naturopaths in Ontario are not permitted to administer DCA or alpha lipoic acid by injection.

18. 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 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 the following:
    1. Sections 3, 5, 9, 10 and/or 12 of Regulation 168/15;
  2. Paragraph 36 (Contravening, by act or omission, a provision of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or the regulations under either of those Acts);
  3. 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
  4. Paragraph 47 (Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).

19. It is further alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to section 4(3) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 (contravening section 4(2) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007, by failing to perform a procedure under the authority of section 4(1) of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 in accordance with the regulations).

Misleading Patients and the Clinic

20. From approximately March 2015 to January 2017, the Member made home visits to Patients 4, 5 and/or 6.

21. Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 were patients of the Clinic.

22. The Member did not disclose to Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 that the Member was not attending as a representative of the Clinic.

23. The Member accepted payments from Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 for the home visits and did not remit the payments to the Clinic.

24. The Member did not document the treatment provided to Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 in the Clinic patient record.

25. The Member was not truthful to the Clinic when he advised the Clinic that he did not attend the homes of Patients 4, 5 and/or 6 and provide treatment to Patients 4, 5 and/or 6.

26. The Member took supplies from the Clinic without authorization.

27. 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 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 the following:
    1. Conflict of Interest;
    2. Fees and Billing; and/or
    3. Consent.
  2. Paragraph 17 (Acting in a conflict of interest when acting in a professional capacity);
  3. 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
  4. Paragraph 47 (Engaging in conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members as conduct unbecoming a member of the profession).
 August 22, 2019
 February 7, 2019
 Ee, Leslie

STATUS: Stage 1
  1. Dr. Leslie Yan Wan Ee, ND (the “Member”) registered with the Board of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (the “Board”) on or about March 17, 1998. In July 1, 2015 the Member became a member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the “College”).
  2. The Member has not met the Standard of Practice for Prescribing.

    Undertaking

  3. On or about March 5, 2014 the Member signed an Undertaking agreeing:
    1. To refrain from performing and/or supervising intravenous therapy until he successfully completed the Board therapy verification course and examination; and
    2. To complete the next available Board intravenous therapy verification course and examination.
  4. The Discipline Committee of the Board ordered the Member to comply with the terms of the Undertaking.

    The Member performed and/or supervised intravenous therapy

  5. It is alleged that the Member never successfully completed the Board therapy verification course and examination.
  6. It is alleged that the Member performed and/or supervised intravenous therapy on the following patients on or after March 5, 2014:
    1. SC;
    2. HH;
    3. NB;
    4. ZF; and/or
    5. UP.
  7. It is alleged that the Member offered to perform and/or supervise intravenous therapy on patient AM after March 5, 2014.
  8. It is alleged that the Member held himself out to patient AM as a person who was authorized to perform and/or supervise intravenous therapy.
  9. It is alleged that the Member did not advise the patients described in paragraphs 6 and/or 7 that he was not authorized to perform and/or supervise intravenous therapy.
  10. It is alleged that the Member delegated the act of intravenous therapy to nurses on the following patients after March 5, 2014:
    1. NB;
    2. ZF; and/or
    3. UP.
      The Member did not complete the next available course and examination
  11.  It is alleged that the Member did not register for the Board therapy verification course until approximately April 2017.
  12.  It is alleged that the Member did not attempt the Board therapy verification examination until May 2018.
  13. It is alleged that there were earlier opportunities to register and/or attempt the Board therapy verification course and examination.
    Allegations of professional misconduct as a Registrant of the Board
  14. It is alleged that the conduct which occurred from March 5, 2014 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:
    1. Paragraph 1 - Contravention of any provision of the Drugless Practitioners Act and its regulations, of the Food and Drug Act and its regulations, or any other act regulating the practice of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy;
    2. 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
    3. Paragraph 2(w) -Contravening standards of practice or guidelines of practice set by the Board, specifically:
      1. BDDT-N’s Standards of Practice,
        1. 2.1 – Each naturopathic doctor shall have knowledge of and comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of naturopathic medicine in the jurisdiction of practice; and/or
        2. 2.6 - Each naturopathic doctor shall deal honestly with all patients, colleagues… and refrain from giving any false, incomplete or misleading information. 

        Allegations of professional misconduct as Member of the College

  15. It is alleged that the conduct which occurred post July 1, 2015 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 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession), specifically:
    2. 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); and/or
    3. Paragraph 10 (Performing a controlled act that the member is not authorized to perform); and/or
    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).

      Alleging that another member performed and/or supervised intravenous therapy

  16. It is alleged that the Member falsely documented in the following patient charts that Dr. X, ND administered the intravenous therapy, as opposed to himself:
    1. SC;
    2. HH;
    3. NB;
    4. ZF; and/or
    5. UP.
  17.  It is alleged that the conduct which occurred post July 1, 2015 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:
  18. 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);
  19. Paragraph 23 (Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession);
  20. Paragraph 24 (Signing or issuing, in his professional capacity, a document that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement);
  21. Paragraph 25 (Falsifying a record relating to the member’s practice); and/or
  22. 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
 May 13, 2019  Elizalde, Salfe Anne
STATUS: Stage 1
 
  1. Dr. Salfe Anne Elizalde, ND (the “Member”) registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (the “College”) on or about November 10, 2015.

  2. The Member works at a clinic and at all relevant times was responsible for submitting claims to the insurer electronic system.

    Complaint

  3. On or about May 17, 2018 the College received a complaint from an insurer alleging that the Member submitted and/or issued false claims. The complaint included the following concerns:

    1. The Member billed the insurer three separate charges per day for the same patient (i.e. $120.00 service fee billed as 3 individual $40.00 service fees, including naturopathic or massage services). This billing pattern was consistent for one particular policy as this policy’s coverage allowance only permits a maximum of $40 per visit for paramedical services;

    2. After concerns were noted by the insurer, the Member’s access to the insurer electronic system was restricted. The Member then began accessing the insurer electronic system and issued claims using an alternate address (her home address as opposed to the clinic address);

    3. In or around September 2017, Patient A received osteopathy and naturopathy services but the Member only indicated naturopathy services had been provided on the claim issued to the insurer. Osteopathy services are ineligible for reimbursement by this insurer; and/or

    4. The Member would sign and/or issue a document or documents indicating that she had treated certain patients when the patients had received treatment from someone other than the Member.

  4. It is alleged that Member modified her billing pattern to circumvent the insurer’s coverage allowance.

  5. It is alleged that the Member accessed the insurer electronic system issue using a false or misleading address.

  6. It is alleged that the Member’s husband treated, or performed some of the osteopathic treatment, on Patient A.

  7. It is alleged that the Member did not document her husband’s involvement in the osteopathic treatment of Patient A in the patient record and/or the claim issued to the insurer.

  8. It is alleged that the Member issued invoices for services she did not provide.

    Further Record Keeping Concerns

  9. It is alleged that the Member did not maintain an appointment record.

  10. It is alleged that the Member failed to maintain financial records in accordance with the standards of the profession.

  11. It is alleged that the Member was unable to provide requested patient records to the College investigator upon request.

  12. It is alleged that the Member failed to maintain a separate patient record for each patient and/or ensure that patient records can be easily identified or retrieved.

  13. It is alleged that the Member failed to maintain patient charts that are accurate, legible and comprehensive. 

    Allegations of professional misconduct

  14. 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:

  15. 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);

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

  17. Paragraph 23 (Failing to keep records in accordance with the standards of the profession);

  18. 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

    1. 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).

November 6, 2019
June 6, 2019  Cohen, Helen   
STATUS: Stage 1

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 1

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 1

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