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.  
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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:

    a. Provided a consent form for the Patient to sign before the Member had an opportunity to discuss the proposed treatment and obtain informed consent;

    b. Failed to confirm at the outset of the appointment if the Patient wanted a person present during the appointment;

    c. Asked the Patient to change into a robe and/or if he could conduct a breast exam;

    d. Did not obtain informed consent to perform Bowen therapy on the patient;

    e. Did not adequately respond to the Patient’s questions about Bowen therapy;

    f. 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

    g. 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:

    a. Provide the Patient with the nature of the Bowen therapy treatment;

    b. Provide the Patient with the expected benefits of the Bowen therapy treatment;

    c. Provide the Patient with the material risks of the Bowen therapy treatment;

    d. Provide the Patient with the material side effects of the Bowen therapy treatment;

    e. Provide the Patient with alternative courses of action to Bowen therapy treatment; and/or

    f. 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:

    a. 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

    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).

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:

    a. 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

    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).

Sexual Abuse

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

    a. 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

    b. 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.

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September 6, 2018   Yores, Anthony  

STATUS: Stage 1

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).
 TBA