To protect the public, the College holds Ontario’s naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice. The Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence by holding hearings of the allegations in front of a Panel of the Committee. All hearings are open to the public unless the Panel has ruled that all or a portion of the hearing must remain closed.
All hearings are presently being held virtually; however, interested individuals may observe hearings via a live streaming link which the College will provide. To obtain the link, interested individuals are invited to Register in advance with the College. When registering, be sure to know which hearing you wish to watch as several may be open for registration at any given time.
As a condition of observing the hearing, all individuals must agree to the following:
a) That they will not provide the link to any other person (this ensures that all observers have entered into the agreement with the College.
b) That they will respect any publication bans placed on the hearing by the Panel. A publication ban is typically placed on the names of any patients in order to protect their privacy. A ban means any future reference on-line, in print or in discussions must not include the information subject to the ban.
c) That they will not record or screen capture the hearing as the Discipline Panel prohibits any recording of the hearings.
If you are interested in attending a hearing, please click here to Register.
Upcoming Discipline Hearings
As a part of our transparency initiatives, the College ensures that the public is aware of the status of each matter brought before the Discipline Committee.
You can find a general outline of the disciplinary stages here.
|Registrant’s Name||Referral Date||Hearing Date(s)||Status||Allegations|
|Bortnick, Allan||December 3, 2020|
Notice of Hearings
|Stage 3||• 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;|
• Sexual impropriety with a patient;
• Failure to obtain informed consent for diagnostic or treatment procedures or plan of treatment;
• Failure to maintain adequate records in accordance with BDDT-N policy; and/or
• Contravening standards of practice or guidelines of practice set by the Board
|Turner, Natasha||September 10, 2020|
October 29, 2021
Notice of Hearing
|Stage 5||• Contravening a standard of practice of the profession including but not limited to Advertising and/or Conflict of Interest standard of practice|
• Recommending or providing treatment that is unnecessary or ineffective
• Making a claim respecting a drug, substance, remedy, treatment, device or procedure other than a claim that can be supported as reasonable professional opinion
• Providing or attempting to provide services or treatment beyond the registrant’s knowledge, skill or judgment
• Prescribing, dispensing, compounding or selling a drug or a substance for an improper purpose
• Acting in a conflict of interest when acting in a professional capacity