Psych Crime Reporter

September 22, 2017

Did you get electroshock treatment at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 4:07 pm

Did you receive electroshock treatments Unity Point Methodist Hospital?

Did you experience bad results such as persistent impaired memory?

Has it affected your ability to work and earn a living?

Was your treatment supervised by any of the following individuals:

  • Matthew Preston, M.D.
  • Peter Alahi, M.D.
  • Andrew Lancia, M.D.

If you answered “yes” to these questions, Citizens Commission on Human Rights would like to hear from you. We may be able to assist you to file complaints and take action against this abusive practice.

Please contact reportabuse@cchr.org

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July 18, 2014

Psychiatrist Curtis Steele loses license over teen nude photo allegations

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 2:57 pm

A former psychiatrist who practised in Halifax and taught at Dalhousie University will never practise over allegations that he took nude photos of a teenage patient.

Curtis Steele agreed to give up his licence after an investigation by the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Steele practised in the province from his move to Nova Scotia in 1988 until 2013. In 2013, one of his former patients filed a complaint against him with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The patient was 14 years old when she started seeing Steele in 2003. The decision from the college says one of the girl’s parents worked with Steele and considered him a friend.

A committee that investigated the complaint found a number of concerns about Steele’s behaviour, including Steele allegedly taking nude photographs of his 14-year-old patient, as well as prescribing the drug Paxil without a supporting diagnosis.

“Dr. Steele lacked the necessary insight expected of a psychiatrist in failing to immediately recognize the impropriety of taking the photographs,” the college ruling says.

“The allegations are serious and profoundly disturbing.” – Dr. Gus Grant, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Steele has agreed to the terms of the college’s settlement to stop practising medicine and never apply for a licence again.

He will also have to pay $5,000 to help cover the college’s costs of the investigation. Steele admitted to professional misconduct, but not necessarily the facts outlined in the agreement.

The college released its decision Wednesday morning.

“I can’t imagine complaints of a more serious nature,” said Dr. Gus Grant, the registrar and CEO of the college. “The allegations are serious and profoundly disturbing.”

Grant says the incident could lead to charges.

“The nature of the allegations that the college considered are serious and potentially will involve the criminal court system,” he said.
Two more complaints outstanding

Meanwhile, Steele still faces two complaints from former patients, including another case filed by the patient who was 14 years old when he treated her in 2003.

A second case, filed last year, alleges Steele made inappropriate sexual advances toward a male patient using a dildo.

Steele practised at the Community Mental Health Clinic at the Capital District Health Authority, as well as at a small private practice.

Steele was also a faculty member at Dalhousie University’s Department of Psychiatry, but retired in 2013. He hadn’t taught medical students in over a decade, says Dalhousie spokeswoman Allison Gerrard.

Source: “Curtis Steele loses psychiatry licence over nude photo allegations,” CBC News, July 16, 2014.

July 8, 2014

Psychiatrist Harold Smith gives up license following history of drug-related disciplinary actions

Filed under: controlled substances,prescription drugs,Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 3:21 pm

On June 18, 2014 the Florida Board of Medicine accepted Florida psychiatrist’s Harold Edward Smith’s voluntary relinquishment of his medical license.

Per the terms of the agreement, Smith may never again apply for a physician’s license in Florida. This follows his history of at least four medical license suspensions or revocations by three states and by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Aadministration and several narcotic drug use relapses of his own.

Most recently, an administrative complaint was filed against him by the Florida Department of Health alleging he drugged to death a hospitalized patient of his. The medical examiner’s autopsy report stated she died from drug intoxication involving the very same drugs Smith was prescribing to her. Despite obvious symptoms of prolonged drowsiness, Smith raised her dosage twice before a hospital worker found her dead on the floor.

State of Florida FINALLY takes action on psychiatrist with history of ampthetamine abuse

On June 18, 2014 the Florida Board of Medicine accepted Florida psychiatrist’s David G. Malen’s voluntary relinquishment of his medical license.

Per the terms of the agreement Malen may never again apply for a physician’s license in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health initiated its case against Malen in 2007.

The administrative complaint which resulted in Malen giving up his license, contained information about Malen’s “history of taking ‘extraordinary’ doses of amphetamines with extreme difficulties resulting from the drugs, including depression, suicide attempts and psychosis,” as well as his continued use of and addiction to the substance.

The Department of Health’s document further contains information about Malen’s submission to the state’s Professionals Resource Network (“PRN,” a program for impaird physicians) in 2008. This resulted in Malen undergoing several psychiatric evaluations between 2008 and 2011, all of which found him impaired, yet it appears that the state continued to allow him to practice.

You read that correctly: Malen’s drug addiction was a well-documented concern since 2007, yet his license was free and clear from 2007 to June 2014.

June 26, 2014

Counselor Danielle Hackett surrenders license

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:52 pm

On March 24, 2014, the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure formally reprimanded professional counselor Danielle Hackett and accepted the surrender of her license.

This action was based on findings that while providing counseling services to an inmate, Hackett engaged in a sexualized dual relationship with the inmate, including sharing personal information and engaging in sexualized, flirtatious telephone conversations with him.

June 23, 2014

Psychiatrist Licia B. Maiocchi reprimanded

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:40 pm

On May 1, 2014, the New South Wales (Australia) Medical Professional Standards Committee reprimanded psychiatrist Licia Beatriz Maiocchi for unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to her refusal to attend a performance assessment when required to do so by the Medical Council in November 2011.

The Council had requested Maiocchi to attend the assessment after receiving a notification about her work performance from her employer during 2010.

In addition to the reprimand, the Committee imposed conditions on her registration.

June 16, 2014

NY psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner loses license for sex with patient, etc. from ’70s on

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:54 pm

On April 21, 2014, the New York State Department of Health revoked the license of psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner for, among other things, gross negligence, gross incompetence failure to maintain records, relative to his treatment of five patients, going back to the 1970s.

Pisetzner conceded to the Health Dept’s criticism that he failed to document medications, dosages and rationales for prescribing, re-prescribing for long periods without office visits and summarizing multiple visits rather that documenting each one.

The Dept’s committee also unanimously sustained allegations that Pisetzner engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient and made unexplained and inappropriate payments to the patient, for whom he was unable product any records from the 1970s to 2000.

Psychiatrist Sheila Williamson suspended on suspicion of impairment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:50 pm

On April 14, 2014, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts issued an Order Emergently Suspending License on psychiatrist Sheila Williamson. Thought the Board’s document is significantly redacted, it makes reference to the section of states law which states that if “[t]he licensee has the inability to practice the healing arts with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of physical or mental illness, or condition or use of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances.” It further states that “There is cause to believe Licensee’s ability to practice medicine is impaired to a degree which would violate” the state law.

Psychiatrist Melvyn Levitch reprimanded over prescribing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:49 pm

On September 21, 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health reprimanded psychiatrist Melvyn Levitch for unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct and failure to follow board regulations which establish prerequisites for the issuance of prescriptions. The Board also assessed a $1,800 civil penalty, plus costs.

Psychiatrist Ronald G. Rubin suspended for over prescribing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:47 pm

On February 19, 2014, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board summarily suspended the license of psychiatrist Ronald G. Rubin. According to the Board’s document, the Board found probable cause to believe that Rubin “grossly overprescribed stimulants” to patients, creating unnecessary health risks.

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