For Immediate Release - July 19, 2004

Lawrence Chiropractor Gets 30-Month Suspension, 18-Month Probation

Lawrence Chiropractor Gets 30-Month Suspension, 18-Month Probation

The chiropractic license of Alan K. Cohen, D.C. of Lawrence, Massachusetts has been suspended by the Board of Registration of Chiropractors for 30 months effective July 1, 2004, to be followed by an additional 18 month probationary period.

Cohen admitted to distributing a promotional flier during 2001 aimed at persons who had been injured in automobile accidents or suffered from work-related injuries. The flier offered $200 vouchers for each patient referral, a violation of regulations for chiropractic licensees.

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors regulates the practice of chiropractic care by establishing qualification requirements for licensure, reviewing applicant credentials and administering licensing exams. The Board monitors the practice of its licensees to ensure compliance with state laws and the Board's rules and regulations. The Board also resolves consumer complaints against licensees through investigations and takes appropriate disciplinary action when warranted.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement, and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and returned more than $25,000 in refunds to consumers.