BOSTON - November 24, 2009 - The State Board in Allied Health Professionals announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees:
  • Edward Schaeffer, Franklin:
    The Board has disciplined the license of Physical Therapist David Krebs for a period of six months.
    During this time frame, Schaeffer's practice of physical therapy shall be monitored by another physical therapist with supervisory experience. In addition, Schaeffer must pay the Board a $100 fine and complete three continuing education units in the subject of documentation.
    In a Final Decision and Order, the Board found that Schaeffer failed to separately document patient encounters for an individual in his care while working at Schaeffer Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Associates in Franklin.
  • Robert Jones, Franklin:
    The Board has disciplined the license of Physical Therapist Robert Jones for a period of one year.
    During this time frame, Jones' practice of physical therapy shall be monitored by another physical therapist with supervisory experience. In addition, Mr. Jones must pay the Board a $1,500 fine and successfully complete nine continuing education units during the term of probation.
    In a Final Decision and Order, the Board found that Jones violated multiple statutes and regulations while working at Hancock Physical Therapy in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Physical Therapy in Somerville, and Allied Physical Therapy in Chelsea. Those violations include Jones failed to timely re-evaluate four patients; failed to adequately supervise PTAs who treated these patients; and failed to maintain adequate clinical records and correctly sign clinical records.
  • David Krebs, Cambridge:
    The Board has disciplined the license of Physical Therapist David Krebs for a period of one year.
    During this time frame, Mr. Krebs' practice of physical therapy shall be monitored by another physical therapist with supervisory experience. In addition, Mr. Krebs must pay the Board a $400 fine.
    In a Final Decision and Order, the Board found that Krebs violated multiple statutes, regulations, and principles of the physical therapy profession. The Board found that in March 2007, Krebs was convicted of operating under the influence. The Board further found that several months later, in July 2007, he failed to disclose this conviction to the Board in his licensure renewal application. The Board specifically found that Mr. Krebs asserted, under the pains and penalties of perjury, that he had reported to the Board all discipline taken against him up to that point in time.
  • Cynthia Brown, Wakefield:
    The Board fined Cynthia Brown $500 for practicing as an Occupational Therapist Assistant without a license, a result of her failure to timely submit a license renewal application and related fee.
  • Christine Fall, Peabody:
    The Board placed Christine Fall's license to practice as a physical therapist on probation for 13 months. The Board and Fall entered into a consent agreement whereby Fall admitted that there is sufficient evidence that the Board could find that during her treatment of a patient, she failed to establish and maintain an adequate and accurate written clinical record of that patient's care and treatment. During the probationary period, Fall must complete nine additional hours of continuing education.
  • North Shore Rehabilitation Associates, Lynn:
    The Board placed North Shore Rehabilitation Associates' license to practice as a physical therapy facility on probation for 12 months. The Board and North Shore entered into a consent agreement whereby North Shore admitted that the conduct of its physical therapy compliance officer, Christine Fall, warranted disciplinary action against it pursuant to Board regulations. Furthermore, North Shore admitted that it failed to implement and maintain a business compliance plan in accordance with Board regulations. During the probationary period, North Shore must implement a business compliance plan, implement an in-service training for its staff that covers business practices, billing, and documentation, and it must be overseen by a Board-approved monitor.
  • Christina Mendez, formerly of Everett, now of Ballston Spa, N.Y.:
    The Board has disciplined Christina Mendez by assessing against her a civil penalty of $ 1,000.
    In a Final Decision and Order, the Board found that Mendez engaged in the unlicensed practice of athletic training while working at Everett High School from August 2007 through March 2008. In particular, the Board found that Mendez both held herself out as an athletic trainer and/or as being able to practice athletic training in the Commonwealth, and that she practiced athletic training and/or rendered athletic training services to students at the school. The Board also found that Mendez failed to comply with the licensure prerequisites. Consequently, the Board sanctioned Mendez in accordance with Massachusetts law.
  • Community Health & Rehabilitation Center, Chelsea:
    The Board and Community Health & Rehabilitation Center entered into a consent agreement whereby Community Health admitted that it violated Board regulations when its employees or agents did not provide a Board investigator with employee records and when it failed to respond to a written communication from the Board. As part of the consent agreement, Community Health agreed to pay a $200 fine.
  • Kelly Flannery, Newton:
    Massachusetts Physical Therapist Kelly Flannery recently was disciplined by the Board. Her license to practice physical therapy in the Commonwealth was placed on a six-month period of monitored probation. During this time, Flannery's Board-approved monitor must conduct, in coordination with any guidelines provided by the Board, a complete and comprehensive administrative and clinical review of Flannery's physical therapy practice at least once every three months. The monitor also must submit to the Board written reports, complying with Board requirements, of the results of each such review. In addition, Flannery must complete three continuing education units covering documentation and billing during the probation period, and she must pay the Board a $200 fine within 30 days. Upon completion of these sanctions, Flannery must petition the Board, in writing, to return her license from probation to current status.
    The Board found that, in connection with the complaint giving rise to matter, Flannery failed to timely reevaluate two patients in her care while working at A-Z Physical Therapy in Dorchester in 2006. The Board also found that Flannery failed to keep comprehensive and adequate clinical records for these patients, including failing to document examination findings and develop patient plans of care, and that she failed to supervise the physical therapist assistant who treated these patients.
  • Raymond R. Monto, Chilmark:
    Raymond Monto entered into a Consent Agreement whereby he agreed to pay the Board a $500 fine. The Board had not issued a physical therapy facility license to Monto Orthopedics. The Agreement resolved allegations that physical therapy had been provided at Monto Orthopedics while the facility was unlicensed.

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The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Patrick Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 Boards of Registration.