For Immediate Release - July 19, 2004

Physical Therapist Agrees to an Indefinite Stayed Suspension

Physical Therapist Agrees to an Indefinite Stayed Suspension

Neil E. Primack of Amherst, Massachusetts has entered into a consent agreement with the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals ("Board"), requiring an indefinite stayed suspension of his license to practice physical therapy effective April 29, 2004.

Primack violated Board regulations by engaging in inappropriate conduct with a female patient while administering therapeutic massage during an appointment in April 2003. The consent agreement indicates that Primack made improper and unprofessional overtures and references of a highly personally nature to his patient during the course of the therapy.

Within the first 90 days of the stayed suspension, Primack will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation that will include a qualified mental health professional's opinion as to the likelihood of Primack's engaging in similar inappropriate conduct as well as his willingness and ability to maintain professional boundaries with patients in the future. Primack may not petition the Board for lifting of his suspension or restoration of his license to good standing for a three-year period beginning on April 29, 2004.

"I commend the Board for taking decisive action and holding the licensee accountable for his unprofessional conduct", said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

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.