For Immediate Release - July 02, 2012

Allied Health Professionals Board Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - July 2, 2012 - The Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals ("Board") today announced disciplinary action against the following individuals:

Lisa Cloutier, Billerica

Cloutier, a physical therapist, agreed to pay a $250 fine to the Board. Cloutier entered into a consent agreement with the Board resolving allegations of unlicensed practice.

Anne-Marie Farricy, Northborough

Farricy, an occupational therapist, agreed to pay a $1,000 fine to the Board. Farricy entered into a consent agreement with the Board resolving allegations of unlicensed practice.

Jilleanne Miller, Weymouth

Miller, an occupational therapist agreed to pay a $250 fine to the Board. Miller entered into a consent agreement with the Board resolving allegations of practicing with an expired license.

Allied health professionals are occupational therapists and assistants, athletic trainers, and physical therapists and assistants. The Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals evaluates the qualifications of applicants for licensure and grants licenses to those who qualify. It establishes rules and regulations to ensure the integrity and competence of licensees.

The Board is the link between the consumer and the allied health professional and, as such, promotes public health, welfare and safety. The Board currently licenses approximately 20,535 individuals in the allied health profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "Check a Professional’s License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

Consumers who suspect fraud committed by Allied Health Professionals, chiropractors and other healthcare providers can report it anonymously through the DPL healthcare fraud tip line at 617-727-4499. The tip line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers are asked to provide as much detail as possible about the alleged fraud and the basis for the allegation.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.