For Immediate Release - July 03, 2012

Board of Registration of Chiropractors Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - July 3, 2012 - The Board of Registration of Chiropractors today announced disciplinary action against the following licensees:

Centre Street Rehabilitation, Jamaica Plain

Centre Street Rehabilitation, a chiropractic facility, recently surrendered its license to the Board. In a Surrender Agreement the facility admitted it employed one or more Massachusetts chiropractors who failed to properly document a patient’s initial evaluation and daily treatments on a number of occasions from Jan. 26, 2009, through March 24, 2009.

Chiropractic Arts, Springfield

The Board and Chiropractic Arts, a chiropractic facility, entered into a consent agreement whereby Chiropractic Arts agreed to a one-year probation of its facility license, two compliance audits of the facility’s practice, and a $100 fine resolving an allegation of conduct relating to inadequate documentation.

Christine M. Doole, East Weymouth

Christine Doole, a chiropractor, entered into a consent agreement agreeing to probation of her chiropractic license. Though Doole is currently not practicing in Massachusetts, if she elects to resume chiropractic practice in Massachusetts she must complete a two-year period of probation during which she will be required to meet with a Board-approved monitor every three months. In addition, Doole must complete 12 additional hours of continuing education in the topics of record-keeping and compliance within the next six months, and she must pay a $500 fine. The consent agreement resolved allegations of violations of Board regulations.

Chiropractors provide healthcare services to consumers for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. They are concerned with improving and maintaining the integrity of the biomechanical systems of the body. The Board of Registration of Chiropractors regulates the practice of chiropractic in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Board works to maintain high standards of practice and to protect the health and welfare of the public by establishing qualification requirements for licensure, reviewing applicant credentials, and administering licensing examinations. The Board also monitors the practice of its licensees to ensure compliance with state laws and the Board's rules and regulations. The Board currently licenses approximately 2,087 individuals and facilities in the chiropractic 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.