For Immediate Release - March 04, 2014

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Chiropractors Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON – March 4, 2014 – The Board of Registration of Chiropractors (“the Board”) today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals and businesses:

Carlos Amantea, Whitinsville: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board suspended Amantea’s chiropractic license indefinitely. The Board found that Amantea was practicing with an expired license and that he failed to respond to requests for information.

Richard Brech, Plymouth:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Brech, resolving allegations that he practiced with an expired license. Under the terms of the agreement, Brech agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.  

Mitchell S. Chambers, Chicopee: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Chambers, resolving allegations that he failed to provide patient records to the authorized representative of two patients in a timely manner. Under the terms of the agreement, Chambers agreed to a reprimand of his license and to pay a $100 fine.

Downtown Chiropractic, Framingham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Downtown Chiropractic, a Massachusetts chiropractic facility, resolving allegations that the facility failed to cooperate with the Board during a routine inspection. Under the terms of the agreement, a representative of Downtown Chiropractic agreed to a formal reprimand of the facility’s license and to pay a $300 fine.

Anthony Gambale, Revere:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Anthony Gambale, resolving allegations that chiropractic treatment was provided at his chiropractic facility, Essential Care Chiropractic in Revere, prior to the facility obtaining a license. Under the terms of the agreement, Gambale agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Jason A. Gambale, Revere: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Jason Gambale, resolving allegations that he provided chiropractic treatment at Essential Care Chiropractic in Revere, prior to the facility obtaining a license. Under the terms of the agreement, Gambale agreed to pay a $100 fine.

Christopher Lamkins, Amesbury: By Final Decision and Order, the Board suspended Lamkins’ chiropractic license indefinitely.  The Board found that Lamkins failed to satisfy the continuing education requirements from a prior consent agreement entered into in 2008.

William M. Rice, Revere: The Board entered into a voluntary surrender agreement with Rice, resolving allegations that he failed to comply with probation terms and failed to pay a fine resulting from a prior consent agreement entered into in 2009. Under the terms of the agreement, Rice voluntarily surrendered his right to renew or reinstate his chiropractic license for a period of five years. 

Metrowest Chiropractic Associates, Framingham: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Metrowest Chiropractic Associates, a Massachusetts chiropractic facility, resolving allegations that its employees failed to cooperate with the Board during an inspection.  Specifically, one or more of its employees or agents refused to provide the Board’s investigator access to information, including, but not limited to, patient records and files. Under the terms of the agreement, a representative of the facility agreed to pay a $100 fine.

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 regulations. Currently, the Board licenses 2,139 individuals and facilities to practice the chiropractic profession in Massachusetts.

Chiropractors provide health care 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 Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) 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 more than 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers who suspect fraud committed by allied health professionals, chiropractors and other health care providers can report it anonymously through the DPL Health Care 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.

Consumers are urged to visit the DPL’s website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing. Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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