For Immediate Release - February 11, 2005

South Easton Podiatrist Surrenders License

South Easton Podiatrist Surrenders License

Tracy D. Pierce of South Easton has agreed to surrender her podiatry license to the Board of Registration of Podiatrists ("Board") for two years in response to allegations that she may have practiced beyond the scope of her field in advertising Botox and collagen injections for customers of the Personal Best Day Spa in Pembroke.

Board regulations specify that a licensed podiatrist may only provide treatment to feet. The Board contends that Pierce failed to cooperate with investigators' request for records and failed to provide satisfactory evidence of her compliance with continuing education requirements necessary for licensure. Pierce may not seek reinstatement of her podiatrist license until January 11, 2007.

The Board of Registration of Podiatry licenses nearly 600 podiatrists throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board received 18 complaints and resolved 23 complaints, resulting two licensee consent agreements, one license revocation and a license suspension.

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 the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.