For Immediate Release - June 14, 2005

State Board Acts on Physical Therapist License

Joanne Devin of Canton has entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals ("Board"), resulting in an 18-month stayed suspension of her physical therapist license effective May 9, 2005.

Devin admitted violating Board regulations in the treatment of four patients. Among the violations identified were inadequate documentation, excessive treatment, improper billing, and failure to reevaluate patients in an appropriate amount of time. Devin also failed to appropriately supervise a physical therapy assistant.

Devin is required to successfully complete continuing education courses and employ a compliance monitor over the first six months of the stayed suspension to review her records and practice. Devin will be eligible for a full reinstatement of her license on November 9, 2006.

The Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals licenses approximately 18,100 allied health professionals throughout the Commonwealth. The Board received 27 new complaints and resolved 57 complaints last year, resulting in eight consent agreements, the voluntary surrender of four licenses, revocation of four licenses, and issuance of one stayed 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.