ANLS 1617 NCMIC - One Doctor Finds Out the Hard Way Why Not...

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One Doctor Finds Out the Hard Way… Why Not to Date a Patient By Bruce Hodges, D.C. James Ramsey, D.C.,* a married 38-year-old with two children, had a very busy, growing practice. He was active in the community, involved with his church, and held in high esteem by his patients and peers. One morning all that changed … Dr. Ramsey received a letter from the Attorney General’s office requiring his appearance before the state’s Board o Chiropractic Examiners. Four women were charging him with sexual misconduct. In addition, Dr. Ramsey received notice of a separate court action that the women were seeking substantial financial settlements. Dr. Ramsey reacted with disbelief, anger, and fear. Why was Dr. Ramsey’s life turned upside down? Five years earlier, Dr. Ramsey became sexually intimate with an office employee who was also a patient. Both the doctor and the employee were in unhappy marriages, and their liaison was consensual. The relationship ended amicably after six months, and the employee/patient left Dr. Ramsey’s employment to open an office as a massage therapist. After the affair ended, she continued to send her children to receive care from Dr. Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey subsequently became sexually involved with two other patients. Both relationships were consensual and ended on friendly terms. In fact, one of the women was hired to work in Dr. Ramsey’s office. Then, three years after the last relationship ended, Dr. Ramsey received the notice requiring his appearance before the state’s Board of Examiners. During this three-year period, Dr. Ramsey and his wife worked to significantly
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course ANLS 1617 taught by Professor Laurahuber during the Spring '10 term at Life Chiropractic College West.

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ANLS 1617 NCMIC - One Doctor Finds Out the Hard Way Why Not...

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