A licensed Okanagan massage therapist has agreed to revoke his provincial license after improperly exposing and touching some of his patients over a seven-year period.
According to the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC), Dennis Desrochers of Enderby admitted to committing multiple malpractices with seven patients between 2011 and 2018.
The ruling, released May 4, says Desrochers admitted to stripping each of the seven patients to the waist and exposing her breasts without informing them in advance of undressing and draping options.
Fined Enderby therapist can no longer provide massage or breast exam services
He also said four patients had had their breasts touched or massaged unprofessionally, and that Desrochers also admitted to talking about bras and breast sizes to two patients.
The CMTBC said that by making the confession, Desrochers avoided a formal disciplinary hearing.
In addition to canceling his registration with the CMTBC, as of June 15, 2022, Desrochers will not be able to request his reinstatement for five years.
The CMTBC noted, however, that even if it applies after five years, it will not be an automatic process. The college said it would consider whether his candidacy would pose an undue risk or be contrary to the public interest.
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“The inquiry committee considered that the admitted conduct of Mr. Desrochers was serious,” the college said in its decision.
“The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the consent order in this case appropriately reflects the seriousness of the admitted conduct and will protect patient safety through the cancellation of Mr. Desrochers’ registration, which means that Mr. Desrochers will no longer be authorized to practice as a registrant. massage therapist in British Columbia »
Desrochers was also ordered to pay $4,000 to the college in connection with his investigation and discipline order.
The decision can be viewed on the CMTBC website.
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