B.C. chiropractor who advertised unproven ‘brain balancing’ treatment fined $200 – CBC.ca

13July 2020

A North Vancouver chiropractic practitioner who used unverified and unapproved “brain balancing” treatments and cured patients while his licence was suspended has been fined $200.

Dan Sullins has also received a reprimand from the College of Chiropractors of B.C. and will need to pay the college $4,000 in expenses but will be permitted to continue working after signing a consent contract acknowledging various issues with his practice,

according to a public notification. Initially from Texas, Sullins had actually marketed something he called “board certified functional neurology,” which is not a recognized chiropractic credential in B.C. He also promoted a treatment called “brain balancing” and declared to be trained in “a number of brain stimulating adjusting techniques.”

At one point, patient testimonials on his website recommended he's aided with some conditions that chiropractic specialists in B.C. are specifically banned from claiming to deal with, including ADHD and youth speech conditions.

Sullins' registration was suspended by the college in June 2019 amid three examinations into his work.

Sullins' claims also prompted the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., Dr. Heidi Oetter, to speak up. She called Sullins' marketing “rather frankly, dangerous “because clients might be led to believe he's a medical professional of neurology.

Sullins failed to co-operate with inspectors

The College of Chiropractors has now confirmed that Sullins violated its standards and policies in a number of different methods, including marketing treatments that aren't supported by evidence, acting beyond his legal scope of practice, stopping working to co-operate with a college examination, practising while his licence was suspended and advertising his services with a group coupon.

Sullins' suspension from practise was lifted this March, after he accepted be monitored by the college for 4 months.

His practice was likewise positioned under a variety of conditions, consisting of working within the legal scope of practice, bringing his marketing into line with college standards and preserving required records. Those conditions all stay in location.

Last summer, Sullins filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court challenging the suspension of his licence. The petition exposed the RCMP had visited his North Vancouver center in connection with the college's investigations.

Sullins trained as a chiropractic practitioner in Texas and worked in the Dallas area from 2012 to 2016, when he transferred to the Vancouver area for household reasons, according to an affidavit he submitted in support of his petition.

Sullins has been signed up as a chiropractic practitioner in this province because January 2018.

Source: cbc.ca

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