Iowa County Chiropractor Suspended

Posted Monday, August 24, 2009 --- 3:10 p.m.

Press Release from the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing:

Iowa County Chiropractor Suspended

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) Secretary Celia Jackson announced today that the Chiropractic Examining Board (CEB) has ordered a one year suspension of the license of Judith Yager of Cobb Wisconsin, beginning September 1, 2009.

The Board found in its Final Decision and order, dated August 13th, that Yager practiced while her license had lapsed in early 2005, used a banned device to treat patients, and aided and abetted unlicensed practice by bringing a chiropractor who was not licensed in Wisconsin to her clinic to adjust patients. The CEB also found that Yager practiced outside the scope of chiropractic by diagnosing based on handwriting samples and dreams, with the assistance of a chiropractor not licensed in Wisconsin. In addition, the CEB found that Yager provided false information to the Board while being interviewed in connection with the case and that she improperly engaged in an ongoing romantic and sexual relationship with a patient in 2000.

“Ms. Yager engaged in practice outside the proper boundaries of her license in many ways and needs to be held accountable,” said Secretary Jackson in announcing the disciplinary action.

Yager may petition the CEB for a stay of the suspension after six months provided she complies with the terms of the CEB order, which include a requirement that, within 30 days, she undergo an assessment by a mental health care provider experienced in evaluating health care practitioners who have been sexually involved with patients. The Board also ordered that she take 18 hours of continuing education in patient boundaries, the scope of chiropractic practice and law and ethics for chiropractors. The Board may also order other limitations on Dr. Yager’s license after the assessment, including but not limited to professional education, practice restrictions and psychotherapy. In the event that the assessor determines that Dr. Yager cannot safely practice chiropractic, the board may end the stay and suspend Respondent’s license until such time as Respondent proves she is capable of safely practicing chiropractic.

About The Department of Regulation and Licensing:
The Department of Regulation and Licensing, and related professional boards, license and regulate 128 different types of credentials in 57 professional fields. The Department issues over 50,000 new credentials and renews approximately 350,000 credential holders each biennium. The agency also provides centralized administrative services to 64 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The Department of Regulation and Licensing protects the citizens of Wisconsin by ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals through regulation, education, experience, examination, practice standards, and compliance.

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