An Agassiz chiropractor has admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with a patient, according to a public notice by the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC).
Dr. Kevin Henke has been reprimanded by the college for his actions, which occurred between Dec. 2007 and Feb. 2008. The resulting discipline order was made on May 3, and has been published online as public information. Dr. Henke declined to speak to the Observer about the matter.
One of the conditions handed to Henke by the CCBC is a six-month suspension from practicing. Henke’s lawyer, Patrick F. Lewis, stated in an email that the suspension will begin on July 3 this year – a timeframe that could be stayed by three months if all other terms of the order are met. Those include paying costs of $10,000 and completing approved coursework on boundary issues, at Dr. Henke’s own expense.
Diana MacKay, deputy registrar at the CCBC, said the issue is “not a criminal act.”
“But we did have a complaint, and we do have a code of conduct,” she said. “We can only say that we take seriously the complaints that come into us.”
The suspension is not immediate because the college has to put patients’ health as top priority, she said.
“If we just issued an order and said today you have to stop practicing, we then have an issue with them (patients) not receiving care,” MacKay said.