News Release August 11, 2011
MEDICAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
August 11, 2011
Medical Board of California investigators serve search
warrant on medical clinic in West Hollywood
SACRAMENTO Medical Board of California investigators served a search warrant Tuesday on an unlicensed medical practice in West Hollywood, where medical procedures are being conducted without any licensed medical personnel present. "The mission of the Medical Board is public protection, and this action reflects the Board's ongoing commitment to that mission," said Linda Whitney, Executive Director of the Medical Board.
The Medical Board received complaints that the Calayan Medical Clinic had opened a medical practice in Los Angeles where cosmetic surgical procedures, including laser and Botox treatments, were being performed. The practice was subsequently moved to West Hollywood. Victims reported being injured by the laser treatments.
Investigators from the Board’s Operation Safe Medicine conducted surveillance and an undercover investigator, posing as a patient, obtained evidence that an unlicensed female represented herself as a licensed medical doctor, diagnosed a medical condition, and performed laser treatments. Based on this investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served on August 9, 2011.
The case has been referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for an alleged violation of Business and Professions Code section 2052 (Practicing Medicine Without a License).
The mission of the Medical Board is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and, to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.
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