Washington State Department of Health announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with chiropractor and naturopathic physician Matthew Tellez that will result in a 6 month suspension of his credentials and, if he wishes to resume his practice, a 2 year probationary period and his taking a boundaries and ethics course. Tellez allegedly engaged in sex with a patient.
Prior to the suspension, Tellez had been licensed as a chiropractor since 1999 and as a naturopathic physician since 2003. Over a ten year period, he treated the patient an estimated 62 times for an undisclosed issue. Shortly after the final treatment, the sexual contact occurred.
The alleged sexual relationship violated the terms of both his naturopathic license and his chiropractic license.
Should Tellez wish to seek reinstatement, he will have to pay a $5,000 fine in addition to agreeing to the probationary period.
Tellez’s website says he is “on sabbatical” and will return in November.