Byron Atchison: Local chiropractor facing discipline hearing

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A London chiropractor is facing a long list of allegations – including one for the sexual abuse of a patient – from the profession’s governing body in Ontario.  

Byron Atchison, a chiropractor at the Huron and Highbury Chiropractic Centre, is accused of professional misconduct by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. The allegations, spelled out in three notices of hearing by the college, involve three unnamed patients and an employee of the clinic.

The allegations haven’t been tested before the regulatory body.

Based on three complaints filed in March and May of last year, the college alleges Atchison sexually abused a patient between April 2014 and March 12, 2016. He’s also accused of emotionally, psychologically, verbally or physically abusing that same client. 

The chiropractor is accused of “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional” behaviour for remarks toward an employee and two patients between April 2014 and March 4, 2016.

The college also said Atchison made billing and record-keeping mistakes with one client between Sept. 30, 2013 and Feb. 24, 2016. The regulator alleges he failed to keep some records and falsified others.

Atchison is scheduled to face the regulator’s disciplinary panel to answer to the professional misconduct allegations Wednesday.  

“We are anticipating on proceeding by way of a joint submission with respect to all three notices of hearing,” said college registrar Jo-Ann Wilson, declining to elaborate further on the details.

Atchison was still seeing patients as of Friday morning. Staff said he was not available to speak with a Free Press reporter during a visit to his office. Messages left by phone and in person with his office staff were not returned.

Atchison graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1981 after earning his bachelor of science degree from University of Guelph, according to his website.

If the regulator finds Atchison guilty of professional misconduct, the college could revoke or suspend his ability to practice, put conditions or limitations on his licence or formally reprimand him. Atchison could also face a fine of up to $35,000 or be on the hook for the college’s legal expenses, investigation or hearing costs.

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