London chiropractor Byron Atchison suspended by professional body for misconduct

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A London chiropractor has been handed a one-year suspension by the profession’s governing body in Ontario after admitting to a series of professional misconduct allegations.

Byron Atchison, a chiropractor at the Huron and Highbury Chiropractic Clinic, was formally reprimanded and barred from practising for up to 12 months at a disciplinary hearing Wednesday morning in Toronto.

In an agreed statement of facts submitted to the College of Chiropractors of Ontario, Atchison admits he “used profanity, and made comments that were extremely unprofessional and offensive” to two patients and an employee between April 2014 and March 4, 2016.

In the joint submission presented to the college’s disciplinary panel Wednesday, Atchison admitted to billing an insurance provider for at least seven appointments missed by one patient. The London chiropractor also said he altered the client’s records to make it look like the patient had attended the appointment.

The regulator withdrew its previous allegations that Atchison sexually abused a patient between April 2014 and March 12, 2016. The college also withdrew its accusation that Atchison emotionally, psychologically, verbally or physically abused that same client.

The college did not provide details on why the allegations were dropped.

Atchison was not available for comment during a call to his Highbury Avenue office Wednesday afternoon.

A message and email sent to his lawyer, Valerie Wise, were not returned.

In addition to the year-long suspension, Atchison is also required to pay $15,000 to college by the end of 2017.

If Atchison complies with conditions set out by the college, passes an ethics training course, completes am exam on legislation and ethics, and finishes a record keeping workshop before June 2, 2018, the college will allow him to return to his practice after serving 10 months of his suspension.

Under the agreement, Atchison will be assessed by his peers six months after he returns to work, a cost he’ll have to cover himself.

As part of the resolution agreement, Atchison has agreed not to appeal the discipline committee’s decision.

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

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