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Chiropractors disciplined for substance abuse, sexual misconduct

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Whistleblower Updated: August 12, 2013 - 4:53 PM

In Sunday's column, I wrote about Dr. Patrick Corrick from Brooklyn Park, who was placed on a probationary license for physically assaulting employees at the African Assistance Program. The Minnesota Chiropractic Examiners Board, which oversees Corrick's license, also found problems with his billing practices.

The disciplinary action was handed out on Aug. 1. Here are three other chiropractors who faced disciplinary action earlier this month.

Nicholas John Froehling of Spring Park- $3,000 civil penalty; Stayed suspension, given probationary license
Froehling hired a new employee, who also became his patient, in April 2009. About two months later, Froehling "dated and engaged in a sexual relationship," which lasted for two years, the disciplinary action said. He was still still providing care to the patient.
In May 2012, Froehling also engaged in a relationship with another new employee. Their relationship lasted about a month, according to the disciplinary action.
The board suspended his license for 24 months, but the suspension was stayed after 14 days. Froehling was placed on a 36-month probationary license. As part of his probation, Froehling must enroll in ethics training, refrain from contact with the former employees and is not allowed to treat a female patient unless a third party is in the room.

James Patrick Mellin II of Edina - Stayed suspension, given probationary license
Mellin has a history of drug and alcohol problems, according to the disciplinary action. His license was suspended for not following the rehabilitation procedures outlined in a previous order issued by the board in 2007. His most recent suspension was stayed, and he was given a five-year probationary license.
From 1993 to 2007, "the board received four complaints from the public alleging that [Mellin] came to work drunk or hungover, came back from lunch smelling of alcohol or marijuana, and was witnessed smoking marijuana," the order states.

Timothy Devries of Edina - Voluntary surrender
The board was monitoring Devries for alcohol dependency, according to the disciplinary action. In April, Devries tested positive for alcohol. He voluntarily surrendered his license to practice. Devries may petition for reinstatement of his license at any time.
 

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