College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Stefanie Sakata (03738)

Date of action: December 5, 2011

Description of action taken

On March 16, 2011, the CTCMA initiated an investigation under s.33 of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183 (the "Act") in response to a complaint received by a member of the public. Following the investigation, the Inquiry Committee determined under s.33(6)(c) of the Act to seek a consent order under s.36 of the Act on terms that would ensure that the Registrant did not repeat the conduct.

Reasons for action taken

The Inquiry Committee was concerned that:

  1. the Registrant provided acupuncture treatments for a short period before obtaining mandatory College registration;
  2. the Registrant failed to maintain a full clinical record of the Complainant's health history, diagnosis and treatment protocols; and
  3. the Registrant failed to obtain an informed consent to treatment from the Complainant.

Action taken

The Inquiry Committee requested, and the Registrant agreed to provide, her undertaking and consent to:

  1. pay a fine in the amount of $1,000.00 for her professional misconduct as it related to providing acupuncture treatment without CTCMA registration;
  2. a 30 day suspension of her clinical practice for her professional misconduct as it related to providing acupuncture treatment without CTCMA registration; and
  3. pay the sum of $1,091.88 toward the CTCMA's costs of investigation as calculated in accordance with the tariff of costs established under s.19(1)(v.1) of the Act.