College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Su Lan (Mary) Lee (01615)

Date of action: February 27, 2012

Description of action taken

On May 27, 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 with terms that would ensure that the Registrant did not repeat the conduct.

Reasons for action taken

The Inquiry Committee was concerned that the Registrant:

  1. continued to use the "Dr." title after being warned by the College in 2009 that she could not do so;
  2. failed to clearly display her fee schedule in a prominent place in her clinic;
  3. failed to maintain complete clinical records including a TCM diagnosis (including tongue and pulse), complete medical history (including medication), documented informed consent and detailed visitation progress notes;
  4. failed to follow the "Clean Needle Technique" manual in the disposal of biohazardous waste and the sterilization of cups after blood-letting;
  5. failed to ensure the patient's comfort during treatment;
  6. demonstrated questionable competency in relation to 'Sacroiliac Joint Adjustments' and 'Water-fasting;'
  7. failed to explain the treatment to the patient prior to proceeding;
  8. failed to monitor the Complainant's blood pressure during a 2 ½ hour treatment particularly in view of his age and a history of TIA; and
  9. failed to conduct tests to determine the Complainant's strength and mobility in his left hand before providing treatment.

Action taken

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

  1. maintain properly documented clinical records for her patients;
  2. refrain from using the "Doctor" title or any abbreviation of that title in relation to her practice;
  3. refrain from engaging in the conduct of blood-letting in her practice;
  4. a reprimand in relation to her professional misconduct in failing to maintain proper clinical records;
  5. a reprimand for continuing to use the Doctor title in relation to her practice;
  6. a suspension of her practice for 30 days commencing the date of the Order;
  7. reimburse the Complainant the sum of $365.00 towards the cost of his treatment within 30 days of the date of the Order;
  8. pay a fine of $1,000.00 within 30 days of the date of the Order;
  9. attend a course on professional responsibility and clinical record-keeping within 6 months of the date of the Order;
  10. cooperate with random spot audits by an inspector, at the Registrant's cost, at any time during the next two years to review her clinical and billing records;
  11. carry out remedial work and/or training that the Inquiry Committee directs in the event that any areas of deficiency are identified by the inspector during the random spot audits; and
  12. pay $1,081.82 towards the College's investigation costs in accordance with the tariff.