Jordan TITCHENER (04545)
Effective date: June 14, 2022
Name of registrant: Jordan Titchener, R.Ac.
Location of practice: Surrey, BC
Nature of action:
On May 15, 2022, the Inquiry Committee of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Practitioners of British Columbia (the College) initiated an investigation into the conduct of the Registrant, Jordan Titchener, pursuant to section 33(4) the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183 (the “Act”) concerning the allegation that he had engaged in professional misconduct of a sexual nature during treatment with a former patient.
Pursuant to section 35(1)(b) of the Act, the Inquiry Committee Panel made an order to suspend the Registrant’s registration with the College during its continued investigation of the allegation and pending a hearing of the Discipline Committee, if any, to protect the public.
Reasons for action taken:
On May 15, 2022, the College was notified that a patient had alleged that she believed that during a treatment on February 16, 2022, the Registrant placed his penis in her hand while she lay face down on the treatment table.
At the time the alleged incident occurred, the Registrant had a consent agreement (the Agreement) in place in relation to another matter wherein he agreed, among other things, to have a chaperone physically present whenever he had contact with a female patient for the duration of the Agreement pending the completion of a discipline hearing. A discipline decision was issued on that matter on February 2, 2022. On March 4, 2022, the discipline hearing panel issued an order under section 38(8) of the Act with several interim conditions including a prohibition on treating female patients.
In the context of the new investigation initiated May 15, 2022, the Inquiry Committee Panel reviewed the investigative material gathered to date by the College and the Registrant’s submission in which he denied the alleged conduct.
The Inquiry Committee Panel was satisfied that there was a prima facie case regarding the allegation that the Registrant engaged in professional misconduct as the allegation is not ‘manifestly unfounded’ or ‘manifestly exaggerated’ and is of a serious nature that could, if proven, constitute professional misconduct.
Given the prima facie case and the sexual nature of the misconduct arising from that case, the Inquiry Committee Panel was satisfied that extraordinary action was necessary to protect the public in the interim pending the outcome of the investigation. In view of the discipline decision issued on February 2, 2022, the Inquiry Committee Panel concluded that an interim suspension of the Registrant’s registration is warranted.