A North Vancouver massage therapist has been suspended by the regulatory body for not wearing a mask and making ‘sexualized’ comments to a female patient.
Connor Son is not entitled to practice as a registered massage therapist in B.C.
On December 12, the College of Massage Therapists of BC received a complaint from a female patient of the registrant, in which the patient alleged that during a recent massage therapy appointment, Son was unmasked throughout the appointment and engaged in unprofessional communications of a sexualized nature.
During the investigation of this complaint, two undercover CMTBC investigators attended for appointments with Son, during which Son did not wear a mask appropriately for either part or all of the appointment.
He also performed out of scope services without consent on one of the undercover investigators.
Further, Son did not conduct pre-screening and screening for COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with the College’s Interim Guidelines for Return to Practice.
In total, CMTBC’s Inquiry Committee has five open investigation files pertaining to Son.
The other four relate to concerns about advertising, including use of titles and advertising services outside of the scope of practice for RMTs in BC.
He also allegedly failed to comply with a previous undertaking to amend his advertising materials.
There have also been concerns about Son’s record-keeping and about his current advertising materials.
The Inquiry Committee panel found that the alleged conduct is likely to recur, and that there is a real risk of harm to patients and colleagues if Son were allowed to continue to practice without restriction.
Therefore, the panel determined that the public must be protected by an interim order during the investigation and pending any discipline hearing.
The panel considered that the only measure adequate to sufficiently protect the public in the circumstances of this case is a suspension.
Therefore, the panel ordered that Son be suspended during the investigation until the conclusion of a disposition.
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