The state on Thursday took action against a chiropractor, handing down pages of violations, accusing him of unethical practices, after CALL7 Investigators exposed his business practices.
Over the past year, many former patients of chiropractor Brandon Credeur told 7NEWS that they paid thousands of dollars upfront, seeking help for thyroid and diabetes problems from someone they thought was an endocrinologist.
CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta wanted to talk to Credeur about the violations he's facing but was told he was busy with patients.
Credeur has been hit with 25 counts including negligent chiropractic practice, false or misleading advertising, unethical advertising, ordering unnecessary tests, failing to make essential entries on patient records, or falsifying them, abandoning a patient, and performing a procedure beyond the scope of authorized services.
The charges come as a result of a series of CALL7 investigations which exposed Credeur's questionable business practices and as a result of dozens of patients coming forward to say they were misled.
CJ Omelian, a former Credeur patient, believes that Credeur's license should be pulled.
"He abused that," Omelian said.
Until she saw our investigation she believed Credeur was an endocrinologist.
"I hope he has to answer to every charge he has against him," Omelian said.
"Patients are sometimes not understanding the qualifications of the people they're dealing with. And we think this is one of those cases," said Dr. Brent Keeler, president of the Colorado Medical Society.
The Colorado Medical Society is calling for more transparency.
And it is Credeur's own words, seen in Web videos posted online, that raises even more questions as he tutors others chiropractors on his business model.
"I would take the spines out of the office or at least hide them," Credeur instructed in one video.
"These patients are desperate," Credeur said in another video.
"Just watching the money roll in," he said in a third video.
Senate Majority Leader John Morse said the time is right for bipartisan support for legislation that goes farther to protect Colorado patients from potential fraud.
"Theres no question, since you and I last talked, this has been the talk in this building, so your story is clearly penetrating. And people are clearly disgusted by what's going on," Morse said. "We need to shut down every business that's being run this way, end of discussion. This is so incredibly egregious."
The frustrating part is the process of revoking a license is a long one so no action was taken Thursday.
Credeur has 30 days to respond and will have his first hearing sometime next month.
In the meantime, Credeur gets to keep his license and he can continue to sign up new patients.
Credeur's spokeswoman sent us the following statement:
"The notice of charges represents allegations only, which are not accurate. Dr. Credeur is fully participating in the regulatory and legal processes. Now and as in the past, the Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado operates within the law and has relied upon board guidance in its advertising and practice model, which was affirmed in 2008 and 2009. The Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado and its chiropractors have always upheld the highest standards for care and treatment of their patients and will continue to do so. "
The Board of Chiropractic Examiners sent us the following statement:
"The Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners mission is consumer protection. The Board invoked the disciplinary process against Dr. Brandon Credeur, D.C., by moving to revoke his chiropractic license. The Office of the Colorado Attorney General filed Notice of Charges against Credeur on September 28, 2011, in the Office of Administrative Courts. Before the Board can revoke Credeurs chiropractic license, the law requires that Credeur receive due process, including the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and present evidence. The first court setting will be Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at which time a trial date will be set. The Board will pursue this revocation case vigorously in order to protect the citizens of the State of Colorado."
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