DENVER - Chiropractors accused of practicing medicine without a license are fighting back against a cease and desist order from the Colorado Medical Board.
Although they are licensed chiropractors, neither Heather nor Brandon Credeur are licensed to practice medicine.
The Medical Board, however, found the Credeurs told patients they could assume responsibility for prescribing medications for the treatment of endocrine misfunction.
Brandon Credeur is the shareholder and president of Respondent Family Chiropractic P.C. According to the notice of charges filed by the Medical Board, the Credeurs' practice also did business as "Functional Endocrinology Center of Colorado."
The notice of charges says they advertise with this statement on their website:
"You see, where most physicians test for blood sugar levels and A1C levels and not much else, I've designed an integrative testing approach that goes into much more depth. I then use my detailed finding to individually tailor and customize a treatment plan for each patient based on his or her own underlying causative factors."
Additionally, the notice of charges says the Credeurs operated email addresses and websites implying they were doctors or physicians without any clarification that their licensed services were exclusively chiropractic -- facts that were among the many patient concerns brought forward in an extensive series of investigative reports by CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta.
Because the Credeurs challenged a cease and desist order, the Medical Board filed the 12-page notice of charges to bring them to administrative court. The document is organized to support three counts:
- Holding oneself out to the public as being authorized to practice medicine
- Holding oneself out to the public as being able to provide medical services
- Maintenance of company website and physical office to provide medical services
Later this month, a representative of the Medical Board will appear in court to schedule the time and date of a hearing on those charges. The Credeurs are not required to appear or send a representative to that scheduling meeting.
-- Credeurs also filed for bankruptcy --
Unfortunately for many former patients trying to get their money back from the Credeurs, the chiropractors declared bankruptcy on the same day the notice of charges was filed.
Marchetta is dissecting the documents from that filing for a future report. So far, she has found it contains a 35-page list of creditors and details about the Credeurs' lavish lifestyle.
7NEWS is among the creditors listed in the filing. Our records show he owes $5,700 for advertising that aired prior to Marchetta's series of investigative reports.
-- Years of investigations --
CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta began to investigate the Credeur's nearly three years ago. During that time they settled a class action lawsuit with former patients and were investigated by the State Chiropractic Board.
In a web video posted on YouTube.com a year ago, the couple said they were cleared by the chiropractic board of charges similar to the ones now being made by the Medical Board.
"We have been exonerated and vindicated of all this nastiness," Dr. Brandon Credeur stated on the video.
But in that case, it was not the medical board that made the decision, according to Department of Regulatory Agencies spokeswoman Cory Everett-Lozano.
Everett-Lozano explained in a June email, "The Medical and Chiropractic Boards are separate boards with separate functions. The Chiropractic Board is charged with the licensure and governing the practice of chiropractors. The Medical Board is charged with licensure of physicians, physician assistants, and anesthesiology assistants and their practices and the unlicensed practice of medicine by individuals."
After the Medical Board filed their cease and desist order, Marchetta revisited former patients who said they were pleased but surprised by the action.
"We've been scammed, lied to and we’ve been deceived," said Cheri Carey. "I'll never get back the time, money; that will never come back."
"I think he'll get around it," Carey said about the cease and desist order. "It is not going to stop anything. He's been doing this since day one. He will find a way around it."
- To read the notice of charges: http://ch7ne.ws/18Et7tY