Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath Defence Lawyers
Naturopathic Doctor Defence Lawyers for all of Ontario
Damien Frost & Associates LLP defends Naturopathic Doctors who are under investigation or have received notice of a complaint by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
If you have been notified about a complaint or investigation into your practice, is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your professional reputation and licence.
Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath complaints lawyer for the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
You may be notified by the College that someone has made a written complaint against you or your practice. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario is required to accept any written complaint in writing and investigate any allegations of professional misconduct. If a complaint has been made against you, you should not respond on your own or speak to College investigators without legal assistance.
Regardless of the seriousness of the complaint, the College is obligated to investigate and provide you with an opportunity to make written submissions to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (“the ICRC”). The lawyers at Damien Frost & Associates LLP can help respond to any complaint or investigation from the College. In order to have the best chance of success, you should have an experienced lawyer in your corner to help defend your professional reputation and licence.
Responding to a complaint to the College and ICRC submissions
Once you have received notice that a complaint was made against you to the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, you will receive a copy of the complaint and have an opportunity to make written submissions to the ICRC.
Written submissions to the ICRC are often your first chance to respond to a complaint made against you or about your practice. It is crucial to make a complete and timely response to the ICRC in order to defend your standing with the College. Depending on the outcome, the ICRC’s decision can have a significant impact on your reputation and ability to practice. If the ICRC issues a caution, orders that you take remedial programs, or if the ICRC refers your matter to the Discipline Committee, it will be posted on the College’s website and your public profile. An unfavourable ICRC decision can cause significant damage to your reputation and career. Drafting submissions to the ICRC and representing naturopaths and other healthcare professionals is a significant area of practice of our firm. Our lawyers can guide you through the complaint and ICRC process and do everything possible to protect your reputation and ability to practice.
Responding to a Report of Investigation and ICRC submissions
Unlike a written complaint, you may not immediately receive notice that information has been provided about your practice or any allegations of professional misconduct. You may simply receive notice that an investigator has been appointed by the Registrar of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and that your practice is being investigated. The College may take months to investigate your practice before you see any documents or receive any written report outlining the allegations made against you. Once you receive the Report of Investigation, you will have the opportunity to make submissions to the ICRC. Submissions to the ICRC responding to a report of investigation should be drafted by a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and the ICRC.
Just like a written complaint, the ICRC must decide how to dispose of your matter, and what action, if any, should be taken against you. Decisions by the ICRC are often made public and posted on the College’s website, as well as your public profile. You should consult with a lawyer who can help protect your licence and professional reputation, and do everything possible to avoid an unfavourable decision from the ICRC or from having your matter referred to the Discipline Committee for a hearing.
Lawyers for Matters before the Discipline Committee of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
If you matter is referred to the Discipline Committee, you need a lawyer who can help you. The likelihood of your reputation or ability to practice being jeopardized increase significantly if your matter is referred to the Discipline Committee. Allegations of professional misconduct are taken seriously by the College and the Discipline Committee. You should retain a lawyer who can help defend your licence and reputation. Matters before the Discipline Committee can be prolonged and complex and are conducted like any other trial. The College will have an experienced lawyer who is assigned to prosecute your matter before the Discipline Committee. You should have an experienced lawyer in your corner to help defend your case. Our lawyers have significant experience representing naturopaths and healthcare professionals before the Discipline Committee.
Contact Damien Frost & Associates LLP Today!
Whether you plead guilty to some acts of professional misconduct or the Discipline Committee finds you guilty following a hearing, the penalties imposed can severely impact your reputation and ability to practice. Decisions of the Discipline Committee are published on the College’s website and your public profile. The Discipline Committee can impose conditions and/or limitations on your ability to practice, impose a period of suspension, or even revoke your licence. The Discipline Committee can also impose financial penalties and order that you pay a fine or a portion of the College’s legal fees and investigation.
As a result, it is crucial to have a lawyer who has experience defending naturopaths and healthcare professionals before the Discipline Committee. Contact our office for a free consultation to discuss how we can help defend your ability to practice and reputation.
I was accused by my former employer of interfering and damaging their computer systems. I was charged under the Criminal Code for mischief, unauthorized access and destruction of data, which was a very scary, stressful, and upsetting experience. I thought that my world was over and all the hard work I had done in my life was coming to an end. Mr. Frost's initial consultation (which was no obligation and free of charge) helped a lot to calm my nerves and comfort me and my family in trying times. His team was very understanding, sympathetic, concerned and supporting, she always took my frantic phone calls with calmness and assurance and helped me understand the progress of my case clearly. At every step, I received sound professional advice. At the end of the case, the charges were dropped. As a result, I do not have a criminal record, my reputation is intact, and my current job is still secure. Words cannot truly express my gratitude for having such amazing lawyers. From explaining the terminology used in court, to sitting with me outside the court room when I couldn't hold back my tears, they stood by my side. Thank you for exceeding my expectations, and then some.J.S.
Areas of Practice
- Health Care Professionals
- Audiologist Defence
- Chiropractor Defence
- Dental Hygienist Defence
- Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath Defence
- Occupational Therapist Defence
- Optician Defence
- Optometrists Defence
- Pharmacists Defence
- Physiotherapist Defence
- Private Health Care Clinics
- Registered Massage Therapists Defence
- Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurse Defence
- Registered Psychotherapist Defence
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist Defence
- Professional Licensing and Discipline
- Health Professions Appeal and Review Board Legal Counsel
- White Collar Criminal Defence
- Insurance Fraud
- Appeals and Judicial Review
- Regulatory Offences and Defending Corporate Clients
- Legal Consulting Services
Members of The Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, Ontario Bar Association
and Advocates' Society.