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April 6, 2007
Re "Spineless," editorial, March 30 My son, a chiropractor in the Bay Area, feels strongly that the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners must be above reproach. It took him six years to become a chiropractor: two years of post-baccalaureate classes in science (all pre-med) and four years in chiropractic school learning his craft. Chiropractors are given little respect in many quarters despite the large number of people they relieve from pain. In recent years, insurance companies have slashed their fees and drastically limited the number of chiropractic visits allowed per plan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Family and friends of a 54-year-old Palms chiropractor found bludgeoned to death  in his office nearly two years ago gathered Saturday in hopes of reinvigorating the search for the killer and to pay tribute to a man beloved by his patients. About a dozen people shared a moment of silence before dispersing to pass out fliers and speak to neighbors and business owners near the Venice Boulevard strip mall where Robert Rainey kept his office. The avid long-distance runner was discovered on his lobby floor by his first patient of the day on May 31, 2012.
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NEWS
January 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Patients of Anderson's Chiropractic Clinic who had been kept away from their appointments by nearly a foot of snow arrived by the wagonload Friday. Because of the snow, only two people could show up on Thursday. On Friday, the clinic arranged for a team and wagon to transport 30 to 40 patients to and from the clinic. "It was kind of chilly, but we had fun," said Patricia Bethel of Bristow, one of those who made the trip in the wagon pulled by two horses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County chiropractor was convicted and sentenced Friday for sexually assaulting a 28-year-old client during a massage therapy session, prosecutors said. Dennis Scott Durbin, 65, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of sexual battery by fraud and was sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of probation, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Durbin, a resident of Costa Mesa, will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender and agreed to have his chiropractor license revoked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A chiropractor was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting two of his female patients during examinations. Thomas Dickershaid, 65, was charged with 10 felony counts, including forcible rape and sodomy. Both carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Dickershaid was arrested Oct. 11 and released the next day after posting $200,000 bail, police said.
NEWS
June 21, 1993 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Monique Maniet, a Takoma Park, Md., veterinarian, periodically suffers spasms in her neck and shoulders so severe that she can't turn her head. But after a visit to her chiropractor, "I have mobility back. I feel liberated." The treatment, which takes about 20 minutes and costs $39, is covered by her health insurance. But she worries that once the Clinton Administration finishes reforming America's health care system, it won't be covered anymore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1991
A Rolling Hills Estates chiropractor pleaded no contest Monday to four criminal charges for sexually assaulting two patients while treating them for headaches. Tychicus Yu, 33, faces as much as 12 years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced in Long Beach Superior Court on Feb. 18. He pleaded no contest to one count of penetration with a foreign object, two counts of assault with intent to commit a felony and one count of oral copulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1997
A Glendora chiropractor accused of cheating insurance companies out of nearly $100,000 in disability benefits was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Laughlin Waters also ordered Thomas A. Hobson to pay $96,612 in restitution to the Mutual of Omaha, Minnesota Mutual Life and Allstate insurance companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1989 | JEAN MERL, Times Staff Writer
Facing stiff opposition from area medical doctors, the California Chiropractic Assn. on Monday derailed its own campaign to get the Los Angeles Unified School District to accept sports screening physical examinations by chiropractors. The Board of Education had been scheduled to vote on a proposal to change school district rules to allow chiropractors and some other licensed medical practitioners to perform the exams that are required for all students who participate in athletics.
NEWS
August 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The American Medical Assn. led an effort to destroy the chiropractic profession by depriving its practitioners of association with medical doctors and by calling them names, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Susan Getzendanner described the conspiracy as "systematic, long-term wrongdoing and the long-term intent to destroy a licensed profession" in ruling late Thursday on a 1976 antitrust lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- The former executive director of the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners will receive $600,000 to settle a claim that she was harassed and fired for helping prosecutors investigate fraud in the industry.  Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing the settlement,  under which the state did not admit any wrongdoing. Catherine Hayes' lawsuit alleged that board members tried to intimidate her into not cooperating with a 2006 probe by the San Joaquin County district attorney's office into whether several chiropractors had engaged in insurance fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
John Ciambotti, bass player for the 1970s Bay Area rock band Clover, which backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, and a session musician for acclaimed folk-rockers including Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Carlene Carter, died Wednesday in Glendale. He was 67. Ciambotti, who became a chiropractor specializing in musicians' injuries, apparently died from an abdominal aneurysm after surgery for an unspecified condition, a spokeswoman at his Glendale office said Friday. As a member of Clover, Ciambotti plugged away for years without finding stardom.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2010 | David Lazarus
As the prospects for meaningful healthcare reform grow murkier by the day, it's helpful to remember why we started this discussion in the first place. It wasn't so we could socialize the U.S. healthcare system, and it wasn't so we could create death panels, or make it easier for insurance and drug companies to practice their trades. It was so we could help people like Hollywood resident Lisa France, 42, who does her best to stay healthy. She exercises regularly, does yoga, does Pilates.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2009 | Lisa Black
At first, an Illinois chiropractor was miffed when he opened a shipment of supplies last week and noticed tufts of fur. Then he spotted a black-and-white cat that had hitched a ride from Texas. "My first reaction was, I didn't know what kind of animal he was, so I closed the box back up," said Brett St. Aubin, clinic director at Chiro One Wellness Center in Woodstock, Ill. The stowaway's collar identified him as Cody, 2. The cat had jumped unnoticed into the roughly 2-by-3-foot box as it was being packed, said Marie Webster of Dallas, whose daughter is Cody's owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Eight chiropractors, three office administrators and an attorney were arrested and charged in Orange County this week after an undercover operation allegedly caught them in schemes to defraud insurance companies through illegal patient referrals, kickbacks and overbilling for procedures that were never done, authorities said Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2008 | Nardine Saad
An Anaheim chiropractor has been convicted of sexually assaulting four patients in his office who were referred to him for treatment by attorneys after car accident injuries, officials said Tuesday. A jury found Chi Van Pham, 43, of Yorba Linda guilty of four felony counts of sexual battery by fraud and two misdemeanor counts of battery. The jury hung on the charges related to a fifth victim who was 13 at the time of the molestation and sister to one of the four women whom Pham was convicted of assaulting, according to a district attorney's office report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Newport Beach chiropractor is among 10 Southern California health professionals and law office administrators facing assorted charges of insurance fraud and tax evasion, a U.S. attorney said Wednesday. Chiropractor Faramarz Khalili, 35, is charged with helping 27 lawyers defraud insurance companies and clients out of $224,000 over five years and giving kickbacks to those attorneys to conceal bogus claims, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Daniel S. Linhardt.
OPINION
April 6, 2007
Re "Spineless," editorial, March 30 My son, a chiropractor in the Bay Area, feels strongly that the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners must be above reproach. It took him six years to become a chiropractor: two years of post-baccalaureate classes in science (all pre-med) and four years in chiropractic school learning his craft. Chiropractors are given little respect in many quarters despite the large number of people they relieve from pain. In recent years, insurance companies have slashed their fees and drastically limited the number of chiropractic visits allowed per plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
A string of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointees to state boards are facing complaints that they are unqualified, beholden to the industries they oversee or otherwise mired in conflicts of interest. Schwarzenegger has installed longtime friends and political associates on several boards, giving rise to criticism that he is practicing cronyism while failing to adequately vet people who oversee billions of dollars' worth of economic activity and other public matters.
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