Current Disciplinary Actions

When the Board takes disciplinary action against a licensee, a brief statement of the conduct and the sanctions imposed will appear on the Board’s web page for a period of time equal to the length of the disciplinary action, or one year, whichever is greater.  Licensees who have failed to meet the conditions imposed will remain on the web page until the conditions are met.  NOTE: Disciplinary actions taken by the Board remain on the licensee’s record even though all conditions imposed by the Board have been met.

The North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy Investigative Procedures can be downloaded by clicking here.  


 

Date Action Taken

Licensee

Grounds for Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary Action

3/10/14

Nikki Collins

#7899

Obtained or attempted to obtain payment by fraud or deceit and billed for services or treatments not performed.

An Order was issued on 3/10/14. License revoked. Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

11/17/14

Bryan Brown

#7597

Attempted to obtain payment by fraud or deceit, convicted of attempting to defraud an insurance company and failed to notify the Board within 30 days of conviction of a felony that involved moral turpitude.

An Order was issued on 11/17/14.  License revoked.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

09/12/16

Francisco Alvarado

#9435

Failed to include in his application for an occupationa therapy license that he had been fired from his position as an occupational therapist in CA for billing for services not rendered on at least one occasion and forging a parent's signature on a treatment note which constituted grounds for a Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order entered by the CA Board of Occupational Therapy.

An Order was issued on 9/12/16.  License revoked.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

11/18/16

Robert Ward

#10719

Held himself out as a COTA and became employed as a COTA in prior to being licensed as a COTA in North Carolina.

An Order was issued on 11/18/16.  License was put on probation for three years. Obtain a mentor and close supervision.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

07/10/17

Stephanie Esford

#8642

Left patient in the middle of OT services due to difficulty performing duties assigned. 

A Consent Order was issued on 7/10/17.  License was reprimanded.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

07/10/17

Kelly McCrary

#5355

Failed to provide timely, accurate and complete documentation which resulted in improper billing and improper OT services being provided to clients.

A Consent Order was issued on 7/10/17.  License was put on probation for two years.  Obtain close supervision for three months and general supervision for nine months by an OT approved by the Board.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

07/7/17

Bridget Sugg

#5632

Failed to provide timely, accurate and complete documentation which resulted in improper billing and incomplete documentation of OT services being provided to clients.     

 

A Consent Order was issued on 7/10/17.  License was put on probation for two years.  Obtain close supervision for three months and general supervision for nine months by an OT approved by the Board.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

07/10/17

Teresa Watkins

#4661

Failed to provide timely, accurate and complete documentation which resulted in improper billing and improper OT services being provided to clients and failed to report her supervisor.

A Consent Order was issued on 7/10/17.  License was reprimanded.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

09/18/17

 

Shelley Thomson

#7242

Failed to renew license on time resulting in practicing with an expired license from September 9, 2016 through March 14, 2017.

A Consent Order was issued on 9/18/17.  Complete JP exam.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

09/18/17

 

Pamela Barrett

#9294

 

Entered a patient’s room, entered her closet and went through the patient’s purse and wallet while the patient was out of the room.

A Letter of Reprimand was issued on 9/18/17.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

1/15/18

 

Jolina Houston

#8068

 

Failed to properly and accurately document some of her treatment times which resulted in being terminated by her employer.

A Letter of Reprimand was issued on 1/15/18.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

3/19/18

 

Neil Gerke

#1625

 

Incompetent OT practice, failed to provide timely documentation of services and billed for services not rendered.

An Order was issued on 3/19/18.  License revoked.  Assessed civil penalty and disciplinary costs.

 

 

 

Updated 6-1-18