A chiropractor who previously worked in Nanaimo is not allowed to practice in B.C. for two years after he admitted he engaged in sexual conduct with a patient.
The College of Chiropractors of BC issued a professional conduct notice for Gavin Maxwell, who previously worked in Nanaimo before relocating to Calgary in May 2022, according to a Facebook post from his former clinic.
The college’s professional conduct handbook states sexual conduct between a chiropractor and patient is prohibited.
“Sexual conduct of any kind between a chiropractor and patient is always unethical and unprofessional,” the handbook says. “During the continuity of the chiropractor/patient relationship, consent of the patient is no defence to an allegation of sexual conduct.”
In the professional conduct notice, it notes that Maxwell admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with a patient, and that he initially provided a false report to the committee about the allegations against him.
It also notes the Nanaimo chiropractor is a former registrant with the college, and he has agreed to not apply for reinstatement or be involved in the practice of chiropractic in B.C. for two years.
The notice says he is to successfully complete the PROBE Canada Ethics and Boundaries course before applying to be reinstated with the CCBC, or practicing in any jurisdiction.