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CPSO obtains a Court Order on consent with a person practising medicine without a licence

Eve Stewart of Ottawa has agreed to stop performing all controlled acts

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May 22, 2014

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has obtained a Court Order directing Eve Stewart, who is affiliated with Eve’s Laser Clinic, 13 Viewmount Drive, Ottawa, Ontario and who is not licensed to practise medicine, to refrain from performing all controlled acts.

Under the terms of the Court Order:

  1. Eve Stewart, her employees, servants, agents or any person acting in association with her or under her instructions refrain from:
    1. performing controlled acts including but not limited to:
      • communicating to the individual or his or her representative a diagnosis identifying a disease or disorder as the cause of symptoms of the individual in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that the individual or his or her personal representative will rely on the diagnosis;
      • performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis, below the surface or the mucus membrane;
      • setting or casting a fracture of a bone or a dislocation of a joint;
      • administering a substance by inhalation;
      • putting an instrument, hand or finger beyond the external ear canal,  beyond the point in the nasal passages where they normally narrow, beyond the larynx, beyond the opening of the urethra, beyond the labia majora, beyond the anal verge, or into an artificial opening into the body;
    2. administering a substance by injection, unless receiving written confirmation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that she is in compliance with Section 27(1) of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18, having regard to any College policies and/or applicable regulations in effect at the relevant time with respect to delegation of controlled acts, which written confirmation shall not be unreasonably withheld; and,
    3. treating or advising a person with respect to his or her health in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that serious bodily harm may result from the treatment or advice or from an omission from them.
  2. The College was also awarded costs in the amount of $1,100.00.

The College launched its application in Superior Court seeking an Order against Ms. Stewart on February 14, 2014. The College alleged that Ms. Stewart violated the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 by engaging in controlled acts in her Ottawa Clinic, such as performing a rhinoplasty, a Silhouette face lift, and injectables.  The College alleged that Ms. Stewart was unauthorized to perform these acts, as she was neither a physician nor someone who had been properly delegated to perform these acts.   

The Superior Court ordered an interim injunction on March 6, 2014, prohibiting Ms. Stewart from performing controlled acts pending the hearing of the application.  The hearing was scheduled to take place tomorrow in Ottawa. However, Ms. Stewart agreed to the conditions sought by the College today.

The CPSO is the regulatory body for the medical profession in Ontario, and is entrusted with serving and protecting the public interest.

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