A former chiropractor needs to pay $100,000 in fines after making posts online about vaccinations and immunizations. Dena Churchill was charged with professional misconduct, and order to pay the large amount as part of a settlement. Due to the large amount of the payment and they fact that she is in financial hardship, she only has to pay part of it by January 2, 2022, or else the entire amount will be due.
The Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors investigated her because of posts that she had made under her blog Dr. Sexy Mom. Her posts questioned vaccines and immunizations, and ultimately these got her put under investigation by the College. This is because in chiropractic practice, vaccines are considered outside their scope. Additionally, as an entity the College's stance is that vaccines and immunizations are necessary to maintaining public safety. As a member of the College, Churchill posting in this manner was considered a breach of conduct.
Churchill turned in her license in January of 2019, admitting to misconduct. Prior to all of this, they had asked her to take down and quit posting anti-vax sentiments, however she did not stop. Now, as a part of her settlement, she is going to owe the college a whopping $100,000.
Vaccinations and immunizations can be a polarizing topic with people on either side passionately advocating for their side. What happened in this case, was that as a representative for the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors, Churchill was considered to have reflected poorly on the college due to her posting on these topics.
The college considered the things she was posting to be a danger to the public, and asked her to remove them. Due to the fact that she did not, the issue ended up in a misconduct hearing. Ultimately that led to the hefty fine the former chiropractor will have to pay.
Probably a good lesson to be careful what you post on social media, especially when you are a representative of an established medical entity. This is doubly true if your opinions go against what is widely accepted as established health and safety practices.