Florida Teenager Accused of Posing as a Doctor For the Second Time
Friday, February 26, 2016
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health LawOn February 16, 2016, a Florida teen was arrested and accused of posing as a doctor for the second time in less than a year. Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, was arrested for practicing medicine without a license and allegedly even running his own health facility called New Birth, New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic in South Florida.Is it just me or does Florida really have so many phony doctor and dentist cases? Peruse our prior blogs on this issue, such as this one and many more.
Modern Day “Doogie Houser”?Known as “Dr. Robinson” to his patients, the 18-year-old had a white lab coat, a stethoscope, advertisements and even his own office. What Robinson didn’t have was a medical degree, according to officials. The teen is accused of giving physical exams and medical advice to people, including an undercover officer, at the holistic health clinic in which he was listed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Florida Department of Health (DOH) received a tip from the public that led to the investigation and arrest of Robinson, according to their spokesperson. “Doctor Love” Arrested Twice in One Year.In October 2015, Robinson was arrested and accused of practicing medicine without a license when he allegedly posed as a doctor for three weeks at an addiction recovery clinic in South Florida. In Florida, practicing medicine without a license is a third-degree felony.But, Robinson still claims his innocence saying in a statement that he “wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and wasn’t writing prescriptions.” He claims to have a Ph.D. in another field from a “private Christian university,” but refused to name the institution or the field in which he received the degree. He also claims that he was certified to provide alternative health care by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a group for holistic health professionals. However, according to the group’s director, Donald Rosenthal, the credential does not allow for people to diagnose or treat medical conditions.“Just because you saw a season of Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you could practice medicine,” the sheriff’s office posted Tuesday on Twitter.
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