Friday, February 19, 2016

18 year old gets busted for practicing medicine without a license...

Facebook isn't the only place I get ideas for my blog posts.  Sometimes, I get ideas from CNN.  This morning, I read about Malachi Love-Robinson, an eighteen year old man from Florida who claims to have a PhD and has been offering physicals, well women exams, immunizations, pre-operative clearance, and well child exams.  Love-Robinson was arrested when an undercover police officer visited New Birth Life Medical Center's office.  Love-Robinson physically examined the officer and offered medical advice, which was enough to get him cuffed and stuffed.  According to Daily Mail, Love-Robinson refers to himself as "Dr. Love".  How cute.

If you check out his Web site, Love-Robinson does not expressly identify as a medical doctor.  However, the site is set up to suggest that he provides medical care.  You see pictures of men and women dressed in medical garb, complete with stethoscopes.  Incidentally, I just learned about the history of the stethoscope.  Rene Laennec, The doctor who invented it because he was too modest to place his ear on a woman's chest was certainly more qualified than Love-Robinson, even though he was a doctor centuries ago.  "Dr. Love" says he has a PhD, but refuses to divulge the field of expertise in which he supposedly earned his academic credentials.  Also, in televised news footage about Love-Robinson, there is a clip that shows a reporter peeling back tape over the letters M.D. after the teen's name on a nameplate on the clinic's door.

What surprises me is that Love-Malachi was able to do what he's been doing long enough to have a Web site.  It's pretty scary to think some 18 year old with no real credentials can be offering health care services to innocent people.  Granted, technically Love-Malachi never expressly called himself a medical doctor, he implies that he's qualified to examine and treat people.  The "practice's" Web site itself is rather sketchy looking.  Though it's located in West Palm Beach, Florida, there is one testimonial on the site... from a woman named Bettina in Phoenix, Arizona.

I notice the program director, Sandra J. White, apparently holds a PhD... but it's an honorary doctorate in divinity and there is no mention of the institution that allegedly granted the degree.  I also have to wonder how an honorary doctorate in divinity qualifies someone to be a program director for a fake healthcare practice.  The information about her work experience is very vague and sketchy.

Actually, New Birth Life Medical Center's cheesy Web site reminds me a little of the sites that I used to see for the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs.  WWASP programs are notorious for employing abusive methods to subdue "troubled teens" into compliance.  The Web sites that advertised the teen help services had a distinctly unprofessional look to them.  They used a lot of stock photos and wording that seemed to say more than it actually did.  At first blush, the sites may have looked legit, but they hid the scary reality.  WWASP still operates a handful of schools, not nearly as many as they did in the early 2000s.  For awhile, business was booming for them, even as many young people were being abused.

Based on the CNN article, Love-Robinson has been in trouble with the state of Florida before for trying to practice medicine with a license.  Also, his "practice" apparently opened on January 16th of this year.  I have to wonder who in the world thought this was a good idea.  On the other hand, maybe it was temporarily working for him.  Love-Robinson posted $21,000 in bail and then sat down for an interview with ABC.  He abruptly ended the interview when reporter Matt Gutman grilled him about his training and allegations that he bilked over $3,000 from a sick 86 year old woman.

For all I know, Love-Robinson may actually have a gift for healing.  But clearly, he doesn't think the laws apply to him and neither do his "co-workers".  I have to say, the kid's got balls of steel to try to pull this off.




2 comments:

  1. There aren't many bona fide PhDs that would qualify a person to examine or treat medical conditions, much less bogus ones. I have one of those bogus PhDs, by the way.My uncle bought them for Matthew and me when we were either 12 or 13. I'll have to look for mine the next time I go home.

    It's hard to imagine that the 18-year-old could pull off a medical exam or treatment.

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    1. Especially in a place like West Palm Beach, Florida! That guy has got a serious set of balls on him. If you are so inclined, I would recommend listening to his interview on camera. He's clearly well spoken, but he's so full of shit it's unreal.

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