Leduc Naturopath Doctor Admits Unprofessional Conduct

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A Leduc naturopath admitted unprofessional conduct following an investigation by the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA).

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Veronika Botova, naturopathic doctor, signed a memorandum of understanding dated March 9 describing how she circumvented CNDA standards.

“You failed to adequately trace the patient interactions through which you determined that the mask exemption letters were appropriate,” reads the memo, written by Cherie Baruss, the director. CNDA complaints.

Baruss also pointed to advertising on Botova’s website prescribing privileges it no longer had.

“Your website refers to ‘BC statute of limitations rights’ which is not only a restricted act in Alberta, but has been waived alongside your CNPBC registration.”

Botova was tried for violating the CNDA’s general standards of practice as well as those regarding intravenous therapy, record keeping, advertising and marketing.

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“I find that there are reasonable grounds that your conduct constitutes unprofessional conduct.”

The investigation followed a complaint to the CNDA, although the note did not provide details on the nature of the complaint.

The Government of Alberta granted regulated status to naturopaths in 2012 and created the CNDA the same year.

The province’s Health Professions Act requires the CNDA to establish registration and maintenance requirements, investigate complaints about members, and apply discipline when necessary.

Botova is based in Leduc and describes itself on Facebook as “focusing on finding and treating the root cause of disease rather than masking symptoms.”

The memo notes that she cooperated with the NCDA in the investigation.

By signing the memo, she effectively settled the complaint and avoided a court hearing.

Botova was also ordered to pay a $250 fine as well as $500 for investigation costs. The reference to statute of limitations rights in British Columbia was also ordered to be immediately removed from its website.

She must also provide proof of enrollment in or completion of a CNDA-approved record-keeping course by the end of September.

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