If you are facing an investigation by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, securing a lawyer is an important first step. State Boards can be challenging to navigate, and a licensure lawyer will be familiar with the process, and able to provide guidance and advice throughout the process. If you need to defend your massage license, lawyer Eli Stutsman may be able to help.
Soon after an investigation is initiated by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, an investigator will contact you, seeking an interview, or a written explanation, of the circumstances underlying the complaint. It can be a big mistake, however, to provide an interview or written explanation spontaneously, without first obtaining legal advice. An experienced lawyer will first develop your case, by interviewing you, and by speaking with the investigator, before it is necessary for you to do anything. These preparations will focus the issues and greatly assist your ability to answer questions. It is this type of careful consideration that helps to avoid common missteps.
Also, while it may be tempting to some licensees to apply for a new massage therapist’s license in a nearby state as a back-up plan in the event your massage therapist’s license is suspended, restricted, or revoked by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, it is inadvisable to do so while there is a pending investigation of your Oregon license and practice. Seek competent legal advice first. Here’s why: If the investigation in Oregon results in professional discipline, you may face a mirror image investigation and discipline in other states in which you are licensed, even if your license in the second state is new, and you have never practiced massage therapy in the new state. When defending your massage license, it is wise to avoid triggering new investigations through new license applications.