Health Dept. begins disciplinary review of 2 Daytona chiropractors after clinic raid

Published: 2011-08-23 08:20:40
Author: LYDA LONGA | Daytona Beach News-Journal | August 6, 2011

State health investigators will review the actions of two Daytona Beach chiropractors, whose clinic was raided by the FBI this week, to determine if they should be disciplined for violating state licensing standards, the state's surgeon general said Friday.

As the clinic reopened for business Friday, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Frank Farmer confirmed that father and son Joseph Wagner and John Wagner are the two licensed chiropractors mentioned by their initials in an order Thursday that suspended the medical license of West Palm Beach-based Dr. John P. Christensen.

According to state investigators, Joseph Wagner and John Wagner -- with Christensen's authorization -- prescribed pain pills and other drugs to patients at the Wagner Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic at 542 N. Ridgewood Ave. The prescriptions were issued in Christensen's name despite the fact that he never evaluated the patients, investigators said.

Joseph and John Wagner are the father and brother of County Councilman Joshua Wagner, respectively.

A review will "be done expeditiously" by state Department of Health investigators to determine if the two Wagners violated licensing standards for chiropractic medicine, said surgeon general Farmer of Ormond Beach. Chiropractic physicians are among a host of medical professionals licensed by the state, although they cannot prescribe medication.

The FBI, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Volusia Bureau of Investigation raided the Wagner clinic Thursday and seized patient records. It is one of three clinics in the state under investigation for insurance fraud and prescribing pain pills by a doctor who never saw the patients, state investigators said.

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