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North Vancouver massage therapist suspended after not wearing a mask

Last Updated Mar 6, 2021 at 1:14 pm PDT

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North Vancouver massage therapist has been suspended after not wearing a mask during an appointment

He also allegedly made unprofessional comments of a 'sexualized nature'

A complaint prompted an undercover investigation by the College of Massage Therapists of BC

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A massage therapist on the North Shore has been suspended after allegedly making comments of a “sexualized nature” and failing to wear a mask while treating a patient.

According to the College of Massage Therapists of BC, last December it received a complaint about an appointment with Registered Massage Therapist Connor Son which prompted an undercover investigation by the college

In a decision posted on its website, the college says two undercover investigators with the regulatory body went in for massages and during both, the man did not wear a mask for either part or all of the appointment and he didn’t screen for COVID-19 symptoms. And during one of the appointments, the college says he “performed out of scope services without consent.”

The college says in total, five investigations are open into Son and the other investigations into the RMT involve a previous patient complaint, concerns about advertising, and concerns about record keeping.

“The Inquiry Committee panel found that there was a prima facie case of the allegations and matters under investigation, that the alleged conduct is likely to recur, and that there is a real risk of harm to patients and colleagues if Mr. Son were allowed to continue to practice without restriction,” the decision reads.

A panel has decided to suspend Son to protect the public during the investigations and pending any discipline hearing.