King County naturopathic physician suspended for substandard care

For immediate release: February 3, 2016                                                     (16-011)

Contact:          Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office                             360-236-4074


King County naturopathic physician suspended for substandard care

OLYMPIA -- The Board of Naturopathy has suspended the license of naturopathic physician Lucinda Y. Messer (NT00000782) for providing substandard care and failing to meet requirements for treating cancer patients. Messer cannot seek reinstatement for five years.

Messer treated cancer patients without required consultations with medical doctors or osteopathic physicians. She engaged in false or misleading advertising regarding her ability to treat cancer, used unapproved methods to treat patients, and exceeded her allowed scope of practice. Messer’s treatment notes did not show that patients had enough information to make informed decisions about their treatment.

The documents can be seen online by clicking “Provider Credential Search” on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call and report their complaint.

The Board of Naturopathy protects public health and safety and promotes the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers under its authority.

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