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Disciplinary Action Detail

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Disciplinary Date: 04/15/19
PT/PTA Name: Sarah Sturm, PT
Violated Law: W. Va. Code §30-20-19(g)(3) and (4), W. Va. Code R. §16-1-7.2, W. Va. Code
Violation: THE BOARD CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION REGARDING A WRITTEN COMPLAINT IT RECEIVED CONCERNING BEHAVIOR THAT CROSSED PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MS. STURM AND A PATIENT, WHICH LIKELY CAUSED THAT PATIENT EMOTIONAL UPSET. THIS BEHAVIOR TOOK PLACE DURING THE SAME TIME PERIOD WHEN MS. STURM WAS ALSO PROVIDING PHYSICAL THERAPY TO THE PATIENT. MS. STURM ADMITS THE PATIENT WAS EMOTIONALLY VULNURABLE WHEN SHE ENGASED IN A PERSONAL AND SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PATIENT.
Penalty: MS. STURM'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED FOR ONE (1) YEAR AND SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, EITHER DIRCTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA DURING THE PERIOD OF SUSPENSION. WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE ENTRY OF THE CONSENT AGREEMENT MS. STURM SHALL UNDERGO PSYCHOTHERAPY OR COUSELING AT HER OWN EXPENSE, TO ADDRESS HER ETHICAL VIOLATIONS. AFTER SIX (6) MONTHS, MS. STURM SHALL AUTHORIZE THE TREATING PSYCHOLOGIST OR COUNSELOR TO SUBMIT A REPORT OF PROGRESS TO THE BOARD. THE TREATING PSYCHOLOGIST OR COUNSELOR SHALL DETERMINE AT THIS TIME IF MS. STURM NEEDS FURTHER TREATMENT. MS. STURM SHALL NOTIFY THE BOARD IN WRITING IF SHE SEEKS TO HAVE HER LICENSE REINSTATED AT THE END OF THE ONE YEAR SUSPENSION PERIOD. THIS WRITTEN NOTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE SUSPENSION PERIOD. AT THE BOARD'S DISCRETION A FITNESS FOR DUTY EVALUATION MAY BE REQUIRED FOR REINSTATEMENT. IF THE BOARD APPOVES MS. STURM'S REQUEST FOR REINSTATEMENT OF LICENSE AT THE END OF THE SUSPENSION PERIOD, MS. STURM'S LICENSE SHALL BE PLACED ON PROBATION FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR. DURING THIS PERIOD OF PROBATION, AND AT HER OWN EXPENSE, MS. STURM SHALL PRACTICE PHYSICAL THERAPY ONLY UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST, WHO SHALL COSIGN ALL EVALUATIVE AND TREATMENT WORK COMPLETED BY MS. STURM. THE SUPERVISING LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST SHALL MEET WITH MS. STURM ONCE A MONTH FOR A MINIMUM OF ONE HOUR. THE SUPERVISING PHYSICAL THERAPIST SHALL SUBMIT QUARTERLY REPORTS TO THE BOARD REGARDING MS. STURM'S PERFORMANCE. THE PARTIES SHALL EXECUTE A SUPERVISORY AGREEMENT OUTLINING THE TERMS OF SUPERVISION PRIOR TO INITIATION OF SUCH SUPERVISION. BY THE 1ST DAY OF THE 11TH MONTH OF THE PROBATION PERIOD, THE SUPERVISING LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST SHALL SUBMIT A FINAL REPORT TO THE BOARD, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE A RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING MS. STURM'S ABILITY TO RETURN TO INDEPENDENT PRACTICE. DURING THE 12TH MONTH OF THE PROBATION PERIOD, MS. STURM SHALL APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD TO DOCUMENT AND ASSURE THE BOARD THAT SHE HAS MET ALL REQUIREMENT OF THE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND ORDER AND AFFIRM SHE IS READY AND ABLE TO RETURN TO INDEPENDENT PRACTICE. AFTER MEETING WITH THE BOARD, MS. STURM SHALL BE REINSTATED IN A LICENSE IN GOOD STANDING, PROVIDED SHE HAS COMPLIED IWTH ALL THE FOREGOING REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSENT AGREEMENT AND ORDER, AND SUBJECT TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SUPERVISING LICENSED PHYSICAL THERAPIST, AND SUJECT TO HER MEETING CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS THAT MAY BE NEEDED IN THE NORMAL COURSE OF RENEWING HER LICENSE.
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