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Medical Board of California arrests Rancho Mirage physician

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Published: 02 August 2017

Posted by: Jonas C. Aguilar

SACRAMENTO — Michael Platt, M.D., was arrested today at his medical office in Rancho Mirage by the undercover agents from the Medical Board of California. Dr. Platt faced charges of practicing medicine without a license. Linda Whitney, executive director of the Medical Board said that the mission of the Medical Board is to protect the public and this action reflects the Board’s commitment to that mission.
Dr. Platt had previous misconducts listed on his name and he also failed to complete his original terms of probation. So, his medical license had already been suspended under an Interim Suspension Order issued on August 6, 2010.
An administrative law judge concluded that if they allow Dr. Platt to continue practicing medicine, it would endanger the public. Dr. Platt’s license was thus suspended immediately, until a full hearing is held in the matter.
The Medical Board received a complaint in October 2010, that Dr. Platt was still practicing medicine. An undercover agent from the Medical Board went twice, posing as a patient, to Dr. Platt’s place of business. Dr. Platt diagnosed and treated the Medical Board undercover agent. Platt then referred the agent to a naturopathic doctor, Nichole Gardner, and recommended that he should have her prescribe further medications.
Gardner and Platt were both arrested and booked into the Indio County Jail. While Platt was charged for unlicensed practice of medicine. Gardner was also charged for aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. District attorney’s office is asked by the Medical Board, to file criminal charges.

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