JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville chiropractor is ordered to attend classes on doctor-patient boundaries after he inappropriately touched a patient, who was a minor at the time.
The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing ordered Dr. William E. Atkinson to attend six hours of boundary classes and fined him five thousand dollars, following a 2005 civil suit.
Atkinson was sued by a former patient, who said Atkinson had repeatedly and inappropriately touched her. Atkinson was living with the girl's mother at the time and court records show many of the instances did not occur at his office. The court awarded the girl $103 thousand.
Atkinson had been accused of inappropriately touching patients before. In 1991, the Department of Regulation and Licensing reprimanded him for inappropriately touching two other patients. The department says that did not figure into its most recent investigation.
"You can't just say you were disciplined in the past. This is strike two or this is stike three and that means you're out," explained David Carlson, Spokesman for the Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Doctor Atkinson would not agree to an interview, but said he has been in constant communcation with the department since the case first started back in 2002. He also stated his lawyers failed to work on the case in the three years leading up to trial and quit six weeks before it started. He says he is now suing them for malpractice.
The Department of Regulation and Licensing says Atkinson's chiropractic license is up for renewal, and as long as he's paid all the money he owes the department, it will be renewed.