Teen Arrested For Passing Himself Off As A Doctor, Opening Clinic

The teenager opened up a clinic in this building in West Palm Beach, FL.

According to police, the teenager opened up a clinic in this building in West Palm Beach, FL.

In a combination of Doogie Howser, MD and Catch Me If You Can, a Florida teenager has been arrested for not merely posing as a medical doctor, but for going so far as to open up his own clinic, complete with a website.

Yesterday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of an 18-year-old accused of practicing medicine without a license.

Police say they began investigating the not-a-doc back in Oct. 2015, and learned that he’d actually opened an office — the New Birth New Life Medical Center — in West Palm Beach.

The website for the center, which is still up for the moment, describes its mission “to provide personalized, high-quality Holistic and Alternative Medical care.”

“Our medical professionals believe in providing comprehensive health care services to our patients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere,” continues the site, which states that the clinic’s staff members are each “certified and have experience in their area of specialty.”

On the staff page, the faux physician does not claim to have an MD, but does tout a PhD, along with certifications in holistic and alternative medicines.

The site describes him as a “well rounded professional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body.”

Members of the county’s narcotics task force and the Department of Health sent an agent in undercover as a patient. The sheriff’s office says the not-doctor “performed a physical exam… and offered medical advice,” which they allege amounts to practicing medicine without a license.

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