DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY RESTRICTION OF JACKSONVILLE CHIROPRACTOR’S LICENSE AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
In response to sexual misconduct allegations, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Jacksonville chiropractor, Kenneth Zane Finger to practice in the State of Florida. The alleged abuse occurred at Finger’s practice, First Coast Chiropractic, located at 1550 Roberts Drive, in Jacksonville Beach.
Back in December 2015, Finger was first placed on four years professional probation amid allegations he performed unwanted sex acts on a patient during a May 2014 appointment. As a condition of the settlement agreement, the Department of Health ordered that a chaperone must be present during examinations or treatments of female patients.
On March 5, 2020, Finger reportedly failed to have a chaperone present when he examined and treated a 20-year-old female patient. While laying on her back, undressed, with a sheet covering her, Finger allegedly performed acupuncture on the woman. According to the Order, Finger then had her turn over to lay on her stomach, exposing her right leg and buttocks. On multiple occasions throughout the appointment, Finger allegedly placed his erect penis in the patient’s hands. The patient removed her hand from his penis. She reportedly felt violated, embarrassed, and disgusted.
Finger’s alleged violation of the previous Dept. of Health Order demonstrates that the requirement of having a chaperone during appointments with female patients is not enough to protect the public.
When patients schedule chiropractic appointments it is to feel better, improve bodily movement, manage pain and recover and heal from injuries or other medical conditions. They trust that doctors employed at the medical office are carefully vetted, professional and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee in the medical profession to touch a patient in a sexual manner.
Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against doctors on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a medical exam, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected] for a free consultation.