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Licensure reinstatement hearing for Dr. Stuart Hoven scheduled in July

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 2:19 p.m. CDT

A licensure reinstatement hearing for an Osceola chiropractor who had his license suspended indefinitely in January has been scheduled.

A reinstatement hearing for Dr. Stuart J. Hoven, with Clarke County Chiropractic and Winterset Family Chiropractic, for reinstatement of licensure is scheduled 10 a.m. July 10 at the Lucas State Office Building in Des Moines.

According to an Iowa Board of Chiropractic report, Hoven engaged in unethical conduct or practice harmful or detrimental to the public. It was determined Hoven had improper sexual conduct with, or made suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper remarks or advances to a patient.

Complaints

The allegations arose from a complaint by a female patient who said Hoven had touched her breasts during a chiropractic visit Feb. 14, 2012.

On May 11, 2012, another female patient reported she went to Hoven for chiropractic treatment in 2009 and claimed he “cupped her breast during one session and rubbed against her during a second.”

The woman didn’t make a complaint in 2009 because she was “embarrassed.” However, in May 2012, the woman’s husband saw a television newscast about Hoven and a complaint was filed against him.

Previous complaints

Hoven was issued a license to practice as a chiropractor in the state of Iowa in 2001.In April 2005, the board found Hoven had engaged in unethical conduct when he improperly touched the breasts of two female patients and made suggestive remarks to them.

His license was then returned to full privileges in July 2010.

According to the board, before Hoven’s current suspension, he was still allowed to practice but must have had a female, nonfamily member chaperon at all times when providing treatment to female patients.

Hoven was not allowed to perform any soft-tissue chiropractic treatment to female clients on or around the breast.

Comprehensive assessment

Hoven’s current suspension means he cannot apply for reinstatement until he has completed a comprehensive assessment regarding professional sexual misconduct.

The assessment was scheduled to take place at the Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, Ga.

It was further ordered that not until Hoven has completed the provisions of his suspension will the board consider any application for reinstatement.

The board reserved the right to implement all additional conditions it deemed necessary to ensure the public health, welfare and safety upon any reinstatement of Hoven’s license.

Reinstatement hearing

During the July hearing, the Iowa Board of Chiropractic will serve as the presiding officer, but the board may request an administrative law judge to make initial rulings on prehearing matters, and be present to assist and advise the board.

The office of the state’s attorney general is responsible for representing the public interest (the state) in the hearing proceedings.

If Hoven fails to appear at the hearing, the board may enter a default decision or proceed with the hearing and render a decision in his absence.

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