LIMA – A Lima mayoral candidate already under probation by the Ohio State Chiropractic Board for a felony drug charge in Minnesota more than three years ago has been slapped with more sanctions by the board.
The chiropractic license of Joshua Hayes was suspended last month for one year (with six months of that suspension stayed) and Hayes was fined $5,000 on nine counts by the state chiropractic board. Six of those counts are related to treatment of patients.
According to the board’s website Hayes will be on probation with the board until Nov. 17, 2024. He was also ordered to complete 36 hours of continuing documentation on the topic of clinical documentation in the practice of chiropractic.
Hayes was ordered by the board on Feb. 19 to pay a civil fine of $1,500 for performing “dry needling” on one patient, a $2,500 fine for performing acupuncture on another, and $1,500 for failure to maintain patient records. Meeting again on Feb. 26, the board lowered the fine to $2,000 for the acupuncture incident.
Hayes was also cited for performing dry needling without proper education and training, performing acupuncture without a valid certificate, failure to maintain treatment records for nine separate patients.
The board also cited Hayes for his failure to disclose prior citations and arrests in Lima Municipal Court for driving under suspension in January of 2019; lane straddling and distracted driving in April of 2019; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia in February of 2020.
The board noted its prior disciplinary action in June of 2018 when it placed Hayes on five years probation for his fifth-degree felony conviction in the state of Minnesota of “Possession, Not Small Amount Marijuana.”
Hayes waived his right to a formal adjudicative hearing before the board and agreed to the five-year probation.
Attempts by The Lima News to reach Hayes for comment on Friday were unsuccessful.
Hayes is one of four candidates seeking to succeed David Berger as mayor of Lima. He will be joined on the May primary election ballot by Autumn Swanson, Sharetta Smith and Elizabeth Hardesty. The top two vote-getters will run against each other in November.