LIMA — Mayoral candidate Joshua Hayes has issued a statement in response to a story that appeared Saturday in The Lima News outlining sanctions against him by the Ohio State Chiropractic Board.
The board in February suspended Hayes’ license for one year (with six months of that suspension stayed) and fined him $5,000 on nine counts, six of which were related to treatment of patients.
In his written response Hayes said, “While I respect the decision of the chiropractic board to temporarily suspend my license, I firmly disagree with the outcome. My public advocacy towards health freedom has long put me at odds with state regulatory agencies.”
The board’s action, Hayes said in his statement, “was based on my own misunderstanding that I had sufficient hours to perform a specific chiropractic technique. Had I been given the opportunity, this situation could’ve been rectified with two weekend courses.”
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 fine for performing “dry needling” on one patient and acupuncture on another. He was also fined for failing to maintain treatment records for nine separate patients. The board also cited Hayes for his failure to disclose prior citations and arrests in Lima.
The chiropractor said he preferred to concentrate on helping the residents of Lima through his bid for mayor.
“While this issue is something that I could’ve challenged in court, I have chosen to focus on the Hayes for Lima campaign. The people are electing me to be a leader for the city, not a chiropractor,” Hayes said.
“I look forward to this matter being completely resolved in the near future. As for right now, I am fully committed and focused more than ever to be the voice of the people and continue to advocate for human rights and justice as we work to win this election and restore balance to our great city.”