A Nova Scotia chiropractor has been ordered to pay $100,000 after being charged with professional misconduct for talking about vaccines on social media.
Dena Churchill, a former chiropractor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been ordered by The Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors to pay $100,000 to partially cover the costs of its $180,000 investigation.
The college took her grim financial situation into account when deciding her sentence, giving her ten years to repay the money. However, she must pay $30,000 by January 2, 2022 or the entire amount will be immediately due. The hearing committee stated:
“Dr. Churchill’s conduct brought the profession of chiropractic into disrepute. Dr. Churchill has shown no remorse. There is genuine concern that she is ungovernable.” 1
Churchill had written about vaccines on her blog and on a Facebook page titled “Dr. Dena Churchill — Innovator in Women’s Health and Wellness.” She refused to delete the posts despite orders from the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors.
Ultimately, she surrendered her chiropractic license and admitted to being professionally incompetent because of mental incapacity. Dr. Churchill has indicated she has no remorse over the situation and hopes that her example will awaken more people to the control and manipulation of the medical-industrial complex.
In a statement on her Facebook page she said:
“It has been an emotional year, giving away my chiropractic practise, having to sell my home and move in with my mother who has been healing through cancer. But the article is perfectly correct in that I have no remorse and I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity.
“I consented to conditions set out by the college to be able to surrender my license and halt the price tag of further investigation. VACCINES ARE DANGEROUS and educated people know this if they study the research. “Anti” is a word used to divide the population, I’d encourage you to BE VACCINE INFORMED.”
The investigation by the college was launched a year ago after an official complaint was filed related to Dr. Churchill’s detailed social media posts about vaccines that the college said were proven false.
National Chiropractic Association guidelines indicate chiropractors are not allowed to discuss vaccines in ANY capacity.
Churchill’s hearing had been set for late May but was canceled after she admitted to the charges and entered into a settlement agreement with the college. Before the settlement was reached, Churchill had repeatedly refused to remove the “offending” posts from her social media accounts. The college called this an egregious matter.
Churchill asserted that the finding of professional misconduct was “not an egregious breach” but the committee did not agree with her, and awarded the college the full amount it was seeking. The college later reduced its claim from $180,000 to $100,000.
“This is an egregious matter. Dr. Churchill admitted she is guilty of professional misconduct. Dr. Churchill was responsible for social media posts outside her scope of practice which were harmful to the public.”
“This entire matter could have been avoided if Dr. Churchill deleted offending posts from her social media account. She refused.” 1
Hearing committee members sided with the college on costs and said members were “particularly aware of the relevance of deterrence, particularly in light of the prolific social media posting of views harmful to the public.”
John Sutherland, executive director of the college, said the decision shows how seriously this matter was taken by regulators, adding:
“This has been a very substantial investigation. I think the decision relative to costs clearly presents a perspective on the job the regulator had to do and I think a difficult job.” 1
The college cannot stop Churchill from using the term “doctor,” and under strict terms, it is possible for her to get her chiropractor license back one day.
Thank you Dr. Churchill, we support you and admire your courage.