The Investigative Committee (IC) of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners (Board) has summarily suspended the licenses to practice medicine of Maryanne DeForest Phillips, M.D., and Tammy Lynn Hankins, PA-C, related to numerous alleged violations of Nevada’s Medical Practice Act that have taken place at “Vida Spa,” a so-called “medical spa” located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On June 28, 2021, the IC issued its Order of Summary Suspension against Maryanne DeForest Phillips, M.D., alleging that Dr. Phillips administered Propofol for the purposes of anesthesia or sedation to at least seventy-two (72) individual patients, for invasive surgical procedures she performed on them at Vida Spa. In addition, it is alleged that Dr. Phillips, in concert with Vida Spa’s staff, falsified patient medical records in order to conceal her unlawful conduct. NRS 630.373 expressly prohibits a physician or physician assistant to administer or supervise directly the administration of general anesthesia, conscious sedation or deep sedation to patients at a facility that does not maintain a proper permit from the Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance as required by NRS Chapter 449.
On July 20, 2021, the IC issued its First Amended Complaint and Order of Summary Suspension against Tammy Lynn Hankins, PA-C, alleging fifty-three (53) violations of the Nevada Medical Practice Act by PA Hankins, all occurring at Vida Spa, including charges of the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine, Malpractice, Fraudulent, Illegal, Unauthorized and Otherwise Inappropriate Prescribing of Controlled Substances, Illegal Injection of Botox and Dermal Fillers, and the Administration of Conscious Sedation at an Unaccredited and Unpermitted Facility, among other charges.
Vida Spa is not a permitted or accredited surgical facility, and the Board stated that it is unsafe and unlawful to perform invasive surgeries and administer sedation and anesthesia in places that are not properly licensed, equipped, permitted, accredited and inspected. The IC issued the suspension orders based on evidence that the health, safety and welfare of the public and patients was at risk of imminent and continued harm due to the activities occurring at Vida Spa.
The Executive Director of the Board stated, “Both the unlicensed practice of medicine and the performance of invasive and potentially dangerous surgical procedures at unaccredited facilities is a growing problem in Nevada. Unsuspecting patients are being harmed, some sustaining life-threatening injuries and infections. The IC’s recent filings in these cases, while only allegations at this point, reflect the Board’s serious concern regarding these ongoing dangers to public safety.”
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