Osteopath who used a treatment room to carry out a sexual relationship with patient is struck off

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A leading osteopath has been struck off after it was found he had been using the treatment room at his £1.3million home to carry out a sexual relationship with a 'vulnerable' patient.

Michael Kern was a renowned physical therapist and had previously penned a book about the importance of maintaining boundaries with patients.

High - Court - Advice - Sex - Acts

However, the High Court heard how the 62-year-old did not follow his own advice and instead repeatedly engaged in sex acts with the woman at his Highgate home.

After one session that turned sexual, he told the woman that she 'didn't have to pay him' any more.

Visits - Spoon - Kern - Relationship - Night

The visits spoon stopped and Kern tried to rekindle to relationship in a late night phone call, inviting the woman to his home.

The 'emotionally distressed' woman reported him in 2017 and stated that she felt as though he was trying to 'use her'.

Kern - Yesterday - Register - Conduct

Kern was yesterday struck off the register after being found guilty of 'unacceptable conduct'.

Barrister for the General Osteopathic Council, Andrew Faux, said the sexual misconduct was of 'an extremely serious nature'.

Mr - Kern - Profession - Osteopath - Educator

Mr Kern first qualified in 1988 and was highly regarded in his profession as an osteopath, educator and writer.

He set up the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust in 1989 as a school of excellence for practitioners in the alternative therapy.

Patient - A - Techniques - Therapies

The patient - known as Patient A - said she went to him because she was interested in his techniques and wanted to learn about his therapies.

Mr Justice Martin Spencer said most of the subsequent acts took place in the therapy room set aside at the house which he used as his treatment centre.

November - Conduct - Committee - General - Osteopathic

Last November, a professional conduct committee of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) said his behaviour was a 'gross abuse of his professional position'.

'He had rightly accepted that in initiating and pursuing a sexual relationship with a patient under his care, he...
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