In mid-2008, Michael asked a female patient to come work for him, according to medical board records. A few days after the woman began working at Michael’s office, Michael began making sexual advances at her and kissed her, records show. She pushed him away, finished her shift and later told Michael she would no longer work for him because of the kiss, records show.
She’s the first patient listed in the medical board’s complaint against Michael. Medical board records show Michael’s behavior continued over the next few years.
In about November 2011, Michael asked a patient, who was taking anti-depressants, for graphic details about when she was raped as a child, records show.
Female employees told board investigators that Michael attempted to kiss them, barked at them, asked to see their breasts, groped their breasts, asked for sexually graphic details about their personal lives and would place $20 bills down their shirts, according to records.
Michael asked one of his female employees who worked for him in 2011 if she would stay after the clinic closed, board records showed. “She asked him why he wanted her to say. Defendant then offered to pay her for sex and told her he ‘only wanted to touch’ her,” according to board records.
Another female employee told board investigators that Michael said he and another patient could “gang up” on her, board records show.
In their conversations with board investigators, many of the female employees said they told Michael his behavior was inappropriate and unwanted.
Lyle Kelsey, medical board executive director, said Michael’s case was one of the worst he had seen.
Kelsey said it can be hard to get patients to come forward to discuss sexual misconduct of their doctor.
“First of all, patients don’t want to believe it really happened, that with the doctor they entrusted with their body, something doesn’t happen like that,” Kelsey said. “I think they’re hesitant, they’re embarrassed, and getting into personal information, they’re afraid to talk about it.”
Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer