Discipline Hearings

Discipline hearings are held at the College of Optometrists of Ontario, 65 St. Clair Ave. E., Suite 900, Toronto (unless a different venue is indicated), and are open to the public. Hearing dates will be posted once they are determined.

For more information, contact Eyal Birenberg at 416-962-4071, extension 61, or EBirenberg@collegeoptom.on.ca.

To view the guidelines for discipline hearings at the College, and the rules of procedure, please click here (PDF).

Les audiences disciplinaires, tenues à l’Ordre des optométristes sont ouverts au public. Les dates d’audience seront affichées dès qu’elles sont déterminées.

Pour plus d’informations, appelez Eyal Birenberg au (416) 962-4071, poste 61, ou EBirenberg@collegeoptom.on.ca.

Current Hearing Schedule*

NameHearing Date(s) 
Dr. Gregory Miller #1Dates Cancelled. Hearing To Be Rescheduled.Notice of Hearing
Dr. Gregory Miller #2Hearing held October 10–11, 2018; Decision PendingNotice of Hearing
Dr. Ampreet SinghTBDNotice of Hearing
Dr. Casey L. TeppermanTBDNotice of Hearing
Marg L. Courchesne (Suspended Member)TBDNotice of Hearing to be posted when available

*This schedule is subject to change

 

Upcoming Hearings

Member: Dr. Gregory Miller #1 

Referral Date: September 25, 2017
Hearing Date(s): Dates Cancelled. Hearing To Be Rescheduled.

Details:

On September 25, 2017, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred the following specified allegations of professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee:

1. Dr. Miller failed to maintain the standards of practice of the profession, as set out at paragraph 1.14 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, by failing to identify, document, and further test the optic disc swelling in Patient X’s eye, and failing to recommend that Patient X be referred to another professional for the optic disc swelling.

2. Dr. Miller failed to refer Patient X to another professional whose profession is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 because he ought to have recognized that the condition of Patient X’s eye required such referral, as set out at paragraph 1.11 of Ontario Regulation 119/94.

3. Dr. Miller engaged in conduct or performed an act that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, unprofessional or unethical, as set out in paragraph 1.39 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, for his remark(s) regarding vision therapy.

 

Member: Dr. Gregory Miller #2

Referral Date: September 25, 2017
Hearing Held October 10–11, 2018
Decision Pending

Details:

On September 25, 2017, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred the following specified allegations of professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee:

1. Dr. Miller has committed an act or acts of professional misconduct, as provided by paragraph 51(1)(b.1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, which is Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991 c. 18, as amended; in that, on or about November 30, 2006, during an eye examination, he sexually abused his patient, Patient A, by twice taking Patient A’s hand and placing it on his clothed genital area.

 

Member: Dr. Ampreet Singh

Referral date: April 12, 2018
Hearing dates to be posted when available

Details:

On April 12, 2018, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred the following specified allegations of professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee:

1. Dr. Singh has committed an act or acts of professional misconduct as provided by subsection 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18, as defined in:

a. paragraph 1.14 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

i. Dr. Singh failed to maintain the standards of practice of the profession with respect to the oculo-visual assessments he provided to 28 patients (25 patients – students Dr. Singh saw at the University of Ottawa and 3 patients he saw at the ____________ Nursing Home, ________); and
ii. Dr. Singh failed to provide at least 10 patients with his contact information (telephone number or other means of contacting him) in the event that they had questions or problems with their vision or eyeglasses.

b. paragraph 1.24 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

i. Dr. Singh failed to make or maintain records in accordance with Part IV, including, but not limited to, Dr. Singh not having an appointment book and/or financial records for each patient; which are required by sections 8 and 9 respectively of Ontario Regulation 119/94; and
ii. Dr. Singh, in many instances, failed to record the information required by s. 10 of Ontario Regulation 119/94 to be in patient records.

c. paragraph 1.12 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that Dr. Singh failed, without reasonable cause, to provide at least 12 patients (all of whom required eyeglasses) with a written, signed and dated prescription for subnormal vision devices, contact lenses or eye glasses after the patients’ eyes have been assessed by Dr. Singh and where such a prescription was clinically indicated.

 

Member: Dr. Casey L. Tepperman

Referral date: July 24, 2018
Hearing dates to be posted when available

Details:

On July 24, 2018 the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred the following specified allegations of professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee:

(a) between April, 2008 and October 2016, Dr. Tepperman failed to refer Patient A to an ophthalmologist for investigation of a raised iris nevus when Dr. Tepperman recognized or should have recognized a condition of the eye or vision system that appeared to require such a referral; contrary to paragraph 1.11 of  Ontario Regulation 119/94,

(b) Dr. Tepperman failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession contrary to paragraph 1.14 of  Ontario Regulation 119/94,  in that he failed, between April 2008 and October 2016 to diagnose, appropriately record, adequately monitor, and/or refer Patient A to an ophthalmologist for further investigation of an iris nevus;

(c) Dr. Tepperman failed to make or maintain a health record for Patient A in accordance with applicable standards and contrary to paragraph 1.24 and Part IV, ss. 10(2)(4) and (6), Ontario Regulation 119/94; in that he did not record Patient A’s complete health and oculo-visual history between April 2008 and October 2016, including with respect to the finding of an iris nevus, nor any clinical findings with respect to the iris nevus, despite conducting numerous ocular examinations of Patient A;

(d) Dr. Tepperman engaged in conduct or performed acts that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as disgraceful, dishonourable, unprofessional or unethical, contrary to paragraph 1.39 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that he engaged in the conduct set out above at paragraphs (a) through (c).

 

Member: Marg L. Courchesne (Suspended Member)

Referral Date: October 12, 2018
Hearing dates to be posted when available

Details:

On October 12, 2018 the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee referred the following specified allegations of professional misconduct to the Discipline Committee:

1. Marg Courchesne contravened the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and para. 1.36 of Regulation 119/94, in that she continued to practice optometry while her certificate of registration was suspended after January 17, 2017, including by conducting a complete eye examination and issuing a prescription to Patient X on January 20, 2018;

2. Marg Courchesne contravened a term, condition or limitation on her certificate of registration, in that she failed to submit an annual report to the Registrar for the year 2016, as required by s. 7(1)(b) of Regulation 837/93 to the Optometry Act, 1991;

3. Marg Courchesne has engaged in conduct or performed acts that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, unprofessional or unethical contrary to para. 1.39 of Regulation 119/94, in that she continued to practice optometry while her certificate of registration was under suspension after January 17, 2017, despite having been advised of the suspension at that time.