‘Predatory’ chiro loses appeal, lashed by Supreme Court

David Marin in 2014 while he was under investigation by the Chiropractic Board. picture: DAVID CRONIN

Robert Marin, 61, was disqualified from practising as a chiropractor and banned from reapplying for ten many years in February 2019.

He appealed the length of the ban to the Supreme Court, labelling it “manifestly excessive”.

Through a listening to in April, the Supreme Court heard that Marin experienced accrued lawful charges in excess of $500,000 as he tried out to struggle his suspension.

In a judgment handed down on Wednesday, Chief Justice Chris Kourakis was scathing of Marin’s “systemic and planned” exploitation of his clientele.

“Marin made use of his registration as a health and fitness practitioner to fiscally exploit many sufferers about a extended interval of time,” he explained.

“(He) chose crass commercialism about his expert responsibility.

“The interval of disqualification is no additional than is required to guard these users of the public who, but for the interval of disqualification, would have turn out to be Marin’s sufferers.”

He labelled Marin’s actions as commercially and fiscally exploitative.

In an before final decision, the Health and fitness Practitioners Tribunal labelled Marin’s actions as “commercially predatory”.

A specialist kid chiropractor termed to give proof labelled Marin’s statements that “rotting discs” in the backbone were a manifestation of “disease in the body” as nonsense.

Similarly, Marin’s advertising statements that his therapy could assist people today “lose .5 to one. kilo of unwanted fat per working day, guaranteed” were rubbished as “physiologically impossible”.

The accusations towards Marin are many and extend across dozens of sufferers and many years of practice.

An investigation by the Chiropractic Board discovered that Marin experienced:

URGED sufferers to expend thousands on care designs and fat reduction regimes which were not demonstrated.

EXAGGERATED the degree of backbone degeneration in terms which were alarmist and unsound.

INDISCRIMINATELY made use of X-rays on sufferers, like many young little ones.

EAVESDROPPED on sufferers to acquire “intelligence” on their problems.

FILMED sufferers in numerous states of undress but efficiently argued it was not for a prurient function.

Unsuccessful to conduct additional assessments or preserving ample notes.

Supreme Court Justices David Peek and Kevin Nicholson agreed with the Chief Justices’ reasoning and dismissed Marin’s enchantment.

Adam Kimber SC, for the Chiropractic Board, made an application for expenditures, which was accepted by the Supreme Court, including to Marin’s sizeable lawful bill.