The Short of It
Well, this is kind of scary: A Florida teen has been arrested for pretending to be a doctor and treating patients in his own clinic. And he's posed as a medical professional before.
Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, was arrested by West Palm Beach police officers for practicing medicine without a license, after an undercover officer posed as a patient and received a physical exam and medical advice from the M.D. wannabe.
His family members say they and former coworkers called the Florida Health Department because they were worried he was impersonating a doctor and "may injure someone or their children."
This is not the first time Love-Robinson has been in trouble for falsely representing himself:
In January 2015, he was caught posing as an OB-GYN at St. Mary's Medical Center for over a month. According to ABC 7, Love-Robinson admits he was the teen who wore a St. Mary's lab coat, a stethoscope and a face mask while roaming the halls and entering patients' rooms. He told police he'd been a doctor for years, and that his family would vouch for him. St. Mary's denied he'd ever come in contact with patients and declined to press charges. Police determined no crime had been committed.
In October 2015, the Department of Health issued Love-Robinson a cease and desist order when it said he was working as a massage therapist at a Boynton Beach Rehabilitation facility without holding an active license.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman told WPBF that an 86-year-old woman alleges that Love-Robinson visited her house recently when she was sick, told her she needed to go to a hospital—and stole her checkbook.
Love-Robinson calls himself a certified naturopathic doctor and opened his clinic—The New Birth Life Medical Center—in January. On the clinic's website, Love-Robinson poses in a white coat and describes himself as "a well rounded professional" that "utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phototherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature's remedies."
The site also lists the teen as the center's president, CEO, and founder; refers to him as "Dr."; and uses acronyms like Ph.D. and HHPC after his name. But according to Florida Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton, Florida does not issue licenses for naturopathic doctors so anyone can call themselves that.
"When he crossed the line and started giving a physical and offering to treat the undercover agent, we were able to issue him a cease-and-desist for the unlicensed practice of medicine," Dalton told CNN.