Scheduled Hearings

Acting in the public interest, the College holds Ontario’s regulated Naturopaths accountable for their conduct and practice. The College takes all possible breaches of conduct or practice seriously. The Discipline Committee hears allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence, and the Fitness to Practice Committee hears allegations of incapacity. The College publishes the Discipline Committee’s decisions or summaries of decisions on the website, in its annual report and may publish decisions in the College’s Newsletter.  

Attending a Hearing

Hearings of the Discipline Committee are open to the public (unless otherwise determined), and are held at:

College of Naturopaths of Ontario
150 John Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON

Observers must understand and follow the Observer Guidelines for Discipline Hearings available for download here.

Please book your attendance at a disciplinary hearing by emailing the College at info@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca

Dates of hearings are subject to change at any time. Those scheduled to attend a hearing should confirm whether dates have changed by checking the current hearing schedule before coming to the College. Visitors are prohibited from carrying into or using while inside the Discipline Hearing Room, any audio/visual equipment (including video cameras, still photography equipment, laptop computers and tape recorders) without prior written permission.

Upcoming Discipline Hearings

As a part of its transparency initiatives, the College ensures that the public is aware of the status of each matter being brought before the Discipline Committee.
To review a general outline of the stages of a disciplinary matter involving a Member of the College, click here.  
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Referral Date
Member Name / Status
Summary of Allegations*

Hearing Date(s)
June 7, 2018 Rodak, Taras

STATUS:Stage 2

1. At all relevant times, Dr. Taras Rodak (“the Member”) has been a member of the College.

2. On or about October 2, 2017 the Patient attended the Member’s clinic in Etobicoke, Ontario. The Patient was seeking assistance related to low energy and leg cramps related to her marathon training.

Standards of the Profession

3. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member:

a. Provided a consent form for the Patient to sign before the Member had an opportunity to discuss the proposed treatment and obtain informed consent;

b. Failed to confirm at the outset of the appointment if the Patient wanted a person present during the appointment;

c. Asked the Patient to change into a robe and/or if he could conduct a breast exam;

d. Did not obtain informed consent to perform Bowen therapy on the patient;

e. Did not adequately respond to the Patient’s questions about Bowen therapy;

f. Asked the Patient to sign another consent form after the appointment indicating that she had been provided with an option to have a person present during the appointment; and/or

g. Did not advise the Patient in advance of the appointment of the cost of the appointment and/or the remedies provided.

4. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (the “Code”) as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 1 (Contravening, by act or omission, a standard of practice of the profession or failing to maintain the standard of practice of the profession); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Informed Consent

5. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member failed to:

a. Provide the Patient with the nature of the Bowen therapy treatment;

b. Provide the Patient with the expected benefits of the Bowen therapy treatment;

c. Provide the Patient with the material risks of the Bowen therapy treatment;

d. Provide the Patient with the material side effects of the Bowen therapy treatment;

e. Provide the Patient with alternative courses of action to Bowen therapy treatment; and/or

f. Provide the Patient with the likely consequences of not having the Bowen therapy treatment.

6. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 3 (Doing anything to a patient for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic or other health-related purpose except, i. with the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s authorized representative, or ii. as required or authorized by law); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Failing to advise of a fee

7. It is alleged that the Member did not advise the Patient in advance of the appointment, or in advance of him recommending a remedy of the fee to be charged for the appointment and/or remedy.

8. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(c) of the Code as set out in one or more of the following paragraphs of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 17/14 made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007:

a. Paragraph 20 (Failing to advise a patient or a patient’s authorized representative, before providing any service, of the fee to be charged for the service or of any penalties that will be charged for late payment of the fee); and/or

b. Paragraph 46 (Engaging in conduct or performing an act relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional).

Sexual Abuse

9. It is alleged that during the appointment, the Member:

a. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by failing to confirm at the outset of the appointment if the Patient wanted a person present during the appointment; and/or

b. Engaged in behaviour and/ or remarks of a sexual nature by asking the Patient to change into a robe and/or if he could conduct a breast exam.

10. The behaviour and/or remarks as set out in paragraph 9 were not of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided.

11. It is alleged that the above conduct constitutes professional misconduct pursuant to s. 51(1)(b.1) of the Code as the Member sexually abused the Patient.