Blaine chiropractor’s license suspended
By Pat Grubb
The state Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission has suspended the credential of Nicolas Jean Constantin for unprofessional conduct in an order dated January 15. The suspension means Constantin cannot practice as a chiropractor in Washington pending a hearing.
Constantin was issued a credential to practice as a chiropractor on August 2, 2006.
The commission took action after the state department of health (DoH) entered a motion for an order of summary judgment. According to legal documents filed in the case, Constantin admitted in a letter to a DoH investigator in August 2008 that he had misused alcohol and controlled substances, including black tar heroin. The previous month Constantin had been convicted in Blaine Municipal Court on a charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Domestic Violence. The following month, he was convicted of violating a No Contact Order, a gross misdemeanor. Later that month, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his vehicle into a building, then getting stuck in a ditch while trying to get back on the roadway. The investigation later revealed that Constantin had a prior first degree Negligent Driving charge from October, 2007 that was alcohol-related. The summary action order noted that Constantin had made “two fairly recent attempts at treatment followed by six months of sobriety and relapse.”
The commission determined that Constantin “poses a risk of immediate danger, as there is no way to protect patients from the liklihood that harm might be committed by an impaired practitioner. For this reason, a temporary suspension is the best and most appropriate level of restriction … to safeguard the health care of the public.”
Constantin, who formerly practiced in Blaine, is unassociated with the practice of Blaine Chiropractic Center, owned by his parents.