The head of the renowned Fitness and Health Center in Alameda handed over his chiropractic license, citing allegations that government medical investigators had sex with three patients and an employee in the business and other alleged violations.

John Bell, owner of RISE Bodyworks in Alameda since 2010, was given permission by the California Chiropractic Examinations Board on October 9 after allegedly having sex with patients during an exam between 2016 and 2018 and having sex with an office worker.

Along with another employee, he made inappropriate comments about her breasts and whether she was a prostitute or a narrator, government officials said.

A former patient named Kerry Kohler, who was named in the state investigation, sued Bell because she was vulnerable during a two-year probationary period.

“I have constant trauma and anxiety. I don’t want that for anyone, ”Kohler told The Chronicles. I am grateful for the strong support of a community that believes in abused women.

Attorney John Weiner, owner of RISE Bodyworks and Chiropractor John Beall, appeared outside of RISE Bodyworks on November 5, 2021. Bell said he had sex with three patients and a staff member and submitted his consent. Winner represented the woman.

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Beall, 51, admitted in an interview with The News Chronicle that he had made a mistake, but said he had an “affair” with the women and that it was a sex deal.

“I woke up earlier because I slept with customers and I took my punishment and voluntarily submitted my will,” he said. “I’ve slept with co-workers and staff over the years.”

According to the American Chiropractic Association’s Code of Conduct, having sex with patients is a measure of a patient’s trust and confidence.

The Code of Conduct states that “sexual misconduct is a type of behavior that negatively affects public safety and harms patients individually and collectively.” “Sexual immorality uses doctor-patient relationships and is a breach of public trust.”

RISE employs about 40 people, providing chiropractic care, physical and team training, Pilates, acupuncture, massage, and more. Beall says he still owns the business but does not make chiropractic appointments even though he works in the gym. The institution employs other licensed chiropractors.

In August, State Chiropractic Board executive Robert Pulio filed charges against Bills with 16 counts of misconduct, including having sex with three patients and one employee, improper billing, inadequate records, and unprofessional conduct. He asked the board to revoke or suspend Bell’s license.

Beall could have had a hearing before the board but decided to submit his will voluntarily, allowing him to reapply within two years. As part of the agreement, Bell agreed that the Board of Trustees would “establish a valid basis for the amended charges and that those allegations would result in disciplinary action.”

Lawyer John Weiner stands outside of RISE Bodyworks on November 5, 2021 in Alameda.  RISE Bodyworks owner and chiropractor John Bell handed over the license after government officials allegedly had sex with patients and staff.  Winner represented the plaintiff.

Lawyer John Weiner stands outside of RISE Bodyworks on November 5, 2021 in Alameda. RISE Bodyworks owner and chiropractor John Bell handed over the license after government officials allegedly had sex with patients and staff. Winner represented the plaintiff.

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Bell’s lawyer, Michael Firereston, called it a “soft introduction” to each and every one of them. He argued that “most of the charges” were “outrageous”.

“Dr. Beall … accepts responsibility for not being professional in blurring lines when interacting with co-workers and patients,” Faurston said. “Dr. Beall has worked tirelessly to educate himself on the important boundaries of patient and supplier relationships and is confident that he will not cross those boundaries again.”

Bell said he has completed boundary and ethics courses. Beall has not been charged or charged with any crime.

A.D. In 2019, Kohler accused Belle of using her as a patient and the couple had sex within two years. Her marriage is falling apart, and her father and mother-in-law have recently died, leaving her particularly vulnerable. In 2017, after suffering from severe back pain, she began to see Bell.

“There is a natural level of trust between the doctor and the patient,” Kohler said.

She accused him of posting inappropriate photos and texting that the couple had sex several times in the massage parlor and in his office. They reached an agreement in May 2021.

“I’ve been following a large number of psychological trauma cases for more than 42 years under the influence of chiropractors, doctors and psychotherapists, and I’ve learned that such behavior can cause serious harm through chiropractors,” said Kohler’s lawyer, John Weiner.

Bell said he learned that he had received an education and that his role as a chiropractor had been violated. “Now I realize that this is not good,” he told the Chronicle.

Matthias Gaffney is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: mathias.gafni@sfchronicle.com Twitter @mgafni