Chiropractor Matthew Martinez surrendered his license to the Washington State Department of Health at the end of June. He still holds a chiropractor’s license in the state of Hawaii.
Martinez said after years of working 60 to 70 hours a week doing adjustments he was worn out. He also wants to spend more time on other things.
“It is time for me to shift gears and work on my inventions and get the Blu RoomTM technology to the world that needs it,” Martinez said in a letter to his patients that he shared on Facebook, referring to a new therapeutic treatment that uses blue light for various cures.
He announced his retirement from chiropracting in February 2016 and sent a letter to the Department of Health and the Chiropractic Credentialing for the state announcing the retirement.
“I, Matthew Walter Martinez, D.C., am sending this letter to notify your offices of the intent to retire on March 31, 2016, for health reasons,” the letter states.
Martinez owns the Absolute Health Clinic in Olympia and for a while he had a clinic in Yelm, which closed in 2015.
Martinez said his retirement has nothing to do with the allegations made against him by the Department of Health that he was sexually involved with his patients, told a patient with multiple sclerosis it would be cured if the patient drank breast milk and then utilized his wife’s frozen breast milk, and that he had fraudulently charged a patient’s insurance, according to the Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition, which Martinez signed on June 9, 2016, and was accepted by the Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission on June 16, 2016.
“These are just allegations from people who want to destroy me,” Martinez said.
He said he thinks these allegations surfaced because of his relationships with Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment and its founder, JZ Knight. He also said some of these allegations have come from disgruntled former employees and people who are jealous of him. Martinez is also Knight’s personal physician.
A stipulation to informal disposition is not a formal disciplinary action, but an opportunity for both parties — Martinez and the Department of Health — to resolve the matter without a formal disposition. Once both parties agree to the informal disposition and the commission accepts it, the agreement becomes legally binding.
Martinez said surrendering his license was a way for the Department of Health to not fully investigate the allegations against him, and because he was planning on retiring, he was going to let his license expire, which it was scheduled to at the end of June.
“Surrender of a credential ‘may be imposed when the license holder is at the end of his or her effective practice and surrender alone is enough to protect the public.’ The commission has determined that Respondent (Martinez) is at the end of his effective practice as a chiropractor and that surrender of Respondent’s (Martinez) credential is appropriate,” the Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition states.
According to Department of Health documents in July 2014, the Department of Health received a complaint alleging Martinez had been asking his patients out on dates, was sexually involved with his patients and had ‘hit on’ several of his employees.
“There was one incident in particular where staff had witnessed Respondent (Martinez) receiving a sexually explicit text from a patient. When staff confronted Respondent (Martinez), Respondent (Martinez) was initially apologetic but became angry stating: ‘This is none of your f------ business. Any of you can leave if you want,’” the Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition states.
Martinez said this allegation is from disgruntled employees. Martinez said allegations about being sexually involved with his patients also come from the husband of a patient who was physically abusing her. Martinez said he and another doctor performed physicals on the patient.
In the same complaint to the Department of Health, it is alleged that Martinez told a patient with multiple sclerosis that her condition would be cured if she drank human breast milk, according to the Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition. Then it is alleged that Martinez utilized his wife’s frozen breast milk for the patient’s use.
Martinez said this comes from an employee who overheard part of a conversation with a patient about colostrum, a chemical found in most milks that protects the immune system, and how it is in milk from most mammals including humans as well as cows.
Another allegation is Martinez took a patient on a date and then out for drinks, according to Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition. After dinner Martinez bought a bottle of wine and invited the patient back to his place but the patient declined, according to the report. Sometime after this Martinez messaged the patient on Facebook and the patient blocked him from Facebook communications. Later the patient received a message from someone claiming to be Martinez’s wife say she was accepting of a relationship between Martinez and the patient, the Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition states.
The Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition states that on or around Feb. 9, 2016, a Department of Health investigator sent Martinez a letter requesting patient records and specific responses to questions surrounding the complaint and investigation. Martinez failed to respond to the request or to the questions.
The Department of Health Stipulation to Informal Disposition then states, “Upon review of patient billing records obtained by the investigator from Patient B, Respondent’s (Martinez) billing for Patient B was fraudulent and inappropriate.”
Martinez denies any wrongdoing on any of these investigations and said the Department of Health didn’t have any solid evidence because they agreed to the Stipulation to Informal Disposition.
“Legally they have to come after you tooth and nail,” Martinez said.
Martinez said none of these allegations originate from patients he has treated, but are from former employees and what he called “hate groups” who are against Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment.
Martinez said he plans on filing a lawsuit against these people and groups later this month.
“I have no problem defending the school,” Martinez said. “I think it is a wonderful school.”
He added he supports Knight in her legal actions to defend her name.
“She (Knight) is an iron warrior when it comes to suing people,” Martinez said. “She has had to defend her name many times.”