The chiropractor who took DNA swabs for tests purportedly showing JZ Knight’s DNA changes when she channels Ramtha, a spiritual entity, was sanctioned by the state’s chiropractic commission two years ago, state records show.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries also issued Matthew Martinez an assessment in September 2014 for $14,622.17 in unpaid wages.
Martinez is the owner of Absolute Health Clinic, based out of Olympia. The clinic recently opened a Yelm location at Wellspring Plaza, 9144 Burnett Road SE, according to the clinic’s website.
Last week, when asked how people know both DNA results were taken from Knight’s cheeks and not someone else, Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment spokesman Mike Wright said, “The short answer is they’re not going to know, because they were not there. People that don’t believe a licensed physician (Martinez) in the state of Washington who is staking his license about these claims about his patient, they’re not going to believe anybody anyhow.”
The Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission ordered in 2013 that Martinez be monitored for at least two years. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, obtain a mentor/consultant, and complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education.
Martinez signed the order on May 10, 2013. His credentials are still under enforcement action, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) records.
The charges stem from Martinez allegedly improperly charging a client’s insurance and misrepresenting his status as a licensed massage practitioner in Washington state, according to records filed with the DOH by the chiropractic commission.
On Feb. 26, 2011, Martinez reportedly billed a patient’s insurance carrier for treatment she claimed she did not receive. His daily notes from that day did not document adjustments the patient’s insurance was billed for, the charges state.
On April 23, 2011, Martinez reportedly billed the same patient’s insurance carrier for spinal treatment. Martinez reportedly filled out chart notes documenting his provision of care to the patient on that date.
The patient denied receiving any treatment from Martinez on April 23, 2011, the charges state.
The charges also state that as of June 2012, Martinez maintained a biography at his clinic, stating, “Matt is also a licensed massage practitioner (LMP) …” He did not hold an active massage practitioner credential in Washington at the time, according to the commission.
Martinez’s massage practitioner license expired on July 19, 2007, according to DOH records.
Based on the allegations, Martinez “committed unprofessional conduct” in violation of state law, the charges state.
The Nisqually Valley News made multiple attempts to contact Martinez, calling his office number in Olympia and emailing his office on Tuesday, and visiting his Yelm office Wednesday during the business hours advertised on his website. The number for his Yelm clinic was no longer in service, and the Yelm office was closed.
After contacting Wright, he told the NVN Martinez is on vacation until March 23.
Wright said he didn’t know anything about the DOH’s sanctions against Martinez, but said he didn’t see what relevance it had to the DNA study or Martinez’s credibility, as the issues appeared to be resolved and he is still allowed to practice as a chiropractor.
Knight’s company sent out a press release last week claiming Knight’s DNA changes when she channels Ramtha. According to the release, Martinez took cheek swabs from Knight before she purportedly channeled Ramtha, then took swabs two days later while she was channeling Ramtha.
Knight’s samples while not channeling came back with gene markers of R1B Y DNA with QM242 with a DNA sequence of TACTGATCG, indicating a person of French European descent, the release stated. The Ramtha-DNA results came back “dramatically different” from Knight’s, the release claims, with R1B Y DNA with CM217 with a sequence of ACCAGCTGC, indicating a person with American Indian and Viking descent.
Wright addressed a question regarding the type of DNA test used to test Knight’s DNA.
Robert Bode, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey who specializes in plant ecology and evolution, said a key question from the results was whether the appropriate DNA test was administered.
“The Y-DNA test assumes that both subjects would have a Y chromosome,” he said in an email. “However, if one of the subjects is a genetic female, the Y-DNA test would not be appropriate to check a change in DNA as females have no Y chromosome, they are born with two X chromosomes. A more appropriate DNA test would be a mitochondrial DNA test as all humans have mitochondria.”
Wright said a new type of DNA test, autosomal DNA testing, makes it possible for women to do a Y-DNA test.
“The women do carry the markers from their patrilineal lines,” he said.