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Founder of Summers Chiropractic and Massage License Suspended

Greg Summers, founder of Summers Chiropractic and Massage in Federal Way, WA is a chiropractor accused of sexually violating three female patients.

Chiropractic care is an alternative medicine health care profession involving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on health.  Chiropractic treatment includes manual therapy, such as manipulation of the spine and soft tissues.  Treatment may involve exercises and lifestyle counseling.

Chiropractic care has gained legitimacy in the medical industry, and acceptance by many health plans in the U.S.  Chiropractic care is generally safe for low back pain, headaches, and neck pain, but Summers allegedly touched female patients in areas that might not have been relevant to alleviating the pain they were experiencing.

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Summers had his medical license suspended in early November 2012 after being charged with sexual contact with three female patients. He also changed the medical records of a patient, according to MyNorthwest.com.

According to Huff Post Weird News, Summers allegedly told two of his female victims “intravaginal massage,” would benefit them because of the “invasion of their personal body space” that took place when the chiropractor inserted his fingers in their genitals.

The Federal Way Mirror reports Summers informed one of the patients that the “massages” would prevent scar tissue from forming and would help in taking away pain, according to a statement of charges.

One of the patients was an employee at Summers’ clinic. The female said she was required to provide massages to the chiropractor in training sessions, according to legal documents obtained by Federal Way Mirror. During the sessions, Summers allegedly spoke about his marital problems and how he would “offer his body” as a teaching technique on “how to get a man hard,” according to legal documents.

Summers’ lawyer, Robert Zielke issued a statement in defense of Summers to the News Tribune:

“Anyone can file a complaint against a doctor even when the complaint is not accurate or actionable.” Zielke is a trial lawyer who markets on his website he has recovered damages in excess of one million dollars for his clients. He has been on television and the newspapers involving high-profile cases.

Zielke has legal practice areas in disciplinary complaints and healthcare law. Licensed professionals, such as physcians, pharmacists, accountants, appraisers, dentists, nurses, and mental health counselors retain Zielke to defend them against disciplinary complaints. Zielke has been profiled in Who’s Who in American Law and is a published author. On Zielke’s website is a letter from a dentist who thanked him for his legal help.

Summers has 20 days to respond to the assault and other criminal charges and ask for a hearing.

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  • Jeff

    So frustrated by this behavior. I hope he loses his license forever; as well as his office. He should not be allowed to have a practice with massage therapists and other chiropractors making him money.

    This is absolutely disgusting!!! I am ashamed; however, after looking at his picture, it doesn’t surprise me. All must come forward.

    Greg Summers DC, this is not good and taints the image of my profession, again, not using your better judgement. Remember, professionals have an image and ethics to obide, as well as trust!, you will get your punishement!!!

  • Dr. Jimmy

    This is a disgrace to the profession, and a shameful performance by one of our own. He does not deserve the trust his community, patients and staff have placed in him.

  • Patient Melissa

    I have been a patient at summers for years. I love this clinic, way better than all of the other chiropractors that I have been to. Never once in all my visits have I ever felt violated. I have had both chiropractors, and they are both great. Very kind, respectful, and great at adjustments. The whole staff there is like a family. So sad how people are sue happy in this world, but again the economy… Everyone is trying to get money easy..:/ I hope this clinic doesn’t close, there is no other chiropractor clinic that I have found that is so good. Unfortunately, every clinic, and every doctor in this world at least has one complaint about them. Some people… Smh…

  • Female Patient

    I saw Dr. Summers for a couple months after a back injury and things were not right. I too felt violated and felt he crossed the line on several occasions. I switched to the days he was not there after a few times and eventually stopped going there. I never filed a complaint but am considering now. He was the first chiropractor I had ever been to and I was unaware of correct manipulation/massage. Something felt wrong though. I don’t want money in any way, but people in this industry need to be held accountable for their poor actions. He picks and chooses his clients to abuse and blaming them is the wrong path to go.

  • DW

    Everyone needs to get all of the facts. The truth will come out. Let it be known that the two women who made these allegations also live together, one a former disgruntal employee, the other is Dr. Summers psycotic sister-in-law who has never cared for him. Sitting around the house complaining about him then decide to ruin his life by fileing false statements. Come on people, get the whole story before you make judgements….

  • CC

    Jeff – “This is absolutely disgusting!!! I am ashamed; however, after looking at his picture, it doesn’t surprise me.”

    REALLY? This is the most unintelligent, ignorant kind of judgement. What exactly did you see in his picture that tells you he’s guilty of anything? That’s equivalent to racism, and/or sexism. If you are a chiropractor, I hope your patients don’t judge you by your looks.

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