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Wisconsin Quack Charged For Faking Medical Credentials, Providing Patients With Bogus Treatments
"In the beginning I’m like, Wow! This guy is just my savior or like my angel, but obviously it wasn’t true,” one patient said of Kyle Larsen.
Apparently aiming to be Dr. Feelgood, a Wisconsin man faces a slew of criminal charges after he impersonated a physician while treating people at his unlicensed practice.
Kyle Larsen, 32, was charged on Wednesday and faces 18 counts, including theft, distributing controlled substances and practicing medicine without a license.
Larsen, who reportedly practiced under the pseudonym Dr. Kyle Ellis at his practice Medical Psychology of Wisconsin LLC in Outagamie County, allegedly provided an array of mysterious medical treatments and prescriptions to his patients, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
His website advertised that his clinic, which claimed to have placed “a strong emphasis on treating chronic pain and mental health disorders,” offered an unbelievable selection of treatments including, “multiwave cold laser therapy, cold laser acupuncture, electrical muscle stimulation, deep tissue massage, Myopulse therapy, ultrasound[s], interferential current therapy, and lifestyle management counseling.”
Posing as a neuropsychologist, Larsen reportedly charged one woman looking to get treatment for depression $1,000 for a handful of appointments in October and November. In another, authorities say he offered an array of phony treatments to a woman supposedly diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Allegedly, he not only injected her with an unknown substance that she thought was a flu shot, gave her a “thing of red drops to take” and provided an arsenal of drugs that were supposed to help treat Crone’s Disease, the pseudo specialist also reportedly told the woman that he “could do stuff to her brain with a machine.”
Additionally, Larsen is said to have given his patients Amoxicillin, an antibiotic, and Ritalin, a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, without prescriptions.
Calli Nonnemacher, a patient of Larsen's, said she eventually got suspicious at just how many areas of expertise this self-declared medical maestro supposedly had.
“I’d bring up some sort of pain, or something that I was dealing with the and, ‘Oh, I can help you with that,’ or ‘We should try this,' and it was just like so many things, and I’m like how can he be licensed in everything," Nonnemacher told local outlet WLUK. "In the beginning I’m like, Wow! This guy is just my savior or like my angel, but obviously it wasn’t true.”
Larsen told investigators that he was actual a licensed practical nurse who lost his job, according to The Associated Press. He said his idea was to link up with a doctor and start a private medical practice but was finding it hard to get it going.
It remains unknown if any of his patients were physically harmed.
Larsen is being held on a $200,000 bond, according to WBAY-TV. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 12.
[Photo Credit: Appleton Police Department]