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A Richland Physical Therapist Can No Longer Practice

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RICHLAND, Wa.,- Rafat Shirinzadeh, a physical therapist at Oasis Therapy in Richland can no longer practice after allegations of on-the-job misconduct towards female patients'.

The ruling came down early Friday morning from the Washington State Board of Physical Therapy, saying that Shirinzadeh's therapist's license has been suspended, effective immediately. This after allegations surfaced from an unidentified Oasis employee alleging that Shirinzadeh did not properly cover female patients' bodies.. And that he made unwanted sexual comments and massaged patients' private areas. Mindi Irvine owns Oasis Physical Therapy. She says this is an isolated incident.

"We do want to assure and reassure our patients that this therapist was only one of six very qualified and talented physical therapists that we have working for us," said Mindi Irvine.

Reports of misconduct against Shirinzadeh first started in September 2006, that's when the Department of Health opened a full investigation. During that time, Oasis countered with a one-month suspension.  Shirinzadeh now has 10 days to request a hearing and 20 days to respond to these alleged charges.

To view a list of the actual charges against Shirinzadeh, log on-to the Department of Health's web-site, http://www.doh.wa.gov or call (360) 236-4700