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Public Hearing for Richland Physical Therapist Concludes

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August 30, 2007 6:10 p.m.

KENNEWICK, Wash.--Since Monday(August 27), Washington State Assistant Attorney General, Oscar Chaves, has been presenting the case against Rafat Shirinzadeh, a Richland Physical Therapist accused of "unprofessional misconduct" with a number of patients.

Over the last three days, a panel heard testimony from witnesses and alleged victims. Today, Shirinzadeh gave testimony to the panel and referred to medical books that he relies on to perform his work. He says the last four months have been "absolute hell" for him and his family. He has been "hit" in every way possible. Shirinzadeh did admit to using improper judgment in draping female patients. After the hearing, both sides presented closing arguments.

From this point, the panel will determine if "unprofessional conduct" took place. Until the Health Law judge drafts an order containing the panels decision, we won't know the verdict. That likely won't be known for 30 to 45 days. As of now, Shirinzadeh's therapist license remains suspended.