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Charge against Ashland doctor dismissed

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- A criminal charge against an Ashland doctor was dismissed Wednesday in Boyd County District Court. However, Dr. Jennifer G. Collins still isn't allowed to practice medicine or prescribe certain drugs, according to Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice.

Collins, 55, was arrested last month on a charge she was practicing medicine without a valid license, Justice said. The charge arose out of a complaint by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

The board issued an emergency order of suspension against Collins last month, saying she had voluntarily surrendered her controlled substance privileges with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and her privileges remain suspended, according to an agreed order dismissing the criminal charge against her without prejudice.

"We've gotten a number of calls in our office from people singing her praises," Justice said Wednesday. "This is now being handled administratively. I wish her the best. We had to do this to protect the citizens of Boyd County."

Collins agreed to refrain from the practice of medicine until she has a valid license to do so, according to the order.

She had a valid Kentucky medical license from mid-1989 through March 1 of this year. She failed to renew that license on time, according to an emergency order of suspension dated Oct. 23. The license became "inactive" on or about April 1.

Collins called the board's re-registration coordinator Dawn Beahl about reactivating her medical license. She was told how to reinstate the license, but took no formal action, according to the emergency order.

A patient's husband reported to Kentucky State Police on Oct. 14 that Collins had an inactive license. The following day, the board's medical examiner visited her office at suite 200, 207 16th St., Ashland, and told her to stop seeing patients until she renewed her license, according to court documents.

On Oct. 16., Kentucky State Police Trooper Zach Thompson went to Collins' medical office and found it open with several patients in the waiting room. Thompson advised her to close the office immediately and not to reopen it until she was legally able to do so.

She was arrested on the felony charge of practicing medicine without a license on Oct. 17.

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