Board suspends Fort Kent obstetrician’s license

Posted Sept. 15, 2008, at 8:29 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — A Fort Kent doctor has agreed to the temporary suspension of her license until the Board of Licensure in Medicine takes final disciplinary action regarding allegations that she prescribed medications for a fictitious patient and picked them up for her own use.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Ellen Michalowski signed the consent agreement on Aug. 26 after the medical board learned in July that she had been self-prescribing, according to a public document issued by the medical board. The suspension took effect on Sept. 9 and will remain in effect until a final ruling is reached. A spokesman for the medical board said Monday that a final ruling is unlikely before November.

Last year, Michalowski was disciplined by the board for obtaining narcotics from more than a dozen medical providers. In that consent agreement, she agreed to a five-year probation during which she must maintain a relationship with a single primary care provider for all her prescription medications, engage in personal counseling and participate in a substance abuse treatment program offered through the Maine Medical Association.

Michalowski’s attorney, Kenneth Lehman, said Monday that his client is “a wonderful physician who has cared for many people with compassion and great skill.” Lehman said he hopes his client will be able to return to her practice.

Michalowski, who has been practicing at Northern Maine Medical Center, is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson. She was licensed to practice in Maine in 1996.

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