FORT KENT, Maine — A Fort Kent psychiatrist has been reprimanded and had his license to practice suspended for 10 days because of unprofessional conduct.
Mark Overton, who practices at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, will have his license suspended Aug. 16-25 and be required to pay a civil penalty of $1,000, according to a statement released Monday by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine and the Maine attorney general’s office.
The hospital informed the board in August 2015 that it had investigated a complaint by the husband of a hospital employee and determined that Overton had engaged in a “romantic workplace relationship” with the woman and treated her as a patient after their relationship had ended, according to the statement.
“NMMC acknowledges the situation and we have dealt with the incident internally in addition to the Maine Board of Medicine’s action,” NMMC spokesperson Joanne Fortin wrote in an email Monday afternoon.
The relationship, which included “sexual conduct,” occurred from February 2014 to April 2014, when the employee was not being treated as a patient, according to a consent agreement arrived at between the licensing board and Overton. However, the psychiatrist did subsequently treat her and one of her minor children, the document indicates.
The hospital’s investigation concluded that Overton did not have sexual relations with the employee after she became a patient.
Overton admitted to the interaction with the employee and expressed remorse for his actions. The hospital also disciplined Overton, who agreed to attend sexual harassment and professional workplace training.
“Dr. Overton is an experienced and highly qualified clinician and has helped many people in our community. We believe everyone deserves a second chance and we support Dr. Overton through this matter,” Fortin wrote in her email on Monday.
In October 2015, after its own investigation, the licensing board initiated a complaint against Overton.
The board agreed to resolve the matter if Overton agreed to the conditions of the consent agreement, which included an official reprimand, the license suspension and civil penalty. Overton signed the agreement on July 1, according to the document.
The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine is made up of six physicians, three members of the public and a physician assistant appointed by the governor. Disciplinary actions taken by the board are available to the public either by calling 207-287-3601 or visiting maine.gov/md.
Any citizen may request an investigation of a physician or physician assistant by calling 207-287-3608, by letter, or by visiting the board’s website.