More pa­tients of con­victed doctor sought

The Bradenton Herald - - News - BY SARA NEALEIGH [email protected]­ton.com

Sara­sota po­lice are look­ing to see if there are more peo­ple who may have been treated by a doctor who did not have a li­cense.

Ronald Wheeler, 71, of Sara­sota, was found guilty of prac­tic­ing medicine with­out a li­cense Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with a July 2017 case, ac­cord­ing to Sara­sota po­lice. He has yet to be sen­tenced.

The Sara­sota Po­lice Depart­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion started in July 2017, af­ter an anony­mous com­plaint to the Depart­ment of Health that said Wheeler, whose med­i­cal li­cense had been re­voked, was still see­ing pa­tients.

On July 18, 2017, Sara­sota po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on Wheeler’s of­fices at 1819 Main St., Suite 401 & 402, Sara­sota — Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­ter for Dis­ease High In­ten­sity Fo­cused Ul­tra­sound (HIFU) Cen­ters of Amer­ica — to de­ter­mine if he was still see­ing pa­tients.

Wheeler’s med­i­cal li­cense was re­voked on April 20, 2017, court doc­u­ments show.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Wheeler knew his li­cense was re­voked be­cause he ap­pealed the DOH re­vo­ca­tion. His ap­peal was de­nied.

De­tec­tives with the Sara­sota Po­lice Depart­ment say Wheeler saw ad­di­tional pa­tients while his li­cense was re­voked.

Specif­i­cally, Wheeler of­fered med­i­cal ser­vices and al­ter­na­tive med­i­cal treat­ment to a vic­tim be­tween May 2016 and Jan­uary 2018 in ad­di­tion to the 2017 com­plaint, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Ronald Wheeler

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