Eve Stewart to stop performing surgeries, injections
Ottawa woman loses court battle with College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Eve Stewart says she plans to go on welfare and seek disability benefits after the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario obtained a court order stopping her from performing medical procedures without a license.
The College announced Thursday the Ontario Superior Court had granted their injunction against Stewart of Eve's Laser Clinic in Ottawa, who has performed a number of medical procedures, including Botox injections, Silhouette facelifts and rhinoplasties.
Under the terms of the court order, Stewart and her staff cannot:
- give a client a diagnosis of a disease or disorder as a cause of symptoms.
- perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis, below the surface or the mucus membrane.
- set or cast a fracture of a bone or a dislocation of a joint.
- administer a substance by inhalation.
- put an instrument, hand or finger beyond the external ear canal, beyond the point in the nasal passages where they normally narrow, beyond the larynx, beyond the opening of the urethra, beyond the labia majora, beyond the anal verge, or into an artificial opening into the body.
- administer a substance by injection, unless receiving written confirmation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario that she has complied with applicable regulations.
- treat or advise a person with respect to their health in circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that serious bodily harm may result from the treatment or advice or from an omission from them.
Stewart said she wasn't expecting decision
When reached Thursday evening, Stewart said she was surprised to learn the court order had been granted.
She said by taking away her ability to do the procedures, the college has forced her to seek disability benefits.
"The only other service I have is laser hair removal and that doesn't really pay the bills. So if I have no choice then I'll have to go on disability," she said.
Stewart had maintained she was capable of performing the procedures she has done despite the lack of a medical licence or medical insurance.
She told CBC News she had suffered a brain injury and has had problems with short term memory, but said that her recovery has given her an "aptitude for medicine."
Patients who spoke to an investigator with the college gave a different version of the clinic, with one saying she was "traumatized" by her procedure while another said Stewart gave her several beers while she performed her procedure.
CBC News has also spoken to several former clients who said Stewart's treatments left them with scars and burn marks.