Practice Conditions Placed on Dr. Curtis Wall: Practice Permit 957

On December 7, 2020 Alberta Health issued a notice of closure to Wall Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic, a chiropractic clinic in Calgary. The notice of closure was issued for failure to comply with the provincial order for masking indoors.

On December 8, 2020 the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) initiated the process for a review of the regulated member, Dr. Curtis Wall, as provided under the Health Professions Act.

On December 17, 2020 following receipt of the decision report, which Dr. Wall has also received, the ACAC placed the following practice conditions on Dr. Wall’s practice permit, effective immediately and remaining in place until public health declares the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  1. Dr. Wall shall inform each client he sees that Dr. Wall has a medical exemption from the public health order that all persons in a public place must wear a face mask, and Dr. Wall shall obtain the written confirmation signed by each patient that the patient agrees to be seen and treated by Dr. Wall without him wearing a face mask or face shield. Dr. Wall shall provide copies of the written confirmation from each to the Complaints Director by 5 p.m. on Friday of each week in which Dr. Wall sees any patients. This requirement will remain in effect as long as the public health order for physical barriers, social distancing and face masks are in effect.

  2. Dr. Wall shall direct any staff person assisting in his office, whether that person is paid or unpaid, to comply with the current public health order requiring use of physical barriers, social distancing and face masks. If any staff person claims an exemption from the wearing of a face mask, Dr. Wall shall consult with Alberta Health Services as to whether the claim of an exemption is supported by objective proof.

  3. Dr. Wall shall maintain a log of screening questions asked and answered by all patients and daily screening of his staff and himself, regarding any symptoms or events that would require isolation and/or testing for COVID-19. The list of screening questions is set out on page 10 of the ACAC Pandemic Practice Directive issued May 3 and revised May 25, 2020. Dr. Wall shall provide a copy the log to the Complaints Director by 5 p.m. on Friday of each week that the public health orders for physical barriers, social distancing and face masks are in effect.

  4. In the event that Dr. Wall shows any symptoms or answers positively to the screening questions, he shall not see or treat any patients until he has been tested for COVID-19 by Alberta Services and received confirmation of a negative test result. Dr. Wall shall provide proof, satisfactory to the Complaints Director, of the negative test result on the same date that Dr. Wall receives the test result. Dr. Wall shall not see any patient until he has received confirmation from the Complaints Director that he can return to seeing and treating patients. 

The full document is posted on the ACAC Discipline public webpage as required under the Health Professions Act.

The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors requires regulated members to respect and abide by all regulations, provisions and laws enacted by any order of government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, regulated members must abide by the ACAC COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Directive. The directive requires masking for chiropractors when two metres of physical distance cannot be maintained.