Colorado targets imposter physician 'addictionologist' after 10 years of practice

Two Colorado state boards and the state attorney general filed a contempt citation against an allegedly unlicensed woman who has posed as a physician and administered intravenous treatments for a decade, according to a local investigative report from KUSA.

The woman is "addictionologist" Tamea Sisco, a former chiropractor and acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aminokit Laboratories — also known under the name Treatment Centers XL — a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that operates out of a medical office building on the Lone Tree, Colo.-based Sky Ridge Medical Center campus. The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners revoked her license in 2007 for administering a patented amino acid infusion formula via IV, according to the report. At issue was her "prescribing, administering, inserting and/or monitoring," the IV treatments, rather than the formula itself, according to the report.

Ms. Sisco agreed to the terms of the court order, but in recent months she has faced multiple lawsuits from patients for similar charges, according to the report. In one case, a woman named as Jane Doe filed a lawsuit for alleged sexual assault by a person supervising the woman's 2012 detox treatment. The plaintiff won the case in October 2015, but the court vacated the judgment and dismissed the case in January 2016, according to the report. Now another patient is bringing a case against Ms. Sisco for allegedly administering IV treatments and prescribing Xanax without a proper license, according to the report.

Ms. Sisco's attorneys say she is operating within state law for addiction treatment licensing, according to the report. A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies told KUSA Ms. Sisco has licensed medical professionals on staff and she primarily serves as an administrator. The hospital was also named in the second lawsuit, but issued a statement that it is confident the case will be dismissed in light of the Jane Doe case dismissal, according to the report.

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