Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 18, 2013

Doctor charged with practicing without a license

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — An Ashland physician was arrested Wednesday on a charge of practicing medicine without a license.

Dr. Jennifer G. Collins, 56, whose offices are located in the Price Building at 207 16th St., was arrested by Kentucky State Police on a complaint from the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney David Justice said.

Under Kentucky law, practicing medicine without a license is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of one to five years.

Justice said Collins’ medical license expired at the end of February, and, for whatever reason, she had failed to renew it, even after being warned she needed to do so by the medical licensure board.

While he called Collins’ arrest “kind of regrettable,” Justice said authorities were left with no other choice because Collins was writing prescriptions without being properly licensed, which he said could have had “serious consequences.”

Collins, whom various websites state is a family practitioner with 23 years of experience, was released from custody on the condition she cease seeing patients until she resolves her licensing issues, Justice said. He said it was his understanding she had temporarily closed her practice.

Justice said Collins would be in court next week for a preliminary hearing.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.