Pain Doctor's License to be Suspended

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Tue, July 17 2012 at 6:22 PM, Updated: Tue, July 17 2012 at 7:14 PM

For the last several years, Pat Kauffman has been a patient of Dr. Shawn Michael Sills. He's a pain management specialist who now runs Interventional Pain Consultants in Medford.

"I feel very comfortable with him," said Kauffman.

She said she was shocked when she heard of the allegations against her doctor. Those allegations included abuse of pain medication, and prescribing controlled substances improperly starting back in 2005.

"There's always two sides to every story," Kauffman said.

The Oregon Medical Board's order said in 2005, Dr. Sills used opiates, went under detox, was clean until 2007, then began abusing them again in 2008. The order said Dr. Sills is now clean and sober, however it went on to say Sills admitted to developing an infatuation with one of his employees. The document also claims he secretly spiked her tea with various pain medications.

He is also said to have frequently dropped off pain medications at another patient's home.

According to the document it all happened while he worked at another clinic, Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon.

While staff at Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon did not want to go on camera, they told NBC 5 News they're just glad that Dr. Sills is working elsewhere.

The Oregon Medical Board has decided to suspend Dr. Sills' medical license for two months, put him on probation for 10 years, required him to pay a $5000 fine, and undergo treatment from the Health Professionals Services Program.

The first 30-days of his suspension will start September 1st of this year. Then the second month of Dr. Sills' suspension will start on the first of December.

Meantime, at Interventional Pain Consultants, staff said there are other doctors available to care for Sills' patients while he's suspended.

As for patient, Pat Kauffman, she said the allegations aren't changing her opinion. She'll stay with the doctor she trusts.

Cory Sullins, the Chief Financial Officer of Interventional Pain Consultants said the company conducts mandatory urine testing to ensure physicians are not abusing medication.

Dr. Sills could not be contacted, we're told he's out of the area attending a seminar.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

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