An El Dorado Hills chiropractor who practiced medicine without a license and recommended dietary supplements that made her patients extremely ill has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges.
Diem Nguyen, or “Dr. Thyroid,” was placed on three years of probation, according to the District Attorney’s office. She will need to perform 172 hours of community service within a year’s time.
She must also “pay restitution to [her] victims,” some of whom told FOX40 they had no idea she was not a licensed physician. Former patients, speaking to FOX40 anonymously, said Nguyen recommended her patients use supplements they did not recognize, telling them to keep taking the pills or powders even after their conditions worsened. Many lost thousands of dollars.
In a separate proceeding, the case will be brought to the chiropractic board to see if Nguyen’s license will be removed.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post had inaccurately stated Nguyen prescribed medication. She actually just recommended it. It has since been updated.