18-year-old Florida man allegedly posed as doctor, opened medical practice: sheriff’s office

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An 18-year-old Florida man was arrested on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license after he allegedly performed a physical exam on an undercover agent Tuesday.

Malachi Love-Robinson is shown in a booking photo released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 16, 2016.

Malachi Love-Robinson is shown in a booking photo released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 16, 2016.

The investigation began when authorities received a complaint that Malachi Love-Robinson, 18, was practicing medicine without a license in October 2015 then cited by the health department, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced.

They discovered that Love-Robinson opened a medical office at 4700 north Congress Ave., in West Palm Beach, was presenting himself as a medical certified doctor.

On Tuesday, Love-Robinson was arrested after he performed a physical exam on the undercover agent and offered medical advice.

“Dr. Malachi A. Love” is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page on Jan. 12, 2016.

“Dr. Malachi A. Love” is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page on Jan. 12, 2016.

A Facebook page for Dr. Malachi A. Love listed a medical office at the same address — 4700 N. Congress Ave. — as the one given by the Sheriff’s Office, calling the office “New Birth New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center & Urgent Care.” A website and Facebook page were also set up for the center.

Photos on the center’s Facebook page showed “Dr. Love” posing with two older women described as the center’s “staff.”

And on the website Healthgrades.com, a first-person description of Dr. Love-Robinson read:

I am a well rounded proffessional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body. I utilize physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phototherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature’s remedies.

Love-Robinson was booked on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license, and the Florida Department of Health served him notice to cease and desist along with several other citations.