Nassar-MSU Scandal Puts Professional Licenses of 7 Under Scrutiny
Updated Jun 14, 12:30 PM; Posted Jun 14, 12:30 PM
By Julie Mack
Seven current and former health-care providers at Michigan State
University are under investigation by the state Department of Licensing
and Regulatory Affairs for their actions related to Larry Nassar, the
former MSU doctor who molested patients.
The seven -- four physicians, two athletic trainers and a clinical
psychologist -- have been identified by Nassar victims as people alerted
over the years about Nassar's misconduct.
Dr. William Strampel, an osteopathic physician who also was dean of
MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and Nassar's former boss. Strampel
is now facing criminal charges for failing to enforce rules set
specifically for Nassar, including having a chaperone in the room during
exams involving "sensitive areas" and getting patient permission before
examining or treating those areas.
Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, a osteopathic physician at MSU's Sports Medicine
Clinic. Kovan was the initial recipient of a complaint by Amanda Thomashow
that she was molested by Nassar during a March 2014 appointment at the
clinic. Kovan notified his supervisors of the complaint, although
Thomashow told MSU Police she felt Kovan wasn't taking it seriously,
according to a police report.
Dr. Douglas Dietzel, an osteopathic physician who supervised the MSU
Sports Medical Clinic at the time of the 2014 complaint. An investigation
by MSU's Title IX office cleared Nassar in that incident.
Dr. Brooke Lemmen, a former osteopathic physician at the Sports
Medicine Clinic. She resigned in 2017 after Strampel reprimanded her for
not telling MSU officials that she was aware Nassar stopped volunteering
as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics in 2015 because of allegations of
sexual misconduct. After Nassar was fired by MSU in 2016 and at his
direction, Lemmen also removed boxes of documents from his office,
according to a police report.
Dr. Gary Stollak, a retired MSU clinic psychologist. One of Nassar's
early victims, Kyle Stephens, says that in 2004 when she was age 12, she
told Stollak that she had been abused by Nassar over a six-year period.
Instead of contacting authorities, she says, Stollak arranged a meeting
between Nassar and her parents. Nassar denied the allegations and the
parents forced Stephens to apologize. Stollak, who retired in 2010, has
said he does not remember the Stephens case and he destroyed his patient
records when he retired.
Destiny Teachnor-Hauk, a MSU athletic trainer. Tiffany Thomas Lopez,
a former MSU softball players who says she was molested by Nassar during
treatments for sports injuries in 1999 and 2000, said she complained to
Teachnor-Hauk that Nassar's treatments seemed inappropriate.
Lianna Hadden, a MSU athletic trainer. Lopez said she also complained
to Hadden about Nassar's treatments. Jennifer Rood Bedford, a former MSU
volleyball player, says she told Hadden in 2003 that she was uncomfortable
about Nassar's treatments, although Bedford said she was not specific
about her complaint.
MSU colleagues initially defended Nassar, police investigation shows
LARA does not comment on pending investigations, said LARA spokesman
The agency's investigations are "strictly focused" on whether a
license-holder has violated the Michigan public health code, he added.
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