‘Dr. Lipjob’ jailed for contempt

Medical college issues warning against Botox, dermal filler treatment from estheticians

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A B.C. Botox- and cosmetic filler-provider known as ‘Dr. Lipjob’ has been jailed by the B.C. Supreme Court for 60 days for practicing medicine contrary to a court injunction.

The court ordered Rajdeep Kaur Khakh jailed for 30 days, a sentence she had avoided after being given a suspended sentence after having been found guilty of contempt in January. The court added a further 30 days for further actions in February in violation of a court order.

 

“It is the college's hope that this will send a message to Ms. Khakh, and to anyone else who disregards the law, that the College and the courts take their processes very seriously,” College of Physicians and Surgeons lawyer Graeme Keirstead said after the July 12 decision.

The court in March 2018 ordered Khakh to stop holding herself out as a doctor. The conviction and sentence came after the college asked the court to find Khakh in contempt of that order – which it did on January 18.

At that time, the court fined Khakh $5,000, $300 of which was to go to the main contempt case witness, who had paid that amount to Khakh for a dermal filler injection, the college said.

The case dates back to March 2015 when the college became aware of Khakh’s activities at a spa in Delta. She was directed to stop and to cease using the title ‘Dr.’

She later provided a signed but unwitnessed undertaking to that effect, the college said.

But, in May 2015, the college received a call from Clearbrook library saying a photocopy of a college licence certificate of licensure with tape covering the original registrant’s name, expiry date and registration status had been found in a photocopier. The name ‘Dr. Rajdeep Kaur Khakh’ had been written over top of the original name and the expiry date had been altered, the college said.

Between May and November 2015, pharmaceutical company sales representatives told the college Khakh had attempted to use the document from the library to open accounts, the college said.

One company said Khakh had successfully opened an account and owed $164,000 and was providing injectable treatment at a Surrey spa, the college said.

In June 2014, the college was told a person identifying herself as ‘Dr. Rajji’ was calling herself a physician and performing injectable services at a hair salon in Surrey, B.C.

The college was told ‘Dr. Rajji’ markets herself on social media as ‘DrLipJob’ and soon determined that “Dr. Rajji” was Khakh.

The college has once again advised members of the public who have received Botox or dermal filler injections by an unlicensed practitioner to consult with their family physician to review treatments they’ve received to ensure that there are no complications.

The college said only health professionals who are licensed and registered and eligible under their scope of practice, are authorized to inject Botox and dermal fillers.

“Estheticians or other non-regulated persons are not authorized to inject medicine, regardless of any training or qualifications obtained from a ‘medical esthetic’ institute or academy,” the college said.

jhainsworth@biv.com