A Florida man is accused of masquerading as a physician to deal with sufferers struggling issues with their psychological well-being.
Phillip Jay Stutzman, 42, a life coach of Sarasota, is charged with three felony counts of unlicensed observe of a well being care occupation. Sarasota Police Department arrested Stutzman on Thursday.
According to the affidavit, Stutzman claimed his alter-ego Dr. Phillip Nikao had a masters in neuroscience and a doctorate in psychology, utilizing these allegedly bogus credentials to offer companies since 2016.
“He provides services ranging from coaching to sexual abuse and trauma, with no such training,” the complainant, a former consumer, instructed police. “His advertisements and sales pitches are based on his education and experience with leaders in the industry to convince clients to pay very high rates for his services, while putting people at risk by trusting his professional advice as a doctor.”
Business playing cards and web searches confirmed Stutzman presenting himself as Dr. Nikao, officers mentioned.
Police spoke with three ladies who mentioned they’d paid Stutzman for his remedy companies. One girl had weight and nervousness issues and claimed she noticed him each week for three years, however stopped upon studying he isn’t a physician.
Another two ladies alleged they have been paying $150 a month every to Dr. Nikao as a retainer for his companies, together with for marriage and intercourse remedy periods, but additionally terminated the connection upon discovering he isn’t a physician.
One of these ladies mentioned she bartered with him for cost, and that he would generally settle for keto—a weight loss program complement to assist weight reduction—in lieu of money.
The consumer receiving marriage remedy instructed police she believed Stutzman was making an attempt to “cause a wedge” in her relationship and “see where it’s going to go.”
The police affidavit additionally states that the Florida Department of Health couldn’t discover any legitimate licenses for the names of Stutzman or Nikao. Moreover, California Southern University, from the place Stutzman claimed he obtained his levels, confirmed his certificates have been pretend.
“The university verified that the degrees were falsified, to include incorrect signatures, and incorrect school seal, as well as confirmation that the school never offered a degree in ‘Behavioral Neuroscience,'” the affidavit mentioned.
Stutzman is presently being held in Sarasota County Jail on a $20,000 bond and is due in courtroom on July 26. He didn’t reply instantly to Newsweek‘s request for remark.
His web site, which remains to be reside, not refers to Phillip Nikao as a physician. According to the web site: “Phillip Nikao specializes in the art of training your brain. Whether the addiction is drugs, food, sex, alcohol, or any other form of self-sabotage, Nikao is The Confidential Strategist in creating the addictions you want, and eliminating the addictions and lifestyle patterns that you don’t want. He is the results-oriented, discrete strategist of brain science to high-achievers.”