FREEPORT — A Freeport physician who had a sexual relationship with a female patient can no longer practice out of his home or without a chaperone, pending a July hearing before the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.
Dr. Lowell Gerber, who practices “lifestyle and age management medicine” at Younger Leaner Me in Freeport and previously practiced at Freeport Cardiology, “presented an imminent danger to patients,” according to a release from the board, which verifies the qualifications of physicians to practice and disciplines physicians for unprofessional conduct and incompetence.
“The board was concerned that allowing Dr. Gerber to continue practicing in his home or without a chaperone until holding a hearing would not adequately respond to the risk to other female patients,” the release stated.
According to an order of immediate partial license suspension filed Tuesday, June 9, the board met to review a complaint filed against Gerber in February by a woman who alleged that shortly after she took her daughter to Gerber for alternative treatment of a medical condition, Gerber convinced her to become a patient as well and offered her a discounted fee in exchange for her help with a book he was writing.
She alleged that during private examinations at his home office, Gerber inappropriately touched her, then initiated a sexual relationship, after which he began to “isolate and threaten her.” The alleged relationship ended when the woman’s husband confronted her.
According to the order, Gerber admitted the relationship to the board and acknowledged that the woman indicated she was under stress due to her daughter’s medical condition. He denied many other allegations, but, according to the report, he did admit he suggested the patient delete emails that could anger her husband.
The board concluded that Gerber’s ability to practice as a physician in Maine without restrictions “constitutes an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of the public who might receive his medical services,” according to the order.