ON March 22 a consent order was entered in the BC Supreme Court restraining Rajdeep Kaur Khakh from performing activities considered to be the unlawful practice of medicine.
These activities include: holding herself out as being qualified, able or willing to diagnose when Botox or other dermal filler might be indicated; diagnosing or offering to diagnose when Botox or other dermal fillers might be indicated; using the title “doctor,” “physician,” “surgeon,” and “medical practitioner,” and from recovering any fee or remuneration in that respect.
In addition, the respondent RK The Manse Ltd. is restrained from recovering any fee or remuneration in any court in respect to the provision of a service that may be provided only by a registrant of the College.
Khakh also agreed as part of the settlement to pay costs in the amount of $25,000. For a timeline of the investigation, see the backgrounder.
After consulting with Fraser Health Authority, the College does not believe there are any public health or infection control concerns in this instance; however, anyone who sees an illegal practitioner puts themselves and their family at risk for bacterial and viral infections. There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the material and equipment used are safe. For more information on regulated health professionals, visit www.bchealthregulators.ca.
The College recommends that any person who is treated by an illegal practitioner consult with their family physician to review the work done and the materials used. To verify the credentials and to ensure a physician is registered with the College, members of the public are encouraged to visit the online physician directory on the College’s website at www.cpsbc.ca.
With these actions, the College is confident that the public interest has been served.
Rajdeep Kaur Khakh
March 25, 2015 – The College is advised that an individual is scheduled to perform “injectables” at a spa in Delta. Shortly thereafter, the College makes contact with Rajdeep Khakh and advises her that providing Botox and/or dermal filers is considered the practise of medicine. The College directs Khakh to immediately cease offering injectable treatments and using the title “Dr.”
March 2015 to May 2015 – The College is in contact with Khakh by phone, email and mail. The College provides Khakh with a form of undertaking, which she is asked to sign, stating that she would not perform any service that may be performed only by registrants of the College. Khakh subsequently provides the College with a signed but unwitnessed undertaking.
May 8, 2015 – The College receives a phone call from an employee at the Clearbrook Library in Abbotsford, stating that she had found a photocopy of a College Certificate of Licensure with lines of tape covering the original registrant’s name, expiry date and registration status in the photocopier at the library. Specifically, the College is advised that the name “Dr. Rajdeep Kaur Khakh” had been written over top of the original name located on the certificate, and that the expiry date had been altered.
May 2015 to November 2015 – Sales representatives from pharmaceutical companies contact the College with concerns regarding the credentials presented by Khakh during the account opening process. Based on a review of the Certificate of Licensure, which Khakh submitted to the pharmaceutical companies, it appears it is a copy of the same document found at the Clearbrook Library.
October 27, 2015 – The College is informed that Khakh has successfully opened an account with one company and has ordered injectable product. The College is further advised that Khakh owes approximately $164,000 for products that had been advanced on credit. A sales representative from that company confirms that Khakh is providing injectable treatment at a spa in Surrey.
November 28, 2015 – Following receipt of the above-noted information, the College retains the services of a security company and an undercover investigation takes place. This investigation yields no results with respect to Khakh’s involvement at the spa in Surrey.
July 14, 2016 – The College receives further information indicating Ms. Khakh is in fact providing injectable treatment at the spa in Surrey.
July 15, 2016 – A College employee attends at the address of the above-noted spa in Surrey and presents Khakh with a letter demanding that she immediately cease engaging in the unauthorized practise of medicine and unauthorized use of reserved titles. Khakh is also provided with another copy of a form of undertaking and is asked to sign it and provide a copy to the College.
August 22, 2016 – The College receives a copy of Khakh’s signed and witnessed undertaking by facsimile. The original copy is received on August 26.
June 14, 2017 – The College receives an email from an individual advising that a person who identifies herself as “Dr. Rajji” is referring to herself as a physician and performing injectable services at a hair salon in Surrey. The College is advised that “Dr. Rajji” markets herself on social media as “DrLipJob.” It is determined that “Dr. Rajji” is in fact Khakh.
June 2017 to August 2017 – The College retains the services of a security company and an undercover investigation takes place. Investigation involves social media and video surveillance, a hidden camera sting operation, and collection of physical evidence. The company retrieves empty boxes of Abotulinum toxin A and dermal fillers with visible lot numbers and expiry dates. It is determined that one of the dermal filler products displayed an expiry date of “2016-10-31.”
October 5, 2017 – After a lengthy investigation into Khakh’s activities, Khakh is served with the College’s filed material in support of its application for a permanent injunction.
October 24, 2017 – The College is contacted by an individual alleging that she had received dermal filler treatment at her residence by Khakh on October 6, 2017.
March 22, 2018 – A final consent order is entered into the BC Supreme Court. In addition to the consent order obtained by the College, Khakh agrees to resolve the issue of costs of the College’s investigation and legal costs of the petition by way of payment of $25,000 in the form of a costs settlement.