Unlicensed Health Activity Reported In Miami
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) South Florida Unlicensed Activity Unit (ULA) announced today that their joint investigation with the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Medical Crimes Unit (MDPD-MCU) has led to the arrest of Sandra Martinez in connection with the unlicensed practice of medicine, a third degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Andres Rojas, Martinez' boyfriend was also arrested for the possession of legend (prescription) drugs.
Confidential information was received by the DOH-ULA and MDPD-MCU which suggested that Sandra Martinez was practicing Massage Therapy and Mesotherapy out of her residence in Miami.
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that involves multiple injections of pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, and other ingredients into the subcutaneous fat (just beneath the skin). Generally, the intended purpose of the procedure is to reduce the presence of cellulite in the recipient’s extremities.
Several undercover operations were conducted at Martinez’ residence during which she provided massage therapy services to an undercover detective. Additional evidence was also obtained indicating that Martinez was practicing Mesotherapy at her home as well.
On Thursday, April 2, 2009 a search warrant was executed at Martinez’ residence. Detectives recovered a large quantity of legend drugs inside of the residence. Rojas was also in the home at the time of the procedure and he too, was charged with the possession of legend drugs.
Subsequent to her arrest, Martinez provided a written statement to detectives in which she admitted to practicing Mesotherapy and massage therapy services out of her residence. Martinez also acknowledged that she is not licensed to perform either service in Florida. Martinez was charged also, with the improper disposal of contaminated medical waste.