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Dr. Archer Irby. (Photo: Archer Irby).

Chiropractor who violated patients has license permanently revoked

Board of chiropractors faced huge blowback for reinstating another troubled chiropractor in 2020

By Joey Fox, September 12 2022 4:03 pm

A Bergen County chiropractor who sexually violated four of his patients has had his license permanently revoked by the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced today.

The chiropractor, Dr. Archer Irby of Englewood, reportedly touched female patients’ breasts, exposed his genitalia, and made sexually inappropriate remarks during a period between 2012 and his eventual arrest in 2016.

He was acquitted on criminal charges in October 2019, but Administrative Law Judge Thomas Betancourt issued a decision in April of this year finding that Irby “engaged in acts and practices that violated the standard of care for licensees in New Jersey and brought disrepute to the profession.” The board of chiropractors concurred with Betancourt’s finding in their decision to revoke Irby’s license.

“Dr. Irby sexually violated and harassed his patients, abused their trust, and grossly breached the standard of care expected of New Jersey chiropractors,” Platkin said in a statement. “Any professional engaging in this kind of depraved misconduct can expect to face severe consequences.”

In 2020, the board voted to reinstate the license of another chiropractor, Dr. Bryan Bajakian of Paramus, who had previously been imprisoned for luring underage girls on the internet. The decision was blasted by state lawmakers, who demanded that the board be completely reshaped.

Every professional (practicing chiropractor) member of the board involved in the decision resigned, though one public member, former Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier, stayed on. Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill adding two additional public seats to the board and prohibiting those convicted of certain crimes from receiving licenses.

But although the Senate approved five new professional members in 2021, the board still remains hobbled by vacancies. According to the board’s website, just six of its 13 seats are currently filled, with three professional seats, three public seats, and one state executive branch seat vacant.

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