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Published: Friday, 4/8/2005

Unlicensed practitioner sentenced, unrepentant

BY GEORGE J. TANBER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

MONROE - The son of a longtime Ida, Mich., doctor was sentenced yesterday in Monroe County Circuit Court to one year in the county jail for practicing medicine without a license.

Because Larry Lammers, 50, has been incarcerated since his arrest in March, 2004, Judge Joseph Costello said Lammers, who also received five years' probation, could be released. The judge also fined Lammers $1,500 and ordered him to pay $900 in court costs.

Lammers is on probation for a similar charge in Pulaski County, Kentucky, and authorities there asked Monroe County officials to hold Lammers for extradition.

He also is wanted in Fayette County, Kentucky, where authorities say Lammers practiced without a license at a medical center from March through August, 2003.

Additionally, Lammers is on probation for a similar conviction in Orange County, Florida, where he once worked as a licensed chiropractor.

In the Monroe case, county prosecutors said Lammers treated at least seven patients at the office of his father, Dr. Gerald Lammers, in December, 2003, while the elder Lammers was in California.

Patricia Galloro and her son were treated by Larry Lammers on three occasions, during which Mrs. Galloro received two injections. Their complaint resulted in the three charges against Lammers, to which he pleaded no contest and was found guilty last month.

Assistant Prosecutor Jack Simms argued that Lammers served enough jail time and that a long probation would be appropriate - and necessary.

"[With that] you have the leverage to get [him] to stop. That's the goal," he said.

Yesterday, Lammers, in a prewritten statement to Judge Costello, declined to apologize for his actions.

"I did no harm, and what I did was done with compassion. I learned to love and help and heal sick people. I learned from my father, who I believe is the greatest physician in the county," he said.

Lammers told the judge that he has a chiropractic degree and has completed four years of online study at St. Luke School of Medicine, which is based in Liberia, West Africa.

But Judge Costello was unmoved by Lammers' comments. "I find you have no remorse," he said.

Judge Costello told Lammers his physician father, who has since retired, has a good reputation in the county.

"I'm afraid your actions have put that reputation in great dispute. That is on you."

Further, Judge Costello said, "You have violated the confidence of people who see doctors."

No victims were in court yesterday. Nor were Lammers' parents. Mr. Simms said Mr. Lammers' father is in poor health and currently living in California.

"It is not clear exactly what the father knew and did not know," he said.

Lammers' attorney, Ronald Benore, said he was satisfied with the results of the sentencing.

"Under the circumstances, it was fair," he said.

Contact George Tanber at:

gtanber@theblade.com

or 734-241-3610.



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