I am writing this letter in response to your recent article, "Sunnyside chiropractor sanctioned by state health officials." After reading this article I felt compelled to write a response, being that I was one of the patients whose chart was pulled in the audit that led to this decision.
I testified on behalf of Dr. Harrington, stating that I have only experienced improvement in all pain and discomfort since seeking treatment from Dr. Harrington, and in no way did I feel that Dr. Harrington has mistreated me in any way.
I find it odd that if the state had found Dr. Harrington guilty of anything that would put me in potential danger, being that the decision they made was partially made based on my chart, that the state would have a moral or legal obligation to contact me immediately so that I might be aware of their findings. Needless to say, that never happened.
So if the state never did prove their allegations based on the testimony of the patients interviewed, then what exactly is he guilty of? Maybe the $10,000 fine will somehow help the state to make sense of it all.
And as for the newspaper, I thought you were supposed to investigate a story before you printed it and then report the facts. One might ask the question, what does the newspaper have to gain by trying to create drama instead of print news?
So let me help you in your investigation of the facts...1) Dr. Harrington is a great chiropractor and I as a patient have no reason before nor do I now to doubt his ability to treat myself or my family; 2) Washington state just made $10,000.
/s/ Christie Cromwell