The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)

July 3, 2003 Thursday


BYLINE: Jane Lerner, Staff


LENGTH: 390 words

N.Y. lifts doctor’s license
Holistic psychiatrist guilty of misconduct with Vermont patient
Jane Lerner
The Journal News
A Suffern psychiatrist’s license to practice medicine in New York has been suspended for at least three years after she committed professional misconduct in Vermont.
Dr. Jodi L. Peister will be eligible to petition the New York state Office of Professional Medical Conduct in three years for permission to apply for reinstatement, according to a ruling effective today.
Peister did not contest the charges brought against her by the New York state board, according to papers filed with the state Department of Health.
She received her license to practice medicine in New York in September 1992.
Peister had a practice as a “holistic psychiatrist” in Williston, Vt., until January 2001, when the Vermont Board of Medical Practice suspended her medical license.
Vermont took the action after finding that Peister committed “boundary violations with a patient by entering into a close personal relationship and friendship with the patient,” according to papers filed by the New York Office of Professional Medical Conduct.
Vermont officials maintained that Peister socialized with the patient at her home and that she discussed details of her own personal life and that of other patients with the patient, documents show.
Peister surrendered her license in Vermont in November 2002 and promised never to seek reinstatement there.
She took the action after state officials found that she failed “to provide the patient with appropriate and professionally competent psychiatric treatment,” according to Vermont court documents.
The New York board ruled that Vermont’s disciplinary action against her constituted misconduct under New York state laws, including negligence and incompetence on more than one occasion, moral unfitness, exercising undue influence on the patient and revealing personally identifiable information obtained in a professional capacity without the consent of the patient.
A woman answering the telephone yesterday at the Reeder Place home listed by the state as Peister’s address said the physician was unavailable.
Her lawyer, Justin O’C. Corcoran of Albany, did not respond yesterday to a request for comment.