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Ventura County Star
Ventura psychiatrist faces medical license probation
By Tom Kisken
February 18, 2016

Psychiatrist Michael Vivian

Psychiatrist Michael Vivian

A Ventura psychiatrist accused by regulators of using amphetamines in his office will be placed on five years medical probation, according to the Medical Board of California.

Dr. Michael Vivian’s probation will begin March 4, according to a decision reached on Feb. 5. He can continue to practice but the probation includes provisions for psychiatric evaluation, support groups, drug testing, monitoring and completion of an ethics course.

Vivian, who agreed to the probation in a settlement with the Medical Board, was licensed as a psychiatrist in 1994. His practice is based at a Maple Court office in Ventura.

Courtney Pilchman, an attorney representing Vivian, declined to comment on the case. A phone call to Vivian’s office was not returned.

According to Medical Board documents, Vivian was reported to the regulatory board after what investigators alleged were several unexplained absences followed by a May 2014 incident when he was reportedly found passed out in his office.

Vivian told a board-appointed evaluator he went through a treatment program in 2007 but started using amphetamine again several year later, sometimes snorting lines in his office after hours, according to documents. On the occasion he was found in his office, he said he used amphetamine and then a powerful antipsychotic medicine called Saphris, making him groggy and incoherent.

Vivian entered a drug-treatment program in Santa Barbara in June 2014 and later entered a monitoring program.