TRENTON, Ga. — A woman offering natural healing techniques and herbal medicines here has been charged by the Dade County Sheriff’s Office with practicing medicine without a license.
Jennifer Johnson, 37, the owner of Rightway Enterprises, is free on bond, according to Dade County Detective Adam Reyes. He said the investigation into Ms. Johnson’s business began in March and she was arrested Monday after police searched her Main Street business .
Detective Reyes declined to discuss specifics of the case. Dade County Sheriff Patrick Cannon did not return several messages left at his office.
The search warrant directed officers to look in Ms. Johnson’s business for syringes, hypodermic needles, intravenous medicines and “any medical devices that are invasive to the human body.”
Officers also sought the medical records of seven people.
A Rightway client, who asked to not be identified, said he has never received improper treatment at the Dade County facility.
“(Ms. Johnson) has never done any doctoring, like taking blood pressure or poking with a needle or giving me prescription pills,” the client said. “Everything she has done has been in the circle of what she does with natural herbs and that sort of thing.”
Attorney Rodney Mathis, of Calhoun, Ga., is representing Ms. Johnson. He said allegations that Ms. Johnson practiced medicine without a license were raised by her ex-husband during a recent child custody case that she won.
“We have called (investigators) to offer cooperation and we hope we can clear up some misunderstandings and have this case dismissed,” Mr. Mathis said. “I know there are several stores that do natural supplements, and I think the comparisons (to Ms. Johnson’s business) will be similar to many other businesses in the community.”
Ms. Johnson states on her Web site, www.rightwayenterprises.com, that she is a naturopathic doctor, a specialty in healing arts that uses natural medicine.
Practicing naturopathy in Tennessee is illegal, but it is allowed in Georgia.
Ms. Johnson’s Web site states that her business “makes no claims spoken or implied regarding the diagnosis of an individual, the curing, treatment or healing of an individual, nor attempts to mislead an individual regarding their health and well-being.”