Citations & Disciplinary Actions


The Physical Therapy Board of California provides information regarding administrative disciplinary actions for immediate access and the convenience of interested persons. While the Board believes the information to be reliable, human or technical error remains a possibility, as does possible delay in posting or updating information. Therefore, the PTBC makes no guarantee as to the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, currency, or correct sequencing of the information. Please note that the " Online License Verification" system is still under construction and not all documents are available at this time.

Access the " Online License Verification" to verify if a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant has had any disciplinary action taken against his/her license or to verify the current status of a license. Disciplinary actions are available in PDF format for downloading. To order copies of documents not available on the PTBC web site, send your written request to: Consumer Protection Services Program, Physical Therapy Board of California, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350, Sacramento, CA 95815 or fax your request to: (916) 263-2560. Include the full name and license number of the licensee in your request.

Explanation of Administrative
Citation & Fine Language

A Citation and Fine is an enforcement method by which the Physical Therapy Board of California may address relatively minor violations of the practice act that would not necessarily warrant discipline in order to protect the public. Citation and fine Orders ARE NOT disciplinary actions but are matters of public record. Citations remain on a licensee's file for five years and are then purged. By law, payment of a fine is considered satisfactory resolution of all violations contained in the citation.

Citation Ordered - A means of addressing relatively minor violations. No monetary fine levied.

Citation and Fine Ordered - A means of addressing relatively minor violations with a monetary fine levied.

Citation Paid in Full - Fine levied paid in full, representing satisfactory resolution of the matter for purposes of public disclosure.

Explanation of
Disciplinary Language

Accusation - Charges filed against a licensee alleging violation(s) of the Physical Therapy Practice Act.

Decision - The order issued by the Board in a disciplinary action.

  • Stipulated Decision - A Settlement agreed to by the parties in lieu of a formal hearing to resolve the accusation and impose discipline.
  • Proposed Decision - A document which contains the determination of issues, findings of fact and proposed order of an administrative law judge after the conclusion of an administrative hearing.

Default Decision - Licensee fails to respond to an Accusation by filing a Notice of Defense or fails to appear at administrative hearing.

Initial Probationary License - The Board may in its sole discretion issue a probationary license to any applicant for licensure who is guilty of unprofessional conduct but who has met all other requirements for licensure.

Interim Suspension Order - An order issued upon petition by the Board, suspending a licensee from all or a specified part of his or her physical therapy practice.

Petition to Revoke Probation - Based upon violation(s) of probation the Board may file charges against a probationer seeking revocation of his/her physical therapy license.

Probation Term Completed - Licensee completed the probationary period successfully

Probation Tolled - The licensee is not currently working as required in his/her probationary terms. The probationary period of time served does not begin until the probationer commences practice in California.

Public Reproval - A formal reprimand issued by the Board.

Revoked - The right to practice is ended.

Revoked, Stayed, Probation - "Stayed" means the revocation is postponed, put off. Professional practice may continue so long as the licensee complies with specific probationary terms and conditions. Violation of probation may result in the revocation that was postponed.

Statement of Issues - Charges filed against an applicant to deny licensure due to alleged violation(s) of the Physical Therapy Practice Act.

Surrender of License - The licensee turns in the license, subject to acceptance by the board. The right to practice is ended.

Suspension - The licensee is prohibited from practicing for a specific period.