An Abbotsford woman who called herself “Dr. LipJob” on social media and was previously ordered to stop unlawfully practising medicine has been sentenced for being in contempt of that order.
Rajdeep Kaur Khakh received a 30-day suspended sentence on Jan. 18 in B.C. Supreme Court, a $5,000 fine and two years of probation.
She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her probation.
Khakh first came to the attention of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. in March 2015, when they were advised that she had been performing “injectables” – Botox and dermal fillers – at a spa in Delta, despite not having been certified to do so.
The college ordered her to stop doing such treatments and to cease using the title of “doctor.”
The college was then contacted in May 2015 by a Clearbrook Library employee who found a photocopy of a College Certificate of Licensure with tape covering the original registrant’s name and Khakh’s name written over top of it and the expiry date altered.
The agency also heard from sales representatives of drug companies who had concerns regarding Khakh’s credentials when she was attempting to purchase injectable products from them.
The college determined that Khakh had been providing them with copies of the same document found at the library, and that she had also been providing injectable treatments at a spa in Surrey.
She was again ordered to cease these activities in July 2016. But the following summer, the college received an email informing them that a person identifying herself as “Dr. Rajji” and who went by “DrLipJob” on social media was providing injectables at a Surrey hair salon.
That person was determined to be Khakh, and the college’s investigation progressed to include undercover work, a hidden camera sting operation, the collection of physical evidence, and social media and video surveillance.
Among the items seized by the college in the summer of 2017 were dermal filler products with an October 2016 expiry date.
The college served Khakh with their filed material in support of an application for a permanent injunction on Oct. 5, 2017. Another individual then came forward, alleging that she had received dermal filler treatment from Khakh on Oct. 6, 2017.
A final consent order was entered into B.C. Supreme Court in March 2018, and Khakh agreed to pay $25,000 towards the college’s investigation and legal costs.
The college then learned that Khakh administered dermal fillers several times in July 2018 in Vancouver, and a petition was filed in court to have her jailed and/or fined for contempt.
She admitted to civil contempt at her court appearance on Jan. 18, and sentencing was imposed.
The college said that receiving injections from an unlicensed practitioner is risky and has the potential for complications.
“There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the material and equipment used are safe,” they stated.