Saskatchewan’s College of Physicians and Surgeons has launched a new investigation into a physician who was stripped of his licence last year after he admitted he had sex with patients, after learning he is still calling himself a doctor and looking for new clients.
Earlier this year, Josias Furstenber donned a pink-striped hat and goofy glasses and started producing health advice videos on his YouTube channel, “Pinky and the Doc: Couch talk with Doctor Jof.” On that site, “Doctor Jof,” Furstenberg’s moniker, says he’s providing “medical information for everyday people.”
And on his Facebook page, he’s actively looking for clients for his new “health coach” business.
Furstenberg came to the college’s attention in early 2017 after it received a complaint from a mother who alleged Furstenberg, who was practising in Prince Albert, was having sex with her adult daughter while also prescribing her large quantities of opioids.
After an investigation, Saskatchewan’s College of Physicians and Surgeons charged him with 10 counts of unprofessional conduct. It said he had sex with two of his patients and a “romantic relationship” with three others. It also alleged he inappropriately accessed the medical file of a patient, shared confidential information about one patient with another and overprescribed opioids to a patient.
Furstenberg pleaded guilty to all charges.