Appleton man arrested for posing as a doctor, police say

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton Police have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of posing as a doctor.

Kyle G. Larsen has been booked into the Outagamie County Jail on multiple charges, including practicing medicine without a license.

Police were tipped off that "suspicious services" were being offered at an office at 345 E. Wisconsin Avenue. Investigators say they learned Larsen, who was going by the name Dr. Kyle Ellis, was offering medical treatments and giving out medications when he was not licensed to do so.

"It appeared to be, from surface value, that it was a legitimate physician's office and that the care he was providing was something he was licensed to do," said Lt. Dan Weiske, Appleton Police Department.

On Nov. 28, police executed a search warrant at the office of "Dr. Kyle Ellis." He was taken into custody.

"Evidence of an illegal medical practice was located at the building," reads a statement from Appleton Police.

A LinkedIn page for "Kyle Ellis" states that he is a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and owner of Medical Psychology of Wisconsin, LLC in Appleton. The page says, "We focus on treating chronic pain using non-invasive, non-pharmacological approaches." The business' website features offers of laser treatments, electric muscle stimulation, counseling and lifestyle management.

Red flags went up for a patient who learned the practice did not accept health insurance and took cash only. That patient tipped off police.

"We quickly determined, through checking with the state and things, that the individual was not a licensed, did not have the authority to complete medical procedures or issue any types of prescription medications," Weiske says.

State records show Larsen is a licensed practical nurse. One of his social media accounts states that he worked as a nurse at an Appleton hospital before creating the Medical Psychology of Wisconsin practice in 2015.

Police believe he had only been operating and seeing patients over the past few months. However, their investigation is just beginning.

"As we continue to look into things, we're determining how those things came to be, how he acquired some of the information and ability to prescribe medications and to complete the care that he was doing," Weiske says.

Police would like to talk to anyone who may have received treatment from a Dr. Kyle Ellis. You can call Sgt. Katie Bohren at (920) 832-5500.

Larsen was booked on preliminary charges of Theft by Fraud, Possession with Intent to Deliver Designer Drugs, Dispense Prescribed Drugs without Prescription, Practice Medicine/Surgery without a License, Practice Pharmacy without a License and Unlicensed Practice of Psychology.