Appleton man pleads not guilty in fake doctor case

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - An Appleton man accused of pretending to be a doctor has entered not guilty pleas to the charges against him.

Kyle Larsen, 32, appeared before an Outagamie County judge Tuesday.

He pleaded not guilty to 18 counts, including Theft-False Representation, and Practicing Medicine without a License.

A criminal complaint says Larsen presented himself to patients as Dr. Kyle Ellis at his practice, Medical Psychology of Wisconsin LLC, on E. Wisconsin Ave.

Larsen gave Ritalin and Amoxicillin to patients without a prescription; gave a patient diagnosed with schizophrenia a shot, which Larsen later said was a flu shot; and gave liquid concoctions, including a blue liquid and a prescription medication mixed with water and oil, to a patient with depression.

Larsen told investigators he was a licensed practical nurse but lost his job after he was arrested for theft, and it was hard to get a nursing job after that. He was working as a janitor, and had the idea to start a medical practice with a real doctor, but he had a hard time getting started. He also admitted his practice isn't really a limited liability corporation because he couldn't afford the paperwork for an LLC.

The prescription Ritalin and Amoxicillin were his own, he said.

Asked where he got the medical equipment for his office, Larsen said he bought it off Craigslist, at garage sales and from a retired chiropractor. Police also say Larsen broke into a dental office in his Wisconsin Ave. office building to steal equipment and a prescription pad.

Larsen is being held on a $200,000 cash bond.

Larsen's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 13.