Klamath County Mental Health psychiatrist resigns

From the Klamath Falls Herald and News, December 22, 2011

The Klamath County Mental Health Department’s only psychiatrist resigned last week after the Oregon Board of Medicine opened an investigation of him.

READ – The Oregon Medical Board’s ‘Interim Stipulated Order’ for Michael Thein.
UPDATE – Less than 24 hours later, the OMB released an ‘Amended Interim Stipulated Order’ for Michael Thein.

Michael Thein

Michael Thein

Dr. Michael Thein gave his resignation Dec. 15, said Amanda Bunger, Klamath County Mental Health Department director. She said she did not know why Thein resigned.

Klamath County Commissioner Cheryl Hukill, who oversees the mental health department, also said she did not know the reason for Thein’s resignation.

Thein agreed on Dec. 15 to stop practicing and temporarily place his medical license on inactive status while the Oregon Board of Medicine investigates his ability to safely and competently practice medicine, according to records on the board’s website.

The results of the investigation up to Dec. 15 raised serious enough concerns that the board deemed it necessary to have Thein cease his practice until the investigation was concluded, according to the records.

The mental health department will still be able to provide psychiatric care for patients, Bunger said. The department contracts for part-time work with a local physician and nurse practitioner and a Portland psychiatrist who can prescribe medication by secure Web cam.

“No one should be missing their meds or not be prescribed for,” Bunger said.