SAN DIEGO (KGTV)—A San Diego County woman is suing Kaiser Permanente on allegations of sexual assault and exploitation by her dermatologist, according to the woman’s attorney Shawn Tillis.
The 23-year-old woman claims the incidents happened at the office of Dr. Stephan Kempiak in San Marcos.
According to the woman’s complaint, Dr. Kempiak made her disrobe in front of him and would touch her inappropriately. The complaint also indicates he took photographs of her with his mobile phone.
Attorneys say the woman twice asked for a female dermatologist, but office assistants encouraged her to remain with Dr. Kempiak.
Kaiser Permanente issued a statement to 10News:
“Our highest priority is providing safe, quality care to our members. We take any accusation of a deviation from this standard extremely seriously. We cannot discuss the details of this matter due to privacy laws. However, regarding these allegations, the physician vehemently denies the accusation. In addition, we have completed an extensive internal investigation, and were unable to substantiate these accusations.”
The case is being handled in Oakland, where Kaiser Permanente has its headquarters.