A Gravois Mills man “enjoined from” chiropractic practice by a Morgan County Circuit Court order was found to be in contempt of court after failing to appear and show cause that he had not disobeyed a court order to cease business in Laurie.

A Gravois Mills man “enjoined from” chiropractic practice by a Morgan County Circuit Court order was found to be in contempt of court after failing to appear and show cause that he had not disobeyed a court order to cease business in Laurie.

Judgement of contempt against Dr. Frank Ferguson was issued by Judge Stan Moore on Dec. 19, 2016. A subsequent Order of Commitment for the contempt was issued Dec. 20, 2016. 

According to Missouri Case.net, Ferguson appeared before the court on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Attorney Michael McDorman filed a motion to set aside the contempt order and an affidavit of Ferguson. 

Ferguson was ordered released from confinement, and a case review was scheduled for Jan. 30. The petitioner against Ferguson - the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (MSBCE) - did not appear at the hearing Monday hearing, having already filed an objection to Ferguson’s motion to set aside the order of contempt. 

Another case review has been scheduled for Feb. 10, 2017.

According to the Judgement of Contempt order, the court entered a judgement against Ferguson - and in favor of petitioner MSBCE - on April 14, 2016. The April judgement prohibited Ferguson from “offering to engage or engaging in the performance of any acts or practices of chiropractic or the business of chiropractic, including but not limited to his business located at 105 Main, Laurie, Morgan County, Missouri until such time as [Ferguson] complied with the provisions of Section 331.010 to 331.115 RSMo et seq.”

These are the basic state regulations for a chiropractic practice. 

On Dec. 6, 2016, the MSBCE filed a motion for contempt alleging that Ferguson was continuing to operate his chiropractic business. An affidavit supporting the accusation was provided by Loree Kessler, executive director for MSBCE. On Dec. 6, the court issued an order directing Ferguson to appear in Morgan County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 to show cause why he should not be held in contempt for willfully disobeying the judgement of the court entered on April 14, 2016.

Counsel for MSBCE appeared in court Dec. 15 to take up the motion for contempt while Ferguson did not show, leading to the default judgement for contempt and the order of commitment.

The MSBCE is part of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration.

The April 14, 2016 judgement states that MSBCE appeared at court through counsel, but Ferguson did not appear. A default judgement was issued, but no details from the case were included in the document.

Ferguson’s wife was served the summons at home by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 26, 2016, according to Missouri Case.net.

According to information provided by the MSBCE, Ferguson’s license as a chiropractic physician was suspended effective June 30, 2015. The license was suspended by operation of law pursuant to section 324.010, RSMo, which requires suspension of the professional license of individuals who fail to file state tax returns or fail to pay state tax liabilities.