Edna Viviana Ayala, the owner of Viviana's Body Secrets Spa in Florida, has been arrested after allegedly injecting her client, Isabel Gonzalez, with vitamin treatments that infected and deformed her face.  According to officials, the injections are considered a medical procedure that require a license to perform.  Ayala is accused of performing the procedures without being licensed and has been charged with “aggravated battery, practicing medicine without a license, practicing massage without a license and causing serious injury by practicing as a health care professional without a license.”

While, if true, Ayala would be in the wrong for practicing without a license, nobody in their right mind would get a face injection at a salon.  According to Gonzalez, she paid $890 to receive 2 vitamin treatments and within a few days of her second treatment, she checked herself into the emergency room where she has been hospitalized for over a month.  Do you think Gonzalez should have seen this coming?

Consequences of Practicing Medicine Without a License

  • Practicing medicine without a license is illegal
  • Criminal penalties of up to five years in prison may result
  • Individual harmed may also sue for civil damages
  • An individual who knowingly practices medicine without a license may be liable for punitive damages

What to Do if You Have Been Injured by a Person Practicing Medicine Without a License

If you or a loved one has become injured as a result of a person practicing medicine without a license, you should report the incident to the police in order to deter the person from injuring other people.  You may also be entitled to compensation.  It would be helpful to speak to a medical malpractice attorney to guide you through the process.