Dr. Monica M. Harms' bio states that in addition to being a Laguna Hills family practice physician, she is a certified personal trainer, a former U.S. Navy reservist and a Spanish-speaking member of Mensa.
But it was not smart of her to get convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol twice, within four years of each other.
For that, Harms could lose her license to practice medicine in California.
The Medical Board of California has placed her license on five years probation because of the DUI incidents in Newport Beach in 2013 and the West Covina area in 2009, when she was involved in a collision.
Harms was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court to five years probation in 2014.
For the medical board, Harms and her attorney signed off on her agreeing to: abstain from alcohol and controlled substances; inform her office supervisors and those of any hospital or facility where she has privileges of her status; undergo a psychiatric evaluation and drug and alcohol testing; designate a workplace substance abuse monitor; attend support group meetings; and obey all laws.
She is also prohibited from supervising physician assistants during the probationary period, and she must inform the board if she takes a break for practicing medicine or if she leaves the state.
If Harms breaks any of the terms of her probation, her license will be subject to revocation.
“Devoted to fitness and nutrition, Dr. Monica Harms encourages her patients to utilize exercise and healthy eating habits in order to maintain their health and happiness,” reads her bio. “A certified personal trainer, Dr. Harms effectively helps her patients incorporate exercise into their daily routine.”
Later it's mentioned she's a former paramedic.
It doesn't take a Mensa membership to know those first responders treat an awful lot of DUI crash victims.
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