Fla. office manager accused of performing surgery

Posted at 6:53 AM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-30 04:33:50-04

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Sarasota County Sheriff's officials say an office manager is accused of performing a surgical procedure on a patient's face at her brother's cosmetic surgery office.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune  reports 44-year-old Christine Patterson was arrested this week and charged with practicing medicine without a license.

Authorities say a patient went to Sarasota Surgical Arts for a follow-up visit with Dr. Alberico Sessa the day after surgery in April 2011.

The newspaper reports that Patterson examined the patient and re-wrapped the bandages. The next day, the patient returned with a swollen face. Patterson contacted Sessa, who was out of town. She decided to insert a drain and remove the excess fluid.

Officials say Patterson was released on bond and is prohibited from contact with any of Sessa's patients.