Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

October 1, 2004
Contact: Dave Nelson
(817) 424-3446


GRAPEVINE - Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today applauded the Dallas County District Attorney's Office for apprehending an Ovilla man accused of practicing medicine without a license - a crime whose penalties were increased under a bill by Senator Nelson in 2003.

"Cases like this underscore the need for the strong patient safety laws we passed in the last legislative session," said Senator Nelson, who authored SB 104 elevating the crime of posing as a physician to a third-degree felony, punishable by two to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine. "Patients should feel safe when they go to the doctor's office. In order for patients to receive good health care, they have to be able to place trust in their health care provider. The state must aggressively pursue those individuals who would prey upon that trust."

The Dallas County district attorney's office is investigating the case of an Ovilla man who allegedly posed as a gynecologist and performed fake examinations on dozens of North Texas women.

Thomas Patrick Remo is now behind bars on charges of practicing medicine without a license. Remo allegedly convinced unsuspecting women he was an ob-gyn while offering free medical exams out of a storage facility.

In the 2003 Legislature, Senator Nelson authored SB 104 which gave the State Board of Medical Examiners broader authority to protect patients and amended the Medical Practices Act to elevated the crime of fraudulent practice of medicine from a misdemeanor to a 3rd Degree Felony.

Senator Nelson represents District 12, which includes parts of Denton and Tarrant Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Committee.