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A B.C. woman accused of giving illegal cosmetic injections at suspiciously low prices in questionable sanitary conditions has been the subject of numerous complaints from doctors as well as doctors who have had to reverse her shoddy work, according to new Court filing alleges.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons has filed a petition in the B.C. Supreme Court seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Zalia Marie Bachelor of Victoria from performing these procedures or calling herself a doctor.

Describing her behavior as “reprehensible,” the November 15 petition said, “Ms. Bacheler’s conduct puts public health at grave risk.”

The college alleges that Graduate continued to advertise and provide these procedures, even after signing an undertaking that she would stop.

Batchelor, who also uses the last name Spencer, or simply calls herself Zalia Marie, has yet to file a response to the college’s claims.

All the websites and social media accounts it allegedly used to advertise its services have been taken offline. The CBC has reached out through his personal Facebook account to request comment, but he has not yet responded.

The college has filed a thick booklet of evidence compiled during its investigation into Bachelor’s business, which includes complaints from at least three doctors, two clients and the operators of a medical esthetics clinic in Victoria.

These include allegations that Batchelor performed risky cosmetic procedures without gloves and with a dog in the room. Former clients and the doctors who treated him allege that the procedures left him with pouches under his eyes, folds of skin, bumps on his lips, and one eyebrow higher than the other.

A customer filed a complaint that Bacheler injected filler around her eyes and nose without her consent, and a doctor suggested that Bacheler was not using legitimate products.

‘Extremely low prices’ raise doubts

According to the petition, Batchelor primarily operated out of his home in Victoria using the trade names Jade Wellness Studio and Studio Zalia, but also provided injections in Courtenay and Campbell River along the east coast of Vancouver Island. Is.

She has reportedly performed injections of Botox, fillers Juvederm and Sculptra, as well as Belkira, which is used to reduce a double chin.

The college describes these substances as “extremely dangerous” if not administered by a qualified person, potentially causing anaphylaxis, blockage of blood vessels, blindness and skin necrosis.

In BC, only doctors, dentists, some naturopaths and registered and licensed practical nurses are allowed to inject Botox and dermal fillers.

Affidavits filed by the college show that Bacheler told various clients she was a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner, or a student in naturopathy, massage, acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine.

Dr. Isabelle Levner, a Victoria doctor who specializes in cosmetic procedures, filed an affidavit saying she made two complaints against Bacheler after allegedly reversing wrongful procedures.

In the first case, in November 2021, Leeuwner alleged that he had to undergo three reversal procedures to eliminate unsightly “pockets” that formed under a woman’s eyes after she got fillers from The Bachelor.

The second was in May 2022, the affidavit said, when Leeuwner said a patient who paid $75 for fillers in her nose ended up with “folds in the middle of her face next to her eyes”. .

Operators of a medical esthetics clinic in Victoria are alleged to have performed a reversal procedure for ‘several clients’ who went to Zalia Betheler for cosmetic injections. (Tomasz Kobiela / shutterstock)

“I believe Zalia cannot inject her clients with legitimate Botox Cosmetic or Juvederm,” Levner said.

She explained that she bases that belief on the “extremely low prices” of graduation fees, as well as poor results.

Another unnamed doctor alleged that “she was treating patients who had suffered injuries from procedures allegedly performed by Ms. Batchelor,” and the operators of a medical esthetics clinic in Victoria said they had “multiple Customers flock to reversal procedures,” according to an affidavit from a college investigator.

The petition states that a former client referred by Initial SW noticed after her second appointment with Bachelor that “the Botox injections made one eyebrow higher than the other.”

During a later appointment, SW stated that he “found Ms. Bacheler vocalizing and injecting filler into the area of ​​her eyes and nose without asking.”

In an interview with college investigator Petra Brookstone, SW described the conditions during their appointments at the Bachelor’s house.

“She said nothing had been cleaned, Zalia’s dog was running around and Zalia was drinking from a Coke can while performing procedures,” Brookstone wrote of the interview in a memo.

Included in the college’s filing is an undertaking that Bachelor signed on November 4, 2021, agreeing to stop performing these procedures.

But two weeks later, the college received another complaint, saying that Bacheler was still offering procedures on its Instagram account that were “not close to market prices for such products,” according to Brookstone’s affidavit. Should be”.

Apart from the injunction, the college is also seeking special expenses from the graduate.

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