A Radford alternative medicine practitioner was arrested Monday on dozens of charges tied to performing procedures without a proper license.
Martin Riding, 66, who operates the Renew For Life holistic health clinic from his home in the 700 block of Radford’s 8th Street, was indicted Friday on 32 felony counts of performing an invasive procedure without a license and 32 misdemeanor counts of performing a procedure without a license. All of the charges alleged that Riding was illegally practicing medicine without a license.
Riding is not a medical doctor. On his website, Riding describes himself as a family alternative therapist and offers services ranging from thermographic breast exams and breast lump draining procedures to relationship counseling and treatment with cups, stones, oils and tuning forks. The website said Riding focuses on the connections between emotional and physical health.
Each of the felony counts that Riding faces carries a potential sentence of one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. The misdemeanors each have a possible penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500 — but after a third or subsequent conviction within a 36-month period, the penalties shift to the felony range of one to five years behind bars.
Riding could not be immediately contacted Monday.
Search warrants said that Riding has been investigated since at least March when city Det. Carla Cross met with a woman who worked for Riding and was told that cameras were mounted in exam rooms where clients were directed to undress. The staffer said that she had seen photos of unclothed women on Riding’s computers.
Cross wrote in a search warrant that she interviewed a woman who was a client at Renew For Life. Cross wrote that the woman said that during a vaginal examination, Riding appeared to use his cellphone to take a picture of the woman’s vagina without her consent.
Police took an assortment of electronic devices, storage media and client records from Renew For Life.
“Items seized documented numerous invasive medical procedures that Riding did not have a license to conduct. Clients listed from these records included adults and juveniles dating back to 2016,” a search warrant said.
Search warrants and the indictments themselves did not give other specific details about the procedures Riding is accused of performing.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak said he could not comment on how many alleged victims there are in the case.
Renew For Life has operated since 2005, according to its listing on altmedmarket.com, an online directory of alternative medicine practitioners.