Walla Walla acupuncturist's credentials reinstated

Alfred Laggner is required to pay fines and undergo continued education as conditions of reinstatement.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla acupuncturist has been given the green light to resume his medical practice.

The state Department of Health suspended Alfred Laggner's professional credentials to practice in January 2009, citing him for unprofessional conduct.

Laggner was accused of taking indecent liberties with two female patients in his practice on Catherine Street. A Walla Walla Superior Court jury acquitted the practitioner of unwanted sexual contact the following April.

He requested reinstatement of his credentials, which the Department of Health has granted under certain conditions. Laggner must pay $1,000 in fines and undergo 12 hours of continuing education consisting of training in risk management, boundaries and ethics.

The health-care provider is responsible for all costs of the conditions and must provide authorities with proof of completion.

Laggner could not be reached for comment.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/fromthestorageroom.

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