ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health has restricted the license of a doctor patients have been complaining about over the past two years.
Dr. Albert Esmailzadeh treated back pain at clinics in Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs and Melbourne, but now he's in trouble for allegedly inappropriately touching those who trusted him most.
He hasn't been arrested, but the state is investigating whether or not to press charges.
The Department of Health said Esmailzadeh touched at least four female patients inappropriately.
According to a Department of Health report from March, one woman who saw Esmailzadeh for treatment at an Advantacare in Melbourne complained that he massaged her back but then placed his hand inside her underwear as he continued the massage.
Another woman at the Back Clinic in Daytona Beach said Esmailzadeh inappropriately touched her private area and was not wearing gloves.
All four women said the doctor rubbed his genitals on them.
Esmailzadeh has been fired from the Back Clinic.
Edgar Ruiz and his wife immediately recognized the man known as Dr. Albert at an Altamonte Springs office.
"It's crazy, it's crazy. As a matter of fact I was going to see him, make another appointment to see him," Ruiz said.
Channel 9 stopped by the doctor's home and saw a man resembling him inside but the man didn't want to come to the door.
One patient who didn't want to show her face said the allegations are false.
"Personally I thought it was bull. I heard about it and cried," she said.
Patients claimed the doctor examined them without another person present, which is not allowed.
While attempting to ask one of the clinics at which Esmailzadeh worked about that, Channel 9 was told to leave the property.