Crime Watch

Chiropractor denies he wrongly touched patient


A Valley Stream chiropractor has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he forcibly touched one of his patients during an examination last Saturday.

Nassau County Police arrested 43-year-old Douglas Dukofsky after a woman charged that Dukofsky touched her in her genital region with a massaging device. He is the owner of the Valley Stream Chiropractic Wellness Center on Roosevelt Avenue.

According to the police report, Dukofsky was giving the 21-year-old woman an exam at about 12:20 p.m. on March 23 and was using a massaging device on her legs. Police say that the complainant claimed that he moved the device across her genital area twice. The woman’s mother, who was in the room, became concerned and demanded that Dukofsky stop the exam. The patient and her mother left and called police.

Dukofsky was arrested at his home in Merrick late Sunday night. He was charged with forcible touching and arraigned in First District Court on Monday.

His attorney, Douglas Reda of Syosset, said the accusations against Dukofsky are completely baseless, adding that he believes his client will be cleared.

“He has an 11-year unblemished record as a chiropractor,” Reda said of Dukofsky. “There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever and we plan on vigorously defending this.”

Dukofsky holds degrees from Stony Brook University and Life University College of Chiropractic and has an Advanced Proficiency rating. According to Dukofsky’s website, he is the founder and creator of a treatment called Structural Restoration, and specializes in curing pain from arthritis, whiplash, headaches, sports injuries, accidents and other causes.

According to court records, a temporary order of protection has been issued against Dukofsky for the woman. He is due back in court on April 30.