THE `DOCTOR’ IS IN — PRISON FOR 5 YEARS

A man who pleaded guilty last month to attempted first-degree assault for repeatedly injecting a woman with her own urine in the name of “applied kinesiology” was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Richard Holland, 55, who was sentenced in county court by Judge Michael Eidens, also will serve five years of probation after his release from prison.

He had faced 71 charges, including first-degree assault, unauthorized practice of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and criminal possession of a weapon. Holland could have faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the assault charge.

The assault charge stemmed from severe injuries and infections suffered by Patricia Mantica, who went to Holland for treatment for high blood pressure and other ailments from 1994 until 2001. Mantica of Clifton Park said she paid Holland more than $100,000 for treatment.

During that time, Holland allegedly gave Mantica thousands of injections, many of which included her own urine. He also ordered her to stop taking the medicines her doctors had prescribed and instead put Mantica on a daily regimen of ingesting hundreds of vitamin and herbal concoctions, according to the state attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case.

Under Holland’s care, Mantica’s blood pressure soared and she eventually ended up with a severe infection from being injected with dirty needles. In 2001, her family finally convinced Mantica, allegedly near death, to go to St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, where hospital staff called authorities.

Holland, who officials said did not have a medical license, operated out of his Union Street home and called his practice “applied kinesiology.” State officials have said that people often are misled by such practitioners who hold themselves out as legitimate. The only people authorized to use kinesiology are those professionals already regulated by the state, such as medical doctors or chiropractors, who are permitted to incorporate such alternative techniques in their practices.

Mantica, 66, says she is now disabled because of the infections. In February, she had to undergo a complete hysterectomy to remove a hard mass doctors told her had accumulated because of the large doses of vitamins she had taken. He husband, Joe Mantica, said she could not make it to Wednesday’s sentencing because she was back in St. Peter’s Hospital with another infection. But Joe Mantica read a statement written by his wife.

“Your ancient and unproven methods, your self-serving, Machiavellian demeanor, denouncing women, the medical profession and authority of government city, state, local and federal, had alienated and segregated me from my family, former co-workers and friends in the medical profession,” read Mantica. “You used the title doctor for your own convenience, when you needed to order products, qualify for conferences or impress the uninformed. You are an unequivocal and pathological liar. … The hubris is appalling.”

Holland had several supporters in the Schenectady County courtroom as he received his sentence and was then led away.

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