Colorado school officials stand by Holmes’ psychiatrist’s record

A doctoral student till withdrawing in June

 

A University of Colorado spokeswoman on Sunday said officials stand by the record of a university psychiatrist who according to court records had been treating James E. Holmes, a doctoral student accused of opening fire on a crowded movie theater here a week ago.

 

Dr. Lynne Fenton, 51, is an assistant professor at the university as well as medical director of the student mental health service at the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, according to an online resume — the same campus where Holmes had been a neuroscience doctoral student until he began the process of withdrawing in June.

 

Colorado Medical Board records show officials disciplined Fenton in 2005, issuing her a letter of admonition and requiring her to take a documentation course.

 

Fenton reprimanded

 

Fenton was reprimanded for prescribing medication to herself, her husband and an employee in the late 1990s, including Vicodin, Xanax, Lorazepam and Ambien, according to state documents posted online. She was also reprimanded for failing to maintain medical charts. She had to complete more than 50 hours of medical training and promise not to prescribe medications to family members or employees.

 

Fenton graduated from UC Davis in 1982 and Chicago Medical School in 1986. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Medical Center in 1990. After working as chief of physical medicine for the  U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, as a physician in Aurora, and later as an acupuncturist, she completed a second residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado, according to her online resume.

 

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