Massage Therapist Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Barrows

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 5, 2014 12:00 am  

Drs. Robert and Angela Barrow practice at this office in west Little Rock. | (Photo by Jason Burt)

“The records contain essentially the same exercises for months at a time, and often repeat the same subjective observations by the therapist,” Fowler wrote.

Fowler said his medical expert will testify that he has never seen that many physical therapy sessions with a patient who was never diagnosed with any anatomical injury, never received an X-ray or MRI and was never referred to an orthopedic specialist.

Tillman didn’t return a call seeking comment, nor did David Hodges of Little Rock, Haupt’s attorney.

In a court filing, however, Hodges wrote: “There is a substantial injury in this case that has not been healed.”

The trial of Haupt’s case against Clouse was scheduled to begin April 15, but after the Barrows were indicted early last month, Pulaski Circuit Judge Collins Kilgore postponed it until further notice even though Haupt’s treatment doesn’t appear to be directly related to the criminal case.

Investigation Begins

The Barrows have been under investigation since at least June 2013, according to their files at the Medical Board.

FBI Special Agent Jill Hudson sent a subpoena to the board on June 5 and sought the Barrows’ records related to their continuing medical education credits earned from 2003 through 2013.

The board said in its response that it doesn’t routinely keep those records, but it did have them for Angela Barrow because she had been selected for a random audit and submitted her documents for the past year. Those records were handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment, however, doesn’t raise the issue of continuing education credits.

The Doctors

Robert Barrow had been an attorney before he graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1988, according to the March 2012 deposition he gave for the Haupt case. He began practicing medicine in Virginia while he was serving in the Navy.



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