In this Dec. 21, 2021, file photo, Pam Hetherly fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Augusta Armory in Augusta. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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The recent Bangor Daily News article, “Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations” was troubling. Dr. Meryl Nass is a nationally recognized physician and brilliant researcher. In her career, she has consulted with the Director of National Intelligence and assisted congressional investigations on the anthrax vaccine, Gulf War syndrome and Zika virus.

As a patient, I know she is dedicated, making herself available after hours via text/email. I came to Nass seeking a third opinion on treating my long COVID symptoms. My first two doctors offered no treatment or solutions. Because Nass researches and collaborates with renowned physicians around the country, she was able to suggest a treatment. We chose a medication on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, which has over 60 studies of efficacy and safety in treating COVID.

Having a doctor who actively researches and still provides much individual attention to patients is a community blessing. I am disheartened that the board would make her unavailable to us.

Given her character and illustrious career, it is hard to fathom the charges of misinformation and order for psychological testing. Unfortunately, this scenario is played out around the country — well-known, esteemed and conscientious doctors are having their licenses scrutinized under what I believe are sketchy allegations. The situation gives pause to question the motives and lock step actions of medical licensing boards. At face value, this article sets Nass up for a trial in the court of public opinion. However, I hope BDN readers are critical thinkers who will be inspired to research and find the truth.

Patty Knapp