Local Woman Arrested for Unlicensed Healthcare Practice

NEWS RELEASE 23-032 - JULY 7, 2023
Tinaro, Jaqlyn Michelle

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a local woman for practicing medicine without a license.

On June 28, Jaqlyn Michelle Tinaro, aka Jaqlyn Jacobs, was arrested and charged with four felony counts of Unlicensed Practice of a Healthcare Professional. Tinaro, often referred to as Dr. Jaqlyn, saw patients at the Virtue of Health medical office at 4161 Clark Road. She was known for what she called live blood analysis, where she pricked the patient's finger and projected the enlarged slide on a monitor to analyze the blood cells for diagnostic purposes and in order to prescribe treatments and medications.

Medical Director for the clinic, Doctor Arthur Hodge, said he was unaware that she was both unlicensed and that she was diagnosing patients via such means. However, he did know that his name was used to prescribe medications, which he described as "IVs and vitamins". He did not personally meet with any of the patients involved in the case.

Four victims detailed their interactions with Tinaro, where they were each given the "live blood analysis" and various extensive medical tests and treatments, including some or all of the following: Lyme disease testing, ozone intravenous (IV) therapy, medication for parasites and thyroid issues, and custom IV therapy. Tinaro represented herself as a Medical Doctor, always wearing a white lab coat monogrammed "Dr. Jaqlyn Jacobs". Her patients believed her to be a licensed Medical Doctor.

The Virtue of Health website describes the office as a "wellness center offering integrative and functional medicine". It also provides a photo of its founder, Jacobs, wearing a white medical lab coat with her credentials noted as an NMD, understood to mean "Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine." A search of the Florida Department of Health licensing verification found no licenses for any profession under her name or alias.