A San Jose spa owner who owns several Shiny Toes shops in the Bay Area is facing felony charges after investigators seized evidence from his office and charged him with injuring a 4-year-old during laser treatment.
Cary Silberman, 52, was arrested Monday by investigators from the Medical Board of California and was charged by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office with two felonies, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft by fraud, and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
This was Silberman’s second alleged offense. Last month, Silberman pleaded no contest to practicing law without a license.
Silberman called the criminal case brought by the medical board “a travesty” that was sparked by an angry San Francisco podiatrist who is jealous over his success.
Silberman owns a number of spas called Shiny Toes, which advertise laser treatment for nail fungus, according to the Medical Board of California. an undercover investigator, posing as a patient, gathered evidence that Silberman was diagnosing and treating people suffering from toenail fungus and using lasers to treat the ailment.
Laser treatments are considered medical procedures and require a medical license. Silberman is not licensed to practice medicine in California.
The Shiny Toes website advertises locations in San Jose on North Third Street, San Francisco, San Ramon, Beverly Hills and Manhattan. the company’s website indicates that Silberman attended Mini Medical School at Stanford University and received a certificate in pain management from Harvard Medical School Continuing Education.
After his arrest, Silberman was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on $200,000 bail.
Silberman said in the three years he’s been in business, he has never injured any patient and could not fathom the child endangerment charge.
“I’ve never had a complaint about pain or discomfort,” said Silberman, who was bailed out of county jail early Wednesday morning.
Silberman said he lists himself as a homeopathic practitioner.
Last month, Silberman reached a plea agreement with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in a loan modification case.
Silberman and co-defendant Robert Childs were accused of working under several business names and offering to help modify loans for homeowners facing foreclosure but not providing the services, according to court documents.
“The operation was entirely bogus,” Colin said.
Silberman told clients he was a lawyer who would be acting on their behalf with banks. Silberman was an attorney at one time, but he resigned from the state bar in 1997 with charges pending, according to the state bar association.
As part of the plea agreement, Silberman must pay $16,745 in restitution to his victims before he is sentenced Aug. 5.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.
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