Denver massage therapist relinquishes license due to class 3 drug felony

DENVER (April 12, 2016) — On April 11, 2016, Denver massage therapist Xiao Li Gao relinquished her massage therapy license, meaning she may not practice. 
On August 24, 2015, Gao pled guilty to marijuana cultivation of 30 or more plants, a class 3 drug felony.  The City and County of Denver District Court convicted Gao of a felony. According to the relinquishment, the Director of the Divisions of Professions and Occupations (DPO) at the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), found -- and the respondent admitted -- that the felony was related to the practice of massage therapy, and thus grounds for discipline under the Massage Therapy Practice Act, the state law that regulates massage therapists.
DPO encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting a massage therapist.  If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA. Visit and click on “File a Complaint.”  

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), provides consumer protection through its regulation of nearly 400,000 licensees within more than 50 professions, occupations, and entities in the State of Colorado. DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675