Greely optometrist relinquishes license

DENVER (April 18, 2016) - On April 6, 2016 Greely optometrist Teresa Beer permanently relinquished her license, meaning she may never again practice optometry in the State.

The Board’s investigation of Dr. Beer revealed a history of substance abuse.  Specifically, Dr. Beer was convicted on four separate occasions for driving under the influence or while ability-impaired.  Dr. Beer was also arrested in July 2015 for a hit-and-run and driving under revocation.  She subsequently was arrested for failure to appear in court and later pled guilty to driving under the influence. On November 16, 2015, Dr. Beer was arrested for obstructing a peace officer and disorderly conduct.  In December 2015 the State Board of Optometry (Board) placed Dr. Beer on probation for five years.  In January 2016, Beer was sentenced to 90 days in jail with work release.  Despite having a suspended license, Beer continued to see patients.   

The Board found Dr. Beer’s behavior to be a violation of the Optometric Practice Act, the state law governing optometrists.  Dr. Beer admitted to the violations before relinquishing her license, which permanently bars her from practicing or reapplying in Colorado.   

The Division of Professions and Occupations, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), encourages consumers to verify a license and check for discipline before selecting an optometrist.  If you suspect wrongdoing, consider filing a complaint with DORA.  Visit askDORA.colorado.gov and click on “File a Complaint.”

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