Washington chiropractor and Missouri 109th House District candidate John Simmons says the reports about his license being expired are true, but “it’s no big deal.”

Last week, an anonymous letter, with a postmark from St. Louis, was sent to 10 separate entities, including news outlets, prosecutors and two political campaigns, stating Simmons had been operating as a physician without a license for the past three years.

“It’s all been resolved now. Basically this was a paperwork oversight and someone is trying to cause trouble,” Simmons said. “I’ve actually exchanged texts with my opponent (James Cordrey) and thanked him for bringing this to my attention.”

Simmons added despite the license lapse he was always in compliance with the requirements for maintaining his chiropractic physician license for the 2015-2017 cycle.  

“I never received or remember receiving the renewal notice, which is why I requested another be sent, yet still did not receive or remember receiving that one,” Simmons said. “I continued to do all of my continuing education and once the board received the normal, expected paperwork, they (State Board of Chiropractic Examiners) immediately updated the status.”

Simmons provided a letter to The Missourian dated Oct. 24, in which the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners explained two notices are mailed to a licensee at least 60 days in advance of the license expiration date and a second paper renewal is mailed in February.

“In checking your file, neither of the renewal notices were returned by the post office as undeliverable,” the letter states. “Also, on Sept. 15, 2015, reinstatement information was emailed to you per your request.”

The letter then goes on to tell Simmons that failure to receive the renewal form shall not relieve the licensee of the duty to renew his or her license.  

The letter confirms the board voted to reinstate Simmons’ license and he will be up for renewal again in February 2019.

Simmons said he doesn’t expect any further issues from the state or any of his patients.

“This is embarrassing more than anything,” Simmons said. “It’s another blemish on my newbie record.”

Simmons added the tone and timing of the letter, the media outlets they were sending it to, as well as to his opponent, it is no doubt the antics by Democrats seen on the national level crawling into Franklin County.