Problematic Professional: MARIE KATARIINA CHEOUR GORDON

 Marie Katariina Cheour Gordon is a dual United States/Finland citizen. She was born on October 16, 1965. She is married to Horatio Gordon. Her US residence was in Parkland, FL. Parkland is in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale is located in Broward. 

No one would have heard of her if she did not infiltrate an autistic led education group for parents. 

How about you first and foremost apologize to yourself for expecting to be a perfect parent at all times. your kids (both of them) made mistakes, so did you. Now move on. Your son does not understand what accidents are and it is OK. He will get past things when the new one arrives. (psychologist, autism specialist)


Education

Cheour graduated in October of 1994 with a Masters in Psychology from the University of Helnski, Finland. 

Cheour graduated in October of 1998 with a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Brain Research Unit from the University of Helsinki, Finland. 

She graduated in September of 2000 with a Docent in Developmental Neuropsychology from the University of Turku, Finland. 


Lisensure

In 2016, Cheour was awarded a psychology license in the State of Florida. It expired in 2020

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Zenith Psychological Services

Cheour registered for her own practice in 2015.  Her private practice was called Zenith Psychological Services. They filed reportes in 2017 and 2018. Zenith lost its corporate status in 2019 for failure to submit an annual report. They were never registered with the Better Business Bureau. 

Since the website was not archived well, a profile was done on an internet job site:

"Zenith Psychological services, Inc. is an interdisciplinary group of licensed, seasoned experts who provide assessments, diagnoses, and treatment services for children and adults with neurocognitive disorders like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.

In our clinic, you can find clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists, behavioral analysts, behavioral assistants, medical doctors, and other professionals working together as a team.

Our mission is to enhance the lives of our clients and their families by providing them with individualized treatments based on their needs. We aim to form a close, collaborative relationship between our experts and your family.

We are an optimistic, compassionate group of people who believe that everyone, regardless of their disabilities, can reach their full potential if they receive the correct treatment along with heaps of love and encouragement.

All ages are welcome at Zenith."

Even if the place was adhering to standards, people should stay away regardless. ABA is abuse. 

Medicaid Fraud

On September 27, 2019 the Florida State Department of Health petitioned Cheour to court. Agency of Healthcare Administration had terminated Chour's medicaid case. This means they can no long bill medicaid for their services. 

Cheour violated Section 456.072(1)(kk)

(i) Except as provided in s. 465.016, failing to report to the department any person who the licensee knows is in violation of this chapter, the chapter regulating the alleged violator, or the rules of the department or the board.

(KK)
Being terminated from the state Medicaid program pursuant to s. 409.913, any other state Medicaid program, or the federal Medicare program, unless eligibility to participate in the program from which the practitioner was terminated has been restored.

The Florida Department of Health is requested that the Board of Psychology impose one or more of the following:

  • Permanent revocation or suspension of license
  • restriction of practice
  • imposition of an administrative fine
  • issuance of a reprimand
  • placement of the respondent on probation
  • refund of fees billed or collected
  • remedial education and/or any other relief that the Board deems appropriate
None of these actions have been done as of yet

Reviews After Official Complaint

"This woman did not properly inform us or the families properly that she closed the center on Feb 5, 2019. BY WORD OF MOUTH, We heard that the center was closed. She lied and said it would be open the following day. She has not paid over 100+ RBTs and Licensed Professionals for MONTHS of work and inconsistently pays us. We asked her about getting paid and she keeps telling us to contact her Boyfriend Lawyer. She told people on Tuesday Feb 5 she would have their money from Medicaid and to come to center to get paid AND SHE CLOSED THE OFFICE THAT DAY. What a SHADY thing to do to employees and their families.  She fired people on Feb 8. She even told the Payroll person not to prices payroll last week.  She left almost 300+ families WITHOUT SERVICES! She filed for bankruptcy since last year.  She left almost 300+ families WITHOUT SERVICES! THIS IS ILLEGAL! You have a massive lay off and dont properly address employees. THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON HERE ARE TRUE! BELIEVE THEM!  The only time we as employees hear from her is when she needs something! for instance on Feb 9, 2019, she email us saying she's the new clinical direct of a new company and wants us to communicate with the parents to transfer the kids over! HELL NO! How the fuck you just closed on Feb 5, 2019 and already have a new location. She calculated she was going to do. I hope Medicaid comes after your ass. Do not trust this woman with service. So many RUMOR coming from HER MOUTH about why the center is closed. First is a day off, then it bankruptcy. Florida has the WARN Act in place for a reason for employees and i you have been effected, CALL AHCA, APA, Department of Labor, Call Medicaid to see if there was bill done under your provider number because if she Billed and did not pay you, SHE WILL BE PROSECUTED! And NO I WILL NOT TAKE THIS DOWN!"


Please forgive me for sending this e-mail to you so late. We only learned of these issues on Tuesday afternoon and the

week has been quite hectic. Since I know that you have heard many rumors, I want to offer you an explanation.

About 6 months ago, our medical records were audited by Medicaid. We submitted the requested records via mail and

heard nothing from them for 3 months until program integrity told us that they weren't able to open the encrypted drive

we had mailed to them. We were asked as to re-send the records. This occurred over the winter holidays during the

transition time from independent contractors to employees as well as the time we had to let Medicaid know of the updated

RBT status of our people. Nonetheless, we submitted our records yet again, this time in duplicate drives to ensure there

would be no chance of the drive arriving corrupted. Again, we were told they could not open the drives. It was clear

program integrity simply didn't know how to operate the encryption software to properly mount the drives.

At this point, we drove to Tallahassee to personally turn in the audited records in question. Regardless, by this time,

program integrity had decided that we looked suspicous enough for them to suspend payments to us. We were told that

we ought to continue operating as usual while turning in all paperwork related to new claims for the next 90 days. After this

period would be over, they would reinstate our status and pay all claims filed during the 90 day period. Unfortunately,

there's no way I could ask our providers to work without pay for 3 months or pay all providers out of pocket for this period.

As a result, we asked Medicaid to remove Zenith from their agent list. We were never closed by Medicaid, nor were we

accused of Medicaid fraud. We had no choice but to file for bankruptcy. Everything that Zenith owes is currently being sold.

All funds generated through this process will be distributed to those we owe money to. This naturally includes our

providers. If you're owed money for hours you worked with our clients, you may try to request those funds from Medicaid.

My attorney will be happy to tell you more. His name is Robert Furr and he can be reached at 561-395-0500.

All our providers who didn't have some pre-existing restriction still have no restrictions placed on their accounts. This

means you're still free to work and receive compensation.

I am deeply sorry about how all of this turned out. I've tried my best to arrange things so that our providers get back to

work ASAP with as much money in their pockets as I can. In addition, we wanted to ensure our families resume their

services as soon as possible. To accomplish this, I've began negotiating with a newly-credentialed company about the

possibility of porting our people and families over to this company. I am not the owner. Instead, they will employ me as a

clinical director. Things aren't finalized as of right now, but it looks like we can negotiate your salaries as follows: You would

have either an independent contractor position paid at $28/h or an hourly employee position as a W2 paid at $27/h. If you

are BCBA student, that rate is $30 per hour (1099).

I am deeply sorry about how all of this turned out. I've tried my best to arrange things so that our providers get back to

work ASAP with as much money in their pockets as I can. In addition, we wanted to ensure our families resume their

services as soon as possible. To accomplish this, I've began negotiating with a newly-credentialed company about the

possibility of porting our people and families over to this company. I am not the owner. Instead, they will employ me as a

clinical director. Things aren't finalized as of right now, but it looks like we can negotiate your salaries as follows: You would

have either an independent contractor position paid at $28/h or an hourly employee position as a W2 paid at $27/h. If you

are BCBA student, that rate is $30 per hour (1099).

Naturally, you have every right to choose whatever company you want to work for (and our clients have the same right). I

know you must be upset at the current situation and that these turn of events don't inspire a great amount of confidence,

but I'm trying to do what's right. None of you are forced to move with me to this new company, but I think it's a reasonable

option to have you all maintain things mostly as they were before all of these changes. The owner of this new company will

begin signing contracts on Monday. We're currently in the process of handling change of provider and change of client

forms for those RBTs and families who have already agreed to take part in the transition. I want to thank all of these

individuals. Your trust in these times means a lot to me.

Again, I am deeply sorry,

Dr. Marie




"Apparently, she has left the country to flee the US authorities and started a whole new scam overseas. Now apparently she is a "marriage expert." Even though she herself has been divorced five times.

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Fled the Country   

Soon after Cheour lost her medicaid license, she fled the country. She moved back to Finland. No innocent person flees the country in fear of prosecution. She did not tell any of her clients or families. She just left. Even all her new social media outlets are offline. The Finnish government might be onto her. Lets hope so. Just in case, I sent them an email. 


Sources:

http://www.albizu.edu/Portals/0/Documents/cau/mia/CVitae/doctoral/Cvitae_Marie_Cheour.pdf

http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResultDetail?inquirytype=FeiNumber&directionType=Initial&searchNameOrder=810789996P150000979341&aggregateId=domp-p15000097934-ba735eeb-03f5-43c6-b6c7-c8aef73b6c5a&searchTerm=810789996&listNameOrder=810789996P150000979340

https://www.bbb.org/us/fl/boca-raton/profile/psychologist/zenith-psychological-services-0633-90367885

https://jobs.cste.org/profile/zenith-centers-for-autism-and-adhd/1220621/

https://mqa-internet.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/Document/NDAyNzEzMzI%3d

https://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/456.072


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