A Florida man who touted his ability to use a “powerhouse combination of psychology and quantum physics” to treat women who were sexually abused was busted for practicing medicine without a license, police said.
Phillip Stutzman, 43, of Lakewood Ranch was arrested Thursday after three women told police in Sarasota that he posed as Dr. Phillip Nikao during therapy sessions between October 2016 and January, police said Tuesday.
Stutzman — whom investigators believe didn’t graduate high school — is accused of presenting himself as a doctor of psychology with a master’s degree in behavioral neuroscience to female patients who had been sexually abused or struggled with anxiety.
But detectives contacted state health officials and California Southern University to discover that Stutzman had no valid Florida Department of Health licenses and had falsified his degrees, police said.
Stutzman took elaborate steps to keep up his ruse, using business cards and promotional videos, according to an affidavit obtained by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
A website promoting Stutzman’s services – PhillipNikao.com — identified him as a “lifestyle and habit strategist” who treats addiction in all forms.
“He is the results-oriented, discrete strategist of brain science to high-achievers,” the site reads. “To most effectively draw in clients, Nikao applies the powerhouse combination of psychology and quantum physics.”
The website boasted that Nikao’s clients have included celebrities, religious figures and successful executives.
But police said he kept quiet when one of his victims told him that she was having suicidal thoughts, not even telling the woman’s mother, according to the affidavit.
Another client said Stutzman spent the first 10 minutes of sessions talking about his sexual conquests. He later bought her a sex toy and asked her to attend a conference with him in Miami, which she declined, the affidavit states.
One woman told investigators she paid $1,600 for 12 sessions with Stutzman, who claimed he had previously rubbed elbows at events with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, police said.
Stutzman, who was charged with three felony counts of unlicensed practice of a healthcare professional, did not return a message seeking comment. A Facebook profile for “Dr. Phillip Nikao” remained active as of Wednesday.
“When I was putting myself through school, Masters and Doctorate, most of the people around me just knew me as a club manager or a server at a restaurant,” read one post from July 2017. “But I had a 5, 10, and 20-year plan. Most of the people around me didn’t even have a 1-week plan.”