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I work as an independent contractor for a chiropractor, I am building up my practice out of their office and I am working my butt off to have a full time practice by next year. 

The chiropractor recently she hired a 2nd therapist to cover a groupon promotion her clinic put out.

The issue I have is that the chiropractor took my client intake form, my policy form, my soap chart, and my invoice form (all of which I drafted myself and with my practice and the clients I serve in mind) and covered my logo on all these forms with her chiropractic logo and gave it to the new independent contractor she hired to use.

I'm going to bring these issues up with the chiropractor and express how I found it to be unprofessional, but I am curious what you all think and what you would do? 

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I'd be pissed off too.  I don't know what to tell you.. But right is on your side, thats for sure. 

It's unfortunate and very tacky of the chiro to do that without talking to you first. She could have approached you and acknowledged that she liked how you did them, and could she copy them? But I don't see that there is anything much you can do about it other than to have a conversation with her and tell her how you feel about it. In  the long run though you were the creative force behind the forms and she didn't get THAT from you: you will go on to modify and develop them as you need and what she did won't really matter.

Do you have a good relationship with the chiropractor? I would approach the situation giving them the benefit of the doubt as to their intentions. They might have been in a time crunch to bring the new person on board and didn't take the time to talk with. Perhaps you could say something like "I am glad you liked the forms and were able to utilize them, maybe the office could have them professionally printed." Consider whether this is an issue that is worth pushing. Good luck!

Yeah I was taken aback when I was trying to help the new therapist address the frequent no shows she was getting by suggesting she implement a no show/cancellation policy only to see she had my exact policy form, but with the chiropractors logo on it. I was more upset that she didn't even bother to read the policy form, or she would have already known that there was a policy that already addressed the issue she was having with the no shows. 



Gordon J. Wallis said:

I'd be pissed off too.  I don't know what to tell you.. But right is on your side, thats for sure. 

I agree, tacky indeed. You're also right about the fact that there isn't much that can be done at this point that will undo anything, but a conversation is definitely in order. 

Lee Edelberg said:

It's unfortunate and very tacky of the chiro to do that without talking to you first. She could have approached you and acknowledged that she liked how you did them, and could she copy them? But I don't see that there is anything much you can do about it other than to have a conversation with her and tell her how you feel about it. In  the long run though you were the creative force behind the forms and she didn't get THAT from you: you will go on to modify and develop them as you need and what she did won't really matter.

I have some time to consider whether this is something worth pushing and I do feel it needs to be addressed. I do have a great relationship with the doctor, and aside from out friendship outside of the office, I still expected a higher level of professionalism. I mean, if you find yourself cover someone's logo with your own and that someone works in your office, it should be a clear indicator that you're probably doing something you shouldn't. I guess I'm more shocked that this thought didn't even seem to occur to the doctor, the new therapist has been working there for over a month and nothing was said to me about the forms. I am going to approach the conversation with a perspective that gives the doctor the benefit of the doubt, but I do want her to know that I don't agree with the way this about the way this all came about. 

Eva Leighton said:

Do you have a good relationship with the chiropractor? I would approach the situation giving them the benefit of the doubt as to their intentions. They might have been in a time crunch to bring the new person on board and didn't take the time to talk with. Perhaps you could say something like "I am glad you liked the forms and were able to utilize them, maybe the office could have them professionally printed." Consider whether this is an issue that is worth pushing. Good luck!

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