San Jose Couple Charged with the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine


Ann Huntley
Deputy District Attorney
Consumer Protection Unit
(408) 792-2601


San Jose Couple Charged with the Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

Monica Canales
James Carey

The District Attorney’s Office has charged a San Jose couple with practicing medicine without a license.

The two had created an unlicensed “med spa” in their house, giving Botox injections, lip fillers, and other invasive beauty treatments. Some of the treatments cost hundreds of dollars.

Monica Canales, 45, and James Carey, 48, were arraigned on May 9, 2023, on multiple felony counts of the unlicensed practice of medicine.  Canales is also charged with unlawfully using a doctor’s license and electronic signature to get Botox.

The next court date is scheduled for July 11, 2023, in Dept. 24 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose. If convicted, defendants face incarceration and fines.

“Administering medications without proper licenses or supervision by a licensed physician is dangerous and illegal,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “The improper use of Botox and other injectable fillers such as Juvéderm can lead to injury and paralysis.”

The investigation into Canales and Carey began when a woman made a complaint to the San Jose Police Department and another victim reported Canales performing injections of Botox and fillers without a license or supervision by a licensed physician to Investigator Daniel Schuman with the California Department of Consumer Affairs that works in conjunction with the Medical Board of California. Later, a local dentist complained that her identity and license was being used to buy Botox and other controlled substances. Additional victims came forward and reported that a “med spa” business was being conducted at the home of Canales and Carey and that injections of various substances occurred there.

Anyone with information that may help investigators locate possible additional victims who were injected with Botox, filler, unknown substances, or treated for any cosmetic procedure by Canales and/or Carey is urged to call District Attorney Investigator Krissi Durant at (408) 792-2567.



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