A Los Angeles chiropractor has been charged with sexually assaulting two of his female patients at his office in Westchester, police said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged 65-year-old Thomas Dickershaid Thursday, October 19th, with ten counts of sexual assault of two patients, a district attorney spokeswoman said.

The ten felony counts include charges ranging from sexual battery to rape, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Detective Kim Porter said.

Police are encouraging Dickershaid’s patients to contact detectives if they have any information to further the investigation, LAPD Pacific Captain Bill Hayes said.

“We’re concerned there may be other former patients as victims,” Hayes said.

LAPD Pacific detectives arrested Dickershaid at his Fresh Start Chiropractic office at 8727 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester, Wednesday, October 11th, Porter said.

Dickershaid has also practiced at chiropractic offices in the Los Feliz area, Inglewood and San Diego.

He was released after his arrest on $200,000 bail, police said.

Dickershaid’s Westchester office is the location of two separate alleged sexual assaults on female patients, police said.

The first incident was reported in August 2004, when a 60-year-old Los Angeles woman told LAPD detectives that Dickershaid allegedly sexually assaulted her by force during an examination. No charges were filed in the case at the time.

A second incident was reported to police September 25th this year, when a 32-year-old Los Angeles woman also alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Dickershaid during an examination.

Both women had reported to police that they were alone with the chiropractor when the alleged crimes occurred.

Detectives reopened the 2004 case investigation and presented both cases to the District Attorney’s Office.

Porter said she also interviewed a third woman Friday, October 20th — a 60-year-old from Los Angeles — who filed a complaint against Dickershaid regarding an incident at the Westchester office in August this year.

Police have received seven phone calls since a press conference announcing Dickershaid’s arrest was held Thursday, October 19th, and they are investigating to determine if any crimes occurred, Porter added.

Phone calls to the Fresh Start Chiropractic office had not been answered at Argonaut press time.

Dickershaid has been a practicing chiropractor since December 2000, according to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Catherine Hayes, executive director of the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners, said the board gives sexual misconduct cases high priority.

“It’s always disheartening to hear that there is a professional who is abusing patients and using their license to do that,” Hayes said.

Following the filing of charges, the chiropractic board plans to contact the state Attorney General’s Office to work with the District Attorney’s Office and request that Dickershaid’s license be temporarily suspended, she said.

Porter said both of the alleged sexual assault victims were “relieved” to hear that charges have been filed against their former doctor.

“They both said every day that goes by they haven’t been able to forget what happened,” Porter said.

Dickershaid is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, November 2nd, at the Superior Court Airport Courthouse.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact LAPD Pacific Detective Kim Porter at (310) 482-6354, or during non-business hours (877) 529-3855 (877-LAWFULL).