Two women speak out about accused Redding doctor
REDDING, Calif. —
A stay-at-home mom and a former receptionist shared their experiences regarding Dr. Hamid Rabiee, the Redding neurologist arrested this week on sexual assault charges.
Jennifer Enriquez Gum and Katrina Rumley are not part of the claims made against Rabiee, and have different personal perspectives of the man.
Gum, who lives in Redding, said she went to see Rabiee after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"I really felt very brushed off by him, like he wasn't paying attention to anything I said," Gum said. "He was just trying to get me to do a lot of things without really giving me any explanation. And when I would ask for more explanation, it just seemed to anger him, and the visit ended very abruptly."
Gum said she left Rabiee's office and sought out another doctor to get treatment for her disease. She said she wasn't comfortable taking all the medication that he wanted to prescribe her, and her new doctor only prescribed her one medicine.
Katrina Rumley, a former receptionist for Rabiee, said when she worked for him ten years ago she enjoyed her time there. She spoke to KRCR by phone from her home in Fontana.
"It was a great experience," Rumley said. "He was always very kind, and you know, just a great boss to be around."
According to Rumley, Rabiee treated her grandfather after he had a stroke and she has always had a positive view of him.
She said she can't imagine Rabiee committing any of the crimes he is accused of.
According to the criminal complaint against Rabiee, the alleged victims dating back to 2007 had very similar stories.
The accounts ranged from being held down while bent over a massage table, to being rubbed in inappropriate areas while undressed.
Hamid Rabiee was booked into Shasta County Jail Thursday night and made bail at 2:00 a.m. Friday.
He is currently awaiting arraignment.