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#9. Dr. Immanuel immigrated from Cameroon to the United States in the early 90's
Despite being repeatedly misidentified as a Nigerian immigrant by American media outlets, Dr. Stella Grace Immanuel hails from Bali, Northwest Cameroon. A graduate of Cameroon Protestant College, a High School located in her hometown, Immanuel attended the University of Calabar in Calabar, Nigeria, where she claims to have completed her medical training in 1990.
#8. Dr. Immanuel is a woman of many monikers
Immanuel has made use of multiple aliases throughout her personal and professional career upon arriving in America. More than 20, to be exact. Of them, the most commonly used were Stella Gwandiku-Ambe, Stella A. Gwandiku, Stella Gwandiku-Tita, Stella Grace Immanuel, Stella A Gwandiku-Ambe, Stella Gwandiku Fondong, and Stella Anwi Gwandiku Ambe.
#7. Trump 2020
Dr. Immanuel is a staunch Trump Supporter and card carrying member of the newly formed America’s Frontline Doctors Association, an organization founded by Simone Gold, an emergency medicine specialist based out of Los Angeles, CA. AFDA is an organization comprised of physicians who remain vocally critical of the professional consensus concerning the global covid pandemic. On Monday, July 27th, 2020, Immanuel participated in the White Coat Summit, an impromptu press conference held outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Their event was backed by the Tea Party Patriots, a conservative organization seeking to re-elect President Trump, and first published on a conservative news platform, Breitbart.
#6. Dr. Immanuel is a serial entrepreneur
Between Texas and Louisiana, Immanuel has owned and operated multiple businesses beginning with a pediatrics office in 1999, Southern Pediatrics Clinic.
Originally located at 905 E 7th Ave, Oakdale, LA (pictured above), the clinic would find a permanent home at 1416 Metro Drive in Alexandria, LA., where it remained a registered pediatric practice until 2005.
From the same facility, Immanuel established Rapha Medical & Therapeutic Clinic, LLC on June 18, 2001. In 2003, the practice moved to another commercial facility located at 5623 Jackson Street Extension, Alexandria, LA., where the practice operated until it’s closing in 2009.
Within that 8-year window, Immanuel registered six additional businesses, two of which were registered with the state of Louisiana under theJackson Street address: Gwandiku Family Registered Limited Liability Partnership (April 25, 2003) and Adonai Limited Liability Company (April 25, 2003).
Shekinah Investment LLC was registered with the state of Louisiana using a residential address on October 4th, 2005, 1115 Heyman Ln, Alexandria, LA 71303.
In May of 2006, Immanuel registered faith-based business, Fire Power Ministry, using a residential address in Alexandria, LA (6011 Bayou Roberts).
On September 9th, 2019, Immanuel registered Rehoboth Medical Center, LLC under a residential address in Katy, TX. Rehoboth Medical Center has operated as a Family Medicine and Pediatrics practice for the past 9 months, despite registering with the state as an Urgent Care Facility.
The practice is also promoted using an address associated with a commercial strip mall property located on a stretch of highway in Houston TX.
#5. Immanuel is, in fact, a licensed medical doctor
Dr. Stella Immanuel was issued a full Texas medical license (#S3994 Full Medical License: Exp. November 30, 2020) on November 1, 2019. At the time of registration, Immanuel self-reported that she had been practicing medicine for 24 years, at no point in time had she practiced in the state of Texas, according to the Texas Medical Board. Immanuel also self-reported no instances of restriction, investigation, malpractice or disciplinary action at the time of licensing, neither by the Texas Medical Board nor by any other State Medical Boards. No available records were recovered from the University of Calabar, where Immanuel claims to have completed medical school.
#4. Immanuel is all about the money
In a 2012 promotional video uploaded to Youtube, Immanuel, who reportedly served as a Senior Vice President within the company, spoke of the financial freedom she enjoyed after having joined 5LINX Enterprises, Inc. as a salesperson. The company, a now defunct multi-level marketing company (i.e. pyramid scheme) specialized in the sale of security systems, telecommunications, electric power, and healthcare services. Started in 2001 in Rochester, New York, 5LINX was founded by trio Craig Jerabek, Jeb Tyler, and Jason Gluck, all of whom have since then been found guilty of federal fraud charges as a result of illegal business dealings. According to the Better Business Bureau, the business is no longer in business.
In the eight-minute video, Immanuel boasts about her 5LINX earnings which were reportedly upwards of $1M in her first year of sales.
I’m sure someone will wonder what’s a doctor doing selling telephones. All I will tell them is that I make a lot of money.”
Immanuel goes on to gloat that 5LINX has afforded her a life that far exceeds any life her medical practice(s) could provide. In the video, she offers viewers a tour of the luxurious Louisiana home, a home she claims was bought by her 5LINX success. This home, located at 6011 Bayou Robert Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301, is the same home once used to register two of Immanuel’s business endeavors, Fire Power Ministries and Dominion DigitalNet.
One day after her appearance at the White Coat Summit, a video surfaced with a woman claiming that Immanuel been at the forefront of a massive scam in 2009, through which she’d lost thousands of dollars. The scam in reference was in fact 5LINX. The woman stated that in 2009, Immanuel had been introduced to a wide array of West African churchgoers by way of Nigerian megachurches Mountain of Fire and Revival Assembly. She alleges that during this time, Immanuel introduced multiple parishioners to the 5LINX program, which she marketed to them as a full proof business investment.
The whistleblower reported that there was a buy-in in the amount of 44,000 Nigerian Naira ($115USD) which covered the purchase price of one router, perspective participants were made to buy 10. Additionally, participants were made to pay 120,000 Nigerian Naira ($314USD) which Immanuel explained covered the cost of a personally branded sales website, crucial to salespersons success. Neither of which had the woman received as agreed. And when newly committed salespersons began experiencing equipment issues, Immanuel was said to have fled Nigeria for good, having yet to return.
#3. Immanuel is no stranger to the judicial system
Despite dodging any legal discipline for her role in the 5LINX pyramid scheme, Immanuel hasn’t always been so lucky with the law. In the spring of 2006, Immanuel, then known as Dr. Stella Gwandiku, was sued in the Rapides Parish Ninth Judicial Court of Alexandria, Louisiana by State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance, represented by Randall Keiser of Keiser Law Firm, P.L.C. The suit alleges that Immanuel, owner and operator of Rapha Medical & Therapeutic Clinic, LLC, while treating a patient after an automobile accident, had intentionally double billed for each and every service provided, ultimately committing medical provider fraud again and again.
The only evidence offered by Immanuel in her defense was her own affidavit and the affidavit of Thomas Wells, an employee of Rapha Medical & Therapeutic Clinic, LLC. These two affidavits addressed the treatment provided to the patient, the clinic’s billing practices, and the fact that the billings, in their opinion, followed Medicare billing protocol. The fraud allegations went unaddressed. Ultimately, Immanuel was found guilty of provider fraud and the courts awarded the plaintiff costs and legal fees.
Another suit filed with the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department in January 2020 alleges Immanuel’s negligence cost a Louisiana woman her life, citing medical malpractice as the cause of death for former patient, Leslie Norvell. The suit alleges that Norvell went to Sabine Medical Center after illicit drug use left her with needle fragments lodged in her forearm. Prescribed medication for the suspected infection, Norvell was then sent home without a closer inspection of the suspected injury. Hours later and still in a great deal of pain, Norvell went to get a second opinion at a hospital in Shreveport, LA. Only to find that the needle fragment had resulted in a flesh-eating infection, which Norvell would succumb to just days later. Following her patient’s death, Immanuel fled to Houston, TX, where she began her Rehoboth Medical Center practice just months later. The Parish Sheriff’s Department has stated an inability to serve Immanuel with the lawsuit as a result of her fleeing the state. According to Sabine Parish court records, the case remains open.
#2. Immanuel struggles to decipher mysticism from medicine
Immanuel has made multiple medical claims that appear to be rooted in religious extremism. Owner and operator of Fire Power Ministries, Immanuel has been taking the gospel on tour since the early 2000’s. Referring to herself as “God’s Warrior Princess”, the self-proclaimed deliverance Minister covers a wide array of spiritual subject matter in her spicy Sunday sermons. YouTube videos dating back as far as 2008 show the speaker standing before packed houses of Holy hopefuls, pairing scripture with planned performances to drive home emotionally-charged points.
In one video titled “Pump the Junk Out of Your Life”, which dates back to December 7th, 2009, Immanuel can be seen holding a long strap in her right hand, the other end of that rope being tied to the twist of a young parishioner. For approximately four minutes, the pair perform a spiritual tug of war, during which Immanuel yells out different stressful scenarios, signaling for the young woman to take off running in one direction or another as Immanuel forcefully yanks her back in place. The performative nature of Immanuel’s preaching style is undoubtedly uncanny. But her in-person antics pale in comparison to the actual subject of her sermons.
Of her most outlandish claims, the most alarming center around women’s reproductive health, sexuality and demonic medical dealings. In one sermon dating back some seven years, Immanuel tells the congregation that gynecological issues like ovarian cysts and endometriosis were caused by unconscious sex with demons and witches, a statement she doubles down on in an interview with Houston news station, KPRC. In a 2013 video, she proclaims that homosexuality, promiscuity, premarital sex, and other salacious sexual lifestyles can only be healed by prayer and fire, literally.
And in another one of her now viral videos, Immanuel tells the congregation that the United States government has been complicit in modern medicine’s use of alien DNA to treat human health issues, going as far as to say that the government is growing demons in specially designed containers and intentionally mixing human with demon DNA.
#1. Immanuel claims to have uncovered the cure for Covid-19
During the infamous White Coat Summit, Immanuel made some pretty serious claims regarding Covid-19, the most memorable of which being that she had personally treated and cured over 350 individual Covid cases, a statement she has refused to provide proof of. In a recent interview with Houston’s KPRC news station, that number mysteriously jumps to 400. Immanuel claimed to have done all of this using a cocktail of capsules containing hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and zithromax. When pressed for details on the dosage of these medications, Immanuel was unable to provide specifics. But that didn’t stop her from repeatedly referencing her healed patients, many of whom she claims came to her on their last leg. Diabetes patients, women pregnant with children, elderly patients well past the average age of virus survivors, Immanuel said to have healed them all, emphasizing that death by covid was not necessary. Masks, optional.
But in a video uploaded to the Rehoboth Medical Clinic facebook account on April 28th, 2020, Imannuel can be seen standing with another clinic employee wearing n95 construction masks and gloves. At the 1:00 minute mark, Imannuel can be seen saying that while those who suspect they’ve contracted the virus can seek treatment at the urgent care facility, they must remain seated in their cars, where assistance will be brought to them. She also suggests infected patients stay home where they can be treated via video conferencing. In the same video, she advises all clinic visitors wear masks prior to entering the facility, sanitize their hands upon entry, wash their hands regularly, and practice social distancing.
In another video uploaded to YouTube on March 15, 2020, Immanuel calls for one million Christians to join her in prayer for the purpose of defeating the deadly virus. Warning participants that it is only God who can defeat and destroy this plague, a clear contrast to her current stance on the subject.
So who is Dr. Stella Grace Immanuel? Well, for what it’s worth, she is indeed a licensed medical doctor, legally practicing medicine in the state of Texas. But we need no reminder that not all doctors honor their oath to do no harm. How harmful is Dr. Immanuel, well that depends on who you ask. Might there be some truth to her covid treatment claims, perhaps. Despite struggling to locate a single patient who had personally been prescribed the combination of medications, I was able to speak with one individual who had received a referral from her for other medical services, and he had quite a bit to say.
The individual, who wished the remain anonymous, contracted the virus while on a work assignment in a Virginia hospital, making it impossible for him to return to Texas. While quarantined to his hotel room, he reached out to Immanuel, who advised him to take the medicinal combination which she assured him would rid him of the virus. The former patient insists that Immanuel never personally prescribed him the medication, but offered him her professional recommendation. The patient testified that he was then able to access the drugs through an independent third party as these medications are commonly used among West African immigrants, and are not difficult to access in certain circles, something Immanuel attested to during the summit. Since then, the 35 year old patient with a pre-existing heart condition has tested negative for the virus and is scheduled to return to Houston, TX on August 3rd, 2020.
The patient did not wish to speak to Immanuel’s other medical claims but stood firm in his assessment that her medical recommendation did indeed save his life. So does this validate Immanuel’s claims of a cure? Should her many other medical inaccuracies discredit her stance on the current pandemic? We may never know. And our uncertainty may cost us more than a bit of confusion.
History tells us that the best lies are cloaked in a little bit of truth, and Immanuel has given us quite a bit of that cocktail. When people have a history of using their professional designations (doctor, deacon, etc.) to gain access to people from a financial standpoint, their intent must be investigated. Could someone who has cost others their livelihood now be concerned with the preservation of those very same lives? Perhaps. Or could it be another predatory scheme in practice? You decide.
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