A man who ran an alternative medicine clinic in Oak Harbor two years ago is facing criminal charges for allegedly practicing without a license, court documents state.
Clarence “Hugh” Jonson is accused of providing medical care to four different patients at Whidbey Naturals Alternative Medicine even though he doesn’t have a license to practice medicine in Washington state.
Oak Harbor police arrested Jonson and his partner, Arely Jimenez, in 2015, after which the pair filed a federal lawsuit against the state and City of Oak Harbor for trying to interfere with his practice of “nedicine.”
The federal lawsuit was dismissed.
Jonson was previously convicted in California of practicing medicine without a license; in Alaska he was convicted of providing a false statement to a federal agency, court documents state.
On Nov. 30, prosecutors in Island County charged Jonson with four counts of practicing without a license.
If he’s convicted of the charges, he could face four months to a year in jail under the standard sentencing range.
Investigators from the state Department of Health initially investigated Jonson and Jimenez in early 2015.
An investigator from the department told police that Jonson didn’t have either a medical license or a naturalpath physicians license.
Two investigators went undercover twice, posing as patients.
Jonson told them that he went to the University of Nedicine, but investigators could find no evidence of its existence.
A detective with the Oak Harbor police noted in his report that the website for the business calls Jonson and Jimenez doctors; it describes Jonson as having extensive experience in internal medicine, acupuncture, pain management, trauma relief for veterans and diabetes, the police report states.
The detective interviewed several of Jonson’s patients.
In one case, Jonson suggested that a woman stop taking her blood pressure medication and instead take pills he provided.