King County acupuncturist suspended on charges of sexual misconduct

For immediate release: October 23, 2023   (23-138)

Contact: DOH Communications

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Health has suspended the license of King County acupuncturist or acupuncture and eastern medicine practitioner Gon Kim (AC00002784) pending further legal action.

Charges state Kim engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with a patient on at least two occasions. Allegations also state Kim failed to obtain consent, explain a health care-related necessity before procedures, and failed to meet the standard of care.

Kim cannot practice in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and ask for a hearing.

The legal documents on this case can be seen online by clicking the link on “Health Care Provider Lookup” under the “Find it Fast” section of the Department of Health website (; copies can also be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call this number and report their complaint.

The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington.

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