For immediate release: July 11, 2014 (14-095)
Contacts: Marqise Allen, Communications Office 360-236-4072
Kelly Stowe, Communications Office 360-236-4022
Olympia massage practitioner’s license suspended due to sexual misconduct
OLYMPIA -- State health officials have immediately suspended the license of a Thurston County massage practitioner based on charges of sexual misconduct.
Charges say Gregory Dean Hinkle (MA60334887) touched a client’s genitals and then had consensual intercourse during a massage session. Hinkle is also accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate conversations with at least three other clients.
Hinkle cannot practice in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing.
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.