Updated: Nov 11, 2020
As we reported in late September, HemoAware Founder, Jesse John Francis Clark, was kicked out of his local Hemophilia Treatment Center for not signing a contract. The contract was presented to Clark by Amber Federizo, a Nurse Practitioner who thinks she is a Doctor. The "contract"was essentially a hush agreement to keep quiet and not disclose any of the HTC's nefarious actions online. Well, Clark wasn’t keen to that agreement and was essentially kicked out for not signing the agreement. Clark then reported the incident to the Nevada State Board of Nursing on September 27, 2020, because patients should not have to sign a hush agreement in order to be treated.
After Clark submitted the complaint with the Nevada Board of Nursing, he never heard back. Clark sent a follow up on November 3, 2020, as shown below.
Later that afternoon, Clark received and email from Sally K. Miller, an investigator over at the Nevada State Board of Nursing and stated that they sent a letter to Clark's office on October 6, 2020, and enclosed a copy of that letter in the email to Clark.
So, according the Nevada State Board of Nursing, Amber Federizo is now under investigation, as she should be. Patients should not be required to sign a contract restricting their freedom of speech. If a patient wants to write about an HTC online, they have the right to do that.
While we were researching Amber Federizo, we came across a webinar by the Hemophilia Council of California with Amber Federizo as a guest speaker.
The first thing that came out of Amber's mouth in the webinar was that she wants community members to call her a doctor, when she is not. She received a Doctorate in Nursing. She is not a medical doctor. We dictated Amber's opening webinar statement for posterity.
"My name is Dr. Amber Federizo. I am a family nurse practitioner, and I treat the lifespan here in Nevada. One of the things I want to go over first is positively, sometimes negatively, there are people in the community who feel that if you get your terminal degree and you receive a doctorate, you should not use the title because it is confusing per se. My response to that is that every moment is a teachable moment. I have had to reeducate people that a doctorate just means that you have finished your terminal degree. Archeologists are doctorates. Physicians are doctorates. We have to start using the correct terminology, including physicians. Physicians should start talking about, "Hey, I am dr. So-and-so. I am your physician." As I do Dr. Amber Federico, I am your nurse practitioner, and there are people in the community, sometimes, the more you need to tell them who you are, you have to repeat yourself several times and you sometimes reach a point where it is frustrating."
What Amber is doing is very dangerous and misleading to patients. It's the cheap and easy way out of calling yourself a Doctor. She wants to add the "Dr." to feel entitled without doing the additional time and education. Amber Federizo is nothing more than a Nurse Practitioner, end of story.
We will keep you updated on this story.