United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER AND DISMISSING THE
S. LASNIK UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
Carol Anne Boothe appeals the decision of the administrative
law judge (“ALJ”) finding her not disabled. Ms.
Boothe contends the ALJ erroneously (1) found migraines,
seizures, and sleeping spells are not severe impairments, and
(2) discounted the opinions of Alysa Ruddell, Ph.D., and
Alicia Grattan, M.D. Dkt. 8. For the reasons below, the Court
rejects the arguments, AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision, and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Ms. Boothe has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since January 1, 2011.
Step two: Ms. Boothe has the following
severe impairments: posttraumatic stress disorder
(“PTSD”), depressive disorder, and fibromyalgia
are severe impairments.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Ms. Boothe can
perform light work with additional physical, environmental,
and mental limitations.
Step four: Ms. Boothe has no past relevant
Step five: Ms. Boothe can perform jobs that
exist in significant numbers in the national economy and is
thus not disabled.
Tr. 18-40. The ALJ's decision is the Commissioner's
final decision because the Appeals Council denied Ms.
Boothe's request for review. Tr. 1.
The ALJ's Step Two Findings
Boothe contends the ALJ, at step two, erroneously found
migraines, seizures and sleeping spells are not severe
impairments. Dkt. 8 at 6-7. Ms. Boothe bears the burden at
step two to establish (1) she has a medically determinable
impairment or combination of impairments; (2) the impairment
or combination of impairments is severe, i.e., the impairment
significantly limits a claimant's physical or mental
ability to do basic work activities, 20 C.F.R. §
404.1520(c), 404.1521(a); and (3) the impairment lasted at