For immediate release: December 13, 2016 (16-143)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
State disciplines health care providers
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).
Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In April 2016 the secretary of health denied a home care aide credential to Stephanie Deann Pierce (HM60555732). In 2007 Child Protective Services determined that Pierce negligently treated or maltreated a child.
In April 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Mark Edward Sharp (CO60342301).
In April 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Aaron John Larson (CO60341195).
In May 2016 the Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program charged agency-affiliated counselor Cindy Lee McDougall (CG60222367) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say an alcohol odor was detected on McDougall during the work day. She allegedly tested positive for alcohol and admitted consuming alcohol while on call.
In April 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Shufang Cong of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Cong allegedly offered to provide massage services without a license.
In April 2016 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Christian V. Steppe (RN00145873) that requires him to continue complying with a substance abuse monitoring contract. Steppe entered into a contract after drinking alcohol during a work break. He also admitted diverting narcotics from work and injected them into himself on a separate occasion.
In April 2016 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with licensed practical nurse Christina M. Bresina (LP00058796) that places her on probation for at least one year. Bresina, who admitted diverting narcotics from a retirement home where she worked, didn’t dispose of controlled substances with a witness present as facility policy requires.
In April 2016 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the registered nurse credential of Vilmar Y. Magday (RN60627315).
In April 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Latrina D. McNair (NC60088701) with unprofessional conduct. In 2015 McNair was convicted of third-degree assault of a child. Charges say she hasn’t responded to a Department of Health inquiry.
In April 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Emily Zenz (NA60536071) with unprofessional conduct. Zenz allegedly admitted forging patients’ signatures while she worked for a home health agency.
In April 2016 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacist Nicholas D. Wyatt (PH60017358).
In April 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Steven Michael Dorland (CO60225022).
In April 2016 the Osteopathic Board charged osteopathic physician Scott Havsy (OP00000878) with unprofessional conduct. Havsy allegedly didn’t follow pain management rules, wrote a “professionally insulting, demeaning, threatening and disparaging” letter to an independent medical examiner, and didn’t provide adequate records or an explanation during an investigation.
In April 2016 the Dental Commission ended probation for dentist Parvin Abedi (DE00009718).
In April 2016 the Pharmacy Commission ended conditions on the pharmacy technician credential of Scott Stockmyer (VA00020809).
In April 2016 the Veterinary Board ended conditions on the veterinary medication clerk credential of Stacie A. Phillips (VM60435042).
In April 2016 the secretary of health withdrew notification of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order against Un Ha Lim.
In April 2016 the Medical Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified medical assistant Holly A. Osborne (CM60369110) that lifts the suspension of her credential and requires her practice to be monitored for at least 18 months. Osborne must pay a $500 fine, and complete continuing education in ethics. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Osborne neglected a vulnerable adult in her care.
In April 2016 the Dental Commission entered an agreement with dentist Keith Antonio Salvatori (DE60233409) that places restrictions on his practice for at least five years. During the first two years, Salvatori may not administer sedation to patients. Salvatori didn’t take into account a patient’s severe medical conditions before extracting the patient’s teeth. The patient died. Salvatori didn’t report the death to the commission.
In April 2016 the Nursing Commission ended probation for registered nurse Melissa Anne Chartrey (RN60132399).
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In April 2016 the Dental Commission entered an agreement with dental assistant Mersadeze Sidney Riojas (D160300836) that requires her to pass a jurisprudence exam and undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2014 Riojas pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
In April 2016 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacy assistant Ashlie Nichole Wood (VB60512921).
Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.