For immediate release: November 21, 2016 (16-135)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 September 2016 the secretary of health conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Crystal Ann Churchill (CO60672061) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Between 2003 and 2012, Churchill was convicted of five gross misdemeanors and three misdemeanors. Seven criminal charges were dismissed in 2013 after she entered a drug court contract.
In October 2016 the secretary of health conditionally granted a certified medical assistant credential to Jami Rae Sanchez (CM60683864), who must continue to comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract which she agreed to in 2012 as part of a stipulation on her nursing assistant certified credential.
In October 2016 the Medical Commission filed an amended statement of charges against physician David T. Earl (MD00028611) to add allegations that Earl provided substandard care to a female patient who eventually died. Charges say Earl improperly prescribed medications, made misrepresentations to the commission, didn’t adequately follow-up on test results, didn’t adequately respond to the patient’s symptoms, and kept inadequate records.
In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for massage practitioner Huyen Han T. Bui (MA60406992).
In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for massage practitioner Ashley Elizabeth Fritz (MA60550395).
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Ashley L. Hyde (NC10075785) that reinstates her credential and places her on probation for at least 18 months. Hyde’s license was suspended in 2008 after she used a client’s debit card for more than $2,000 in purchases and withdrawals.
In September 2016 the Licensed Mental Health Counselor Program charged licensed mental health counselor John R. Bachelor (LH00004560) with unprofessional conduct. Bachelor allegedly had sexual contact with a client and offered alcohol to the client.
In September 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Dale E. Alsager to cease and desist from practicing as an osteopathic physician without a license, and pay a $4,000 fine. Alsager’s osteopathic physician credential was revoked in 2014, but he subsequently represented himself as an osteopathic physician in published writing, a website and a voice mail message, and reports income earned as a physician or consultant.
In September 2016 the secretary of health conditionally granted a medical assistant-phlebotomist credential to Jeremy Tyler Smith (PC60628999), who must continue to comply with probationary terms imposed on his registered nursing assistant credential in 2016.
In September 2016 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program charged emergency medical technician Christopher S. Eaglin (ES01174753) with unprofessional conduct. In 2016 Eaglin was convicted of five felonies and four gross misdemeanors.
In September 2016 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Tetyana Hamrovna Hafurova (RN60152090) with unprofessional conduct. While working at a skilled nursing facility, Hafurova allegedly didn’t adequately assess or provide medication to one patient, and didn’t properly document treatment of or give prescribed medication to another patient.
In September 2016 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractic X-ray technician Alayna S. Thompkins (CX60486392) with unprofessional conduct. In 2015 Thompkins pleaded guilty to second-degree theft in connection with stealing money from the wallet of a person employed at the office where she worked.
In September 2016 the Dental Commission charged dentist Cynthia A. Jones (DE00006640) with unprofessional conduct. Jones allegedly didn’t properly supervise a dental assistant, and allowed the dental assistant to practice beyond the scope of that profession.
In September 2016 the Chiropractic Commission entered an agreement with chiropractor John B. Cornell (CH00001046) under which his practice will be monitored for at least 18 months. Cornell must pay a $2,500 fine, complete continuing education in ethics and boundaries, and pass an exam in that area, as well as a jurisprudence exam. Cornell referred patients for hyperbaric treatment, but didn’t perform adequate exams or documentation.
In October 2016 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Ami N. Souza (LP00046347) with failing to comply with a commission order. Souza allegedly didn’t fully abide by requirements to undergo a neuropsychological exam.
In October 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the certified nursing assistant credential of Rissa N. Tauave (NC10088297) and placed her on probation for at least one year. Tauave’s license was suspended in 2012 after she physically abused a client.
In October 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Hilario Albertter (NC60212560) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Albertter admitted writing a letter in which he threatened to harm a patient.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Mary Evelyn Jordan Corbin (NA60196208) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Corbin cohabited with the husband of a patient who had recently died, and married him about four months later.
In August 2016 the Veterinary Board of Governors denied a veterinary medication clerk credential to Bonnie Davis (VM60679088). Davis’s registered nurse credential was suspended in 2003. Her medical assistant-phlebotomist credential was suspended in 2014.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program agreed to reinstate the certified nursing assistant credential of Marie-Josee Harimenshi (NC10094129), who must comply with conditions imposed when her licensed practical nurse credential was reinstated in 2015. Her certified nursing assistant license was also suspended that year.
In October 2016 the Physical Therapy Board ended probation for physical therapist Suzanne Marie Jennings (PT00003907).
In October 2016 the Veterinary Board charged veterinarian Seth S. Valentine (VT00005162) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Valentine practiced with an expired license, and he didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.
In September 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Rhonda Dobbs that requires her to cease and desist from practicing medicine without a license, and pay a $1,000 fine. Dobbs, who has no license to practice medicine, signed and issued a patient’s medical cannabis recommendation.
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In September 2016 the Nursing Commission placed registered nurse Rebecca A. Groom (RN00166087) on probation for at least five years, ordered her to undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program, and directed her to continue receiving mental health treatment. In 2016 Groom was convicted of vehicular assault.
In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for certified medical assistant Sarra Marie Fee (CM60586766).
In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for registered medical assistant Crystal Violeta Cerda-Cortez (MR60507292).
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.