State disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: November 18, 2016                                   (16-134)

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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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.

Adams County

In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Sarah N. Stromberg (NA60049391) with unprofessional conduct. In 2016 Stromberg pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a legend drug. Charges say she diverted medication from a resident of an adult family home where she worked.

Benton County

In September 2016 the secretary of health denied a certified nursing assistant credential to Benjamin Joseph Turcotte (NC60565170), whose registered nursing assistant credential was suspended in 2016 after Turcotte pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault in connection with pulling on a patient’s toe.

Clallam County 

In September 2016 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Chelsea Jo Williams (D160385484) with unprofessional conduct. Williams allegedly tested positive for amphetamines, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

Clark County 

In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Jennifer Lynn Canaan (NA00189895) with unprofessional conduct. Canaan’s chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional credential were placed on probation in connection with inadequately assessing a client. 

Island County 

In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional John Christian Hoffman (CO60315646, CP60590135). 

King County 

In September 2016 the secretary of health ended conditions on the credential of medical assistant-phlebotomist Travis Steven Selby (PC60417974). 

In September 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Yanbing Zhuang of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Zhuang allegedly operated a reflexology business despite having no reflexology license and a rescinded massage license. 

In September 2016 the Chiropractic Commission withdrew a statement of charges against chiropractor David L. Nicholes (CH00002410). 

In September 2016 the secretary of health withdrew a statement of charges against respiratory care practitioner Angela Hughes (LP60294647). 

In September 2016 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the licensed practical nurse credential of Julita Wanda Gasior (LP00043099). 

In August 2016 the Pharmacy Commission denied a pharmacy assistant credential to Bradley James Isaac (VB60589625), who in 2013 pleaded guilty to third-degree theft. 

Okanogan County 

In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for licensed independent clinical social worker Debra Van Brunt-Oreiro (LW00006875). 

Pierce County 

In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Shantel N. Farrar (NA60019053) with unprofessional conduct. Farrar was allegedly intoxicated when she reported for duty. 

In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Maryann Wahu Kibe (NC60306136) that places her on probation for at least two years. Kibe physically abused a patient. 

Snohomish County 

In September 2016 the Nursing Commission conditionally granted a registered nurse credential to Erika Beatriz Hassan (RN60670390), who must continue to comply with a substance abuse monitoring agreement. 

In September 2016 the secretary of health withdrew a statement of charges against certified nursing assistant Betty Braling-Kier (NC10053728). 

In September 2016 the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program entered an agreement with respiratory care practitioner Monica Lynn Soult (LR60452856) that places her on probation for at least three years, fines her $500, and requires her to complete continuing education in respiratory care practice skills. Soult instructed another respiratory care practitioner about a treatment the other practitioner didn’t know how to provide, and subsequently did so incorrectly. 

Spokane County 

In September 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Yan Liu of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Liu allegedly offered to provide massage services despite having no massage practitioner credential. 

In September 2016 the Pharmacy Commission denied a pharmacy assistant credential to Jean Marie L. Garcia (VB60535477). In 2005 and again in 2014 Garcia was convicted of driving while intoxicated. 

In September 2016 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the registered nurse credential of Anne F. Henry (RN60606239). 

Thurston County 

In September 2016 the Midwifery Program charged midwife in training Rhonda Lee Grantham (MT60399396) with unprofessional conduct. Grantham allegedly provided substandard treatment to a patient, kept inadequate records, and practiced with an expired license. 

In September 2016 the Occupational Therapy Board charged occupational therapy assistant Amanda L. Roberts, also known as Amanda L. Lawrence (OC00001088), with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Roberts didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract. 

In September 2016 the Massage Program charged massage practitioner Erik P. Timblin (MA60376589) with unprofessional conduct. Timblin allegedly touched a client improperly. 

Whatcom County 

In September 2016 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Deanna Crystal Point (CO60361154). 

Yakima County 

In September 2016 the Dental Commission withdrew a statement of charges against dentist Song C. Yi (DE00009414). 

Out of State 

Alaska: In September 2016 the Medical Commission charged physician assistant Michael J. Niemi (PA60613099) with unprofessional conduct. Niemi allegedly violated a monitoring contract. 

Missouri: In September 2016 the Nursing Commission denied an advanced registered nurse practitioner credential to Rebecca Elaine Kimbell (AP60641863). Kimbell was also denied a registered nurse credential in 2016 because of failure to undergo a substance use evaluation. Because she didn’t have an active registered nurse credential, she can’t be issued an advanced registered nurse practitioner credential. 

North Dakota: In September 2016 the secretary of health denied a registered nursing assistant credential to Michael Sham Sandy (NA60620002), who in 2010 was convicted in North Dakota of corruption or solicitation of minors. 

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.

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