For immediate release: November 8, 2016 (16-128)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 ended probation for home care aide Michelle Lynn Milliman (HM60451425).
In July 2016 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy assistant Marianne Julia Folk (VB60286073) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Folk signed a drug court agreement on a first-degree theft charge after admitting to diverting thousands of controlled substance tablets from the pharmacy where she worked.
In August 2016 the secretary of health denied a registered nursing assistant credential to Elizabeth Padilla-Ortiz (NA60516060). In 2015 Padilla-Ortiz was charged with third-degree theft in connection with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to a vulnerable adult for whom she provided care. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that she financially exploited a vulnerable adult and cannot be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In August 2016 the Dental Commission charged dentist and dentist moderate sedation with parenteral agents permit holder Liem Duy Do (DE00008159, CS60302995) with unprofessional conduct. Do allegedly had a patient sign an informed consent form while the patient was sedated and unable to provide informed consent.
In September 2016 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Amanda L. Rishky (RN00145820) with unprofessional conduct. Rishky allegedly diverted drugs from the hospital where she worked.
In September 2016 the secretary of health agreed to reinstate the physician credential of Sjardo Siardus L. Steneker (MD00032063), placed him on probation for at least four years, and set a variety of restrictions on his practice. Steneker’s license was suspended in 2011 for having sexual relationships and inappropriate behavior with patients.
In July 2016 the secretary of health denied an interim certified medical assistant credential to Stephanie Lee Collier (IC60621727). Collier’s health care assistant license was suspended in 2010 after she didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring requirement. In 2013 she was convicted of reckless driving, amended from an original charge of driving while intoxicated.
In September 2016 the Facilities and Licensing Program filed an amended statement of charges against in-home services agency Senior Enrichment Inc., doing business as My New Friend (FS60007872), to add the name of Ross Kling as owner-operator. Inspections allegedly showed a number of deficiencies in the company’s practices, some of which weren’t corrected after previous inspections.
In September 2016 the Chiropractic Commission ended conditions on the credential of chiropractor Blake J. Wagner (CH00003095).
In September 2016 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Loraine B. Smith (RN00161952) with unprofessional conduct. While her license was suspended, Smith allegedly worked as a nurse.
In August 2016 the secretary of health denied a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Elizabeth Ann Clark (CO60635560). Between 1999 and 2011, Clark was convicted of two felonies, 17 gross misdemeanors and one misdemeanor.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Aleksandr Nikolayevich Maryan (NA60044628) with unprofessional conduct. Maryan allegedly asked a vulnerable adult for whom he provided care to lend him money to buy a mattress for his own use.
In September 2016 the secretary of health reinstated the certified nursing assistant credential of Shane A. Foster (NC60202266), whose license was suspended in 2014 after he stole money from a resident of a rehabilitation center where he worked.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant Khalihla Dwan Shaw (NA00113136, NC60189373) that reinstates her credentials and places her on probation for at least two years. Shaw’s licenses were suspended in 2014 after the state Department of Social and Health Services found that she financially exploited a vulnerable adult.
In August 2016 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional trainee Michael Marshall (CO60454499) with unprofessional conduct. Marshall allegedly admitted using methamphetamine and alcohol.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Erin M. Migliari (NC60098630) with unprofessional conduct. Migliari allegedly admitted stealing and using a client’s debit card without permission.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant Sukuta Drammeh, also known as Sukuta Daramy (NA00138546, NC60117557) with unprofessional conduct. Drammeh allegedly used two different identities simultaneously to maintain two credentials.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Maile Lyn Leavitt (NC10086080) with unprofessional conduct. Leavitt allegedly took and consumed narcotics that belonged to a resident of an assisted living facility where she worked.
In September 2016 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Patti Ann Stark (LP00056035) with unprofessional conduct. Stark allegedly gave her employer a forged cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification card.
In July 2016 the secretary of health denied a registered nursing assistant credential to Michael Paul Dominguez (NA60578628). While working as a direct support professional, Dominguez financially exploited a vulnerable adult client.
In July 2016 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy technician Jehawn J. Lambert (VA00042309) with unprofessional conduct. Lambert allegedly prepared prescriptions and compounded prescription mouthwash without supervision from a licensed pharmacist.
In September 2016 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Yujie Zhao Creekmore to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and pay a $1,000 fine. Creekmore advertised massage services without having a massage license.
In September 2016 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Teresa L. Rankin (NC10097903) that reprimands her and fines her $250. Rankin practiced without a valid credential.
Out of State
Alabama: In August 2016 the Radiologic Technologist Program charged radiologic technologist Sterling S. Smith (RT00006276) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Smith performed a magnetic resonance imaging scan on a patient he knew had a pacemaker. In a separate incident, Smith allegedly scanned an elderly patient without assistance who was wearing a hearing aid which stopped working following the scan. Smith allegedly also photographed that patient and showed a picture to his supervisor in violation of patient privacy.
Idaho: In August 2016 the secretary of health conditionally granted a certified medical assistant credential to Randi Lynn Filips (CM60548563), who must participate in a substance abuse monitoring program if she wishes to practice in Washington. Between 2006 and 2015, Filips was convicted in Idaho of four alcohol-related crimes equivalent to gross misdemeanors in Washington.
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.