For immediate release: November 27, 2018 (18-163)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 October 2018 the secretary of health conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Katie M. Person (CG60878753) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2007 Person was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief. In 2015 she was convicted of third-degree theft. In 2017 she was convicted of use of drug paraphernalia, and of two counts of third-degree theft.
In October 2018 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Beatrice Freeman that requires her to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and to pay a $1,000 fine. Freeman advertised relaxation or massage services, but doesn’t have a massage therapist license.
In October 2018 the secretary of health conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Dallas Victor Redlin (CO60881675) and ordered him to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 1999 Redlin was convicted of third-degree theft. In 2013 and again in 2014 he was convicted of theft. In 2014 he was convicted of assault.
In October 2018 the Occupational Therapy Board reinstated the occupational therapy assistant credential of Warren McPherson (OC00000182). McPherson’s license was suspended in 2007 after the Nursing Commission suspended his registered nurse license.
In October 2018 the In-Home Services Agency Program entered an agreement with Aarti Bindlish, administrator-owner of Bindlish Home Care LLC, doing business as Executive Care (FS60720360), that allows the company to continue operating contingent on fulfilling regulatory requirements. The company didn’t meet requirements in areas including employee background checks, training, reference checks, employee skills verification, client records confidentiality, accuracy of public information, quality improvement processes, and exceeding what is permitted under the license.
In October 2018 the secretary of health entered an agreement with dentist Callisto Rojas (DE60127734) that reinstates his credential. Rojas must abide by conditions that include complying with a patient care management policy and not being alone in the clinic with female patients. Rojas’s license was suspended in 2018 because he had a sexual relationship with a patient.
In November 2018 the Nursing Assistant and Respiratory Care Practitioner programs entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant and respiratory care practitioner Tuma Yesuf Seid (NC10101323, LR60232233) that reinstates his credentials and places him on probation for at least 12 months. Seid’s licenses were suspended in 2016. In 2017 he was convicted of third-degree assault.
In May 2018 the secretary of health denied an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Danielle Lynn DeMateo (CG60738647). In 2007 DeMateo was convicted in California of falsely identifying oneself. In 2012 she was convicted in California of driving with blood alcohol of 0.08 percent or above. In 2014 she entered into deferred prosecution on a driving under the influence charge.
In October 2018 the Nursing Commission ended probation for licensed practical nurse Claudia B. Robinson Kolano (LP00046704).
In October 2018 the secretary of health ordered Tender Loving Home Care to cease and desist from operating as an in-home services agency without a license, and to pay a $1,000 fine. The company either advertised in-home services or responded to requests for in-home services, and employed or contracted with people to provide in-home services. It has no in-home services agency license.
In October 2018 the secretary of health ended probation for certified nursing assistant and health care assistant Buba J. Bojang (NC10026544, HC00143549).
In November 2018 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Saniza Neaha Nisha (NC60492940) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Nisha got credit cards and credit card information from four retirement facility residents, and made fraudulent purchases without the residents’ permission.
In November 2018 the secretary of health ended conditions on the mental health counselor credential of Michelle Lynne Langstraat (LH60627230).
In October 2018 the Home Care Aide Program entered an agreement with home care aide Shailynn Bray-Waters (HM60705997) that places her on probation for at least two years and fines her $250. She must undergo a mental health evaluation. The home care aide must complete continuing education in theft awareness, and in law and ethics. Bray-Waters admitted stealing three rings that belonged to a client.
In November 2018 the Massage Therapy Program charged massage therapist Alan Curtis Johnson (MA60022023) with unprofessional conduct. During a massage, Johnson allegedly improperly touched a client for sexual gratification with no therapeutic purpose.
Walla Walla County
In October 2018 the Podiatric Board entered an agreement with podiatric physician Curtis W. Long (PO00000225) that fines him $5,000 and limits his practice to exclude chronic or long-term wound care. Long must complete continuing education in diabetic management, and in electronic medical record-keeping. Long didn’t meet the standard of care in treating two patients, one of whom subsequently had a below-the-knee amputation as the result of an infection, and the other of whom subsequently had two toes amputated after being diagnosed with an infection.
Out of State
California: In October 2018 the Dental Commission entered an agreement with general dentist anesthesia permit holder German A. Trujillo (GA10000396) that reinstates his credential, which was suspended in 2018 because he didn’t supply proof of having completed required continuing education.
Montana: In October 2018 the Nursing Commission reinstated the registered nurse credential of David A. Smith (RN00123669). Smith’s license was suspended in 2012 in connection with medication discrepancies at the hospital where he worked.
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.