For immediate release: January 23, 2024 (24-012)
Contact: DOH Communications
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Health Care Provider Lookup” under the “Find it Fast” 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 December 2023 the secretary of health released Kathleen Marie McIntosh (CB61249067) from the terms and conditions on her certified behavior technician license.
In December 2023 the Board of Nursing (formerly the Nursing Commission) charged registered nurse Rebecca E. White (RN00134214) with unprofessional conduct. In May 2023, White entered a monitoring contract after allegedly diverting controlled substances.
In November 2023 the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission granted Christine Elizabeth Meslang (VB61438923) a license to practice as a pharmacy assistant with conditions on the license. Meslang must contact a monitoring program and, if required, enroll in the monitoring program. In August 2020, Meslang was charged with third-degree malicious mischief – domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor, and use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. In April 2021, Meslang entered a stipulated order of continuance on two charges in which no proof of the outcome of the charges has been provided. In April 2022, Meslang was charged with fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor.
In December 2023 the secretary of health released Tiffani Viane Crossman (CO61200147) from the terms and conditions on her substance use professional trainee license.
In December 2023 the secretary of health granted Dennis Gregory Savare (CO61364471) a license to practice as a substance use disorder professional trainee with conditions on the license. The license is on probation for two years, during which time an approved professional must supervise Savare’s practice and submit quarterly performance evaluation reports. In January 2020, Savare was convicted of a restraining order violation – domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor.
In December 2023 the Dental Quality Assurance Commission reinstated the dental assistant license of Stacy Lynn Martin (D160102560) with conditions on the license. Martin must contact a monitoring program and, if required, enroll in the monitoring program.
In December 2023 the secretary of health granted Austin Keith Cortright (CG61489051) a license to practice as an agency affiliated counselor with conditions on the license. The license is on probation for four years, during which time an approved professional must supervise Cortright’s practice and submit quarterly performance evaluation reports. In November 2020, Cortright was convicted of two counts of second-degree identity theft and second-degree theft, both class C felonies. Cortright was convicted of assault-threat to do violence in March 2022 and unlawful display of a weapon, a gross misdemeanor, in August 2022.
In December 2023 the secretary of health terminated the probation on the substance use disorder professional trainee license of Brittany Erin Rankin (CO61234236).
In December 2023 the Massage Therapist Program amended the statement of charges of unprofessional conduct against massage therapist Brenna Marie Snodgrass (MA60646158). Charges state that Snodgrass admitted to having a sexual relationship with a patient within two years after their provider/client relationship ended.
Walla Walla County
In December 2023 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Zhakeyzha Asalemo (NA61311367) with unprofessional conduct. Charges state that Asalemo transferred money from a patient’s debit card to her account without permission.
In December 2023 the secretary of health terminated the probation on the substance use professional trainee and substance use professional license of Amber Frances Rucker (CP61424877, CO61095313).
In December 2023 the Board of Nursing (formerly the Nursing Commission) and Amy Elizabeth Verlanic (RN60662576) entered an agreed order on her registered nurse license. Verlanic must continue to comply with a monitoring agreement. In December 2022 and February 2023, Verlanic was non-compliant with her monitoring agreement.
Out of State
Arkansas: In January 2024 the Home Care Aide Program charged home care aide Ce-Nedra Marie Teacher (HM61162007) with unprofessional conduct. In June 2023, Teacher allegedly admitted to her employer that she had taken oxycodone that was not prescribed to her.
Oregon: In December 2023 the Board of Nursing (formerly the Nursing Commission) reinstated the registered nurse and advanced registered nurse licenses of Aaryo Bakhtiar (RN61007950, AP61039993) with conditions on the licenses. Bakhtiar must continue to comply with the monitoring program.
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.