For immediate release: December 7, 2017 (17-169)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 November 2017 the secretary of health reinstated the registered counselor credential of Darren M. Brown (RC00051129) and converted it to abolished status. Brown’s credential was suspended in 2007. The credential itself was abolished in 2010.
In November 2017 the secretary of health charged certified medical assistant Tiffany Garner (CM60378987) with unprofessional conduct. Garner allegedly diverted controlled substances, including Adderall and cough syrup with codeine, from an employer.
In November 2017 the Massage Therapist Program entered an agreement with massage therapist Tina Tesch-Myers (MA00008867). Tesch-Myers must pay a $250 fine and comply with continuing education requirements. She didn’t previously provide timely proof of having completed continuing education requirements.
In November 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Shawna Marie Beggio (CO60765192) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2012 Beggio was convicted of second-degree theft, and two counts of third-degree theft.
In November 2017 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Robert Jarczak (LP60440993) with unprofessional conduct. His Texas nursing license was revoked in 2015. Jarczak’s Washington nursing license was suspended in 2015 in connection with sleeping on duty.
In November 2017 the Naturopathy Board ended conditions on the credential of naturopathic physician Beth A. Di Domenico (NT00000861).
In November 2017 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the credential of licensed practical nurse Kristina Lynn Stockwell (LP00057495).
In November 2017 the Occupational Therapy Practice Board reinstated the credential of occupational therapist Tara Renee Sperry (OT60096143), placed her on probation for at least two years, and fined her $5,000. Sperry’s license was suspended in 2017 in connection with violating probationary terms, as well as with discrepancies in documentation and billing records.
In November 2017 the secretary of health released certified medical assistant Holly A. Osborne (CM60369110) from terms and conditions.
In November 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for certified nursing assistant Darrel J. Holmquist (NC60420053).
Out of State
Alabama: In November 2017 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner anesthetist Elihue Kimble Holcomb (RN60637387, AP60637602) that requires him to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Holcomb’s Alabama nursing license is on probation after having been suspended in connection with non-compliance with an order requiring, among other things, abstinence from alcohol.
California: In November 2017 the Nursing Commission reinstated the credential of registered nurse Greg L. Lane (RN00135313). Lane’s license was suspended in 2004 after he surrendered his California nursing license in connection with making inaccurate entries into hospital and patient drug records.
New Jersey: In November 2017 the Mental Health Counselor Program entered an agreed order placing mental health counselor Elizabeth J. Stilwell (LH00010404) on probation for three years. In 2015 Stilwell was terminated by her employer for contacting clients for non-work related reasons.
Oregon: In November 2017 the secretary of health charged advanced registered nurse practitioner and registered nurse Victoria Dawn Paulus (AP30004268, RN00115203) with unprofessional conduct. Paulus allegedly entered into a romantic and sexual relationship with a patient.
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.