For immediate release: November 9, 2017 (17-157)
NOTE: this document has been revised
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 2017 the Home Care Aide Program charged home care aide Rebecca Elizabeth Coronado (HM60356350) with unprofessional conduct. In 2017 Coronado received continuances on three counts of first-degree theft in connection with taking narcotics from an assisted living facility where she worked. Charges say she didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.
In November 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Alonna Terrazas of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Terrazas allegedly advertised and offered to provide massage, but has no massage therapist license.
In October 2017 the Dental Commission withdrew a statement of charges against dental assistant Shana M. Johnson (D160126582).
In October 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Tadarwin Y. Hardy (NC10019391) with unprofessional conduct. In 2011 Hardy was convicted of reckless driving. In 2014 he was convicted of driving under the influence. In 2017 he was convicted of reckless driving, and driving under the influence – marijuana. Charges say he didn’t report the convictions to the Department of Health.
In October 2017 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the dental assistant credential of Renee M. Purcell (D160121702).
In October 2017 the Massage Practitioner Program filed an amended statement of charges against massage practitioner Charles G. Crawford (MA00024388) to reflect that in 2017 Crawford was convicted of two counts of indecent liberties in connection with improperly touching patients.
In October 2017 the Occupational Therapy Board charged occupational therapist Maryellen Boisen (OT00001900) with unprofessional conduct. In 2017 Boisen was convicted of forgery in connection with forging and cashing a check she took from a patient’s home.
In October 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Michael Wilson to cease and desist from practicing as a chiropractor or medical doctor without a license, and to pay a $1,000 fine. Although he doesn’t have either license, Wilson offered to draw blood from a state resident to analyze and give advice on how to treat disease or other condition.
In October 2017 the secretary of health reinstated the massage therapist credential of Dana Mattson (MA00006399), who must fulfill continuing education requirements. Mattson’s license was suspended in August 2017 for failing to fulfill continuing education requirements.
In October 2017 the Surgical Technologist Program charged surgical technologist Glenn Tai Gong (ST60670991) with unprofessional conduct. In 2017 Gong pleaded guilty to residential burglary, voyeurism, and harassment – domestic violence.
Out of State
New Jersey: In October 2017 the Mental Health Counselor Program charged mental health counselor Elizabeth J. Stilwell (LH00010404) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. Charges say that after incidents involving contacting clients for non-work-related reasons, and following a domestic disturbance, an evaluation indicated Stilwell would be able to practice with reasonable skill and safety with provisions.
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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