For immediate release: October 31, 2017 (17-153)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 2017 the Dental Commission denied a dental assistant credential to Heather Katherine Scott (D160757507). In 2016 Scott was convicted in Idaho of possession of a controlled substance.
In October 2017 the secretary of health denied a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Roxanne Rae Mathis (CO60757864). Between 2009 and 2014, Mathis was convicted of four felonies, two gross misdemeanors, and one Class A tribal offense.
In October 2017 the Physical Therapy Board ended probation for physical therapist assistant Kimberly A. Tinsley (P160562886).
In October 2017 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor John Anthony Lewis (CH00002998) with unprofessional conduct. Lewis allegedly took radiographs that were of poor diagnostic quality, and kissed a patient on the back of the head while the patient was receiving treatment.
In October 2017 the Hearing and Speech Board charged speech language pathologist Gail P. Gregory (LL60024949) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. Charges say that after Gregory was charged in 2015 with two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, an evaluation indicated she might lack the capacity to understand the nature of the criminal proceedings against her and lacked the capacity to assist in her own defense. The criminal charges were dismissed. Charges also say letters Gregory sent to the Department of Health exhibited concerning signs regarding her ongoing mental health, and her ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
In October 2017 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor Jeffrey L. Matheny (CH00003438) with unprofessional conduct. Matheny’s license was suspended in February 2017. He allegedly didn’t fulfill a patient’s request for medical records. Charges say a commission investigator observed that Matheny’s address of record was a clinic space containing a treatment table, and advertising for his chiropractic clinic was in the entrance lobby.
In October 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Cheryl M. McArthur (RN00086912) with unprofessional conduct. McArthur allegedly didn’t comply with a requirement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.
In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional credential to Ryan Richard Orrison (CP60777241) and placed him on probation. Orrison must continue to comply with conditions on his chemical dependency professional trainee credential, including participating in a substance abuse monitoring program.
In October 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Stephanie J. Hemenway of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Hemenway allegedly provided denture treatment to five patients despite having no denturist license and no supervision from a licensed denturist.
In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a home care aide credential to Brittany Ann Marrs (HM60739556) and placed her on probation for at least two years. In 2015 Marrs was convicted of second-degree organized retail theft.
In October 2017 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Shauna Marie Schipper (RN60546320) that requires her to continue complying with a substance abuse monitoring program. Schipper diverted drugs from a hospital where she worked She took home left-over narcotic pain medication instead of disposing of it. She diverted narcotic pain medication and replaced it with sterile saline.
In July 2017 the secretary of health denied an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Angela Rebecca Frunz (CG60747757). In 2015 Frunz was convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and two counts of second-degree possessing stolen property.
In October 2017 the secretary of health withdrew a statement of charges against midwife Darlene C. Curtis (MW00000214).
In October 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for registered medical assistant and X-ray technician Audrey Pastore (MR60558341, XT60564047).
In October 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Kaylee Dawn McBride (NC60495213) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say McBride worked at a nursing home where she provided care for an elderly dementia patient whose care plan called for two people assisting in transfers. McBride allegedly continued to attempt to transfer the patient by herself after another nursing assistant was called away. Charges also say the patient fell to the floor and later died.
In October 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Charles Vincent Shoecraft (RN00112935) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Shoecraft tested positive for alcohol while on the job at a hospital, and admitted drinking alcohol before his shift.
Out of State
Alabama: In October 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner anesthetist Elihue Kimble Holcomb (RN60637387, AP60637602) with unprofessional conduct. 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.
Idaho: In October 2017 the Nursing Commission conditionally granted a registered nurse credential to Randall Wade Reding (RN60758047) and ordered him to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2017 Reding agreed to an Idaho nurse monitoring contract.
Oregon: In October 2017 the Nursing Commission conditionally granted a registered nurse credential to Dauna Jo Newman (RN60788257) and placed her on probation for at least two years. Newman’s California nurse license was placed on probation in 2017.
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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