State disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: October 16, 2017  (17-146)

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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 ( 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.

Clark County

In October 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Sergey Olegovich Teleleyko (NA60248079) with unprofessional conduct. In 2017 Teleleyko applied to reactivate his license, which expired in 2014. In 2014 he was convicted of residential burglary, and third-degree theft.

King County

In September 2017 the Medical Commission placed physician Hung H. Dang (MD60034194) under oversight for two years and fined him $5,000. He must complete an ethics course and write a research paper. Dang refused to treat patients and to consult with other physicians.

In October 2017 the Medical Commission charged physician Jackson L. Haverly (MD00030718) with unprofessional conduct. Haverly allegedly continued to practice while his license was suspended.

Kitsap County

In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Barbara Ann Davis (NA60754182) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2004 Davis pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bringing in illegal aliens without representation. In 2014 she pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to import methamphetamine. In 2002 she surrendered her Nevada certified nursing assistant license in connection with multiple violations of substance use monitoring agreements.

Pierce County

In September 2017 the Psychology Board charged psychologist Sunil K. Kakar (PY00003098) with unprofessional conduct. Kakar allegedly didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

In September 2017 the Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant programs charged registered nursing assistant, certified nursing assistant and medical assistant-phlebotomist Danielle E. Rivas (NA60328500, NC60426816, PC60686894) with unprofessional conduct. While providing home care services, Rivas allegedly removed furniture from a client’s home and delivered it to a member of her family, wrote a check to herself from the client’s bank account and signed the check as the client, and used the client’s bank account to pay for cruise ship-related expenses. Charges say she admitted to the activity.

In September 2017 the secretary of health denied a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Sara Nicole Walsh, also known as Sara Nicole Strand (CO60752109). Between 2013 and 2014, Walsh was convicted of seven felonies and three gross misdemeanors. She didn’t comply with a requirement to undergo a substance use evaluation.

In October 2017 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Shannah Kathleen Cozad (RN00150724, AP60399114) that places her on probation for at least three years. Cozad must pass an ethics and boundaries examination, may prescribe controlled substances only under direct supervision, and may not engage in solo practice for three years. Cozad prescribed controlled substances to an immediate family member for chronic non-cancer pain. She didn’t meet criteria for recognition as a pain management specialist, didn’t comply with advanced practice pain management rules, and didn’t refer her immediate family member to an independent provider for treatment and for the prescribing of controlled substances.

Snohomish County

In September 2017 the Dental Commission charged dentist William Brett Webley (DE60147157) with unprofessional conduct. Webley’s treatment of patients allegedly didn’t meet the standard of care. Charges also refer to billing and patient information issues.

In August 2017 the secretary of health denied a registered nursing assistant credential to Danyale Dawood Abdilkareem (NA60730587), who between 2009 and 2016 was convicted of two felonies, three gross misdemeanors and three misdemeanors. She didn’t comply with a requirement to undergo a substance use evaluation.

Thurston County

In October 2017 the Nursing Commission ended probation for licensed practical nurse Audrey Pastore (LP00051484).

Out of State

Utah: In September 2017 the Chiropractic Commission reinstated the chiropractor credential of Chad W. Bess (CH00034347), placed him on probation, and ordered him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. Bess’s license was suspended in 2012 in connection with billing, documentation, and patient treatment issues.

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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