For immediate release: October 5, 2017 (17-141)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 secretary of health ended probation for marriage and family therapist associate Douglas Kent Dobberfuhl (MG60312667).
In August 2017 the secretary of health denied an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Kathleen Jean Conner (CG60765130), whose registered nursing assistant credential was suspended in 2015.
In August 2017 the secretary of health denied a home care aide credential to Jasmine Lirelle Graybael (HM60723083). Graybael admitted that while she worked for an in-home services agency, she asked for and received a fentanyl patch and prescription sleeping medication from a client.
In September 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Jeannie M. Holmes (NC60330333) with unprofessional conduct. Holmes allegedly tested positive for Xanax while at work without a valid prescription.
In September 2017 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the credential of dentist Hassan Chihab (DE00008366).
In September 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Jill A. Ableson that requires her to cease and desist from practicing psychology without a license. Ableson must pay a $250 fine. Ableson, who described providing psychology services, has no psychologist license.
In September 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Martine Dedek that requires her to cease and desist from practicing psychology without a license. Dedek, who must pay a $250 fine, described providing psychology services, but has no psychologist license.
In September 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a mental health counselor associate credential to Joseph William Nelson (MC60776974) and ordered him to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Between 2005 and 2015, Nelson was convicted of six gross misdemeanors and one misdemeanor.
In August 2017 the secretary of health denied a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Christa Jolene Updegraff (CO60738246). In 2015 Updegraff was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, and driving under the influence.
In September 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for massage therapist Scott R. Lesieur (MA00010635).
In September 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for agency-affiliated counselor Brandon Perry Seeger (CG60461724).
In September 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Michael Alan Clarke Jr. (CO60657450).
In September 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Shauna Marie Schipper (RN60546320) with unprofessional conduct. Schipper allegedly diverted drugs from a hospital where she worked. Charges say she took home left-over narcotic pain medication instead of disposing of it. She allegedly diverted narcotic pain medication and replaced it with sterile saline.
In September 2017 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional Scott Edward Bateman (CP60026524) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say that when a client on court-ordered probation told Bateman her drug test would be positive for heroin and other substances, Bateman told her the results wouldn’t be reported to the probation office. A probation officer confirmed Bateman didn’t make the report, charges say. Bateman allegedly submitted falsified records indicating the client was in compliance when she wasn’t.
In September 2017 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the credential of expanded function dental auxiliary Connie Aileen Gibson, also known as Connie Aileen Holboy (D260254520).
In September 2017 the Dental Commission ended probation for dentist Sam Oh (DE00010691).
In September 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Michelle Broeckel to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and fined her $1,000. Broeckel, whose massage practitioner license had been expired for nearly 10 years, advertised and admitted practicing massage.
In September 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Sabrina L. Campbell (NA00120015) with unprofessional conduct. At an adult family home Campbell owned, charges say, Campbell forcibly placed pills in a vulnerable adult patient’s mouth, clamped her hand over the patient’s mouth to prevent the patient from opening it, and yelled in the patient’s ear to swallow the pills immediately.
In September 2017 the Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant Programs charged registered nursing assistant and registered medical assistant Mikhaela Ann Mollotte (NA60471433) with unprofessional conduct. Mollotte allegedly called-in a prescription for 30 Alprazolam for herself which wasn’t authorized by her provider and didn’t respond to a department investigator about the incident.
In September 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Bonnie Jean Beebe (CO60659586).
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.