State disciplines health care providers-R21-15

For immediate release: June 25, 2021   (21-158)

Contact:  Sharon Moysiuk, Communications   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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to media@wmc.wa.gov.

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.

Chelan County

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the termination of probation for certified nursing assistant Stephanie Marie Doolittle (NC60898978).

Clallam County

In April 2021 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Paris Renee Lazore (RN00127519) with unprofessional conduct. Lazore allegedly failed to comply with the terms and conditions of both a substance abuse monitoring contract and a referral contract. These contracts stemmed from a 2018 incident where Lazore tested positive for controlled substances during a for-cause drug test.

Cowlitz County

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the termination of probation for agency-affiliated counselor Jennifer Gail Johns (CG60797573).

King County

In May 2021 the Massage Therapist Program withdrew a statement of charges against massage therapist Theodore J. Johnson (MA00010180).

In March 2021 the secretary of health granted the license application of agency-affiliated counselor Luther Armane Mitchell-Walker (CG61072042) and placed it on probation for 12 months. Mitchell-Walker was charged with driving under the influence in 2020, fourth-degree assault in 2019, and convicted of second-degree assault.

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the release of conditions for registered nursing assistant Jacqueline R. Ramos (NA00099090).

Lewis County

In May 2021 the secretary of health ended probation for Eugenia Center (FS60873521, FS60873522, FS60873520).

Pacific County

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the application of substance use disorder professional trainee Stacy RaeAnn Wirkkala (CO61077791) and placed her on probation for two years. Wirkkala was convicted of driving under the influence in 2015, of second-degree theft in 2016 and of driving under the influence in 2019.

Pierce County

In May 2021 the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program lifted the suspension of registered counselor Denise A. Haavik (RC00055002).

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the release of terms and conditions for Rebecca Ann Snider (CG60902224).

Spokane County

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the application of substance use disorder trainee Sharyl Lynn Brown (CO61144581) and placed it on probation for at least two years. Brown was convicted of fourth-degree assault, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possessing stolen property, and four separate third-degree theft convictions in 2014; third-degree theft, third-degree theft with special/extenuating circumstances, and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance in 2015; and third-degree theft in 2016. Brown was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2017 and theft in 2019.

In May 2021 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order against Hailee Gronnebek. Gronnebek allegedly performed functions that require a certified medical assistant credential, including charting, prep washing patient faces, applying pressure as needed after injections and providing patients with care instructions after procedures.

Thurston County

In May 2021 the Veterinary Board of Governors charged veterinarian Ernest L. Grubb (VT00002306) with unprofessional conduct. Grubb allegedly failed to maintain patient records for nine patients.

Yakima County

In May 2021 the secretary of health granted the release of terms and conditions for chemical dependency professional trainee Jeremy Dale Kuykendall (CO60946744).

Out of State

New York: In May 2021 the Massage Therapist Program charged massage therapist Wanxuan Su (MA60906974) with unprofessional conduct. Su allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions; an audit done by a Department of Health employee revealed several violations.

Oregon: In May 2021 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Mark Scott Logue (RN60692310) with unprofessional conduct as a result of the Oregon State Board of Nursing suspending Logue’s license for failing to comply with an earlier order that required Logue to complete a neuro-psychiatric evaluation.

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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