For immediate release: February 1, 2022 (22-022)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 January 2022 the Nursing Assistant Program and the Radiologic Technologist Program charged certified nursing assistant and radiologic technologist James Wamatu Nganga (NC60185919, RT60717587) with unprofessional conduct after he pled guilty to driving with a suspended license and for allegedly not complying with a substance use program contract.
In December 2021 the secretary of health conditionally granted an emergency medical technician license to Leona Camelle B. Ragil (ES61082916), who agreed to comply with the conditions, including a July agreement with the Dental Commission. The Dental Commission entered an agreement with Ragil in July 2021 that reinstated her registered assistant dental license. The commission suspended her license in March 2021 for stealing items from her employer and providing a dental filling for a relative at her workplace after hours.
In January 2022 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Irene Wairimu Waithera (LP60942225) with unprofessional conduct. Waithera allegedly misrepresented her education on her application to obtain licensure as a registered nurse.
In January 2022 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Cynthia Di-Jing Wu (RN60291048) with being unable to safely practice due to a mental health condition.
In December 2021 the secretary of health denied the registered nursing assistant application of Peter Kioni Mwaniki (NA60076081) after he failed to provide proof of a substance use evaluation. Mwaniki has been convicted of multiple gross misdemeanors, including driving under the influence, theft, and attempted forgery.
In January 2022 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the registered nurse license of Shawn Wade Staiger (RN00103558) after he complied with a substance use monitoring program.
In January 2022 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Brenda Elaine Benjamin (RN00106408) with unprofessional conduct. Benjamin was allegedly impaired by alcohol while working as a school nurse.
In December 2021 the secretary of health denied the registered nursing assistant application of Yong Kyu Park (NA61230492). Park was charged with felony harassment and assault with a weapon in relation to domestic violence in Snohomish County Court.
In January 2022 the Nursing Commission withdrew charges against Cheryl Lynn Leavell (RN00120012) after charging her with failing to comply with a substance use monitoring program.
In December 2021 the secretary of health denied an agency affiliated counselor license to Dewight Allan Whitaker (CG61227392). Whitaker was offered the option of agreeing to practice under conditions on the license but did not respond by the required date.
In January 2022 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Muriel R. Snakeskin (NC60086077) with unprofessional conduct after she applied to reactivate her license. Snakeskin failed to comply with the terms of a 2015 agreement that required her to complete additional education and pay a fine.
In January 2022 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant David Y. Kolesnikov (NA60246330) with unprofessional conduct. Kolesnikov allegedly failed to provide a patient scheduled medication on time and removed personal items from a patient’s room without permission.
In December 2021 the secretary of health conditionally granted a substance use disorder professional trainee license to Mayra Laura Corona (CO61217554) and put the license on probation for at least two years. Corona was previously convicted of several felonies and gross misdemeanors, including harassment, burglary, and driving under the influence. Corona agreed to meet the requirements, including supervision of her practice.
Out of State
California: In January 2022 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Austin James Teune (RN60840816) with unprofessional conduct after the Oregon State Board of Nursing placed Teune’s license on probation after he was arrested for a second time for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Minnesota: In January 2022 the Nursing Commission denied the licensed practical nurse application of Christopher Travis Habermann (LP61216964). Habermann failed to participate in a substance use monitoring program.
Utah: In January 2022 the Nursing Commission ended the probation of registered nurse Gladys Marie Faleafa (RN61012955) after she complied with a requirement that her therapist submit monthly reports for 12 months.
In January 2022 the Dental Commission charged dentist Henry K. Chiang (DE60305935) with unprofessional conduct for allegedly improperly billing Medicaid for patient treatments.
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.