For immediate release: October 5, 2023 (23-133)
Contact: DOH Communications
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of the following health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.
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 email@example.com.
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Health Care Provider Lookup” under the “Find it Fast” 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 also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In July 2023 the secretary of health suspended the home care aid license of Britni L. Gordon (HM60633596). Gordon may not petition for reinstatement for five years. Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, Gordon must pay a fine of $250 and complete eight hours of continuing education in the areas of theft awareness and law and ethics. Gordon made unauthorized charges on a client’s credit card.
In May 2023 the sectary of health indefinitely suspended the certified medical assistant license of Summer Lee Barnhill (CM60892264). In January 2023, Barnhill failed to comply with the conditions of a 2023 final order by not completing the intake process for a monitoring program.
In June 2023 the Dental Quality Assurance Commission suspended the expanded function dental auxiliary license of Jennifer Kay Preble (D260139154). Preble failed to comply with a 2020 Stipulation prior to petitioning for reinstatement. Preble must re-enter and follow all recommendations of a monitoring program. On numerous occasions in 2020, 2021 and 2022, Preble tested positive for alcohol, cannabis, kratom, and prescribed lorazepam.
In August 2023 the Board of Hearing and Speech indefinitely suspended the hearing aid specialist license of Colleen M. Reierson (HA00004419). Reierson was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in Kootenai County, Idaho. Reierson may petition for reinstatement but must first contact a monitoring program and enroll if the program determines it is required.
Out of State
Colorado: In August 2023 the Board of Nursing (formerly the Nursing Commission) indefinitely suspended the registered nurse license of Franklin Jones (RN61110384). Prior to reinstatement, Jones must participate in the intake process and participate in a monitoring program if the program determines he is required to enroll. In October 2022, the Colorado State Board of Nursing accepted the relinquishment of Jones’s license for engaging in habitual use or abuse of a habit-forming drug, a controlled substance, or any other drug having similar effects, and for failure to notify the board of a behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder that may affect his ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.