For immediate release: December 7, 2023 (23-158)
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 October 2023 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant license of Katherine May Allen (NA61126783). Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, Allen must complete six hours of continuing education in the areas of communicating with cognitively impaired residents, patient rights, and law and ethics. In March 2023, Allen was placed on the long-term care abuse and neglect registry after she physically and mentally abused a vulnerable adult.
Grays Harbor County
In August 2023 the sectary of health revoked the home care aide of Barbara Lenore Belmont (HM60456519). In March 2023, Belmont was placed on a Department of Social and Health Service’s list as a person disqualified from caring for vulnerable adults, juveniles, and children after being found to have financially exploited a vulnerable adult.
In November 2023 the Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the chiropractor license of Alexsandr Borisovich Asaturov (CH60176644). Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, Asaturov must pass an ethics course. In June 2021, Asaturov admitted to sending multiple inappropriate text messages to a patient.
In December 2023 the Dental Quality Assurance Commission withdrew the statement of charges against the dental general anesthesia license of Wei Guo (GA60168914). The suspension of Guo’s dental general anesthesia license was vacated. Guo may practice as a dentist with a general anesthesia permit without restriction in Washington state.
In September 2023 the Nursing Assistant Program and Jenna Marie Gumke (NC61000717) agreed to the indefinite suspension of her certified nursing assistant license. Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, Gumke must contact a monitoring program and, if required, enroll in the monitoring program. In February 2023, Gumke tested positive for cocaine on an employer-administered drug test.
In November 2023 the secretary of health suspended the mental health counselor associate and registered agency affiliated counselor licenses of Lazarus Augustine Wentz (CG60815995, MC60851085) for at least five years. Prior to petitioning for reinstatement, Wentz must pay a $2,000 fine, pass an ethics course, and undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation. Between March 2019 and December 2021, Wentz entered romantic relationships with two patients. Wentz also disclosed the identity and treatment information of other patients.
Out of State
Montana: In November 2023 the Board of Nursing (formerly the Nursing Commission) indefinitely suspended the registered nurse license of Kathryn Elizabeth Gain-Sandy (RN61228171). In February 2023 the State of Montana Board of Nursing revoked Gain-Sandy’s license to practice as a registered nurse in Montana.