For immediate release: November 15, 2019 (19-132)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (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 2019 the Dental Commission indefinitely suspended the dentist credential of Phuong-Oanh Thuy Tran (DE60140274). Tran submitted Medicaid claims for services Medicaid didn’t cover, and received at least $1 million to which Tran wasn’t entitled. Tran submitted improper billing for an extraction. Tran’s treatment of one patient required the patient to seek subsequent care. Tran offered another patient a treatment option that wasn’t called for.
In October 2019 the Osteopathic Board entered an agreement with osteopathic physician Andrea J. Opalenik (OP00002273) that indefinitely suspends her credential. Opalenik is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety as a result of a bicycle accident.
In October 2019 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licensed practical nurse credential of Randall G. McZegle (LP00048161). McZegle signed in a medication delivery from a pharmacy, but didn’t properly check it in, and diverted a controlled substance for his own use.
In October 2019 the Massage Program suspended for at least five years the massage therapist credential of Alan Curtis Johnson (MA60022023). Johnson inappropriately touched patients.
In October 2019 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Chandra Elin Eash (NA60823883) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services, which determined that Eash mentally abused a vulnerable adult, placed her on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That renders her unable to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In October 2019 the Nursing Commission modified an agreement with registered nurse Calla Gunna Ronsdottir (RN60403511) to indefinitely suspend her credential. Ronsdottir withdrew from a substance abuse monitoring program.
In October 2019 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with licensed practical nurse Teresa Ann Bevilacqua, also known as Teresa Ann Bacon (LP00020573), that indefinitely suspends her credential. An evaluation indicated the nurse is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
Out of State
South Dakota: In October 2019 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Angela M. Ford (RN00175807), who in 2019 surrendered her South Dakota registered nurse credential.