For immediate release: December 4, 2019 (19-138)
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 email@example.com.
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 November 2019 the secretary of health suspended for at least two years the certified nursing assistant credential of Yezica Padilla (NC60670391). The state Department of Social and Health Services determined that Padilla financially exploited a vulnerable adult. Her placement on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry bars her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November 2019 the secretary of health suspended for at least two years the registered nursing assistant credential of Dorcas Dembo Longondjo (NA60861047). The state Department of Social and Health Services, which determined that Longondjo neglected a vulnerable adult, placed her on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That prevents her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November 2019 the Chiropractic Commission indefinitely suspended the chiropractor credential of Kevin P. Leathers (CH00002892), who didn’t schedule a required exam.
In November 2019 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Marny Lynn Castillo (NA60718379) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services, which determined that the nursing assistant mentally abused a vulnerable adult, placed her on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That prohibits Castillo from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November 2019 the secretary of health suspended for at least two years the substance use disorder professional trainee credential of Travis Ray Sledge (CO60560337), who failed to participate in a required monitoring program.
Out of State
California: In October 2019 the secretary of health revoked the massage therapist credential of Yifeng Zhu (MA60766862), who in 2019 was convicted of prostitution, and of second-degree promoting prostitution – criminal attempt.