For immediate release: December 7, 2021 (21-242)
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 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 “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 September 2021 the secretary of health suspended for five years the license of health care aid Ivy Lynn Metcalf (HM60726240) for sexual misconduct. Metcalf sexually assaulted a patient for whom she was providing home care.
In September 2021 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Kayla Marie Dixson, aka Kayla Winkler (RN60159511). Dixson failed to enroll in a medical assistance program for evaluation as ordered by the Montana Board of Nursing following allegations of being impaired at work and practicing below the standards of care. She also failed to disclose she was under investigation in Montana on her license application to the Oregon State Board of nursing.
In September 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the license of radiologic technologist Melinda Garcia (RT60501245) for being intoxicated at work in December 2020. Garcia failed to answer to the allegations in the required time.
In September 2021 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Dawn M. Frazier (RN00122899) for failing to comply with a previous agreement requiring her participation in a substance abuse monitoring program.
In August 2021 the Chiropractic Program suspended the license of chiropractor Richard L. Ribellia (CH00001412) for multiple counts of unprofessional conduct, improper documentation of care, and sexual misconduct. Ribellia touched several patients in an inappropriate manner and unnecessarily exposed patients’ breasts while conducting examinations.
In September 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the license of registered nursing assistant Olusola Alobalorun (NA60531128) for abuse of a vulnerable adult in December 2020. Alobalorun is prohibited from being employed in the care of or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In September 2021the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the license of certified nursing assistant Austyn Deel (NC60798095) for sexual misconduct or contact by engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a patient.
In September 2021 the Veterinary Program permanently revoked the veterinarian license of Sean Michael Victor Tuley (VT60109082) for multiple acts of unprofessional conduct involving practicing below the standard of care. Tuley failed to heed previous corrective measures for practicing below the standard of care and disregarded the rules governing veterinary professionals in Washington state.
In September 2021 the secretary of health affirmed the suspension of the license of certified nursing assistant Joseph G. Price (NC10081021). Price’s license was suspended by the Nursing Assistant Program in June 2021 for sexual misconduct for nonconsensual sexual contact with a coworker while she slept.
In September 2021 the secretary of health suspended the license of certified medical assistant Clara Anne Kitchen (CM60367380) for unprofessional conduct. Kitchen accessed approximately 39 patient’s records and used the information to apply for the financing and the purchase of two vehicles, and to rent three apartments in the patient’s names.
In September 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the license of certified nursing assistant Juliann Garlets (NC10096046). Garlets caused injury to a resident by failing to follow the resident’s care plan.
In September 2021 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the license of certified nursing assistant Molly Elizabeth Echols (NC60410015) for failure to comply with substance abuse monitoring program requirements.
Out of State
Oregon: In September 2021 the secretary of health suspended the license of certified nursing assistant Cyril Jacob Anderson (NC60499814) for unprofessional conduct. Anderson pleaded guilty in February 2021 to one count of harassment-domestic violence, and one count of fourth- degree assault-domestic violence. The criminal charges are a result of an incident between Anderson and a patient with whom he was dating.
North Carolina: In September 2021 the Nursing Commission summarily suspended the license of licensed practical nurse Elizabeth Bendlin (LP61077769). Bendlin’s license was suspended by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for failing to comply with an order issued by the disciplinary authority.
North Carolina: In October 2021 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Pamela Grace Faulkner (RN60939196). The North Carolina Board of Nursing suspended Faulkner’s credential after she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
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