Podiatric Medical Board

The mandate of the Podiatric Medical Board is to protect the public's health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance.

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Board Information

Description

The mandate of the Podiatric Medical Board is to protect the public's health and safety and to promote the welfare of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction. The board accomplishes this through a variety of activities working with the Department of Health, Health Systems Quality Assurance.

Board duties include:

  • Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny licensure of podiatric assistants.
  • Regulating the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensure.
  • Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education requirements.
  • Ensuring consistent standards of practice.
  • Developing continuing competency mechanisms.
  • Assessing, investigating and making recommendations related to complaints against podiatric physicians which may range from a Notice of Correction to a revocation of licensure.
  • Serving as reviewing members on disciplinary cases and serve on disciplinary hearing panels.
  • Serving as members of standing committees, when appointed.
  • Developing rules, policies and procedures that promote the delivery of quality healthcare to state residents.

Qualifications

Per RCW 18.22.013, the board is made up of five podiatric physicians and two public members appointed by the governor. The physician members must have been in active practice as a licensed podiatrist in Washington for at least five years immediately preceding appointment. All members must be residents of Washington.

Board member representatives may not:

  • Be a member of any other healthcare licensing board or commission.
  • Have a fiduciary obligation to a facility rendering healthcare services.
  • Have a financial interest in the rendering of health services.

Board participation expectation guidelines

The following expectation guidelines are intended to serve as a reference for current members and for prospective appointees of the board:

  • Attend regular board meetings, scheduled quarterly during business hours on Thursdays. There is also Department of Health one-day Board, Commission, Committee conference.
  • Participate in telephonic conferences to close cases. These take about two hours and are usually done between board meetings.
  • Participate in settlement conferences with respondent's attorney, staff attorney and/or board staff. Usually held at the convenience of the reviewing board member and can take several hours. The number held each year depends on the number of cases charged for that board member.
  • Participate on hearing panels from one day to several days two to three times per year. Hearings may be held in the respondent's practice area to accommodate witnesses. A panel of three board members is generally utilized to hear disciplinary cases. All board members are not required to participate in every hearing.
  • Prepare for all meetings by reading materials sent one to two weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date. The packets take an average of two to four hours to read prior to each business meeting. In addition, between eight and 24 hours are spent reviewing complaint files prior to each meeting.
  • Assist newly appointed board members as necessary.

Total annual time commitment

  • Meetings/Conferences: Four to six days per year
  • Meeting Preparation: Two to four hours per meeting (about one per year)
  • Complaint File Review: Four to six hours per complaint assigned (about four days per year)
  • Hearing Panels: Three to six days per year

Performance guidelines for newly appointed board members

Attend an initial orientation about the board presented by Department of Health staff. This is about half a day in length. Initial orientation outlines the legal authority of the board, the roles and responsibilities of board members, ethics, confidentiality, the legal liability of board members and the Department of Health, the organizational structure of the Department of Health, roles and responsibilities of Department of Health staff, roles and responsibilities of staff attorneys and Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs, disciplinary processes, rulemaking, and other issues).

  • Attends committee meetings if necessary.
  • Performs duties of current members.

Regular Board meetings are scheduled four times per year. Meeting locations may vary.

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Board Members

Name and term expiration date of members

Members Term Expires
DJ Wardle, DPM, Chair June 23, 2024
Jacqueline Buckley, DPM, Vice-chair June 23, 2026
Lotchie Kerch, DPM, secretary June 23, 2026
Zarko Kajgana, DPM June 23, 2028
Eric G. Powell, DPM June 30, 2027
Deborah Wright, public member June 23, 2025
Civillia Winslow Hill, public member June 23, 2025
Randolph Anderson, DPM (Pro Tem) June 23, 2024
Board Meetings

Agendas for the meetings listed below are made available in advance on this website and via Govdelivery (see Subscribe for Updates below). Every attempt is made to ensure that the agenda is up to date. However, the Podiatric Medical Board reserves the right to change or amend agendas at the meeting.

All meetings begin at 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Date and Location Activity Documents

July 11, 2024
Hybrid – Virtual/Department of Health

Town Center 2
Room 153
111 Israel Rd. S.E.
Tumwater, WA  98501

Business meeting Agenda and Packet (PDF)
October 17, 2024
Hybrid – Virtual/TBD
Business meeting  
Meeting Minutes

2024

2023