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Washington state disciplines health-care providers – Nov. 13, 2012

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Periodically Washington State Department of Health issues an update on disciplinary actions taken against health care providers, including suspensions and revocations of licenses, certifications, or registrations of providers in the state.

The department also suspends the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

Information about health care providers is also on the agency’s website.

To find this information click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.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.

Here is the November 13th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

Note: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

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., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on Look up a healthcare provider license in the “How Do I?” 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.

Clallam County

In October 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program ended the probation order against Karen Denise Jensen (HC60229797).

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant April Price(NA60046479) with unprofessional conduct. Price allegedly didn’t comply with a previous stipulation.

Clark County

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the license of registered nurse Amber R. Jordan (RN00144182) and placed it on probation.

In October 2012 the Counselor Program ended the probation order against agency affiliated counselor Kelli E. Keyes (CG60176214).

In October 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Roy James Taber of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Taber allegedly represented himself as a hearing instrument fitter/dispenser and audiologist when he doesn’t have a Washington credential to practice either.

Cowlitz County

In September 2012 the Pharmacy Board ended the probation order against pharmacist Larry J. Schmidt (PH00006961).

Grays Harbor County

In October 2012 the Surgical Technologist Program entered into an agreed order with Roxanne J. Broten (ST00001712). Broten must continue to comply with the terms and conditions of her substance abuse monitoring program.

In October 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the credential of Joseph Blaine Johnson (CO60306506) and placed it on probation for at least three years. Johnson was convicted of forgery and second-degree theft in 2001, and five misdemeanors from 2001-2011.

In October 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional Patrick Michael McDaniel (CO60174130, CP60249826).

Jefferson County

In September 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Robin Ruth Sharan of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Sharan allegedly owns and operates a center for self-healing and provides clients with a five-day, body detoxification retreat that includes colon hydrotherapy. She isn’t licensed to practice medicine in Washington.

King County

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Zenaida Robancho Caoagdan(RN00100411) with unprofessional conduct. Caoagdan allegedly worked with an expired Washington nursing license for several months.

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the credential of registered nursing assistant Pa Matarr Drammeh (NA00198183).

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Larry Muse(NC10008439) with unprofessional conduct. Muse was convicted of unlawful imprisonment — domestic violence, felony harassment, felony harassment — domestic violence, and tampering with a witness in 2005. He was also convicted of reckless driving in 2012.

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Dominique Marie Warrick (NA10082845) with unprofessional conduct. Warrick allegedly stole two checks from a patient, filled them out and had the checks deposited into a third party’s account. The checks totaled $6,000.

Pierce County

In September 2012 the Osteopathic Board of Medicine and Surgery withdrew the August 2012 statement of charges against osteopathic physician Louis W. Brittingham, Jr. (OP00000920).

In October 2012 the Massage Program ended the probation order against Lisa Ann Kingsley(MA60101493).

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission released licensed practical nurse Randall G. McZegle(LP00048161) from terms and conditions set against his license.

In October 2012 the Mental Health Counselor Program granted the credential of mental health counselor associate Shonna Lee Porter (MC60298915). She must comply with terms and conditions placed on her credential. Porter worked as a counselor for nearly two years without a Washington credential.

Spokane County

In September 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the license of registered nurse Micah W. Kaluzny (RN00174016) and placed it on probation for the duration of his substance abuse monitoring contract. Kaluzy must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program placed the credential of registered nursing assistantAshley D. Muzatko (NA60258332) on probation for at least two years. An unauthorized purchase was made with a patient’s EBT card while it was in Muzatko’s possession.

In October 2012 the Physical Therapy Board charged physical therapist Jeffrey Randall Waters(PT00005489) with unprofessional conduct. Waters allegedly falsely charted and billed for physical therapy treatments he didn’t provide.

Thurston County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the credential of certified nursing assistant Amber-Lee M. Cotten (NC10100052) and placed it on probation for at least two years.

In September 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Meiling Jiang of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Jiang allegedly provided massage services without a Washington license.

In September 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Shulan Jiang of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Jiang allegedly provided massage services without a Washington license.

Whatcom County

In October 2012 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Melissa Raleigh Karon(D160142212) with unprofessional conduct, on allegations she didn’t comply with a previous stipulation.

Out of state

Arizona: In September 2012 the Chiropractor Commission lifted the suspension on the license of chiropractor Matthew J. Reilly (CH00034693) and placed it on probation until at least December 1, 2012.

Idaho: In September 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Victoria Ann Nash(RN00111664) with unprofessional conduct. Nash allegedly drank vodka on her way to work; her blood alcohol content was above the legal limit. Charges say she wouldn’t participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Florida: In September 2012 the Nursing Commission released registered nurse Bonnie Elizabeth Bowen (RN00175071) from terms and conditions set against her license.

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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