State discipline health care providers

Immediate release: June 23, 2022 (22-091)

Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public Consultations: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or dropped charges against these state health care providers.

The Department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, committees and advisory committees to establish standard licenses for more than 80 health professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, consultants). Information on disciplinary action against physicians and medical assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary action can be sent to [email protected]

Information about healthcare providers is available on the agency’s website. Click “Search for a Health Service License” under “How do I?” Section of the Department of Health website ( The site includes copies of the status of a health care provider’s license, the date of expiration and renewal of his or her credentials, disciplinary action, and copies of legal documents issued since July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe that a healthcare provider has acted without professionalism are encouraged to call and report a complaint.

Clark County

In May 2022, the Pharmacy Committee charged the pharmacy technician Olga V. Markin (VA00041004) with unprofessional conduct. Markin reportedly reported a work disability.

King County

It was reported in May 2022 by the Unlicensed Internship Program Qingjie Zeng about the intention to issue a suspension order because Zeng was practicing massage without a license.

Mason County

In May 2022, the Nursing Board charged a licensed practical nurse Kristan Kelly Ramirez (LP60259260) with unprofessional conduct. Ramirez allegedly failed to contact a substance use control program with a nursing committee as required by a prior agreement.

May 2022 Home Help Program and home help Tracy Ree Pasic (HM60752843) amended a previous agreement after being accused of failing to comply with the program. The new changes require Pasic to contact a substance use disorder program within 14 days, work if there is a local nurse with a certified nursing assistant or higher, and ensure that his or her employer submits quarterly performance evaluations.

Pierce County

In May 2022, the health secretary granted him a medical assistant-phlebotomist license. Lacey Louise Hedlund (PC61255702). Hedlund accepted the requirements, including participation in a substance use control program. Hedlund had a number of convictions for serious crimes between 2017 and 2021, including criminal robbery and robbery.

In May 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program and the Medical Assistant Program charged certified medical assistants and certified nursing assistants. Ashley Nichole Kark (CM60756785, NC60786738) with unprofessional behavior.

In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission charged the chiropractor Jordan Nicole Landholm (CH60721678) for unprofessional conduct for failing to wear face covering as mandated by the governor’s proclamation.

In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission charged the chiropractor Craig Patrick Lapenski (CH00003689) for alleged non-professional conduct for non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols, including covering the face and examining patients with fever or other symptoms, as required by the governor’s proclamation.

In May 2022, the health secretary took charge of the registered nurse Awdrey Ng (RN60258507) with unprofessional conduct. In November 2020, he was convicted of juvenile delinquency and communication with a minor in Pierce County High Court.

Spokane County

In May 2022, the health secretary fined the home services agency RJ Care Services LLCwhich he does as a business Take care to stay homeand owners and operators Jayne Fraser and Robert Fraser, (FS60016733) $ 3,000. Home care business companies and owners were again cited for repeated violations found in the license inspection.

In May 2022, they were charged with agency-related counseling programs, substance use disorder professional programs, and mental health counselor program with registered agency counselor, professional substance use disorder practitioner, and mental health counselor. Jennifer Renee Dempsey (CG60895041, CO61019033, MC60904742) with unprofessional conduct. The Mental Health Counseling Program received a complaint that Dempsey was frequently absent from work and expressed concern about the skills and safety of his practice. He did not respond to a letter from an investigator.

Thurston County

It was reported in May 2022 by the Unlicensed Internship Program Cheng Liu Supposedly with the intention of issuing a suspension order to practice massage without a license.

In April 2022, the Dental Commission finalized the terms of the dental assistant license Ashley Marie Japhet (D160986208).

Yakima County

In May 2022 the Nursing Board conditionally reinstated the license of a licensed practical nurse. Daniel J. Moen (LP00029584). Moen accepted a number of conditions, including completing a renewal course, participating in a substance use control program, paying a $ 1,000 fine, and Moen’s parole.

Out of state

Idaho: In May 2022, the Nursing Board completed the probation for a registered nursing license Veronica Kay Franco (RN60756951).

Indiana: In May 2022, the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Programs charged the paramedic Jordan Ralph Strong (ES60966035) with unprofessional conduct. Strong allegedly sold and distributed anabolic steroids, including testosterone and trenbolone enanthate to other employees.

Michigan: In May 2022, the Nursing Board charged a licensed practical nurse Shawntea G. Hamilton (LP61033790) for non-professional conduct Hamilton’s credential after being restricted by the Michigan Nursing Discipline Subcommittee for misconduct.

South Dakota: May 2022 Nursing Committee and Registered Nurse Megan Colleen Grissom (RN60536670) Grissom entered into an agreement requiring it to continue participating in a substance use control program.

Editor’s note: Healthcare providers who allege unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Department of Health. The case then enters the resolution process. If a disciplinary agreement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial.

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