State discipline health care providers

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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 boards to establish standard licensing 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 me[email protected]

Information on healthcare providers is available on the agency’s website. Click “Find a Health Service License” under “How do I?” Department of Health website section (doh.wa.gov). The site includes the status of a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of its credential, 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.

Benton County

In April 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the agency’s request for a consultant Tricia Elizabeth Tyner (CG61203426). Tyner, who was convicted of identity theft in the California High Court in 2018, did not return an agreement that required the terms of his license.

Clark County

In May 2022 he was charged with the Agency’s Affiliate Counseling Program and the Professional Substance Use Disorder Program. Rachel Johnson (CG61104840, CO60862568) with unprofessional conduct. Johnson, a licensed professional and agency consultant with a practice in substance use disorders, allegedly had a romantic relationship with a patient who worked with a correctional facility and behaved inappropriately.

In April 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the application for a registered nursing assistant Alicia Ann Branum (NA61226818). Branum, who was accused of driving under the influence in August at the Battle Ground Municipal Court, did not provide a substance use assessment report with the application.

Cowlitz County

In May 2022, the Professional Substance Use Disorder Program charged the practice of substance use disorder Kendra Dawn Piper (CO60986555) with unprofessional conduct. In August, Piper was convicted of several offenses in Cowlitz County High Court, including theft, possession of stolen property and forgery.

In April 2022 the Dental Commission conditionally reinstated the dental assistant license Alesia Marie Richardson (D160056631). Richardson agreed to comply with a substance use program and submit quarterly performance reports.

Franklin County

In May 2022 he was charged with a registered nurse by the Nursing Board Kelly Marie Martin (RN00155102) with unprofessional conduct. Martin appeared to be handicapped in his work as a school nurse, among other behaviors, showing confused speech and difficulty filling out forms. Martin also allegedly presented it on a drug screen, showing that the medication Martin prescribed was positive with amphetamine and benzodiazepine.

In May 2022 the Nursing Board lifted the suspension of the registered nurse Elvia G. Lothrop (RN60023184), provided that the Lothrup meets a number of requirements, including participation in a substance use control program.

King County

In April, the Secretary of Health denied requests for registered nursing assistant and agency-related counselors. Reachny Chea Chau (NA61262042, CG61265044). Chauk, who was convicted of attempted identity theft and robbery in King County High Court in September, did not return the necessary agreement to set the terms of the license.

In April 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the request for home help Keilani M. Luxmore (HM61028104) for medical reasons.

Kitsap County

In May 2022, the Secretary of Health made it conditional on the application for a registered nursing assistant Andrew Steven Wilmarth (NA61213898). Wilmarth accepted the requirements, including a minimum of three years of probation, professional supervision, and quarterly performance evaluations. He was convicted of a number of serious crimes, including driving under the influence in June 2021.

Pierce County

In April 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the application for a registered nursing assistant Megan Renae Cass (NA61213144). Casse did not return the license agreement. The conditions were necessary because of a prior control agreement, because he had to serve two years in an alcohol outpatient program.

In April 2022, the Pharmacy Commission rejected the request for a pharmacy assistant Azarias Lamar Tannis (VB61157646). Tannis was convicted in 2010 of driving his license suspended or revoked and in 2002 of forgery and escape from a police vehicle.

In May 2022, the Dental Commission finalized the terms of the dental assistant license Karla Garcia (D160689122).

Snohomish County

In May 2022, the Massage Therapist Program hired a massage therapist Brandon Lee Groesbeck (MA60313574) for unprofessional conduct in Snohomish County High Court for indecent liberty, sex crime.

In May 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program recruited a certified nursing assistant Margaret Arlene Chesney (NC10052514) with unprofessional conduct. Chesney allegedly altered and falsified letters proving the status of his credential.

In May 2022, the Home Help Program received home help Renner P. Santonil (HM60826950) with unprofessional conduct. Santonil allegedly touched the patient’s chest and kissed the patient, who lived in a residential facility where he worked.

Thurston County

In May 2022, the Medical Assistant Program and the Nursing Assistant Program recruited a Phlebotomist and a Certified Nursing Assistant. Joshua Wayne Strickland (PC60882668, NC60798720) with unprofessional conduct. The State Child, Youth and Family Protection Service determined that allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were made against Strickland. The indictment alleges that a court’s ruling that Strickland’s conduct with another juvenile involved acts of sexual gratification and that Strickland was in danger was upheld by an appellate court.

In April 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the application for a registered nursing assistant Dejournette Elizabeth Monet Denny (NA61253399) for failure to return the required license terms. The secretary of health demanded conditions from Denny, who was charged with assault on domestic violence, in a case that is still pending in Olympia Municipal Court.

In April 2022 the Secretary of Health conditionally issued a licensed consultant license to the agency. Star Lynn Johnson (CG61267731). Johnson was granted two years probation with his license, supervised by a professional, and with quarterly performance reports.

Editor’s note: Health care providers who accuse you of misconduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Department of Health. The case then goes into the resolution process. If no disciplinary agreement is reached, the case will be remanded for trial.

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