The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: August 29, 2022 (22-130)

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

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or dropped charges against the following health care providers in our state.

The Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counselors). Information on disciplinary actions taken against physicians and assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary actions may be sent to [email protected]

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Search for a Health Care Provider License” in the “How To?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information on health care provider license status, credential expiration and renewal dates, disciplinary actions, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Clark County

In August 2022, it billed the Home Care Aide program Nicole Rebecca Reid (HM60969888) with unprofessional behavior. Reid was allegedly operating while intoxicated.

In August 2022, the Board of Nursing ended the probationary period of the registered nurse of Shawna L. Dixon (RN00170527).

In July 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the applications of the Medical Assistant Phlebotomist and Certified Nursing Assistant of Kimberly Ann Smith (PC61245142, NC61257435). Smith did not provide proof of a substance use assessment as required for the application. In 2020 and 2008, she was convicted of drunk driving.

Island County

In July 2022, the Chiropractic Commission charged a chiropractor Rondell Jay Bennett (CH00003565) with unprofessional conduct. Bennett allegedly failed to schedule a mental health evaluation as required by a 2021 negotiated order.

King County

In August 2022, the Dental Commission filed charges Matt M. Raffy with unprofessional behavior. Rafi, a moderate sedation dentist with a parenteral agent license (DE00011101, CS10000480), failed to comply with the mental examination order as required by the Commission.

Lewis County

In July 2022, the Minister of Health terminated the conditions of the registered medical assistant license of Sequoia Crystal Fields (MR61246229).

Pacific County

In July 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, an agency-related consultant license for Arwen Evenstar Moody (CG61290409). Moody’s credit is on a two-year probationary period and requires professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In 2017, Moody was convicted of theft of a firearm and burglary in Benton County Superior Court.

Pierce County

In July 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, a Registered Nursing Assistant License Ramon Magana (NA61310318). Magana’s employer must provide quarterly performance evaluations for three years, and Magana must provide proof of compliance with court-ordered probation. In 2016, Magana was convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

In July 2022, the Dental Commission issued, subject to conditions, a license for a dental assistant to Dana Lou Brady (D161148170). Brady’s license has been placed on probation for at least two years, and Brady’s employer must submit quarterly performance evaluations. In 2019, Brady was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in the federal district court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Snohomish County

In August 2022, the Physiotherapy Board sanctioned the physiotherapist Heather E. Shepard (PT00009643), who did not respond to allegations that she treated a patient’s wife without authorization from a medical provider or home health agency. Shepherd must pay a $2,500 fine, practice under the supervision of a professional and complete continuing education, among other penalties.

Spokane County

In July 2022, the Home Care Aide Program and the Nursing Assistant Program charge the Home Care Aide and Registered Nursing Assistant Michelle Dixon (HM61027539, NA60901970) with unprofessional conduct. Dixon allegedly diverted medication from patients at an assisted living home where she worked.

In July 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, a consultant license to an affiliated agency of Daniel Ray Gonzalez (CG61296224). Gonzalez’s license is on probation for 18 months and she must have professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations.

In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission denied the pharmacist’s license application Thomas James Ganier (VB61233001). In 2015, Ganier was convicted of violating a restraining order in Spokane Superior Court and of stalking in Spokane County Circuit Court.

Thurston County

In August 2022, the Minister of Health provided, subject to certain conditions, the application for a registered nursing assistant Dejournette Elizabeth Monet Deny (NA61253399). Denny’s certification is placed on probation for two years and her employer must submit quarterly performance evaluations.

Whatcom County

In July 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program charges a Certified Nursing Assistant Heidi Lynn Casey (NC10076133) with unprofessional conduct. The charges state that Casey was a care provider for a client. In January 2022, she was allegedly found unresponsive with empty vodka bottles nearby and was transported to a medical center and tested for blood alcohol.

Note to editors: Health care providers accused of unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Department of Health. After that, the case enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will be heard.

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