The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: September 9, 2022 (22-138)

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 July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission rejected the application of a pharmacist of Debra Sue Seitz (VB61161192). She did not agree to the conditions placed on the license. Seitz was convicted of theft, obstructing a law enforcement officer and making false or misleading statements between 2003 and 1997.

Cowlitz County

In August 2022, the Nursing Commission granted, subject to certain conditions, a practical nurse license to Kenna Courtney Lemons, also known as Kenna Courtaney Pollock, (LP61278856). She must participate in a substance abuse assessment and monitoring program.

Douglas County

In August 2022, the Pharmacy Commission charged a pharmacist Jeffrey W. Reynolds (PH00017863) with unprofessional conduct. Reynolds allegedly stole COVID-19 vaccination doses instead of administering them and fraudulently documented administering them to two patients.

King County

In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Penny Michelle Fair (MC61202553) that he mistakenly issued her an associate mental health counselor license. The department revoked the credentials and moved the application to “pending” to allow Phair to submit more information showing she meets accreditation requirements.

In August 2022, the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program charges an Emergency Medical Technician Andrew T. Finseth (ES01163279) with unprofessional conduct. Finseth pleaded guilty to computer assault and cyberstalking in King County Superior Court. He impersonated another firefighter and used that firefighter’s email to send threatening letters to a member of the Seattle City Council, among other abuses of the other firefighter’s email.

Kitsap County

In July 2022 the Minister of Health refused the application for a consultant license associated with the registered agency of Scott Patrick Kelly (CG61210216). Kelly was convicted of forgery in 2004 and 2006. In 2010, he was convicted of driving under the influence and in 2018 of driving with a suspended license.

Pierce County

In August 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program and Agency Affiliated Counselor Program charge Registered Nursing Assistant and Agency Affiliated Counselor Mark S. James (NA60755181, CG60764864) with unprofessional behavior. While working at Western State Hospital, James allegedly made unauthorized withdrawals from patients for his own benefit, without the patient’s permission. The charges say he took funds from 13 patients ranging from $50 to $2,180.

Skagit County

In August 2022, the Pharmacy Commission charged a pharmacist Clint Autapibarn (PH60409983) with unprofessional conduct. In 2020, Auttapibarn surrendered his California pharmacist license through a certain surrender order. In 2021, colleagues allegedly observed Auttapibarn working while intoxicated.

Snohomish County

In August 2022, the Minister of Health terminated the conditions of the emergency medical technician license of Marcus Patrick Stein (ES61028820).

In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Tamera Jordan Duncombe (NC61259218) that she received a Certified Nursing Assistant credential in error. The department revoked the credentials and moved the application to “pending” status.

Out of state

Hawaii: In August 2022, the Dental Commission charged a dentist Karen Floyd Shepherd (DE00007852) with unprofessional conduct. Shepard allegedly failed to communicate and perform a pre-treatment patient exam, review records, assess the patient’s pre-orthodontic condition and maintain records, among other issues.

Texas: In July 2022, the Dental Commission rejected the application of a dentist of Bongmin An (DE61206238). In 2012, An entered into a consent order with the Oregon Board of Dentistry, agreeing to resign his license and not seek future licensure in Oregon. The Oregon board suspended his license for altered or incomplete dental patient records, alleged false billing to insurers and use and distribution of marijuana.

West Virginia: In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Virgil Wade McMillion (OP61188818-IMLC) that he wrongly issued him a license as an osteopathic physician and surgeon. The department has canceled the credentials and moved them to pending status.

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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