The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: June 23, 2022 (22-091)

contact: Sharon Moisyuk, 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 department’s quality assurance system 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 action taken against doctors and medical assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission’s (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary action can be sent to [email protected]

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

Clark County

In May 2022, the Pharmacy Commission appointed a pharmaceutical technician Olga V. Markin (VA00041004) with unprofessional behavior. Markin is said to have reported a disability.

King County

In May 2022, the program for unlicensed practices notified Qingjie Zeng for its intention to issue an order for termination and refusal, as it is alleged that Zeng practices massage without a license.

Mason County

In May 2022, the Nursing Commission charged a licensed practical nurse Kristen Kelly Ramirez (LP60259260) with unprofessional behavior. It is alleged that Ramirez failed to contact a substance use monitoring program, as required by a preliminary agreement she concluded with the Nurses’ Commission.

In May 2022, the Home Care Assistance and Home Care Assistance Program Tracy Ree Pasic (HM60752843) changed a pre-agreement after the program accused her of not following it. The new modifications require Pasic to link to a substance use disorder program within 14 days, work only if there is an on-site supervisor with a certified medical assistant or higher, and ensure that the employer provides her with quarterly job evaluations. .

Pierce County

In May 2022, the Minister of Health granted a license for a medical assistant-phlebotomist for Lacey Louise Hedlund (PC61255702). Hedlund agreed to the terms, which include participation in a substance use monitoring program. Between 2017 and 2021, Hedlund had multiple convictions for serious crimes, including felony and theft.

In May 2022, the Nursing Program and the Nursing Program charged a certified medical assistant and a certified medical assistant. Ashley Nicole Kark (CM60756785, NC60786738) with unprofessional behavior.

In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission indicted chiropractic Jordan Nicole Landholm (CH60721678) with unprofessional conduct, as it is alleged that he did not wear face covering as required by the Governor’s proclamation.

In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission indicted chiropractic Craig Patrick Lapenski (CH00003689) with unprofessional conduct for alleged non-compliance with mandatory COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a face and screening patients for fever or other symptoms, as required by the Governor’s proclamation.

In May 2022, the health secretary appointed a certified nurse Audrey Ng (RN60258507) with unprofessional behavior. In November 2020, he was convicted of child abuse and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes at the Pierce County Supreme Court.

Spokane County

In May 2022, the health secretary fined the home services agency RJ Care Services LLCwhich operates as Make sure you stay homeas well as owners and operators Jane Fraser and Robert Fraser, (FS60016733) $ 3,000. The home care company and the owners were quoted for repeated breaches found during a re-licensing check.

In May 2022, the Agency-Related Counselors Program, the Professional Substance Disorders Program, and the Mental Health Counselors Program charged a registered agency-related counselor, a professional trainee, a substance use disorder counselor, and an associate of a mental health counselor. Jennifer Renee Dempsey (CG60895041, CO61019033, MC60904742) with unprofessional behavior. The Mental Health Counselors Program received complaints that Dempsey was often absent from work and expressed concerns about the skills and safety of her practice. She did not respond to the investigator’s letter.

Thurston County

In May 2022, the program for unlicensed practices notified Cheng Liu for its intention to issue a termination order for alleged unlicensed massage practice.

In April 2022, the dental commission terminated the conditions for the license of a dental assistant Ashley Marie Jaffet (D160986208).

Yakima County

In May 2022, the Nursing Commission reinstated the credentials of a licensed practical nurse Daniel J. Mine (LP00029584). Moen agreed to a number of conditions, including completing a refresher course, participating in a substance use monitoring program, paying a $ 1,000 fine, and testing Moen’s license.

Outside the country

Idaho: In May 2022, the Nursing Commission terminated the probation of the registered nurse ‘s license of Veronica Kay Franco (RN60756951).

Indiana: In May 2022, the Emergency Medical Service and Trauma Systems Programs ordered a paramedic Jordan Ralph Strong (ES60966035) with unprofessional behavior. Strong allegedly sells and distributes anabolic steroids, including testosterone and trenbolone enanthate, to other employees.

Michigan: In May 2022, the Nursing Commission charged a licensed practical nurse Shonti G. Hamilton (LP61033790) with unprofessional conduct after Hamilton’s accreditation was restricted by the Michigan Disciplinary Subcommittee on Nursing for Misconduct.

South Dakota: In May 2022, the Commission for Nurses and Registered Nurse Megan Colleen Grissom (RN60536670) entered into an agreement requiring Grissom to continue to participate in a substance use monitoring program.

Note to editors: Healthcare providers accused of unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Ministry of Health. The case is then settled. If no disciplinary agreement is reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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