The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: July 7, 2022 (22-099)

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 licensure 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 about WMC disciplinary actions can 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.

Clallam County

In May 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, an agency-related consultant license for Jenny Lynn Iredale (CG61288289). Iredale agreed to the terms, which include a probationary period on her credentials until at least April 2023 and quarterly performance evaluations.

In June 2022, the Board of Nursing hired a registered nurse Jamie Marie Lockhart (RN60383498) with unprofessional conduct for allegedly practicing nursing while impaired by controlled substances.

Clark County

In May 2022, the Massage Therapist Program placed the massage therapist license on probation for at least 12 months. Erin Christine Rogers (MA61055624). Rogers agreed to submit quarterly performance reports and to refrain from solo practice for 12 months. Rogers defaulted on a 2021 agreement that required her to participate in a substance use monitoring program.

King County

In May 2022, the Minister of Health ended the probationary period of the massage therapist license of Patrick Allan Potter (MA60912032).

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for a home care assistant Francis G. Gatumbi (HM61171824). Gatumbi allegedly had sexual contact with a vulnerable adult patient at the elderly family home where he worked.

Pierce County

In May 2022, the Board of Nursing mandated a registered nurse Abigail Renee Sodano (RN60291039) with unprofessional conduct. In February 2016, Sodano entered into a five-year contract for substance use monitoring in lieu of disciplinary action. In January 2021, Sodano tested positive for methadone, a controlled substance, without having a prescription for the drug.

In May 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program charges a Registered Nursing Assistant TL Nicole Emmanuel (NA60117626) with unprofessional behavior. Emanuel, who co-owns a family home for the elderly, allegedly acted paranoid and removed four vulnerable adults from the residence. She allegedly traveled with them for several days, sleeping in the car with them for at least three nights without allowing them access to their mobile phones or personal hygiene products.

In May 2022 charges the Nursing Assistant program Jessica M. Newkirk (NA60227374) with unprofessional behavior. Newkirk, who co-owns a family home for the elderly, allegedly removed four vulnerable adults from the residence. She allegedly traveled with them for several days, sleeping in the car with them for at least three nights without allowing them access to their mobile phones or personal hygiene products.

In February 2022, the Labor Board terminated the occupational therapist license requirements of Tara Renee Sperry (OT60096143).

Thurston County

In May 2022, the Unlicensed Practices Program notified Chelsea Alysse Hedrick of its intention to issue a cease and desist order. Hedrick allegedly gave a client a massage without a license in July 2021. Later that month, Hedrick applied for accreditation to practice as a massage therapist (MA61206980).

Whatcom County

In May 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program charges a Certified Nursing Assistant Amanda Kate Lyons (NC60386319) with unprofessional conduct. Lyons failed to respond to a Department of Health investigator’s request for an explanation of allegations that Lyons took medication from residents of the assisted living home where she worked.

In May 2022, the Minister of Health agreed to grant, subject to certain conditions, an agency-related consultant license to Shane J. Van Capel (CG61269068). Van Capel agreed to the terms, which include a three-year probationary period, professional supervision and quarterly evaluation reports. Van Capel was convicted of assault in 2014 and malicious mischief in Whatcom County Superior Court in 2021.

Out of state

Idaho: In May 2022, the Board of Nursing mandated a registered nurse Neva Kenin Gonzalez (RN60974895) with unprofessional conduct after being convicted in 2021 of possession of a controlled substance, failure to notify the medical examiner or police of a death, and destruction or concealment of evidence in Idaho. Gonzalez did not report the convictions to the Commission.

Oregon: In May 2022, the Respiratory Care Program bills a physician for respiratory care Amber Dawn Reed (LR00003909) for unprofessional conduct after her license was suspended in California.

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

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