The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: July 29, 2022 (22-115)

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 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.

Benton County

In June 2022, the Board of Nursing dropped charges against a registered nurse Kelly Marie Martin (RN00155102)

Clallam County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, an agency-related consultant license for Jessica May Constant (CG61272397). Constant agreed to the terms, which include a four-year probationary period, professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations. In 2020, Constant was convicted of burglary and trafficking in stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle in Clallam County Superior Court.

Grays Harbor County

In June 2022, the Medical Assistant Program charges a Certified Medical Assistant Alexandra Lee Krusell-Tupper (CM60361582) with unprofessional conduct. In April 2021, Krusell-Tupper was convicted of unlawful imprisonment in the Superior Court of Grays Harbour.

King County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health granted, under certain conditions, accreditation to a licensed behavior analyst Hyun Suk Young (BA61289602). Yang agreed to the terms, which include a two-year probationary period for his license, professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations. In June 2021, Young was convicted of attempted insurance fraud in King County Superior Court.

In June 2022, the Unlicensed Practice Program and Qingjie Zeng agreed that Zeng would stop practicing massage in Washington unless he first received accreditation and pay a $1,000 fine for practicing without a license.

Kitsap County

In June 2022, the Massage Therapy and Massage Therapist Program Jack Eric Johnson (MA60625031) agreed to an order requiring him to continue his studies, pay a $1,000 fine and take the law exam. Johnson was giving a massage to a client when his credentials expired.

In June 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the Registered Nursing Assistant application of Christopher William Dunaway (NA61052004). Dunaway did not return the required substance use assessment.

Lewis County

In July 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program charges a Certified Nursing Assistant Nhial Chieny dies (NC60109455) with unprofessional conduct. Diing was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license in 2020 and 2021. As a result of the court proceedings, he was required to submit to alcohol control and abstain from drinking alcohol, conditions , which he is alleged to have infringed. He also claims he did not fully disclose his arrests to a Department of Health investigator.

Pierce County

In June 2022, the Board of Nursing ended the requirements for the licensed practical nursing certificates of Kimmy Kay Gamble (LP60139559).

In June 2022, the Minister of Health released a mental health consultant Krista Gogans (LH00003726) from the conditions imposed on its licence.

Snohomish County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health dropped the charges against the massage therapist Anna Gia Rees (MA60893501).

In June 2022, the Minister of Health dropped the charges against the massage therapist Li Tie (MA60809654).

In June 2022, the Minister of Health granted a conditional license for a substance use disorder professional trainee Kimberly Dennis McIntosh (CO61252332). She agreed to two years of probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations. In 2017, McIntosh was convicted of theft, solicitation of possession of a controlled substance and attempted identity theft. In 2019, McIntosh was convicted of possession of stolen property.

In June 2022, the Agency’s Nursing Assistant Program and Associate Counselor Program were reinstated with provisions for a Certified Nursing Assistant and Agency Associate Counselor Lamine Kemo Darboe (NC10062941, CG60114241). Darboe agreed to the terms, which include at least two years of probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reports.

Spokane County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health terminated the conditions of license of a substance use disorder professional Andrew Philip Cotter (CP61105599, CO60901896).

Whatcom County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health dropped the charges against the massage therapist Ninning Keenr (MA60810069).

Walla Walla

In June 2022, the social worker program, the nursing assistant program, and Rejon Monique Ongers (LW00009729, NC60951019) agreed to an order requiring Ongers to contact a substance use monitoring program. Ongers, an independent clinical social worker and registered nurse, went to work with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and erratic movements and tested positive for 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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