The state disciplines health care providers

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 July 2022, the Board of Physiotherapy amended the charges against the physiotherapist Amy Lynn Lewis (PT60902515). Lewis was charged with unprofessional conduct for failing to comply with a substance use monitoring agreement.

Clark County

In July 2022, the Certified Counselor Program and the Substance Use Disorder Professional Program billed a Certified Counselor and a Certified Substance Use Disorder Specialist Jesse Allen James (CL61019010, CP00006269) with unprofessional conduct. James allegedly inaccurately recorded the time he spent with patients.

In July 2022, the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse and pre-registered nurse Ashley Alietta Tubb (RN60475444, AP60525660-NP) with unprofessional conduct. Tubb allegedly had incorrect information on her COVID-19 vaccine card.

Island County

In July 2022, the East Asian Practitioner Program charges an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioner Gail N. Ptacek (AC00000050) with inability to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to physical or mental condition.

King County

In July 2022, the Unlicensed Practices Program notified Amen H. McKean of its intention to issue a cease and desist order. McKeen does not hold accreditation to practice acupuncture, East Asian medicine or massage therapy, but he allegedly told a Department of Health investigator that he was licensed to treat pain.

In July 2022, the Minister of Health reinstated the registered nurse assistant license of Dmitry Rudy (NA60029896).

In July 2022 the Veterinary Board of Governors appointed a Veterinary Technician Molly Ella Reagan Ext (АТ60593055) with unprofessional behavior. Axt failed to meet a negotiated order from 2021 that required continued training.

In June 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for massage therapist accreditation Chifang Chen (MA60995814). In April, Chen was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington.

In July 2022, the Minister of Health ordered at least 24 months of probation for massage therapists Sin Yu Chen (MA60115256). Chen must also pay a $1,000 fine, complete continuing education and allow a Department of Health investigator to audit Chen’s practice without notice, among other things. When investigators inspected Chen’s massage business, they found numerous violations, including those related to employees not having their licenses displayed, medical records and improper sanitation.

Kitsap County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application of a massage therapist to Yuhua Liu (MA61203446). In 2015, Liu was convicted of one count of prostitution and solicitation in California.

Pierce County

In July 2022, the Social Worker and Associate Program and the Agency Affiliated Consultant Program charge Jeanette Alva Carter (CG60266129, SC60868758) with unprofessional conduct. Carter, who holds agency counselor and associate independent clinical social worker licenses, allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual communication with a patient at the correctional facility where she worked.

Snohomish County

In July 2022, the Dental Council charged the dentist Svetlana Leonidovna Hinkle (DN60406207) with unprofessional conduct. Hinkle did not cooperate with an investigation into an alleged patient billing problem involving the patient’s insurance, and an audit of patient records showed improper billing and patient records.

Spokane County

In July 2022, the Massage Therapist Program conditionally reinstated the massage therapist license of Loretta Ann Clark (MA60097219). Clark will not practice independently as a massage therapist for 12 months, among other conditions.

Stevens County

In July 2022, the Veterinary Board of Governors appointed a veterinarian Stephen D. Haroon (VT00002308) with unprofessional conduct. Haroun allegedly failed to comply with a certain agreement that required 30 hours of continuous training.

Whatcom County

In July 2022, the Unlicensed Practices Program notified Hsiang-Chiu Chi of its intention to issue a cease and desist order. Chee allegedly provided massage therapy services despite not being credentialed in Washington.

Yakima County

In July 2022 the Minister of Health granted a substance use disorder professional trainee license subject to certain conditions Jaime Barajas (CO61299596). His credentials will be on probation for two years and he must have professional supervision and submit quarterly performance evaluations for two years. Between 2006 and 2020, Barajas was convicted of aggravated assault and several offenses related to driving with a suspended license.

In July 2022, the Minister of Health ended the probationary period for the substance use disorder professional license Robert Keith Lambert (CO61134369).

Out of state

Ohio: In June 2022, the Board of Nursing rejected the application of a registered nurse of David Goodhart (RN61249643). Goodhart failed to obtain a substance use evaluation, which was required as part of the application.

Oregon: In July 2022 the Minister of Health granted a substance use disorder professional trainee license subject to certain conditions Russell Kurt Hanson (CO61265823). Hanson agreed to the terms, which include at least 24 months of probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations. In June 2018, Hanson was convicted of mail theft or receiving stolen mail in Oregon District Court.

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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