The state disciplines health care providers

contact: Sharon Moisyuk, communications 360-549-6471
Public Inquiries: Customer Service at Health Systems 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 health system quality assurance department works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health 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 the “Get a Healthcare 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 a healthcare provider’s license, the expiration date and renewal of their credentials, disciplinary action 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 complain.

Benton County

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for an adviser related to the agency Trisha Elizabeth Tyner (CG61203426). Tyner, who has been convicted of identity theft in 2018 by the California Supreme Court, has not returned an agreement requiring terms in her license.

Clark County

In May 2022, the Agency’s Advisory Program and the Professional Program for Substance Disorders charged a fee. Rachel Johnson (CG61104840, CO60862568) with unprofessional behavior. Johnson, who holds a license as a professional trainee for drug-related disorder and a license as an agency-related counselor, is said to have had a romantic relationship with a patient at the correctional facility where she worked and behaved inappropriately.

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for a registered nurse of Alicia Ann Branum (NA61226818). Branum, who was charged with driving while under the influence of the Battle Ground Municipal Court in August, did not provide an assessment report on substance use with her request, as required.

Cowlitz County

In May 2022, the Occupational Disorders Program accused a professional trainee of substance use disorder Kendra Dawn Piper (CO60986555) with unprofessional behavior. In August, Piper was convicted of a number of crimes in the Cowlitz County Supreme Court, including theft, possession of stolen property and forgery.

In April 2022, the Dental Commission renewed the license for a dental assistant under the conditions Alessia Marie Richardson (D160056631). Richardson agreed to follow a substance use program and submit quarterly performance reports.

Franklin County

In May 2022, the Nursing Commission charged a registered nurse Kelly Marie Martin (RN00155102) with unprofessional behavior. Martin is said to have looked at his job as a school nurse, showing, among other things, slurred speech and difficulty filling out forms. It is said that Martin also underwent a drug test, which showed positive results for amphetamine and benzodiazepines, drugs for which Martin had prescriptions.

In May 2022, the Nursing Commission revoked the temporary removal of the registered nurse Elvia G. Lotrop (RN60023184), provided that Lothrup meets several conditions, including participation in a monitoring program for the use of substances.

King County

In April the Minister of Health rejected applications from registered nurses and agency-related advisers. Reachny Chea Chau (NA61262042, CG61265044). Chau, who was convicted of attempted identity theft and theft in King County Supreme Court in September, did not return the required license agreement.

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for a home care assistant Kaylani M. Luxmore (HM61028104) for medical reasons.

Kitsap County

In May 2022, the Minister of Health provided the conditions for the application for a registered medical assistant Andrew Stephen Wilmart (NA61213898). Wilmart agreed to terms that include a probationary period of at least three years, professional supervision and quarterly performance appraisals. He was convicted of several serious crimes, including in June 2021 for drunk driving.

Pierce County

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for a registered nurse of Megan Rene Cass (NA61213144). Cass failed to return an agreement requiring license terms. The conditions were necessary due to a preliminary deferred prosecution agreement that required her to complete a two-year outpatient alcohol program.

In April 2022, the Pharmacy Commission rejected the application for a pharmacy assistant to Azarias Lamar Tanis (VB61157646). Tanis was convicted of driving with a confiscated or confiscated license in 2010 and forgery and attempting to escape from a police vehicle in 2002.

In May 2022, the Dental Commission terminated the terms of the dental assistant’s license Carla Garcia (D160689122).

Snohomish County

In May 2022, the masseur program charged a masseur Brandon Lee Grosbeck (MA60313574) with unprofessional conduct, as he was convicted of indecent freedoms, sexual crime, in the Supreme Court of Snohomish County.

In May 2022, the nursing program charged a certified medical assistant Margaret Arlene Chesney (NC10052514) with unprofessional behavior. Chesney is said to have modified and falsified letters certifying the status of her credentials.

In May 2022, the Home Care Assistance Program charged a Home Care Assistant Renner P. Santonil (HM60826950) with unprofessional behavior. Santonil is said to have touched a patient’s chest and kissed a patient who lived in the apartment where he worked.

Thurston County

In May 2022, the Nursing Program and the Nursing Program enrolled a phlebotomy assistant and a certified medical assistant. Joshua Wayne Strickland (PC60882668, NC60798720) with unprofessional behavior. The State Department for the Protection of Children, Youth and Families has found charges against Strickland for sexual abuse of a minor. The indictments also state that the trial court found that Strickland’s behavior with another minor involved acts of sexual gratification and that Strickland posed a danger, and the appellate court’s decision was upheld.

In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for a registered nurse of Dejournette Elizabeth Monet Denny (NA61253399), as it has not returned the required agreement on the terms of the license. The health minister is demanding the conditions, as Deni has been charged with domestic violence in a case still pending before Olympia Municipal Court.

In April 2022, the Minister of Health granted a conditional license for an agency-related adviser to Star Lynn Johnson (CG61267731). Johnson agreed to a two-year probationary period on his license, professional supervision and quarterly performance reports.

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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