The state disciplines health care providers

contact: Sharon Moisic, Communications 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health System Customer Service 360-236-4700

Olympia — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn fees against the following health care providers in our state.

The Department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary actions taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be directed to [email protected]

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. “How do I do that?” Click on “View Health Care Provider License”. section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes health care providers’ licensing status, expiration and renewal dates of their credentials, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who feel that a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

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

Clark County

Certified Counselor Program and Substance Use Disorder Professional Program Charges Certified Counselor and Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional in July 2022 Jesse Allen James (CL61019010, CP00006269) with unprofessional conduct. James allegedly falsely recorded the time he spent with patients.

In July 2022, the Nursing Commission introduced fees for Registered Nurses and Pre-Registered Nurse Practitioners. Ashley Alietta Tubb (RN60475444, AP60525660-NP) with unprofessional conduct. Tubb allegedly had incorrect information on his COVID-19 vaccination card.

Island County

In July 2022 the East Asian Practitioner Program commissioned acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners Gail Ann Patacek (AC00000050) Unable to practice with due skill and safety due to physical or mental condition.

King County

The Unlicensed Practice Program was notified in July 2022 Amin H. Makan Its intent to issue a war and cease order. Makan did not hold credentials to practice acupuncture, East Asian medicine, or massage therapy but reportedly told a Department of Health investigator that he was licensed to treat pain.

In July 2022, the Secretary of Health reinstated the Registered Nursing Assistant license Dimitri Rudy (NA60029896).

In July 2022, the Board of Governors of Veterinary Medicine charged the Veterinary Technician Molly Ella Regan Ext (AT60593055) with unprofessional conduct. Axt failed to comply with an agreed mandate in 2021 that requires continuing education.

In June 2022, the Secretary of Health denied the massage therapist’s certificate application Qifang Chen (MA60995814). In April, Chen was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

In July 2022 the Health Secretary ordered a minimum of 24 months probation for massage therapists. Jing Yu Chain (MA60115256). The chain must also pay a $1,000 fine, complete continuing education, and allow an investigator from the Department of Health Research to audit the chain’s practice without notice. When investigators inspected the chain’s massage business, they found numerous violations, including lack of employee licenses, medical condition records, and improper sanitary conditions.

Kitsap County

In June 2022 the Health Secretary rejected the massage therapist’s application Yuhua Liu (MA61203446). In 2015, Liu was convicted in California of one count of prostitution and lewdness.

Pierce County

In July 2022, the Social Worker and Support Program and the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program were charged Janet Alva Carter (CG60266129, SC60868758) with unprofessional conduct. Carter, who holds agency-affiliated counselor and associate independent clinical social worker licenses, allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a patient at the correctional facility where he worked.

Snohomish County

In July 2022, the Board of Dentists charged the dentist Svetlana Leonidovna Hinckley (DN60406207) with unprofessional conduct. Hinkle did not cooperate with an investigation into an alleged billing problem with a patient involved with the patient’s insurance, and an audit of patient files revealed improper billing and patient records.

Spokane County

In July 2022, the Massage Therapist Program was reinstated with massage therapist license conditions. Loretta Ann Clark (MA60097219). Clark will not engage in sole practice as a massage therapist for 12 months, among other conditions.

Stevens County

In July 2022, the Veterinary Medicine Board of Governors charged the veterinarian Steven D. Aaron (VT00002308) with unprofessional conduct. Harroun allegedly failed to comply with a stipulated agreement requiring 30 hours of continuing education.

Whatcom County

The Unlicensed Practice Program was notified in July 2022 Hsiang-Chu Chi Its intent to issue a war and cease order. Although Chee reportedly provides massage therapy services, she does not have a Washington certificate.

Yakima County

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

In July 2022 the Secretary of Health ended trials on substance use disorder professional licensing Robert Keith Lambert (CO61134369).

out of state

Ohio: In June 2022, the Nursing Commission denied the registered nurse’s application David Goodhart (RN61249643). Goodhart failed to obtain a substance use assessment, which was required as part of the application.

Oregon: In July 2022 the Health Secretary granted a substance use disorder professional trainee license with 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, Hansen was convicted in Oregon Circuit Court of mail theft or receipt of stolen mail.

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

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