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 department’s Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to establish licensure standards for more than 80 health professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary actions taken against physicians and physician 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 “Find a Health Care Provider License” under “How do I do this?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s licensure status, their 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 health care provider 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 control contract.

Clark County

In July 2022, the Certified Counselor Program and the Certified Counselor Program Professional Program charged a Certified Counselor and a Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional 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 a registered nurse and an advanced registered nurse Ashlee Alieta Tubb (RN60475444, AP60525660-NP) with unprofessional conduct. Tubb allegedly had incorrect information on his COVID-19 vaccine card.

Island County

In July 2022, the East Asian Practitioner Program hired a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine Gail N. Ptacek (AC00000050) with the inability to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to a physical or mental condition.

King County

The Unlicensed Practice Program was notified in July 2022 Amin H. Makeen of their intention to issue a cease and desist order. Makeen does not have a credential to practice acupuncture, East Asian medicine or massage therapy, but allegedly told a Health Department investigator that he was licensed to treat pain.

In July 2022 the secretary of health reinstated the license of registered nursing assistant Dmitry Rudy (NA60029896).

In July 2022, the Veterinary Board charged a veterinary technician Molly Ella Reagan Axt (AT60593055) with unprofessional conduct. Axt failed to comply with an agreed order in 2021 that required continued training.

In June 2022, the secretary of health denied the request for a massage therapist credential Qifang Chen (MA60995814). In April, Chen was convicted of money laundering conspiracy in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington.

In July 2022, the health secretary ordered at least 24 months of probation for the massage therapist Xing Yu Chen (MA60115256). Chen must also pay a $1,000 fine, complete continuing education and allow a Health Department investigator to audit Chen’s practice without notice, among other things. When investigators inspected Chen’s massage business, they found multiple violations, including those related to the lack of employee licenses displayed, medical records and improper sanitary conditions.

Kitsap County

In June 2022 the secretary of health denied the request for massage 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 Counselor Program paid Jeanette Alva Carter (CG60266129, SC60868758) with unprofessional conduct. Carter, who holds agency-affiliated and associate independent clinical social worker licenses, allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual communications with a patient at the correctional facility where she worked.

Snohomish County

In July 2022, the Dentist was charged by the Board of Denturists Svetlana Leonidovna Hinkle (DN60406207) with unprofessional conduct. Hinkle failed to cooperate with an investigation into an alleged billing issue with a patient involving the patient’s insurance, and an audit of the patient’s files 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 solo as a massage therapist for 12 months, among other conditions.

Stevens County

In July 2022, the Board of Veterinary Governors charged the vet Steven D. Harroun (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-Chiu Chi of their intention to issue a cease and desist order. Chi allegedly offered massage services, although she does not have a Washington credential.

Yakima County

In July 2022 the Secretary of Health granted a professional trainee license for substance use disorders with conditions James Barajas (CO61299596). Your credential will be on probation for two years and you must have professional supervision and submit quarterly performance evaluations for two years. Between 2006 and 2020, Barajas was convicted of felony assault and several misdemeanors related to driving with a suspended license.

In July 2022, the health secretary ended probation with the substance use disorder professional license Robert Keith Lambert (CO61134369).

Out of state

Ohio: June 2022 Nursing Commission Denied Registered Nurse Application David Goodhart (RN61249643). Goodhart was unable to obtain a substance use evaluation, which was required as part of the application.

Oregon: In July 2022 the Secretary of Health granted a professional trainee license for substance use disorders 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, Hanson was convicted of mail theft or receiving stolen mail in Oregon Circuit Court.

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 resolution process. If a disciplinary agreement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial.

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