For immediate release: June 23, 2022 (22-091)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, contact 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 Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health professions (eg, dentists, nurses, consultants). Information on disciplinary action against doctors and paramedics can be found at Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary action may be directed to [email protected]
Information about providers of medical services is available on the agency’s website. Press “Look up a healthcare provider’s license” in the section “How do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site contains information about the status of a medical provider’s license, the expiration date and date of renewal of their authority, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe that a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In May 2022, the Pharmacy Commission filed an indictment against a pharmacy technician. Olga V. Markina (VA00041004) with unprofessional behavior. Markin allegedly reported a disability.
In May 2022, the Unlicensed Practices Program notified Qingze Zeng about his intention to issue a cease and desist order because Zeng allegedly practiced massage without a license.
In May 2022, the Commission on Nursing charged a licensed practical nurse. Kristan Kelly Ramirez (LP60259260) with unprofessional behavior. Ramirez allegedly did not contact the substance use monitoring program, as required by the preliminary agreement she entered into with the Commission on Nursing.
In May 2022 Home Assistance Program and Home Assistance Tracy Ree Pasic (HM60752843) changed a previous agreement after the program accused it of not following it. The new changes require Pasic to contact the Substance Use Disorders program within 14 days, work only with an on-site superintendent with a Certified Nursing Assistant degree or higher, and ensure that her performance is assessed quarterly by her employer.
In May 2022, the Minister of Health granted, under certain conditions, a license for a paramedic-phlebotomist. Lacey Louise Hedlund (PK61255702). Hedlund agreed to terms that included participation in a substance use monitoring program. Between 2017 and 2021, Hedlund had several past convictions for felonies, including criminal trespassing and theft.
In May 2022, the Nurse Assistant Program and the Physician Assistant Program charged the Certified Physician Assistant and Certified Nurse Assistant. Ashley Nicole Kark (CM60756785, NC60786738) with unprofessional behavior.
In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission accused the chiropractor of Jordan Nicole Landholm (CH60721678) for unprofessional behavior for allegedly not wearing a face mask as required by the governor’s order.
In May 2022, the Chiropractic Commission accused the chiropractor of Craig Patrick Lapensky (CH00003689) with unprofessional conduct for allegedly not following required COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a face mask and screening patients for fever or other symptoms, as required by the Governor’s order.
In May 2022, a registered nurse was indicted by the Minister of Health. Audrey Ng (RN60258507) for unprofessional conduct. In November 2020, he was convicted by the Pierce County Superior Court of child molestation and immoral contact with a minor.
In May 2022, the health minister fined the home care agency. RJ Care Services LLCwho does business as Be careful, stay at homeas well as owners and operators Jane Frazier as well as Robert Frazier. (FS60016733) $3,000. The home care company and owners were held liable for repeated violations found during a relicensing review.
In May 2022, the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program, the Substance Use Disorders Professional Program, and the Mental Health Counselors Program charged an agency-affiliated registered consultant, a professional substance use disorder trainee, and an assistant counselor for mental health. Jennifer Rene Dempsey (CG60895041, CO61019033, MC60904742) with unprofessional behavior. The Mental Health Counselor Program received a complaint that Dempsey was frequently absent from work and raised concerns about her skills and the safety of her practice. She did not respond to the investigator’s letter.
In May 2022, the Unlicensed Practices Program notified Cheng Liu about his intention to issue a cease and desist order for allegedly practicing massage without a license.
In April 2022, the Dental Commission canceled the terms of the dental assistant license. Ashley Marie Japhet (D160986208).
In May 2022, the Nursing Commission reinstated the licensed practical nurse certificate under certain conditions. Daniel J. Moen (LP00029584). Moen agreed to several conditions, including attending a refresher course, participating in a substance use monitoring program, paying a $1,000 fine, and probation of Moen’s license.
Out of state
Idaho: In May 2022, the Nursing Commission completed the trial period for the registered nurse license. Veronica Kay Franco (RN60756951).
Indiana: In May 2022, the Office of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Systems Programs indicted the paramedic. Jordan Ralph Strong (ES60966035) with unprofessional behavior. Strong allegedly sold and distributed anabolic steroids, including testosterone and trenbolone enanthate, to other employees.
Michigan: In May 2022, the Commission on Nursing charged a licensed practical nurse. Shonty G. Hamilton (LP61033790) for unprofessional conduct after Hamilton’s powers were restricted by the Michigan Council of Nursing’s Disciplinary Subcommittee for misconduct.
North Dakota: In May 2022 Nursing Commission and Registered Nurse Megan Colleen Grissom (RN60536670) entered into an agreement that Grissom must continue to participate in a substance use monitoring program.
Note to editors: Health care providers accused of unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Ministry of Health in writing. The case then moves into the settlement process. If a disciplinary agreement cannot be reached, the case will go to a hearing.
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