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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 healthcare provider’s license, the expiration date and renewal date of their license, disciplinary action, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe that a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health refused to apply to an agency adviser Trisha Elizabeth Tyner (CG61203426). Tyner, convicted by the California Supreme Court of identity theft in 2018, has not returned an agreement requiring conditions on her license.
In May 2022, the Agency Affiliated Counselors Program and the Substance Use Disorders Specialist Program were accused of Rachel Johnson (CG61104840, CO60862568) with unprofessional behavior. Johnson, who is licensed as a professional substance use disorder trainee and licensed as an agency-affiliated counselor, allegedly had a romantic relationship with a patient at the correctional facility where she worked and behaved inappropriately.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health denied a Registered Nursing Assistant Alicia Ann Branum (NA61226818). Branum, who was charged with driving under the influence in Battle Ground Municipal Court in August, did not provide a substance use assessment report with her application, as required.
In May 2022, the Professional Substance Use Disorders Program filed an indictment against a Professional Substance Use Disorders Trainee. Kendra Don Piper (CO60986555) with unprofessional behavior. In August, Piper was convicted by the Kaulitz County Superior Court of several felonies, including theft, possession of stolen property, and forgery.
In April 2022, the Dental Commission reinstated the dental assistant’s license under certain conditions. Alesya Marie Richardson (D160056631). Richardson agreed to comply with the substance use program and submit quarterly performance reports.
In May 2022, the Commission on Nursing accused a registered nurse of Kelly Marie Martin (RN00155102) for unprofessional conduct. Martin is believed to have worked as a school nurse with disabilities, exhibiting, among other things, slurred speech and difficulty filling out forms. Martin also allegedly passed a drug test that tested positive for amphetamine and benzodiazepine, drugs for which Martin had prescriptions.
In May 2022, the Nursing Commission lifted the licensed nurse suspension. Elvia G. Lothrop (RN60023184), provided that Lothrup meets several conditions, including participation in a substance use monitoring program.
In April, the Minister of Health denied a registered nurse assistant and agency consultant a request for Richney Chea Chau (NA61262042, CG61265044). Chau, who was convicted of attempted identity theft and theft in King County Superior Court in September, did not return the required agreement setting out the terms of the license.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health denied a home care assistant a Keilani M. Luxmore (HM61028104) for medical reasons.
In May 2022, the Minister of Health granted the conditions for a Registered Nursing Assistant’s application Andrew Stephen Wilmarth (NA61213898). Wilmarth agreed to terms that include a trial period of at least three years, professional oversight, and quarterly performance reviews. He was convicted of several gross misdemeanors, including in June 2021 for drunk driving.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health denied a Registered Nursing Assistant Megan Rene Kass (NA61213144). Kass did not return the agreement, which required license terms. The conditions were necessary because of a previous deferred prosecution agreement that required her to complete a two-year outpatient alcoholism treatment program.
In April 2022, the Pharmacy Commission denied a pharmacy assistant Azarias Lamar Tannis (VB61157646). Tannis was convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license in 2010, and for forging documents and trying to escape a police car in 2002.
In May 2022, the Dental Commission canceled the terms of the dental assistant license. Carla Garcia (D160689122).
In May 2022, the masseur program filed charges against the massage therapist. Brandon Lee Grosbeck (MA60313574) with unprofessional conduct because he was found guilty of indecent liberties, a felony sex offense by the Snohomish County Superior Court.
In May 2022, the Nurse Assistant program charged a fee to the Certified Nurse Assistant. Margaret Arlene Chesney (NC10052514) with unprofessional behavior. Chesney allegedly altered and forged letters confirming the status of her powers.
In May 2022, the Home Assistance Program charged the Home Care Assistant. Renner P. Santonil (HM60826950) with unprofessional behavior. Santonil allegedly touched the patient’s chest and kissed the patient, who lived in the apartment building where he worked.
In May 2022, the Medical Assistant Program and the Nurse Assistant Program charged Phlebotomy Physician Assistant and Certified Nurse Assistant. Joshua Wayne Strickland (PC60882668, NC60798720) with unprofessional behavior. The State Department of Children, Youth and Families of the Child Protective Services determined that the allegations against Strickland of sexual abuse of minors were substantiated. The charges also state that the trial court found that Strickland’s behavior with another minor involved acts of sexual gratification and that Strickland was dangerous, the appeals court’s ruling upheld.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health denied a Registered Nursing Assistant Attendant Elizabeth Monet Denny (NA61253399) because it did not return the required license agreement. The Minister of Health demanded conditions because Denny was charged with domestic violence in a case that is still pending in Olympia Municipal Court.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health licensed an affiliated adviser to the agency. Star Lynn Johnson (CG61267731). Johnson agreed to a two-year trial period on her license, professional supervision, and quarterly performance reports.
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.