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Olympia — The Washington State Department of Health and Human Services has taken disciplinary action or dismissed charges against the following healthcare 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). For information on disciplinary action against physicians and physician assistants, visit the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary actions may be sent to [email protected]

Information on healthcare providers can be found on the Agency’s website. In the How Do I section, click Look Up Healthcare Provider License. Section of Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site contains information about a healthcare provider’s licensing status, the expiration and renewal dates of their qualification, disciplinary action, 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.

Clallam County

In March 2022, the Minister of Health granted a consultant license attached to the agency, subject to conditions Michelle Margaret Duvall (CG61234863). She agreed to terms, which include a two-year probationary period on her credentials, professional oversight and quarterly performance reports. In 2014, Duvall was convicted of theft and forgery in Clallam County Superior Court.

Clark County

In March 2022, the Dental Commission charged the dentist Brady Tucker Smith (DE60506244) with unprofessional behavior after allegedly treating several patients below standard of care. Charges say Smith did not fill out medical records for patients who received scaling and root planning services.

Jefferson County

In March 2022, the Secretary of Health rejected a substance use disorder trainee’s application Sara Thornton Soper (CO61202438). Soper was convicted of second-degree theft in 2018.

king county

In March 2022, the Secretary of Health ended the probationary period for the Substance Use Disorder Vocational Training License Zach Richard Renzetti (CO61076346).

In March 2022, the Minister of Health ended the probationary period for the massage therapist license from Benjamin Ray Gallagher (MA60943475).

In March 2022, the Chiropractic Commission indicted the chiropractor State C. Medsker, Jr. (CH00002796) with unprofessional behavior. Medsker’s license has been suspended since 2018, but he is said to have practiced on one patient on five separate days in March 2021.

In March 2022 board member physiotherapy and physiotherapist Judy L Galambos (PT00009661) reached an agreement requiring them to adhere to a drug use surveillance program, pay a $1,000 fine and pass an ethics course.

Kitsap County

In March 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program indicted registered nursing assistants William John Kipp Jr. (NA60704749) with unprofessional behavior. Between 1995 and 2005, Kipp allegedly had non-consensual sexual contact with two minors.

In March 2022, the nursing commission reintroduced the license to practice as a registered nursing specialist, subject to certain conditions Caprice Carole La Dieu, also known as Caprice Carole Taylor (RN60409110). Conditions require La Dieu to complete a refresher course and further training.

County Pierce

In March 2022, the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Young T Park his intention to issue an injunction. Park is said to have given a patient a massage, but is not licensed to practice massage in Washington and has never done so.

In March 2022 the Nursing Assistant Program and certified Nursing Assistant Betty Jo Nelson (NC60135892) has entered into an agreement putting its license on probation for a minimum of two years after failing to honor a 2020 agreement. She must also complete an ethics and boundary check, among other conditions of her license.

In March 2022, the Nursing Commission appointed a licensed practical nurse Adeyinka B. Wuraola (LP00058851) with unprofessional behavior. Wuraola allegedly earned a nursing degree without acquiring the required training, and allegedly intentionally misrepresented her training and other facts during the investigation.

Snohomish County

In March 2022, the Dental Association indicted the dentist Gene Melner (DN60457532) with unprofessional behavior. Charges say a patient who was having dentures fitted at Melner’s clinic went to pick him up and found the office was closed. Melner reportedly gave investigators no explanation when they contacted him about the allegations.

In March 2022, the Minister of Health withdrew the charges against the registered nursing assistant Peters Joseph Ikeji (NA60876703).

In March 2022, the pharmacy commission issued a license to practice as a pharmacist’s assistant, subject to certain conditions Samantha Jane Zeine (VB61238544). She agreed to a minimum two-year probationary period, quarterly performance reviews, and a 4-hour continuing education course. Zeine failed to disclose her convictions of assault and domestic violence and violation of a no-contact order in the Island County Municipal Court in her filing.

County Thurston

In February 2022, the Minister of Health granted an agency-related consultant license subject to conditions Betianne Sara Townshend (CG61244635). She agreed to a three-year probationary period for her qualifications, professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. Townshend was convicted in 2019 in Thurston County Superior Court of multiple felonies, including bail jumping and criminal impersonation.

In March 2022, the Secretary of Health ended the terms of the home care assistant license Katie Lyn Thomas (HM60939501).

Walla-Wala County

In March 2022, the Nursing Commission ended the probationary period for the registered nurse license from Kenneth Bailey Smith (RN60733283).

Whatcom County

In February 2022, the Ministry of Health ended the conditions for the masseur license from Amanda Marie Carter Arvine (MA60503968).

In March 2022 the dental commission and dentist Believe R. Bult (DE00009293) reached an agreement committing Bult to continue to adhere to a program that assesses and monitors her health and skills. Bult sustained a head injury in January 2020 which initially left her unable to practice with adequate skill and safety.

In March 2022, the Secretary of Health reinstated the paramedic license Charles Michael Lester (ES01163649).

In March 2022, a certified nursing assistant was hired as part of the Nursing Assistant Program Sierra Lydia Jackson (NC60800588) with unprofessional behavior. Jackson did not report that she was convicted of assault in Yakima County Superior Court in August 2021.

Montana: In March 2022, the Nursing Commission reintroduced the Licensed Practical Nurse credential Carrie L Brewer (LP00050994).

Oregon: In March 2022, the Nursing Commission appointed a licensed practical nurse Caroline Wanjiru Dion (LP60798050) with unprofessional behavior after the Oregon State Board of Nursing accepted Dion’s voluntary surrender of her qualification. Dion reportedly worked in Oregon as an unsupervised registered nurse without a licensed independent provider.

Note to the editor: Healthcare providers accused of unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Department of Health. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case goes to a hearing.