The state disciplines health care providers

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For immediate release: August 3, 2022 (22-119)

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 establish accreditation standards for more than 80 health professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counsellors). Information on disciplinary action taken against doctors and medical assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action can be sent to [email protected]

Information about health care providers can be found on the agency’s website. Click on “Find a healthcare provider licensein the “How do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, title expiration and renewal date, 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 has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In July 2022, the Chiropractic Commission placed by Nathan Scott Anderson chiropractic license (CH60440427) in probationary period. Anderson agreed to enroll and participate in a substance use monitoring program, submit personal progress reports, and not visit any patients at home. From November 2017 to September 2018, Anderson visited a patient at home, during which time hydrocodone pills went missing. Moreover, he bought the patient a gun without immediately paying for it.

King’s County

In July 2022, the Board of Nursing charged a registered nurse Marlene J. Lehman (RN00142905) with unprofessional conduct. Lehman reportedly took hydromorphone at the facility where she worked. She also allegedly failed to administer narcotic medications according to nursing standards and did not follow the facility’s policy on medication waste in delaying the wastage of narcotic medications.

Lewis County

In July 2022, the Certified Physician Assistant Program agreed to grant, with conditions, a Certified Physician Assistant license to Sequoia Christal Fields (MR61246229). Fields agreed to take courses in law, ethics and theft awareness.

Pierce County

In July 2022, the Health Secretary conditionally granted a Certified Nursing Assistant license to Megan Renae Cass (NC61294122). Cass agreed to abide by the terms of a substance use monitoring program. In 2020, Cass was granted a deferred prosecution for two cases in Buckley City Court requiring participation in an outpatient alcoholism program.

In July 2022, the Secretary of Health ended the conditions of the professional title of substance use disorder of Bruce Wayne Davis (CP61097177).

Spokane County

In July 2022, the Caregiver Program billed the Certified Caregiver Aisha Shanae Spears-Foster (NC10078302) with unprofessional conduct for allegedly abusing alcohol.

In July 2022, the Health Secretary ended conditions on the powers of Daybreak Youth Services – Brush Prairie (FS60873310, FS60722961).

In July 2022, the Health Secretary ended the probation of the Registered Physician Assistant license of Todd Allen Dixon (MR60684962).

Thurston County

In July 2022, the health secretary ordered Aneka Montello to stop practicing as a veterinary technician in Washington unless she obtains a license.

In July 2022, the Board of Nursing terminated the terms of the RN license of Kearsten Estelle Shotwell (RN60577468).

Whatcom County

In July 2022, the Caregiver Program billed the Certified Caregiver Joshua John McDonald (NC61000690) with unprofessional conduct. McDonald was arrested and charged with attempted murder and malicious mischief in Whatcom County Superior Court after he allegedly stabbed and slit the throat of an 87-year-old woman for whom he worked as a full-time caregiver.

Yakima County

In July 2022, the health secretary dropped the charges against the massage therapist Casey A.Sanford (MA60483788).

out of state

Kentucky: In July 2022, the Board of Nursing conditionally restored the title of Registered Nurse to Stacey Marie McHone (RN61024602). McHone must participate in a substance use monitoring program and complete certain training courses.

Oregon: In July 2022, the pharmacy commission charged the pharmacist Daniel Nelson Asay (PH60921227) with unprofessional conduct. Asay did not provide any documents in response to an inquiry.

In July 2022, the pharmacy commission charged the pharmacist Howard Anthony Jensen (PH60969681) with Unprofessional Conduct for failing to cooperate with the Conduct Authority’s investigation.

Texas: In June 2022, the Unauthorized Practice Program notified Matthew Joseph Sciba of his intention to issue a cease and desist order. Sciba provided cognitive behavioral therapy to a client over skype, but did not have a license to practice as a mental health counselor.

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 settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the matter will proceed to a hearing.

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