For immediate release: August 12, 2022 (22-125)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public Inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of the following healthcare providers in our state. The department also immediately suspended the credentials of people who were barred from practicing in other states.
The Ministry’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to establish accreditation standards for more than 80 health professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors ). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 homepage (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 also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In July 2022, the Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program suspended the Agency-Affiliated Counselor license from Suyedid Lozano Vargas (CG61079169). Vargas failed to comply with a 2021 agreed-upon order that required enrollment in the substance use monitoring program.
In July 2022, the Council of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and Allen D. Quinn (OP00001193) has accepted an order in which Quinn waives his license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon, including any temporary, emergency or pro bono practice. He does not have the right to reapply or reactivate his title. Quinn violated the terms of a 2013 agreed-upon order by treating and prescribing controlled substances to non-hospitalized patients.
In July 2022, the Board of Nursing suspended the Licensed Practical Nurse title from Kristan Kelly Ramirez (LP60259260). Ramirez has not responded to accusations that she was not in compliance with a required substance use monitoring program.
In July 2022, the health secretary suspended for at least six years the massage therapist license of Brandon Lee Groesbeck (MA60313574) after being found guilty of indecent liberties, a criminal sex offense, by Snohomish County Superior Court. Groesbeck did not respond to the charges.
In July 2022, the Practical Nursing Program suspended the Licensed Practical Nurse Sarah Marie Nichols (NA61136314) for failing to comply with a 2021 agreed-upon order requiring him to enroll in a substance use monitoring program.
In July 2022, the Council of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and Denis Steven Mann has accepted a modification of a previously agreed order, he renounces his osteopathy license (OP00000949). Mann agreed never to resume practice, including temporary, emergency or pro bono practice and not to seek reinstatement. Mann and the Council agreed to a stipulated order in 2021 after failing to document during examinations whether opioid treatment was needed for several patients. Mann requested the modification of the agreed order of 2021 to return his license.
In June 2022, the health secretary revoked the home help license of Charlene Perez (HM60708673). The Ministry of Health and Social Services Adult Protective Services determined that Perez was financially exploiting a vulnerable adult.
out of state
Michigan: In July 2022, the Board of Nursing summarily suspended, pending further disciplinary action, the registered nurse license of Laurie Ann Pickard (RN60989965). The Texas Board of Nursing had entered into an agreed order with Pickard that placed Pickard’s nursing title into inactive status after Pickard violated a Texas Board of Nursing order. Based on the disciplinary action in Texas, the Wisconsin Board of Nursing suspended Pickard’s license and the Florida Board of Nursing accepted Picard’s voluntary surrender of his license.
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