The state disciplines health care providers

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 about disciplinary action taken against physicians and physician assistants is available on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action can be sent to media@wmc.wa.gov.

Information about health care providers can be found on the agency’s website. Click “Find a Healthcare Provider License” in 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 Physiotherapy Board amended the charges against the physiotherapist Amy Lynn Lewis (PT60902515). Lewis was charged with unprofessional conduct for failing to comply with a substance use supervision contract.

Clark County

In July 2022, the Certified Counselors Program and the Substance Use Disorders Professionals Program commissioned a Certified Counselor and a Certified Substance Use Disorders Professional Jesse Allen James (CL61019010, CP00006269) with unprofessional conduct. James reportedly inaccurately records the time he spent with patients.

In July 2022, the Board of Nursing charged a Registered Nurse and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Ashlee Alieta Tubb (RN60475444, AP60525660-NP) with non-professional driving. Tubb allegedly had incorrect information on his COVID-19 vaccine card.

Island County

In July 2022, the East Asian Practitioner Program commissioned an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioner Gail N. Ptacek (AC00000050) to be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety due to a physical or mental condition.

King’s County

In July 2022, the Unauthorized Practice Program notified Amin H. Makeen of his intention to issue a cease and desist order. Makeen does not hold a degree to practice acupuncture, East Asian medicine or massage therapy, but reportedly told a Department of Health investigator that he was licensed to treat pain.

In July 2022, the Health Secretary reinstated the Licensed Practical Nurse license of Dmitry Rudy (NA60029896).

In July 2022, the Higher Veterinary Council instructed the veterinary technician Molly Ella Reagan Axt (AT60593055) with unprofessional conduct. Axt failed to comply with a 2021 Agreed Order that required ongoing training.

In June 2022, the Secretary of Health refused the application for the massage therapist title of Qifang Chen (MA60995814). In April, Chen was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

In July 2022, the health secretary ordered at least 24 months probation for a massage therapist Xing Yu Chen (MA60115256). Chen must also pay a $1,000 fine, undergo continuing education, and allow a Health Ministry investigator to audit Chen’s practice without notice, among other things. When investigators inspected Chen’s massage business, they found multiple violations, including those related to lack of posted employee licenses, medical records and poor sanitary conditions.

Kitsap County

In June 2022, the Health Secretary rejected the massage therapist’s application for Yuhua Liu (MA61203446). In 2015, Liu was convicted of one count of prostitution and solicitation in California.

Pierce County

In July 2022, the Social Worker and Associate Program and the Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program charged Jeanette Alva Carter (CG60266129, SC60868758) with unprofessional conduct. Carter, who has licenses as an agency-affiliated counselor and associate independent clinical social worker, allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual communications with a patient at the correctional facility where she worked.

Snohomish County

In July 2022, the Council of Denturists charged the denturist Svetlana Leonidovna Hinkle (DN60406207) with unprofessional conduct. Hinkle failed to cooperate with an investigation of an alleged billing issue with a patient involving the patient’s insurance, and an audit of patient records showed improper billing and patient records.

Spokane County

In July 2022, the massage therapist program reinstated with conditions the massage therapist license of Loretta Ann Clark (MA60097219). Clark will not engage in solo practice as a massage therapist for 12 months, among other conditions.

Steven County

In July 2022, the Higher Veterinary Council charged the veterinarian Steven D. Harroun (VT00002308) with unprofessional conduct. Harroun allegedly failed to comply with a stipulated agreement that required 30 hours of continuing education.

Whatcom County

In July 2022, the Unauthorized Practice Program notified Hsiang Chiu Chi of his intention to issue a cease and desist order. Chi reportedly provided massage therapy services despite not having a Washington degree.

Yakima County

In July 2022, the Health Secretary conditionally granted a Professional Trainee Addictions License to Jaime Barajas (CO61299596). His degree will be on probation for two years and he must have professional supervision and submit quarterly performance reviews for two years. Between 2006 and 2020, Barajas was convicted of felony assault and several misdemeanors related to driving with a suspended license.

In July 2022, the Health Secretary ended probation on the substance use disorder occupational license of Robert Keith Lambert (CO61134369).

out of state

Ohio: In June 2022, the Board of Nursing denied the RN application for David Goodhart (RN61249643). Goodhart failed to obtain a substance use assessment, which was required as part of the application.

Oregon: In July 2022, the Health Secretary conditionally granted a Professional Trainee Addictions License to Russell Kurt Hanson (CO61265823). Hanson agreed to the terms, which include at least 24 months probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In June 2018, Hanson was convicted of stealing mail or receiving stolen mail in the Oregon Circuit Court.

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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