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State disciplines health care providers-R20-14

For immediate release: June 1, 2020  (20-090)

Contact:  Sharon Moysiuk, Communications  360-549-6471 Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service  360-236-4700

State disciplines health care providers            

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 care professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to media@wmc.wa.gov.

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a health care 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, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Asotin County

In April 2020 the Nursing Assistant Program filed an amended statement of charges against certified nursing assistant John J. Graves (NC10043616) to correct an error.

Clallam County

In March 2020 the secretary of health denied a respiratory care practitioner credential to Megan Leigh LoPiccolo (LR60973108). In 2008 LoPiccolo was convicted in Utah of impaired driving. In 2010 LoPiccolo was convicted in Idaho of possession of a controlled substance. In 2012 and again in 2018 LoPiccolo was convicted in Idaho of driving under the influence. LoPiccolo didn’t furnish proof of having undergone a required substance use evaluation.

Clark County

In April 2020 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Theresa M. Hines (RN00120084, AP60000912) with unprofessional conduct. In 2019 Hines surrendered her Oregon advanced practice registered nurse credential, and her registered nurse license in that state was revoked. Hines didn’t comply with a health professional services program.

In April 2020 the secretary of health denied a home care aide credential to Michelle Marie Rausch (HM60991699). In 2019 Rausch was convicted in Utah of retail theft, shoplifting. That disqualifies Rausch from home care aide certification.

Cowlitz County

In March 2020 the secretary of health denied a home care aide credential to Justine Mia Johnson (HM60947287). In 2018 Johnson was convicted of violation of Uniform Controlled Substances Act – possession of methamphetamine. Johnson didn’t supply proof of having undergone a required substance use evaluation.

In April 2020 the Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program charged agency-affiliated counselor Noah Robert Williams (CG60154897) with unprofessional conduct. In 2019 Williams was convicted of violation of a no-contact order – domestic violence, fourth-degree assault – domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment – domestic violence, and tampering with a witness – domestic violence. Williams allegedly didn’t report the convictions to the Department of Health.

Island County

In April 2020 the Mental Health Counselor Program charged mental health counselor Todd Webb (LH60802522) with unprofessional conduct. While and after he worked as a school counselor, Webb allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student, and allegedly engaged in multiple violations of professional boundaries.

In May 2020 the Veterinary Board charged veterinarian John Joseph Mangiameli (VT00003029) with unprofessional conduct. Mangiameli allegedly practiced substandard surgery and/or didn’t maintain adequate treatment records for six dogs, kept insufficient treatment records, and didn’t manage his practice to provide a safe and sanitary environment.

King County

In April 2020 the Chiropractic Commission ended conditions on the chiropractor credential of Jeffrey M. Suver (CH00033763).

In April 2020 the Psychology Board charged psychologist Bruce Arthur Olson (PY00000889) with unprofessional conduct. Olson allegedly completed a court-ordered parenting evaluation that didn’t meet the standard of care.

In April 2020 the Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, and Emergency Medical Services programs charged certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, and emergency medical technician Erin Huehnergarth (NC10084835, CM60426487, ES60336638) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say police officers dispatched to check on Huehnergarth concluded that she presented an imminent likelihood of serious harm to herself, and recommended that she be evaluated by a mental health professional. Huehnergarth allegedly admitted smoking a brown substance from a pipe.

In April 2020 the secretary of health ended probation for home care aide Michael Frederick Vaughn (HM60960422).

In May 2020 the Medical Assistant Program charged registered medical assistant and certified medical assistant Jenine R. Gephart (MR60707942, CM60764996) with unprofessional conduct. Gephart allegedly communicated with a patient through Gephart’s employer-provided email account to arrange for the purchase of controlled substances for Gephart’s personal use.

Kitsap County

In April 2020 the Medical Assistant Program charged certified medical assistant Shay Switzer (CM60468871) with unprofessional conduct. Switzer allegedly accessed personal information and patient records for purposes unrelated to legitimate patient care needs.

In May 2020 the Agency-Affiliated Counselor and Medical Assistant programs charged agency-affiliated counselor and medical assistant Amber S. Sutherland (CG60938804, CM60679164) with unprofessional conduct. Sutherland allegedly misused methamphetamines. Sutherland allegedly didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.

Pacific County

In May 2020 the secretary of health ended conditions on the massage therapist credential of Stacie Marie Habermann (MA00008086).

Pierce County

In April 2020 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant Samantha Lee Sayachith (NA60904004, NC60908884) with unprofessional conduct. Sayachith allegedly gained unauthorized access to a checkbook for the bank account of an 81-year-old female client with multiple sclerosis. Sayachith allegedly wrote checks totaling more than $18,000, and deposited or tried to deposit them in her own bank account. Sayachith allegedly did deposit checks valued at more than $13,000. In 2019 Sayachith was charged with first-degree identity theft, and with forgery. Sayachith allegedly didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.

Snohomish County

In April 2020 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacist Khaled F. Abdelrazzak (PH00063533) with unprofessional conduct. Abdelrazzak allegedly acquired and dispensed a drug not approved for distribution in the United States, didn’t inform patients that they were receiving an unapproved drug, and received about $231,000 in related Medicare claim payments. Abdelrazzak allegedly sold the remaining drugs to another pharmacy, and, when questioned, provided a false invoice. In 2019 Abdelrazzak pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receipt of misbranded drugs in interstate commerce and proffered delivery thereof for pay.

In April 2020 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Marcie D. Eaton (RN00131174) with unprofessional conduct. Eaton allegedly didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program.

In May 2020 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Bridget Theresa Lewellen-Koski of its intent to issue a cease-and desist order. Lewellen-Koski allegedly formerly held a registered counselor license, a credential abolished in 2010, but in 2019 and 2020 presented herself as having a valid counselor license.

Thurston County

In April 2020 the Emergency Medical Services Program charged emergency medical technician Lance D. Casto (ES01171386) with unprofessional conduct. In 2019 Casto was convicted of third-degree assault.

In April 2020 the Massage Therapist Program charged massage therapist Ann Fain (MA00009789) with unprofessional conduct. Fain allegedly didn’t provide the Department of Health with a full and complete explanation about allegations involving standard of care issues.

Yakima County

In April 2020 the Substance Use Disorder Professional Program agreed to reinstate the substance use disorder professional trainee credential of Amanda Rodriguez (CO60819675) and directed her to continue complying with a substance abuse monitoring program. Rodriguez’s license was suspended in January 2020 because she didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program.

In May 2020 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Mandy L. Baker (NC10054233) with unprofessional conduct. Baker allegedly tested positive for a substance for which she had no prescription.

Out of State

Georgia: In May 2020 the Psychology Board charged psychologist Peggie Lou Salsbury-Simler (PY60268445) with unprofessional conduct. Salsbury-Simler allegedly inadequately supervised auxiliary staff members, aided and abetted unlicensed practice, and/or misrepresented therapeutic treatment services to insurance providers. Salsbury-Simler allegedly practiced below the standard of care, engaged in dual roles, kept inadequate records, and didn’t fulfill a patient’s request for records.

Hawaii: In April 2020 the Massage Therapist Program charged massage therapist Kathryn J. Clark (MA00003064) with unprofessional conduct. Clark allegedly didn’t supply proof of having completed required continuing education.

Maine: In April 2020 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Justin Alan Frechette (RN60662219) with unprofessional conduct. In 2019 Frechette surrendered his New Hampshire nurse license. In 2020 the Maine Board of Nursing placed Frechette on probation in connection with a complaint that he withdrew narcotic medication without an order, didn’t document administering it, and disposed of the rest of it without a witness.

Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.