The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: September 9, 2022 (22-138)

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 set 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 [email protected]

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.

Clark County

In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission rejected the Pharmacy Assistant application of Debra Sue Seitz (VB61161192). She did not accept the conditions imposed on the licence. Seitz was convicted of theft, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and making false or misleading statements between 2003 and 1997.

Cowlitz County

In August 2022, the Board of Nursing conditionally granted a licensed practical nurse title to Kenna Courtaney Lemons, also known as Kenna Courtaney Pollock, (LP61278856). She must participate in a substance abuse assessment and monitoring program.

Douglas County

In August 2022, the pharmacy commission charged the pharmacist Geoffrey W. Reynolds (PH00017863) with unprofessional conduct. Reynolds allegedly wasted doses of the COVID-19 vaccine instead of administering them and fraudulently documented their administration to two patients.

King’s County

In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Penny Michelle Phair (MC61202553) that he had mistakenly issued her a mental health counselor associate license. The department canceled the title and moved the application to “pending” to allow Phair to submit more information showing that she meets the title requirements.

In August 2022, the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems program charged an emergency medical technician Andrew T. Finseth (ES01163279) with unprofessional conduct. Finseth pleaded guilty to computer trespassing and cyberstalking in King County Superior Court. He posed as another firefighter and used that firefighter’s email to send threatening letters to a member of the Seattle City Council, among other misuse of the other’s email firefighter.

Kitsap County

In July 2022, the Secretary of Health rejected the application for an affiliated counselor license to the registered agency of Scott Patrick Kelly (CG61210216). Kelly was convicted of forgery in 2004 and 2006. In 2010 he was convicted of driving under the influence and in 2018 of driving with a suspended license.

Pierce County

In August 2022, the Care Aide Program and Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program billed the Registered Nurse Assistant and Agency-Affiliated Counselor Mark S. James (NA60755181, CG60764864) with unprofessional conduct. While working at Western State Hospital, James allegedly made unauthorized withdrawals of patient funds for his benefit, without the patient’s permission. The charges say he took funds from 13 patients, ranging from $50 to $2,180.

Skagit County

In August 2022, the pharmacy commission charged the pharmacist Clint Auttapibarn (PH60409983) with unprofessional conduct. In 2020, Auttapibarn waived his California pharmacist license through a stipulated waiver order. In 2021, colleagues reportedly observed Auttapibarn working while intoxicated.

Snohomish County

In August 2022, the Health Secretary terminated the terms of the Emergency Medical Technician License of Marcus Patrick Stein (ES61028820).

In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Tamera Jordan Duncombe (NC61259218) that she had mistakenly received a title of certified practical nurse. The ministry canceled the title and moved the application to “pending” status.

out of state

Hawaii: In August 2022, the dental commission charged the dentist Karen Floyd Shepard (DE00007852) with unprofessional conduct. Sheppard allegedly failed to communicate and perform a patient’s pre-treatment exam, review records, assess a patient’s pre-orthodontic status, and maintain records, among other issues.

Texas: In July 2022, the Dental Commission rejected the dentist’s application for Bongmin An (DE61206238). In 2012, An entered into a consent order with the Oregon Board of Dentistry agreeing to resign his license and not seek future licensing in Oregon. The Oregon board suspended its license for altered or incomplete patient dental records, allegedly falsely billing insurers and using and distributing marijuana.

West Virginia: In June 2022, the Ministry of Health notified Virgil Waid McMillion (OP61188818-IMLC) that she had mistakenly issued him with a license as an osteopathic physician and surgeon. The ministry canceled the title and placed it on “pending” status.

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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