For immediate release: August 29, 2022 (22-130)
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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary actions taken against physicians and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action may be sent to [email protected].
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Apply for 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, their credential expiration and renewal dates, disciplinary actions, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236 -4700. Consumers who feel that a health care provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In August 2022, the Home Care Assistance Program was launched Nicole Rebecca Reed (HM60969888) with unprofessional conduct. Reed allegedly worked while intoxicated.
In August 2022, the Board of Nursing completed the test for the registered nurse license of Shawnna L. Dixon (RN00170527).
In July 2022, the secretary of health rejected the medical assistant phlebotomist and certified nursing assistant applications of Kimberly Ann Smith (PC61245142, NC61257435). Smith did not submit evidence of a substance use assessment as required for the application. In 2020 and 2008 she was convicted of driving under the influence.
In July 2022, the Chiropractic Commission commissioned the chiropractor Rondle Jay Bennett (CH00003565) with unprofessional conduct. Bennett allegedly failed to schedule a mental health examination, as required by a 2021 agreed-upon order.
In August 2022, the Dental Commission accused Matt M. Rafie with unprofessional behavior. Rafie, a moderate sedation dentist with a license for parenteral agents (DE00011101, CS10000480), did not comply with the mental examination order as required by the Commission.
In July 2022, the Secretary of Health has completed the requirements for the registered medical assistant license of Sequoia Crystal Fields (MR61246229).
In July 2022, the health secretary conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor license to Arwen Evenstar Moody (CG61290409). Moody’s credential is on probation for two years and she is required to have professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In 2017, Moody was convicted of theft of a firearm and burglary of a habitation in Benton County Superior Court.
In July 2022, the Secretary of Health granted her a registered nursing assistant license with conditions Ramon Magana (NA61310318). Magana’s employer must submit quarterly performance evaluations for three years, and Magana must provide evidence of compliance with court-ordered probation conditions. In 2016, Magana was convicted of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
In July 2022, the Dental Commission granted him a dental assistant license with conditions Dana Lou Brady (D161148170). Brady’s license was placed on probation for at least two years, and Brady’s employer must submit quarterly performance evaluations. In 2019, Brady was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in the federal district court for the Western District of Tennessee.
In August 2022, the Board of Physical Therapy imposed sanctions on the physical therapist Heather E. Sheppard (PT00009643), which did not respond to allegations that it provided treatment to a patient’s wife without authorization from a medical provider or home health agency. Sheppard must pay a $2,500 fine, practice under the supervision of a professional and complete continuing education, among other sanctions.
In July 2022, the Home Care Aide Program and the Nursing Assistant Program commissioned the home care aide and registered nurse assistant Michelle Dixon (HM61027539, NA60901970) with unprofessional conduct. Dixon allegedly diverted medication from patients at an assisted living facility where she worked.
In July 2022, the health secretary conditionally granted the affiliated agency’s counselor’s license to Danielle Rae Gonzales (CG61296224). Gonzales’ license is on probation for 18 months and she must have professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations.
In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission denied the pharmacy assistant license application Thomas James Gagnier (VB61233001). In 2015, Gagnier was convicted of violating a restraining order in Spokane Superior Court and stalking in Spokane District Court.
In August 2022, the Health Secretary granted the Registered Nursing Assistant application with conditions Dejournette Elizabeth Monet Denny (NA61253399). Denny’s credentials are on probation for two years, and her employer must submit quarterly performance evaluations.
In July 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program commissioned the certified nursing assistant Heidi Lynne Cayce (NC10076133) with unprofessional conduct. The charges state that Cayce was a direct care provider for a client. In January 2022, she allegedly became unresponsive with empty vodka bottles nearby and was transported to a medical center and tested for blood alcohol.
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 resolution process. If no disciplinary agreement is reached, the case will go to a hearing.
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