State Disciplines Healthcare 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 and Human Services has disciplinary action or dismissed charges against the following healthcare 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 professions (eg, dentists, nurses, consultants). For information on disciplinary action against physicians and physician assistants, visit the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary actions may be sent to [email protected].
Information on healthcare providers can be found on the Agency’s website. In the How Do I section, click Look Up Healthcare Provider License. Section of Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site contains information about a healthcare provider’s licensing status, expiration and renewal dates of their qualification, disciplinary action, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who feel that a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission rejected the application for a pharmacist assistant Debra Sue Seitz (VB61161192). She did not agree to the terms of the license. Seitz was convicted between 2003 and 1997 of theft, obstructing a police officer, and providing false or misleading information.
In August 2022, the Nursing Commission conditionally granted a Licensed Practical Nurse Credential Kenna Courtaney Lemons, also known as Kenna Courtaney Pollock, (LP61278856). She must participate in a drug abuse screening and surveillance program.
In August 2022, the Pharmacy Commission indicted the pharmacist Geoffrey W Reynolds (PH00017863) with unprofessional behavior. Reynolds allegedly wasted COVID-19 vaccine doses instead of administering them and fraudulently documented administering them to two patients.
In June 2022, the Ministry of Health announced Penny Michelle Phair (MC61202553) that she was erroneously issued with a mental health counselor license. The department revoked the eligibility and deferred the application to “pending” to allow Phair to submit further information demonstrating that she meets the eligibility requirements.
In August 2022, the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems program hired an EMT Andrew T Finseth (ES01163279) with unprofessional behavior. Finseth pleaded guilty to computer abuse and cyberstalking charges in King County Superior Court. He posed as another firefighter and used that firefighter’s email to send threatening letters to a Seattle City Council member, among other abuses of the other firefighter’s email.
In July 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the application for admission as a consultant for a registered agency Scott Patrick Kelly (CG61210216). Kelly was convicted of forgery in 2004 and 2006. In 2010 he was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and in 2018 of driving while his license was revoked.
In August 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program and Agency Affiliated Counselor Program indicted registered nursing assistants and Agency Affiliated Counselor Programs Mark S James (NA60755181, CG60764864) with unprofessional behavior. While working at Western State Hospital, James allegedly made unauthorized withdrawals of patient funds for his benefit without the patient’s authorization. The indictment says he took funds ranging from $50 to $2,180 from 13 patients.
In August 2022, the Pharmacy Commission indicted the pharmacist Clint Auttapibarn (PH60409983) with unprofessional behavior. In 2020, Auttapibarn relinquished his California pharmacist license through a set surrender order. In 2021, employees reportedly observed Auttapibarn at work while intoxicated.
In August 2022, the Secretary of Health ended the terms of the paramedic license Mark Patrick Stein (ES61028820).
In June 2022, the Ministry of Health announced Tamera Jordan Duncombe (NC61259218) that she had been mistakenly issued with a certified nursing assistant credential. The department revoked the credential and deferred the application to pending status.
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Hawaii: In August 2022, the Dental Commission charged the dentist Karen Floyd Sheppard (DE00007852) with unprofessional behavior. Sheppard’s alleged failures, among other things, to communicate with a patient and conduct a pre-treatment exam, review records, assess a patient’s pre-orthodontic condition, and keep records.
Texas: In July 2022, the Dental Association rejected the dentist application Bongmin An (DE61206238). In 2012, An completed a consent order with the Oregon Board of Dentistry, in which he agreed to relinquish his license and not seek future license in Oregon. The Oregon Board suspended its license over altered or incomplete dental medical records, alleged false billing with insurers, and the use and distribution of marijuana.
West Virginia: In June 2022, the Ministry of Health announced Virgil Waid McMillion (OP61188818-IMLC) that it had erroneously issued him with a license as an osteopathic physician and surgeon. The department revoked the credential and placed it in pending status.
Note to the editor: Healthcare 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 case goes to a hearing.
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