The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: September 23, 2022 (22-147)

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 dropped charges against the following health care providers in our state.

The 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 on disciplinary actions taken against physicians and assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary actions may be sent to [email protected]

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Search for a Health Care Provider License” in the “How To?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information on health care provider license status, 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 believe a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission denied the pharmacy technician credential application of Briana Ang Gutierrez (VB61079103). In 2020, Gutierrez was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest in Yakima County District Court. Gutierrez did not return an agreement requiring conditions on her license.

Clark County

In August 2022, the Certified Counselor and Substance Use Disorders Programs ordered the Certified Counselor Licensure and Substance Use Disorder Professional Licensure at Jesse Allen James (CL61019010, CP00006269) to be placed on at least 24 months probation. James cannot engage in independent practice as counsel for 24 months, must pay a $500 fine, undergo a quarterly review and complete 12 hours of continuing legal and ethics education. In 2021, an audit found that James had incorrectly recorded the time spent with patients.

In September 2022, the Board of Nursing appointed a licensed nurse Simon Peter Walusimbi (LP60829583) with unprofessional behavior. In 2022, Walusimbi was convicted of failure to perform the duties of a driver (property damage) in the state of Oregon.

Cowlitz County

In August 2022, the Board of Nursing ended the requirements for a registered nurse credential at Thomas Lloyd Jones Jr (RN60222011).

Grays Harbor County

In August 2022, the Board of Nursing discontinued the requirements for the advanced registered nurse practitioner diplomas and the registered nurse diplomas of Jennifer A. Klingenpeel (AP30007086, RN00158720).

Kitsap County

In August 2022, the Board of Nursing hired a registered nurse Beverly Michelle Johnson (RN60657980) with unprofessional conduct. In 2021, Johnson allegedly returned from her lunch break at a skilled nursing facility impaired by alcohol.

King County

In September 2022, the Board of Nursing appointed a licensed nurse Absolom Ngomi Wangige (LP00058906) with unprofessional behavior. Wangige allegedly practiced as a licensed practical nurse until that certificate expired and failed to respond to the Commission’s requests for a statement and documents.

Pierce County

In August 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, the accreditation of a respiratory therapist Anthony Bryant (LR61280911). Bryant agreed to the terms, which include participation in a recovery program with one to five years of substance screening. From 2016 to 2018, Bryant was charged with three counts of driving while intoxicated, one count of driving without an ignition interlock device and one count of altering firearm identification marks.

Spokane County

In July 2022, the Minister for Health rejected the application for accreditation of a professional trainee for substance use disorder Amanda Louise Carell (CO61279480). In 2019, Carell pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and vehicle theft.

In September 2022, the Board of Nursing hired a registered nurse Brandelyn Lynette Betts (RN60401556) with unprofessional conduct. In 2019, Betts allegedly removed controlled substances for patients without documenting any use, and in 2020 he was convicted of concealing and possessing a controlled substance in Idaho.

Thurston County

In August 2022, the Minister of Health granted, subject to conditions, the accreditation of an associate adviser to the agency Reggie Renido Parker (CG61278133). Parker agreed to 24 months of supervised probation. In 2018, Parker was convicted of two counts of driving under the influence.

In August 2022, the Minister of Health issued a cease and desist order Chelsea Alysse Hedrick. Hedrick was ordered to no longer practice massage unless properly licensed and to pay a $1,000 fine.

In August 2022, the Minister of Health issued a cease and desist order Cheng Liu. Liu was ordered to no longer practice massage without a proper license and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Whatcom County

In August 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the pharmacist’s application for credentials Emily Ann Scondin (VB61253966). From 2015 to 2019, Skondin was convicted of theft, driving while intoxicated under 21 and reckless driving. Skondin failed to comply with the substance use evaluation required by her application.

Out of state

Kansas: In July 2022, the Minister of Health refused the application for accreditation of the surgical technologist Nicholas James Henry (ST61214753). Between 2009 and 2019, Henry was convicted of three DUI charges. Henry failed to comply with the substance use evaluation required by his application.

North Carolina: In September 2022, the Board of Nursing hired a registered nurse Christy Ann Linerud (RN00124887) with unprofessional conduct. In 2020, Linerud allegedly agreed to participate in a substance use monitoring program, and in 2021, he allegedly failed to report to the Commission a 2021 drink-driving conviction.

Note to editors: Health care providers accused of unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond in writing to the Department of Health. After that, the case enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will be heard.

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