The state revokes and suspends licenses, certifications, and registration of medical service providers

For immediate release: August 12, 2022 (22-125)

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

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of such health care providers in our state. The department also immediately disbarred people barred from practicing in other states.

The department’s Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to establish licensure standards for more than 80 health 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 about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to [email protected]

Information about medical service providers is available on the agency’s website. Click on “Search for a health care provider license” under the “How about me?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site contains information on health care provider license status, 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 also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Chelan County

In July 2022, the Agency Affiliate Consultant Program suspended the Agency Affiliate Consultant License Co-grandfather of Lozano Vargas (CG61079169). Vargas failed to comply with a 2021 agreed-upon order requiring him to participate in a substance use monitoring program.

Grant County

In July 2022, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and Allen D. Quinn (OP00001193) agreed to an order that Quinn surrender his license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon, including any temporary, emergency, or volunteer practice. He is not allowed to resubmit or reactivate his credentials. Quinn violated the terms of a 2013 agreed order by treating and prescribing controlled substances to patients who were not on hospice.

Mason County

In July 2022, the Nursing Commission suspended the Diploma in Practical Nursing Kristen Kelly Ramirez (LP60259260). Ramirez has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she is not in compliance with a required substance use monitoring program.

Snohomish County

In July 2022, the Minister of Health suspended the massage therapist’s license for at least six years Brandon Lee Groesbeck (MA60313574) after he was convicted of indecent liberties, a felony sex offense, in Snohomish County Superior Court. Groesbeck did not respond to the allegations.

In July 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the Registered Nursing Assistant Sarah Marie Nichols (NA61136314) for failure to comply with a 2021 agreed order for her participation in a substance use monitoring program.

In July 2022, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and Dennis Stephen Mann agreed to a change to a previously agreed upon order, he surrenders his osteopathy license (OP00000949). Mann agreed never to resume practice, including temporary, emergency or volunteer practice, and not to seek reinstatement. Mann and the board agreed to adopt the 2021 order after it failed to document in surveys whether multiple patients needed opioid treatment. Mann requested a modification of the 2021 consent order denying the license.

Spokane County

In June 2022, the Minister of Health revoked the home assistant’s license Charlene Perez (HM60708673). The Department of Health and Human Services’ Adult Protection Service found that Perez was financially exploiting a vulnerable adult.

Out of state

Michigan: In July 2022, the Board of Nursing temporarily suspended the nurse’s license pending further disciplinary action. Laurie Ann Pickard (RN60989965). The Texas Board of Nursing signed an agreed order with Pickard that placed Pickard’s nursing credentials on inactive status after Pickard violated the Texas Board of Nursing order. Based on the Texas disciplinary action, the Wisconsin Board of Nursing suspended Pickard’s license, and the Florida Board of Nursing agreed to Pickard’s voluntary relinquishment of his license.

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