For immediate release: August 11, 2022 (22-123)
Contact: Sharon MoysiukCommunications 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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 licensure standards for more than 80 health care professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counselors). Information regarding disciplinary action taken against physicians and physician assistants can be found at Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website.. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action may be directed to email@example.com.
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 do it?” section i 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 July 2022, the health secretary granted a substance use disorder professional practitioner license with conditions Hannah Elizabeth Cowin (CO61291072). Cowin agreed to the terms, which include 24 months probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reports. In 2017, Cowin was convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance in superior court. In 2016, she was convicted of three counts of theft.
In May 2022, the health secretary conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor license to Tricia Elizabeth Tyner, also known as Tricia Elizabeth Tyner-Longhorn, (CG61203426). Tyner agreed to the terms, which include two years of probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance evaluations. In 2018, Tyner was convicted of identity theft in a California Superior Court.
In July 2022, the Dental Commission ended the test for a dentist’s license Abel Luis Riojas (DE00010763).
In July 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program commissioned the certified nursing assistant Roberto Zitri Espinoza Woe (NC60996291) with unprofessional conduct. Vargas allegedly abused a vulnerable adult who was a patient in the closed memory care unit of an assisted living facility where he worked. The charges allege that Vargas falsely told the patient, who suffered from dementia, that his family was dead and the patient had killed them. Vargas also allegedly pushed, pulled, choked and forcibly restrained the patient against his will by lying on top of him.
In July 2022, the health secretary withdrew the charges against the independent social worker Shannon M. Tierney (LW00007915).
In July 2022 the Unlicensed Practice Program was announced Therese A. Henning (MA00012801) for its purpose of issuing a cease and desist order for allegedly practicing massage without a license and advertising to provide massage services.
In July 2022, the Pharmacy Commission commissioned the pharmacy assistant and technician Mark Alan Schultz (VB60802080, VA60968405) with unprofessional conduct. Schultz allegedly took merchandise from the pharmacy where he worked, including two bottles of Alprazolam, a controlled substance.
In July 2022, the secretary of health ended probation for the registered counselor license at the affiliated agency. Luther Armane Mitchell-Walker (CG61072042).
In July 2022, the health secretary ended the nursing assistant licensure test Attorney Monique Rankin (NC60335443).
In July 2022, the Massage Therapy Program commissioned a massage therapist Matthew Richard Timmons (MA60171973) with unprofessional conduct. He did not respond to an investigator about a complaint alleging Timmons was practicing massage with an expired license.
In July 2022, the Nursing Commission commissioned the registered nurse Lisa A. Johnson (RN00150962) with unprofessional conduct. Johnson allegedly disclosed criminal convictions for theft and burglary after applying for reactivation of her license.
In July 2022, the Board of Nursing commissioned a licensed practical nurse Michael Angelo Vidal (LP61041061) with unprofessional conduct. Vidal was convicted of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence in Pierce County District Court after Vidal assaulted his child.
In July 2022, the Nursing Commission commissioned the registered nurse Nicholas Christian Keller (RN60261908) with unprofessional behavior. Keller allegedly diverted the oxycodone from his workplace to his personal use.
In July 2022, the Board of Nursing commissioned a licensed practical nurse Kristi Marie Auckland (LP60270286) with unprofessional conduct. Auckland allegedly diverted controlled substances from several facilities where she worked. In January 2021, Auckland was convicted of driving under the influence in Lakewood Municipal Court.
In July 2022, the Dental Commission and the dentist David G. Myaskovsky (DE00007078) agreed to an order requiring Myaskovsky to pay a $5,000 fine, pay $5,469 in restitution, receive additional continuing education in record keeping, and take an ethics and boundaries exam, among others. Myaskovsky practiced below the standard of care.
In July 2022, the secretary of health reinstated the certified nursing assistant license. Thomas Francis Begley (NC60167880).
In July 2022, the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery withdrew the charges against the osteopathic physician and surgeon Carolyn Kay Moody (OP60734187).
California: In July 2022, the Dental Commission ended the test for a dentist’s license Yang H. Kim (DE60541477).
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.