The state disciplines health care providers

For immediate release: July 29, 2022 (22-115)

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.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 Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to establish accreditation standards for more than 80 health professions (eg, dentists, nurses, counsellors). Information about disciplinary action taken against physicians and physician assistants is available on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action can be sent to media@wmc.wa.gov.

Information about health care providers can be found on the agency’s website. Click “Find a Healthcare 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, title expiration and renewal date, 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 health care provider has acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In June 2022, the Board of Nursing withdrew charges against a registered nurse Kelly Marie Martin (RN00155102)

Clallam County

In June 2022, the health secretary conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor license to Jessica Mae Constant (CG61272397). Constant agreed to the terms, which include four years probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In 2020, Constant was convicted of burglary and trafficking in stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle in Clallam County Superior Court.

Grays Harbor County

In June 2022, the Physician Assistant Program billed a Certified Physician Assistant Alexandra Lee Krussel Tupper (CM60361582) with unprofessional conduct. In April 2021, Krussel-Tupper was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment by Grays Harbor Superior Court.

King’s County

In June 2022, the Health Secretary conditionally granted a Chartered Behavior Analyst designation to Heung Suk Yang (BA61289602). Yang agreed to the terms, which include a two-year probationary period on his license, professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In June 2021, Yang was convicted of an attempted fraudulent insurance claim in King County Superior Court.

In June 2022, the Unauthorized Practice Program and Qingjie Zeng agreed that Zeng would stop practicing massage in Washington unless he first obtained a title and pay a $1,000 fine for practicing without a license.

Kitsap County

In June 2022, the massage therapy and massage therapist program Jack Eric Johnson (MA60625031) has accepted an order requiring him to complete continuing education, pay a $1,000 fine and pass the jurisprudence exam. Johnson offered a massage to a client when his credential expired.

In June 2022, the Health Secretary rejected an application for a licensed care aide from Christopher William Dunaway (NA61052004). Dunaway did not return a required substance use assessment.

Lewis County

In July 2022, the Caregiver Program billed the Certified Caregiver Nhial Chieny Diing (NC60109455) with unprofessional conduct. Diing was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license in 2020 and 2021. As a result of the legal process, he was required to undergo alcohol supervision and refrain from drinking alcohol, conditions which he allegedly violated. He also reportedly did not fully disclose his arrests to a Health Department investigator.

Pierce County

In June 2022, the Board of Nursing terminated the conditions of the Licensed Practical Nurse title of Kimmy Kay Gamble (LP60139559).

In June 2022, the health secretary released the mental health adviser Christa Goggans (LH00003726) of the conditions imposed on its licence.

Snohomish County

In June 2022, the health secretary dropped the charges against the massage therapist Anna Jia Reese (MA60893501).

In June 2022, the health secretary dropped the charges against the massage therapist Li Tie (MA60809654).

In June 2022, the Health Secretary conditionally granted a Professional Trainee Addictions License to Kimberly Denise McIntosh (CO61252332). She agreed to two years probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reviews. In 2017, McIntosh was convicted of theft, solicitation of possession of a controlled substance and attempted impersonation. In 2019, McIntosh was convicted of possession of stolen property.

In June 2022, the Caregiver Program and Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program were conditionally reinstated Certified Caregiver and Agency-Affiliated Counselor Lamin Kemo Darboe (NC10062941, CG60114241). Darboe agreed to the terms, which include at least two years probation, professional supervision and quarterly performance reports.

Spokane County

In June 2022, the health secretary ended the terms of the substance use disorder professional license Andrew Phillip Cotter (CP61105599, CO60901896).

Whatcom County

In June 2022, the health secretary dropped the charges against the massage therapist Ningning Keener (MA60810069).

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In June 2022, the social worker program, the caregiver program and Rhaejon Monique Ongers (LW00009729, NC60951019) accepted an order requiring Ongers to contact a substance use monitoring program. Ongers, an independent clinical social worker and certified nursing assistant, went to work with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and erratic movements and tested positive for 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 settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the matter will proceed to a hearing.

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