State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers-M21-8 | #healthcare | #elderly | #seniors
For immediate release: April 28, 2021 (21-112)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of the following health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In March 2021 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Denise J. Cheever (NA60015329) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended Cheever’s credential. In 2020 Cheever was charged with second-degree assault and with unlawful possession of a controlled substance – fentanyl. Cheever didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services determined that Cheever financially exploited and neglected vulnerable adults. Cheever’s placement on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry means Cheever can’t be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In March 2021 the secretary of health suspended for at least 10 years the licensed practical nurse credential of Mark David Glenn (LP60182948). In 2020 Glenn was charged with third-degree rape of a child, second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The charges were filed in connection with Glenn’s behavior as a school nurse.
In March 2021 the Substance Use Disorder Professional Program indefinitely suspended the substance use disorder professional trainee credential of Michael Shane Marshall (CO60454499), who didn’t complete the required intake process for a substance abuse monitoring program.
In March 2021 the secretary of health suspended for at least 10 years the X-ray technician and medical assistant credentials of Lucas Earl Underbrink (CM60854092, XT60884453). Underbrink was convicted in June 2020 of second-degree assault – domestic violence, and third-degree rape.
In March 2021 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Rosalyn Pandiangan (NC10051854) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended Pandiangan’s credential. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, which determined that Pandiangan neglected a vulnerable adult, placed Pandiangan on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That bars Pandiangan from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In January 2021 the Pharmacy Commission suspended for at least 10 years the pharmacist credential of Brian Diaz (PH60267031). In 2019 Diaz was indicted on a federal count of possession of child pornography. Diaz admitted obtaining and sharing child pornography, and admitted to regularly using methamphetamine.
In March 2021 the Dental Commission entered an agreement with dental assistant Christina Erminia Schwend (D160048558) that indefinitely suspends her credential. Schwend refused an offer to enter a substance abuse monitoring program.
In March 2021 the Occupational Therapy Practice Board indefinitely suspended the occupational therapy assistant credential of Patricia Justine Bishop (OC60368664). Bishop didn’t comply with a stipulation requiring her to submit performance evaluations and unemployment declarations, and to complete continuing education in ethics.
In March 2021 the secretary of health suspended for at least five years the certified nursing assistant credential of Andrea Ann Shepard (NC10082621). In 2020 Shepard was convicted of second-degree theft, two counts of forgery, and third-degree theft. The convictions came in connection with theft of narcotics from a stranger’s home, and with theft of money from an elderly man who refused Shepard’s offer to serve as his caretaker.
In January 2021 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy assistant Angeles Torres (VB60955748) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended Torres’s credential. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services determined that Torres neglected a vulnerable adult and placed Torres on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That prohibits Torres from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
Florida: In March 2021 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Meylin Velazquez (RN60244607). Velazquez failed to assess and treat three elderly residents at a residential care facility.
Oregon: In March 2021 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the certified nursing assistant credential of Kennan May Farmer (NC60943437), who didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program.