State disciplines health care providers For Immediate Release: January 3 , 2001 (archived forever now) 
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 State disciplines health care providers For Immediate Release: January 3 , 2001 (archived forever now)

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For Immediate Release:  January 3 , 2001                                        (02-01)
  Contact:  Deanna Whitman, Communications Office (360) 236-4022

 State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA ?The state Department of Health has taken the following disciplinary actions
against health care providers. The department regulates the practice of health professions
and enforces health and safety laws to protect the public from negligent, incompetent, or
illegal health care practices. Consumers who think a health care provider acted
unprofessionally are encouraged to file a report.

By calling the Health Professions Quality Assurance Division at the state Department of
Health, people can get the disciplinary history, license status, and number of complaints
against any credentialed health care professional in the state.

 To place a complaint against a health care provider or get disciplinary information about
a doctor, dentist, or other provider, call the Health Professions Quality Assurance
Division at (360) 236-4701.

Clallam County Kitsap County Spokane County
Clark County Pierce County Thurston County
Grays Harbor County Snohomish County Whatcom County

Clallam County
In October 2001, the {*filter*} Family Home Provider Program charged Christopher P. Lelle, an
{*filter*} family home provider in Clallam County (FP5728), with unprofessional conduct. On
October 13, 2000, the Department of Social and Health Services revoked the license of the
facility located at 20 Grant Road in Sequim.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Dominique E.
Stuenkel, a nursing assistant in Clallam County (NA83916), with no right to reapply for 10
years. Stuenkel was charged with unprofessional conduct for diverting controlled
substances or legend {*filter*} for her own use, and borrowing money and using a credit card
belonging to a nursing home resident. She was convicted of felony theft.

Clark County
In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the registration application of
Nathan L. Ehlers, a nursing assistant in Clark County (RA20998), with no right to reapply
for four years. Ehlers was charged with unprofessional conduct because of a felony drug
conviction.

In October 2001, the Pharmacy Board revoked the license of Christina R. Hunt, a pharmacy
technician in Clark County (VA43440), for five years. Hunt was charged with unprofessional
conduct for welfare fraud and for stealing cash, merchandise and {*filter*} from her employer.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Jessica J. McKenzie, a nursing
assistant in Clark County (NA127327), with unprofessional conduct for abusing a patient.
It is alleged that McKenzie hit a patient on the shoulder.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Gerald R. Reynolds, a nursing
assisting applicant (RA23713), with unprofessional conduct for several gross misdemeanor
convictions.

In October 2001, the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of Margaret L.
Smith, a registered nurse in Clark County (RN89690). Smith was charged with incompetence,
negligence or malpractice, and violating standards of nursing conduct or practice. She
slept while on duty and failed to administer medications.

In October 2001, the {*filter*} Family Home Provider Program charged Christina D. Varga, an
{*filter*} family home provider in Clark County (FP5527), with unprofessional conduct. On March
15, 2001, the Department of Social and Health Services revoked the license of the facility
located at 2012 S.E. Blairmont Drive in Vancouver.

Grays Harbor County
In November 2001, the Dental Commission charged Richard A. Pedersen, a dentist in Grays
Harbor County (DE5133), with alleged incompetence, negligence, or malpractice, failing to
maintain and retain records, and patient abandonment.

Kitsap County
In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the registration application of
Rodney J. Fletcher, a nursing assistant applicant in Kitsap County (RA18445), with no
right to reapply for eight years. Fletcher was charged with unprofessional conduct due to
criminal convictions for {*filter*}, harassment, and malicious mischief.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the license of
Angela Lamb, a nursing assistant in Kitsap County (NC10056976). The terms of Lambs
suspension include undergoing a substance abuse evaluation. She was charged with
unprofessional conduct, including the use of controlled substances and failure to
cooperate with the disciplining authority.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the registration application of Lisa
A. Spilman-Brewer, a nursing assistant applicant in Kitsap County (RA17804), with no right
to reapply for five years. She was charged with m{*filter*}turpitude, dishonesty, or
corruption, possession of controlled substances, and the conviction of a felony.

In November 2001, the Nursing Commission amended a statement of charges against Brian
Stengele, a registered nurse in Kitsap County (RN66163), to include failure to comply with
the disciplining authority, misrepresentation or fraud, and violating standards of nursing
conduct or practice. In March, he was charged with failing to comply with a disciplinary
order by the commission.

Pierce County
In November 2001, the Chiropractic Commission charged James A. Frandanisa, a chiropractor
in Pierce County (CH2876), with alleged incompetence, negligence, or malpractice,
inadequate physical examination, and failing to keep acceptable pre-treatment and
treatment chiropractic records.

In November 2001, the {*filter*} Family Home Provider Program charged Wilai Sturgis, an {*filter*}
family home provider in Pierce County (FP4180), with unprofessional conduct. On April 2,
2001, the Department of Social and Health Services revoked the license of the facility
located at 11803 Tomahawk Street in Tacoma.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Tallaya L. Taft, a
nursing assistant in Pierce County (NC10061134), for five years. Taft was charged with
unprofessional conduct for financial exploitation of a patient. On April 23, 2001, the
Department of Social and Health Services placed her name on the OBRA Nurse Assistant
Registry. Nursing homes may not employ her.

Snohomish County
In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program withdrew charges of abuse against Brenda J.
Defillippis, a nursing assistant (NA112660) in Snohomish County.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Shari Lynn
Rutherford, a nursing assistant in Snohomish County (NC10027494), with no right to reapply
for five years. Rutherford was charged with m{*filter*}turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption,
incompetence, negligence, or malpractice, and failure to comply with an order. Rutherford
was convicted of driving and working while intoxicated and eluding police.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Edward Tampubolon, a nursing
assistant applicant (NA118589) the concealment of material facts on his application for
registration.

Spokane County
In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Angela L. Abghari, a
nursing assistant in Spokane County (NC10017397), with no right to reapply for two years.
Abghari was charged with unprofessional conduct for abusing a nursing home resident. The
Department of Social and Health Services placed her name on the OBRA Nurse Assistant
Registry; nursing homes may not employ her.

In November 2001, the Nursing Commission charged Shirley E. Stout, a nurse in Spokane
County (LP18852), with unprofessional conduct and violating standards of the practice. It
is alleged that Stout withdrew funds from a patients bank account and closed the account.

Thurston County
In October 2001, the Pharmacy Board put on probation Susan J. Frederics, a pharmacist in
Thurston County (PH39117) for five years. She was charged with incompetence, negligence or
malpractice for writing and filling prescriptions for her personal use and for the use of
her husband. The terms of her probation include paying a $1,000 fine, not serving as the
manager of a pharmacy or supervising pharmacy interns for one year, and submitting
quarterly reports.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Sun Ok Peak, a nursing assistant in
Thurston County (NA70297), with m{*filter*}turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption, incompetence,
negligence, or malpractice, and failure to cooperate with disciplining authority. Peak was
convicted of criminal mistreatment.

In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Paul Victoria, a
nursing assistant in Thurston County (NC10042539), with no right to reapply for 10 years.
Victoria was charged with unprofessional conduct for m{*filter*}turpitude, dishonesty, or
corruption, failure to cooperate with the disciplining authority, and {*filter*} abuse of a
patient.

Whatcom County
In October 2001, the Nursing Assistant Program revoked the license of Lucinda L.
Henderson, a nursing assistant in Whatcom County (NC10059392), with no right to reapply
for 10 years. Henderson was charged with m{*filter*}turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption,
failure to cooperate with the disciplining authority, and abuse of a patient.

In November 2001, the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the license of Lucian H.
Moore, a pharmacist in Whatcom County (PH13725), and placed him on probation for five
years. The terms of his probation include abstaining from {*filter*}, controlled substances
and over-the-counter medications, participating in random drug screening, attending a
professional support group, and submitting progress reports.

In October 2001, the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of Sherry
Scroggins, a practical nurse in Whatcom County (LP42955). Scroggins was charged with drug
abuse and violating standards of nursing practice. She falsified hospital records in order
to divert controlled substances for her personal use.

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Note to Editors: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to
respond to Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process.
If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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