State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

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For immediate release: May 31, 2022 (22-074)

Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 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 the following healthcare providers in our state. The department also immediately suspended the credentials of people who were barred from practicing in other states.

The Ministry’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set accreditation standards for more than 80 health professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors ). 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 homepage (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 also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Chelan County

In March 2022, the Hearing and Speech Commission suspended the speech therapist Tracy A. Bair Hutchins (LL00003176). Hutchins recorded the treatment of patients but never provided the services while working at a rehabilitation facility.

Clallam County

In March 2022, the Health Secretary revoked the home help license of John Stephen Gale (HM60604379). In 2021, Gale was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and stalking with death threats in Clallam County Superior Court.

Kitsap County

In April 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the drug addiction vocational trainee license of Douglas Paul Brown (CO60956432). Brown abused controlled substances.

Pierce County

In April 2022, the Board of Nursing suspended the registered nurse license of Teresa Elisabeth Keith (RN00114854) after withdrawing from a substance use monitoring program she had agreed to participate in to avoid possible disciplinary action.

Snohomish County

In April 2022, the health secretary suspended the home help license of Austin Riley McLaughlin (HM60768975) after being convicted of domestic violence assault in Marysville City Court.

Spokane County

In April 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the licensed practical nurse license of David Y. Kolesnikov (NA60246330). Kolesnikov failed to provide scheduled medication to one patient and removed personal items from another patient’s room without permission.

In April 2022, the Health Secretary refused the request to reactivate the graduate nursing aide for Muriel R. Snakeskin (NC60086077) and suspended his licence. Snakeskin broke a 2015 agreement that required him to complete further education and pay a fine.

out of state

Montana: In March 2022, the Board of Nursing summarily suspended the registered nurse license of Kelley Morrow Koch (RN00087640) after the Montana State Board of Nursing revoked Koch’s registered nurse license for failing to use proper judgment about safe nursing practices and improperly delegated nursing care.

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