For immediate release: January 20, 2022 (22-010)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
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The state disciplines health care providers
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against the following healthcare providers in our state.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 directed to [email protected].
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.
In December 2021, the health secretary commissioned a certified medical assistant Michelle Nicole Luton (CM.60442747) with unprofessional conduct for allegedly practicing with an expired license.
In December 2021, the Health Secretary appointed a substance use disorder professional trainee Douglas Paul Brown (CO60956432) with malpractice. Brown allegedly abused controlled substances.
In December 2021, the Health Secretary granted a professional trainee license in substance abuse to Duane E. Serrano (CO61200074) and put him on probation for two years in an agreement that requires Serrano to have professional supervision of his practice. Between 2001 and 2021, Serrano was convicted of several serious misdemeanors and crimes, including assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
In September 2021, the Pharmacy Commission charged a pharmacy technician Kasandra A. Oliver (VA60408886) with unprofessional conduct. Oliver allegedly diverted controlled substances between May 2020 and November 2020 from the pharmacy where she worked.
In December 2021, the health secretary granted an adviser affiliated with the agency David Jie Yao (CG61220461) a license and put him on probation for three years in an agreement that requires Yao to have professional supervision of his practice. Yao was convicted of attempted arson and theft in King County Superior Court in 2017.
In December 2021, the Health Secretary granted Melissa Michele Morato (CO61214960) a professional intern license in substance abuse and placed her on probation for two years, in an agreement that requires Morato to have professional supervision of her practice. Between 2019 and 2021, Morato was convicted of several serious crimes, including driving under the influence and assault.
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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