Department of Health

Health Care Discipline: Five Sets of Fake Teeth Lead to Discovery of Fake Denturist

By The Chronicle

The state Department of Health recently released a set of lists naming health care professionals who were sanctioned with official actions in October. In Southwest Washington, actions were taken toward health care workers in Lewis, Thurston, Clark and Pierce counties.

This is a sampling of the complete list provided by the Department of Health:

Lewis County

Stephani J. Hemenway was notified of an impending cease-and-desist order from the Unlicensed Practices Program. It is alleged that Hemenway provided denture treatment to five patients despite lacking a denturist license and having no supervision from a licensed denturist.

Brittany Ann Marrs was granted a conditional home care aide credential by the secretary of health that includes at least two years of probation. In 2015, Marrs was convicted of second-degree organized theft.

Thurston County

The secretary of health ended probation for registered medical assistant and X-ray technician Audrey Pastore.

Pierce County

Shauna Marie Schipper, a registered nurse, entered an agreement with the Nursing Commission that requires her to continue her compliance with a substance abuse monitoring program. Schipper previously diverted drugs from a hospital where she was employed. Her tactics included taking home leftover narcotic pain medication rather than disposing of it and replacing narcotic pain medication with sterile saline solution.

Angela Rebecca Frunz was denied an agency affiliated counselor credential by the secretary of health. In 2015, Frunz was convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and two counts of second-degree possessing stolen property.

Clark County

John Anthony Lewis was charged with unprofessional conduct by the Chiropractic Commission. The charges alleged that Lewis kissed a patient on the back of the head while providing treatment and also took radiographs that were of poor diagnostic quality.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees in order to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions, ranging from medical doctors to veterinarians. Health care workers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing in order to trigger a settlement process.

Information about health care providers is available on the DOH website at doh.wa.gov. Visitors to the website should click on the “How Do I” section for more information. The site includes detailed information about the license status of health care workers, including the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. The information is also available by calling 360-236-4700.