Department of Health takes action against area providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in Pierce County. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website:  This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Pierce County, August 2016

The secretary of health suspended the chemical dependency professional credential of Jason W. Hindman (CO60363483) for at least five years. Hindman had sexual contact with a client.

Katherine Elizabeth Ellison (CO60612063), who didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program, had her chemical dependency professional trainee credential indefinitely suspended.

The Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Victoria Lee Funk, also known as Victoria Lee Sulik (RN60176992). In 2016 the Arizona State Board of Nursing revoked Funk’s license to practice nursing in that state.

The Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Matthew L. Langford (NC10077702) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended his credential. In 2016 DSHS determined Langford had financially exploited a vulnerable adult. He can’t be employed in caring for or have unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.

The secretary of health suspended the registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant credentials of Katherine Andrea Joy Pierce (NA60290557, NC60520494) for at least five years. Pierce altered paychecks she received from an elderly functionally blind patient, financially exploiting the patient for more than $1,500.

The Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with registered nursing assistant Kara Marie Salvey (NA60261477) that suspends her credential for at least two years. In 2016 Salvey was convicted of third-degree theft after she stole money from a patient at an assisted living center where she worked.

The Medical Commission entered an agreement with Dr.  Eric J. Smith (MD00028050) that indefinitely suspends his credential. In 2016 Smith pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to launder money.

– Washington State Department of Health