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Health worker report

The Columbian

The Dental Commission charged dentist Brady Tucker Smith with unprofessional conduct after his treatment of several patients allegedly fell below the standard of care. Charges state that Smith didn’t complete patient records for patients receiving scaling and root planning services.

The secretary of health placed the registered nurse license of Jennifer E. Ayars on probation for 24 months, contingent on conditions, for conduct related to impairment.

The secretary of health suspended the medical assistant-phlebotomist license of Brandon Richard Cullen. Cullen collected a blood sample and a fee from a patient, but the lab never received the sample and Cullen failed to respond to investigators’ request for an explanation.

The secretary of health suspended for at least five years the home care aide license of Kristi Marie Weiker. Weiker diverted narcotics and controlled substances from two patients and made unauthorized purchases with a patient’s credit card.

The secretary of health reinstated the certified nursing assistant license of Onaje Tate.

The Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Janet Elizabeth Scurlock with unprofessional conduct after the Oregon State Board of Nursing revoked her license for failing to comply with substance use treatment and monitoring requirements.

The secretary of health granted with conditions a substance use disorder professional trainee license to April Rene Parent. Parent agreed to the terms, which include three years of probation and supervision of her practice. Parent was convicted in 2018 of criminal trespass and bail jumping in a Clark County court. She was also convicted of possessing a restricted weapon in Oregon in 2018.

The Massage Therapist Program charged massage therapist Erin Kristine Rodgers with unprofessional conduct for not complying with an agreement that required participation in a drug use program.

The Chiropractic Commission found chiropractor John Anthony Lewis committed unprofessional conduct and subjected his license to oversight pending completion of an ethics course and payment of a fine. Lewis’ conduct with a patient fell below the standard of care because he did not adequately explain procedures before performing adjustments.

The Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Donald J. Schaefer. Schaefer surrendered his license in Oregon after the Oregon State Board of Nursing found he had failed to comply with a prior disciplinary order requiring toxicology testing.

The Dental Commission terminated the oversight and monitoring conditions of dentist Constant E. Lu. The Commission previously found that Lu provided inadequate treatment to multiple patients.

The Nursing Commission suspended the registered nurse license of Roxanne Dawn Kokkeler. In June 2021 Kokkeler’s license was revoked by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for practicing without a current license and failing to cooperate with the board during an investigation.

The secretary of health denied the application of Joshua Robert Higdon for a certified nursing assistant license for failure to provide required proof of a substance use evaluation.

The Nursing Commission granted the release of terms and conditions for registered nurse Shawn Michael Higginbotham.

The Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Charles William Wegener. Wegener surrendered his nursing license in Oregon for improper assessment, falsification of documents, and improper medication administration.

The secretary of health entered an agreement with Cinthya Gorostieta Munoz where Munoz was granted a license to practice as a certified medical assistant. Munoz must comply with the terms and conditions and submit quarterly performance evaluations.

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