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

For immediate release: June 30, 2022 (22-095)

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.

Benton County

In May 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the agency-affiliated counselor and addictions professional trainee licenses of Robert Lee Sauer (CG60665130, CO60962532). Sauers breached a 2020 agreement that required him to undergo ongoing training and provide quarterly performance reviews.

King’s County

In February 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the licensed practical nurse license of Zackery Wayne Iko Ruler (NA61117986). Rule was charged with driving under the influence in Renton City Court and was granted a deferred prosecution agreement. He has not filed a response to the nursing assistant program charges.

Spokane County

In May 2022, the health secretary suspended the agency’s affiliate counselor license. Vincent William Barnett (CG61070078) after testing positive for a drug test. Barnett did not respond to the charges.

Yakima County

In May 2022, the health secretary suspended the emergency medical technician license of Brian Curt Slavens (ES60137125). Slavens was charged with larceny in Yakima County Superior Court for stealing $6,100 from a firefighters association, a charge dismissed after he met the requirements of a felony diversion agreement.

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