Unqualified Massage Therapists Rub Officials The Wrong Way

Washington State Department of Health, or WSDH, has announced a new collection of disciplinary actions taken against unlicensed (or otherwise unqualified) massage practitioners who are allegedly working in the state.

Keith Scott Jr.

Last month, WSDH’s Unlicensed Practice Program successfully ordered a cease-and desist against Keith Scott. Scott, say investigators, advertised his massage therapy services but has never had a license that allowed him to do so.

Scott will also pay a $200 fine.

Xiaodong Yang

Also earning a cease-and-desist was Xiaodong Yang. Yang, who has never been licensed as a massage therapist has been charged with rape, accused of assaulting two clients.

Yang will pay a $1000 fine for practicing massage without a license.

Delilah Zaniewski

Massage therapist Delilah Zaniewski was licensed but investigators say she failed to provide proof that she had met the continuing education requirement and ignored investigators’ repeated requests for that documentation.

Washington State Department of Health against massage therapist Delilah Zaniewski.

Delilah Zaniewski is charged win unprofessional conduct after failing to document her continuing education requirements, assuming she actually met them.

Zaniewski’s license is currently listed as “expired” as of June.¬† According to the official statement of charges against her, Zaniewski is eligible for a late renewal.

Sharon Kaye

Also charged with unprofessional conduct after allegedly failing to document her continuing education credits is Sharon Kaye.

In Kaye’s case, some of the requirement was complete, say auditors, but Kaye was short a few hours. She also neglected to document that she had taken classes in professional ethics.

Statement of Charges against Sharon Kaye.

Sharon Kaye is accused of not fully meeting continuing education goals–and completely ignoring the professional ethics classes.

Kaye’s license status is currently showing as “Active” with an enforcement action pending.


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