Dentist disciplined over alleged sexual misconduct
By GREG ALLMAIN
Federal Way Mirror reporter
August 17, 2011 · 2:24 PM
The Washington State Department of Health recently listed local health care providers who had their licenses, certifications and registrations revoked.
In June, Federal Way dentist Ashok Lalli’s license was suspended, after it came to light that he had “engaged in multiple acts of sexual misconduct” with a patient. As part of this misconduct, Lalli is alleged to have groped a female patients breasts and groin area, and also “forcing her to massage his penis.”
Lalli had faced comparable problems in 2008, when similar accusations surfaced from two patients that year.
According to the DOH website, Lalli’s status is currently listed as “summary suspension.” According to a Summary Action Order available on the DOH’s website, a summary suspension means a practitioner must deliver “all credentials including wall, display and or/wallet, if any, to the department.”
Three health care professionals found themselves on the hot seat with DOH in King County in the most recent report.
Richard T. Adamson’s credential was “permanently revoked” after it was discovered he had “sex with two patients” and “violated other physician-patient boundaries.” According to reports, Adamson, a Seattle-based psychiatrist, allegedly began an intimate relationship with one of his patients. During the course of the relationship, it’s alleged that Adamson violated confidentiality laws by sharing details of the woman’s sessions with other patients. Adamson was also accused of having a sexual relationship with another patient and is also accused of sharing the details of that patient’s case with other people.
Michael E. Greer of Seattle is reported as having “entered into an agreement” with the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, under which he “voluntarily surrendered his credential with no right to reapply.” According to an Aug. 15 news release from the DOH, Greer prescribed “thyroid medication for weight loss without performing appropriate testing.”
Also, according to the release, the Board of Pharmacy “indefinitely suspended” the credentials of pharmacy assistant Carol E. Argosino. Argosino “failed to respond after being charged with diverting hyrdocodone from the pharmacy where she worked.
Contact Federal Way Mirror reporter Greg Allmain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-925-5565 ext. 5054.