Burien physician’s license suspended after unauthorized surgical procedures

The Washington Medical Fee has suspended the license of a beauty surgeon who was on the heart of a KING 5 investigation.

BURIEN, Wash. — The Washington State Medical Fee (WMC) has suspended the license of Dr. Kristine Brecht, a household follow physician and beauty surgeon who state investigators caught finishing up plastic surgical procedures she had been ordered to cease performing.

Brecht, whose follow was primarily based in Burien, was sanctioned by the WMC in August 2021 for violating a number of state legal guidelines together with the inappropriate use of anesthesia, prescribing excessive doses of opioids, benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers with out justification, and failing to correctly monitor sufferers after surgical procedures.

One in every of her circumstances in 2019 led to the demise of 54-year-old Shannon Etter of West Seattle. Investigators wrote Brecht induced “extreme hurt or demise to a human affected person.”

A 2021 Agreed Order, signed by Brecht, allowed her to maintain her medical license, however prevented her from performing “any procedures that require sedation.” She was additionally ordered to “stop and desist” performing surgical procedures in her same-day surgical procedure heart after the Washington State Division of Well being discovered it wasn’t licensed.

State investigators discovered Brecht didn’t abide by the orders by performing a number of “advanced” plastic surgical procedures with sedation in her unlicensed surgical procedure heart this yr. They included tummy tucks, fats transfers, breast augmentations and liposuction.

In a Abstract Motion Order signed on September 16, 2022, Brecht’s license was suspended, and she or he can not follow as a doctor or surgeon, “pending additional motion.” The WMC wrote Brecht’s actions induced “a right away hazard to the general public well being, security, or welfare.”

“Oh [I’m] terribly relieved,” stated the mom of Shannon Etter, Mary Francis Duggan of Vancouver, Wash. “It was identical to a load was lifted from my shoulders.”

Makes an attempt to achieve Brecht by KING 5 have been unsuccessful. In paperwork filed with the state to handle the preliminary complaints, she denied wrongdoing.

“At no time do I consider that I put any sufferers in danger,” Brecht wrote in 2020. “Not one of the sufferers in [the state’s case] suffered accidents on account of my care and remedy.”

Brecht’s license was restricted in 2021, partly, as a result of “inappropriate anesthesia” was a sample within the surgical procedures. Based on state investigators, as an alternative of utilizing basic anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation below the course of a board-certified anesthesiologist or an authorized registered nurse anesthesiologist, Brecht acted as her personal anesthesiologist. Data present she relied on oral drugs for surgical procedures together with oxycodone, lorazepam, and zolpidem (Ambien), even throughout high-risk procedures.

Samantha Blankenship, age 33 of Burien, went to Brecht in 2021 for liposuction, earlier than the license restriction. She stated Brecht gave her a number of oxycontin and a “handful of different tablets” for the process that left her feeling “out of it” for 3 days.

“It was fairly horrific. No one ought to have that a lot treatment of their system,” Blankenship stated. “I felt like I used to be overdosed. It was scary as a result of I felt like I may have died having all that treatment in my system.”

Like different sufferers who spoke with KING 5, Blankenship thought Brecht was a board-certified plastic surgeon. She was shocked when discovering Brecht’s specialty is household follow medication.

“I believed she was a plastic surgeon due to the whole lot on her web site made it look like that,” Blankenship stated. “I’m completely horrified. I’m a single mother. If one thing would occur to me what would my children do? I’m offended. That angers me that this has occurred so many instances and occurred to me.”

Within the state of Washington, all docs should have a doctor and surgeon license. No matter specialty, in Brecht’s case, household follow medication, physicians with this license can carry out specialty surgical procedures.

The Washington state legislature outlines the licensing necessities for physicians.

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Medical doctors from Canada consulted for this story have been shocked a household follow physician was performing high-risk plastic surgical procedures.

“It simply is senseless,” stated Dr. Nick Carr, former head of the Division of Plastic Surgical procedure on the College of British Columbia. “I used to be shocked. Jurisdictionally we’re a few hundred miles aside and that sort of factor would by no means occur in Vancouver. There are various ranges of laws that merely make that unimaginable.”

In Canada, docs should get the equal of board certification to follow a specialty.

“It’s a must to be a plastic surgeon or an applicable specialist with the intention to do the procedures you’re asking to do,” Carr stated.

Brecht has three weeks to contest her suspension however to this point has not completed so.

“So far, Dr. Brecht has not filed a solution to the assertion of expenses. The WMC took motion on Dr. Brecht to guard the general public well being and security, as quick as statutorily attainable, and Dr. Brecht can not endanger anybody or follow medication in any kind,” wrote WMC Legislative Liaison and Public Data Officer Stephanie Mason.

“It feels good to know [my daughter Shannon] didn’t die in useless and that Dr. Brecht can’t damage anybody else,” Duggan stated.

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