Two Pierce County medical professionals charged with misconduct

Staff writerAugust 8, 2013 

The state has charged two health care providers with unprofessional conduct ranging from moving in with a client to assaulting a spouse, according to the Department of Health.

Bonnie Russell, a chemical dependency trainee, is accused of getting romantically involved with a client that she then moved in with last August. Russell was working at a Puyallup facility at the time.

Their relationship was discovered after the client was arrested in November for allegedly assaulting Russell, who told police her boyfriend was drunk and possibly under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

Gregory Brammer, a surgeon and physician, was charged with unprofessional conduct after entering an Alford plea to a harassment charge stemming from an August 2011 argument with his wife.

An Alford plea means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there may be enough evidence to be convicted.

Brammer’s wife told police he punched and slapped her face, held her down and tried to strangle her and painfully squeezed her hands together. Doctors noted marks on her face and neck, bruising on her face and body and a hairline fracture on her right index finger.

Brammer was initially charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree assault but his guilty plea dropped the charge to harassment, documents show.

It's unknown where Brammer works.

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