Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

 

February 2015

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

John Michael Manasseri; Oswego, NY

Profession: Architecture;  Lic. No. 025640; Cal. No. 27361

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension with leave to apply after service of first 3 months for a stay of execution of any unserved portion thereof, upon service of Order, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to complete mandatory continuing education requirements.

Chiropractic

Danette Stefanelli; Roseland, NJ

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 008653; Cal. No. 27969

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a class C felony.

Dentistry

Elzbieta B. Gapinski; Yonkers, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044785; Cal. No. 27695

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of  Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a felony, and Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

Robert Lloyd Gordon; East Granby, CT

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029754; Cal. No. 27842

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,000 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, between January and September 2001, ordering and receiving schedule III controlled substances which were diverted for his own use in the State of Connecticut.

Marina U. Shimuny; Flushing, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 051646; Cal. No. 27438

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Welfare Fraud Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree. 

Engineering and Land Surveying

Alphonse Pesce, Jr.; Holbrook, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 048365; Cal. No. 27677

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, thereafter, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of drawing survey maps inaccurately showing the width of a street; failing to include an easement on survey maps; and failing to properly indicate that property was owned by all residents of a street and not by an individual.

Massage Therapy

Brent Gregory Carbino; Colton, NY

Profession: Masage Therapy; Lic. No. 018731; Cal. No. 27764

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Nursing

Esther K. Akeem; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267152; Cal. No. 27722

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015 (see also February 2005)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed patient abuse.

Grace Oyinlola Ayorinde; Bronx, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220159; Cal. No. 27760

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015 (see also September 2011)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of violating terms of probation imposed by the Board of Regents by failing to submit quarterly employer and therapist reports.

Michael Thomas Benson; Grass Valley, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse;  Lic. No. 519267; Cal. No. 27892

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action:  Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of gross negligence by the California Board of Registered Nursing for not charting the administration of narcotics for two patients, which, if committed in New York, would constitute gross negligence on a particular occasion.

April Berrus; Lowville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 311655; Cal. No. 27682

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to properly administer and document medication administrations.

Michael Brian Bertie; Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 599988; Cal. No. 27663

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of on one occasion administering pain medication less than two hours after the previous administration instead of the four hours stated in the physician’s order; and on a second occasion, by reason of having misapprehended the pain score ranges specified in the physician’s order, administering two tablets of pain medication to a patient reporting a pain level of 7 where the physician’s order provided for two tablets only for a pain level of 8 or above.

Deborah Carr; San Diego, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 498858; Cal. No. 27749

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of  having being convicted on two occasions in California of Driving Under the Influence, a misdemeanor.

Sheryl Lee Coons a/k/a Sheryl Muto; Lake Ariel, PA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408629; Cal. No. 27932

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 2nd Degree.

Barbara Ann Facteau; Ballston Spa, NY  

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 173870; Cal. No. 27640

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5th Degree.

Shellyann Marie Folkes a/k/a Shellyann M. Folkes; Saint Albans, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 286901, 630499; Cal. Nos. 27782, 27783

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to inform her supervisor that a patient had suffered a pinky fracture.

Hope R. Ives; Bainbridge, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 261472, 560906; Cal. Nos. 27703, 27702

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having committed errors in medication administration.

Jennifer Lynn Johnson; Kanona, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 289923; Cal. No. 27306

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015 (see also November 2008)

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, suspension for a minimum of 1 month and thereafter indefinitely until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of indefinite suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.  

Hillary Marie Konsuit; Endicott, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 310716; Cal. No. 27669

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed medication errors.

Patricia M. McGarry; Nanuet, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 274509, 548035; Cal. Nos. 27675, 27674

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having failed to follow medication administration procedures, failed to record pain assessment documentation, failed to use BAR coding scanning and failed to follow Pyxis Automated dispensing policies with respect to Dilaudid, on multiple occasions.

Sharon L. McNinch; Cortland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 259046; Cal. No. 27753

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having committed medication errors, and of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Disabled Person, both misdemeanors.

Molly D. Mills a/k/a Molly Mills; Lawrence, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 272224; Cal. No. 27927

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor.

Jennifer Ann Moses; Kenmore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226947; Cal. No. 27734

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015 (see also November 2008)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, Attempted Petit Larceny and Criminal Trespass.

Leila Marie Mulla; St. Gabriel, LA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 576852; Cal. No. 27992

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Manslaughter and Armed Robbery in the State of Louisiana.

Sheryl Lee Muto a/k/a Sheryl Coons; Lake Ariel, PA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408629; Cal. No. 27932

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 2nd Degree.

Mary Northrip; Blairstown, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 533920; Cal. No. 27643

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest  charges of having failed to document wastage and of having improperly disposed of empty hydro-morphine vials.

Lori Jean O’Brian; Alburg, VT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 568315; Cal. No. 27952

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Vermont, which conduct would be considered practicing the profession of nursing with incompetence on more than one occasion if committed in New York State.

Loretta Jean O'Connor; Lowville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257735; Cal. No. 27683

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to properly administer and document medication administrations.

Samilyn Olson; Jamestown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 436996; Cal. No. 27874

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary:   Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Oxycodone.

Joyce Ampomaah Opoku; New Windsor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 299371; Cal. No. 27880

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Willful Violation of Health Laws, a misdemeanor.

Carole Elaine Persse; Baldwinsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 238453; Cal. No. 27627

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having attempted to fill an unauthorized prescription for hydrocodone.

Robert M. Peterson; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296319; Cal. No. 27763

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Kim Marie Quickel a/k/a Kim M. Quickel; Mamaroneck, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 218935; Cal. No. 27231

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, upon service of Order, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.  

Willie G. Reid; Youngstown, OH

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 524940; Cal. No. 27866

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Possession of Child Pornography.

Michael A. Sherlock; Farmingdale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 337170; Cal. No. 27590

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Marina U. Shimuny; Flushing, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 522669; Cal. No. 27439

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Welfare Fraud Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree. 

Tammy Beth Wojtach a/k/a Tammy B. Wojtach a/k/a Tamara Beth Wojtach; Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266473; Cal. No. 27558

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Brandon Matthew Cigana; Whitehall, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 054424; Cal. No. 27733

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jordan S. Gonzalez; New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 055480; Cal. No. 27727

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations of knowingly attempting to develop, produce and possess toxins, as defined by Title 18, United States Code, section 178(2), for use as a weapon, and knowingly and intentionally possessing a three-neck round-bottom flask intending that it would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, contrary to Title 21, United States Code, section 841(a)(1).

Brenda Schierhorst Papile; Glenwood Landing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034528; Cal. No. 26419

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension with leave to apply for early termination after service of at least 2 months, upon termination of actual suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.

Summary:  Licensee could not successfully defend against charges that, on more than one occasion, she dispensed a drug that did not comply with the doctor's order.

Physical Therapy

Hany M. Mekhael; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 015968; Cal. No. 27660

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of  Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd  Degree, a class E felony.

David Nonyelum Momah; Bronxville, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 013295; Cal. No. 27841

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of placing heat lamps on a patient’s back, resulting in burns and pain to said patient; and submitting medical bills to an insurance company for treatment of alleged injuries which he treated himself.

Psychology

Rachel Leilani Kiehle; Albany, NY

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 015438; Cal. No. 27536

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of billing for sessions with no therapeutic purpose, moral unfitness in the practice and verbal intimidation of a patient.

Public Accountancy

Steven Neil Epstein; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 064877; Cal. No. 27646

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of coursework in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having consented to the revocation of his privilege to appear or practice as an accountant before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after a disciplinary action was commenced by the SEC where the conduct charged resulting in such revocation would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, namely, violations of generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) in the audits of three different foreign-based companies in the areas of planning and/or asset verification in violation of section 6509(9) of the New York State Education Law, and in specific violation of section 29.10(a)(7)(i) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

Adam Robert Greene; Melville, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 075590; Cal. No. 27099

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 month actual suspension, 3 years probation upon service of Order, $10,000 fine.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5th Degree, a class A misdemeanor. 

Wai-Fong Lee; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 075644; Cal. No. 27245

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree.   

Joseph Frank Sofo; Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 055603; Cal. No. 27571

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area for no less than 6 months and until successful completion of coursework in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to exercise due care and obtain sufficient evidential matter during the course of the audits of a limited partnership for the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years.

Respiratory Therapy

Igor Khiger; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapy Technician,  Respiratory Therapist; Lic. Nos. 001247, 004309; Cal. Nos. 27685, 27686

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to appropriately respond to vent pager alarms for an elderly patient and entering post-initial bedside vent check assessment data electronically from a remote location and not contemporaneously from patients' bedsides.

Medard Leonidas; Briarwood, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 002982; Cal. No. 27490

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, after connecting a patient to a mechanical ventilator, failing to perform a complete evaluation of the patient’s condition and responses on the ventilator.

Leonard A. Mann; Hamburg, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 002187; Cal. No. 27717

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having committed physical abuse.

Social Work

Jennifer Suzanne Delvecchio; Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 072880, 076774; Cal. Nos. 27299, 27298

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of discussing her personal financial issues with a patient during the course of treatment.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Stuart Silverstein; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 003005; Cal. No. 27623

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of mimicking the behavior of a client’s mentally impaired sibling, such as spitting on the floor and hitting himself in the head, thereby utilizing said client’s therapy time in an inappropriate manner.

Veterinary Medicine

Mark Allen Calhoun; Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Veterinary Technician; Lic. No. 007714; Cal. No. 27687

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

John Raymond Long; Batavia, NY

Profession: VeterinarianLic. No. 002270; Cal. No. 27740

Regents Action Date: February 10, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of having performed an unnecessary medical procedure, having failed to flush an open wound and having committed documentation errors.

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Last Updated: March 19, 2015