Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

November 2013

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work -


Chiropractic

Joseph R. Cipolla, Rochester, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 010218; Cal. No. 26780

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain patient records.

Dentistry

Dorothy Kassab, Canastota, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 049074; Cal. No. 26077;

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of certain coursework, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

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

Nigel Jason Kim a/k/a Seung Bum Kim, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 052373; Cal. No. 26577

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted by plea of Medical Assistance Provider Prohibited Practice.

William Leslie Steinfeld, Champlain, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037194; Cal. No. 26709

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 15 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $2,500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of dentistry.

Nursing

Marie L. Banks-Gervais a/k/a Marie L. Gervais Banks a/k/a Marie L. Banks a/k/a Marie Banks a/k/a Marie Lourdes Banks-Girvais a/k/a Marie Lourdes Banks; Brooklyn, NY and Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 169009, 406497; Cal. Nos. 26363, 26364

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted by plea of Resisting Arrest.

Norah Marie Bieniewicz, Freeport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 248357, 516772; Cal. Nos. 26788, 26789

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Heather Carr, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 279866; Cal. No. 26811

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 does not contest charges of creating fraudulent prescriptions.

 

Debra Christiansen, West Sayville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293534; Cal. No. 26766

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 failing to administer the blood thinning medication Pradaxa to a patient as ordered.

Karen Lee Ciminera, Old Brookville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 403021; Cal. No. 26398

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly document the wastage of the remainder of four doses of the controlled substance Dilaudid administered to three patients.

Bernard Colclough, Springfield Gardens, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249421; Cal. No. 26844

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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  administering insulin to the wrong patient.

Tiffany Collins, Brodheadsville, PA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282080; Cal. No. 26808

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Misuse of Food Stamps.

April C. Hanson, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230910; Cal. No. 26821

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions.

Leroy Lee J. Harris, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 262553; Cal. No. 26931

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, on April 12, 2000 and on March 23, 2009; and of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor, on August 11, 2004, on September 18, 2006, and on January 10, 2007.

Tiffany D. Jimmeson, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 304231; Cal. No. 26793

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having committed medication errors.

Ella Wells Jones, Ridgeland, MS

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 523613; Cal. No. 27031

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of documenting, in a Critical Care Record, that she had performed assessments and daily care events for a patient, when said patient was in surgery during the times she recorded that she had performed said assessments and daily care events.

Julia A. Jordan, Bellmore, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 293284; Cal. No. 26888

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Leslie Carol Lenhart, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 340654; Cal. No. 26800

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 2 years and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 3rd Degree.

Eunice Elizabeth Luke, Irvington, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 460507; Cal. No. 26763

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of briefly leaving a ten-year-old student behind in the nurse's office when the school was evacuated during a fire emergency.

M. Christine Mann, Cicero, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494215; Cal. No. 26810

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 failure to maintain records that accurately reflect the evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Rebecca L. Martin, West Winfield, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 595409; Cal. No. 26734

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 failing to maintain accurate records.

Michelle N. Minutolo, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 303680; Cal. No. 26794

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having committed medication errors.

Tammy Wilson Pregent, Tully, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282665; Cal. No. 26822

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Patricia Marie Regan, Hampton Bays, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 179062, 391895; Cal. Nos. 25837, 25836

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 charges of conduct in the profession  which evidences moral unfitness, to wit: removing without authorization the non-controlled substances prednisone and cortisone for her personal use.

James L. Rice, Chicago, IL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 627612; Cal. No. 26542

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate records.

Thomas G. Richards, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 270962; Cal. No. 26818

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failure to administer medication.

Joan E. Rouck, Stanley, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226215; Cal. No. 26732

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inadequate documentation.

Kevin Shiflett, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession:  Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 649667; Cal. No. 26693

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

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

Carol Anne Snell, Merrick, NY

Profession: Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatry); Cert. No. 400196; Cal. No. 26977;

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice was impaired by mental disability.

Carol Anne Snell, Merrick, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 221488; Cal. No. 27001

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice was impaired by mental disability.

Terrie Stephens-Traverse, Slate Hill, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 490688; Cal. No. 26790

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013 (see also June 2016)

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diversion of drugs for her own use.

Ronda S. VanFleet, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 254773; Cal. No. 26830

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 of lying on a re-registration application.

Janora R. Vanliew, Wheatley Heights, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 302344; Cal. No. 26411

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 1 month and until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment, and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admited to charges of filing a false application for licensure which failed to disclose that she pled guilty to a crime, and of withdrawing controlled substances from locked narcotics cabinets ostensibly for patients who did not receive some or all of the withdrawn medications.

Danielle Nicole Vitto, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 096485, 332527; Cal. Nos. 26943, 26944

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of stealing prescription pain medications.

Cynthia Walters, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 593645; Cal. No. 26767

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 failing to properly document the wastage of narcotics.

Barbara J. Warner a/k/a Barbara J. Delgado, Canastota, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 245116, 537130; Cal. Nos. 27030, 27097

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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 failing to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Pharmacy

A & Z Pharmaceutical Inc., 75 North Industry Court, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 030959; Cal. No. 26806

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine, 1 year probation.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charges of  grossly negligent failure to comply with substantial provisions of Federal, State or local laws, rules or regulations governing the practice of the profession.

Bijan Parsi, Spring Valley, CA

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037010; Cal. No. 26834

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of using or substituting, without authorization, one or more drugs, in the place of the drug or drugs specified in the prescription.

Public Accountancy

Colin D. Combs, Queensbury, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 092747; Cal. No. 26858

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the audit of the financial statements of a community college.

Richard W. Fuller, Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045744; Cal. No. 26853

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the course of performing an audit of the financial statements of a non-profit entity.

Raymond Parker Jones, Piscataway, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 047164; Cal. No. 26813

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the course of one audit of an entity's financial statements.

Joseph Paul Lafiura, Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 069996; Cal. No. 27035

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the course of performing an audit of the financial statements of a non-profit entity.

Robert Edwin Porges a/k/a Robert Porges a/k/a Robert E. Porges, Flushing, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 024899; Cal. No. 26869

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy, Racketeering, and Conspiracy to Obstruct the Internal Revenue Service, all felonies.

Larry Jeffrey Shaffer, Pomona, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 053494; Cal. No. 26852

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the audit of the financial statements associated with an entity's 401(k) plan.

Howard A. Tanz, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 049299; Cal. No. 26854

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors committed during the audit of the 2009 financial statements associated with a union's pension fund.

Respiratory Therapy

Peter B. List, Levittown, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapy Technician; Lic. No. 000516; Cal. No. 26339

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted by plea of Possession of Child Pornography.

Porfirio Vasquez, Canisteo, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 002250; Cal. No. 26782

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, as a misdemeanor and as a felony, and of failing to report a criminal conviction.

Social Work

Jeffrey Mechanic, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 049246; Cal. No. 26459

Regents Action Date: November 19, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 month actual suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee acknowledged that he could not successfully defend against charges that he committed multiple violations of the patient-therapist boundary in that he extended credit to patient G.V., accepted discounted goods and services from patient G.V., and counseled him to engage in self-destructive behavior.

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Last Updated: July 5, 2016