Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

September 2014

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine -


Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Abigail Frances Gimino; Rochester, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technologist; Lic. No. 013405; Cal. No. 27332

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to admit to a previous misdemeanor conviction on a license application and having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Dentistry

Jonathan S. Aives; Stamford, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035738; Cal. No. 27434

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of record keeping errors and failure to perform a proper root canal.

Martin Eshkov; Inverness, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 021442; Cal. No. 27620

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to document, while treating a patient, any periodontal charting; the conditions of periodontium and soft tissue; the medical history for said patient; any other pathologies; and failing to obtain informed consent from said patient.

Meredith Marie Knodel; Denver, CO

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 026406; Cal. No. 27693

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing dental hygiene while having an expired license in the State of Colorado.

Betty J. Mason; Indianapolis, IN

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 017278; Cal. No. 27694

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in California of Grand Theft and Driving under the Influence of Alcohol.

Julie Anne Stiegler-Miszuk; Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 019234; Cal. No. 27055

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions.

James Theodore Strychalski; Dunkirk, NY

Profession: Dentist, Dental General Anesthesia; Lic. No. 024679, Cert. No. 000196; Cal. Nos. 27307, 27308

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to provide appropriate emergency care in a timely manner.

Massage Therapy

Eric Warmuth; Marcy, NY

Profession: Massage Therapy; Lic. No. 025778; Cal. No. 27349

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 drape the breast area of a patient and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Nursing

Gloria F. Augenstein; Middle Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 109900; Cal. No. 27073

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of administering a placebo to a patient without a physician’s order to do so when she was not licensed or otherwise authorized to practice any profession whose members could lawfully write prescriptions.

Deborah Ann Ballou; Hamburg, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 574553; Cal. No. 27431

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 documentation errors and medication administration errors.

Cynthia A. Beckhorn a/k/a Cynthia A. Moore; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 192486, 412762; Cal. Nos. 27395, 27396

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Lauren E. Ciejka; Deer Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 182198; Cal. No. 27474

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

Jodie DeFato; Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269326; Cal. No. 27472

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Mary Lee Delate; Fort Lauderdale, FL

Profession:  Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 629268; Cal. No. 27621

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, a felony.

Melissa Ann Deming;  Wellsville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 609846; Cal. No. 27281

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having committed a medication administration error.

Danielle Maureen Disciullo; Eastchester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 529882; Cal. No. 27477

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine payable within 2 months.  

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, both misdemeanors.

Janet L. Erickson; Pittsford, NY

Profession: Registered  Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 508270; Cal. No. 27336

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Susan Emily Farrow; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 435923; Cal. No. 27370

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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.

Adelma Garcia; New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 170102; Cal. No. 27406

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to witness a patient ingest medication that she was ordered to administer to him. 

Sheryl Goodman a/k/a Sheryl L. Rowe; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266775; Cal. No. 27394

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Carol Audrey Grube a/k/a Carol Audrey Seitz; Patchogue, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 637873; Cal. No. 27691

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest allegations of diverting the controlled substance Dilaudid and the non-controlled substance Benadryl from the hospital supply for her own use.

Suzette Guzman; Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 316828; Cal. No. 27638

Regents Action Date:  September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 2nd Degree and Scheme to Defraud.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 2nd

Degree and Scheme to Defraud.

Andrea C. Hill; Freeport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278339; Cal. No. 27051

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of failing to perform directed wound care on a patient’s pressure ulcer.

Junetta Jenkins; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 287526; Cal. No. 27595
Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action:  Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of one count of Willful Violation of Health Laws.

Jorge A. Jurado; Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 637355; Cal. No. 27483

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 administering a non-controlled medication to a patient without a doctor's order.

Lisa Marie Kabalan a/k/a Lisa Marie Kunze; North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 205022, 424962; Cal. Nos. 27420, 27421

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 documentation errors and medication administration errors.

Robert E. Keenan; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 310424; Cal. No. 27343

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 willful abuse of a patient.

Lisa Marie Kunze a/k/a Lisa Marie Kabalan; North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 205022, 424962; Cal. Nos. 27420, 27421

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 documentation errors and medication administration errors.

Lisa Labadee a/k/a Lisa Sue Metcalf; Oakfield, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 300145; Cal. No. 27615

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Erin A. Marra; Turin, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281559; Cal. No. 27272

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension for a minimum of 3 months and until substance abuse-free and 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 Willful Violation of Health Laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Debra Lynn Mattoon; Medina, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 300437; Cal. No. 27313

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also March 2017)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension for a minimum of 3 months and 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 violated Article 33 of the Public Health Law, the New York State Controlled Substances Act. 

Deborah McGraw Bernard; Fulton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 236995; Cal. No. 27485

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Lisa Sue Metcalf a/k/a Lisa Labadee; Oakfield, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 300145; Cal. No. 27615

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Jo Ann Ullstrom Mickles a/k/a Jo Ann Mickles a/k/a Joann Ullstrom;  Los Osos, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 186016; Cal. No. 27586

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Miriam Ann Miller a/k/a Miriam A. Miller; Greenwood Lake, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 440981; Cal. No. 26602

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension until alcohol abuse-free and 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 of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor. 

Cynthia A. Moore a/k/a Cynthia A. Beckhorn; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 192486, 412762; Cal. Nos. 27395, 27396

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Lorena Pallotta; Croghan, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 252895; Cal. No. 27422

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering medication without a physician's order.

Trish V. Pasco a/k/a Trisha Lynn Vanslyke-Pasco; Waterville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 631963; Cal. No. 27351

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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.

Andrea L. Popiel; Little Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248557; Cal. No. 27133

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Petit Larceny, Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd  Degree, and Operation While Registration or Privilege is Suspended or Revoked, all misdemeanors.

Lyn Marie Rausch a/k/a Lyn M. Rausch a/k/a Lyn Rausch; Selden, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 558461; Cal. No. 27399

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Anne T. Riley; Amsterdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 282109; Cal. No. 27543

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also May 2010)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, Conspiracy in the 6th Degree, and Driving While Intoxicated.

Matthew Shane Rivenburgh; Tivoli, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professiona Nurse; Lic. Nos. 215726, 431091; Cal. Nos. 27321, 27322

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Elizabeth Anne Roman; Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 139277, 534864; Cal. Nos. 27375, 27376

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also December 2011)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice.

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

Sheryl L. Rowe a/k/a Sheryl Goodman; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266775; Cal. No. 27394

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

             

LeaRae Sauter; Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 299621; Cal. No. 27583

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Deshia G. Scott a/k/a Deshia G. Williams; Latham, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 292326; Cal. No. 27359

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

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

Carol Audrey Seitz a/k/a Carol Audrey Grube; Patchogue, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 637873; Cal. No. 27691

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest allegations of diverting the controlled substance Dilaudid and the non-controlled substance Benadryl from the hospital supply for her own use.

Jennifer M. Smith; Elmira Heights, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266686; Cal. No. 27417

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

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

Thomas Dunleavy Smith; Arlington, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 615317; Cal. No. 27511

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of felony Driving While Intoxicated as a Repeat Offense in the State of Texas.

Alan L. Stevens; Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 258713, 509205; Cal. Nos. 27117, 27116

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 committed medication errors and of improper record keeping.

Joann Ullstrom a/ka Jo Ann Ullstrom Mickles a/k/a Jo Ann Mickles;  Los Osos, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 186016; Cal. No. 27586

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Trisha Lynn Vanslyke-Pasco a/k/a Trisha V. Pasco; Waterville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 631963; Cal. No. 27351

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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.

Doreen M. Varrichio-Prine; Hicksville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 279417; Cal. No. 27471

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also March 2014)

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

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

Donald G. Waite a/k/a Donald Grant Waite; Garden Cove, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 272113; Cal. No. 27573

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice was impaired by drugs.

Todd Eric Walter; Getzville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 285647, 585660; Cal. Nos. 27341, 27342

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to adequately treat a patient and failing to document evaluation and treatment.

Deshia G. Williams a/k/a Deshia G. Scott; Latham, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 292326; Cal. No. 27359

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

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

Brandon Wyche; Bradford, PA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 653181; Cal. No. 27440

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Elaine Patricia Young; Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 473201; Cal. No. 27503

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee does not contest the charge of unauthorized access of medical records.

Kimberly A. Young a/k/a Kimberly Young; Walton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296646; Cal. No. 27066

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension for a minimum of 3 months and until substance abuse-free and 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 of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd degree, an unclassified misdemeanor and of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Chris J. Denis; Rochester, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 006258; Cal. No. 27507

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 Driving While Intoxicated.

Pharmacy

Harry Abolafia; San Antonio, TX

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028033; Cal. No. 27562

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Roy David Katz; Richfield, MN

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034137; Cal. No. 27633

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of a crime in Connecticut which, if committed in New York, would constitute Health Care Fraud.

Daniel Carl Marcello; Lindenhurst, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 048196; Cal. No. 26809

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol and of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, unclassified misdemeanors.

Harold P. Steenwerth; Linden, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031064; Cal. No. 27409

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, a class B felony; Assault in the 1st Degree, a class C felony; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, a class B felony; Assault in the 1st Degree, a class C felony; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Samantha G. Wanke; Cooperstown, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037347; Cal. No. 27427

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also April 2002)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice.

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

Physical Therapy

Judith Ann McLaud; Rochester, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 005957; Cal. No. 27428

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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 been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Public Accountancy

Kempisty & Company, Certified Public Accountants, PC; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountants, P.C.; Cal. No. 26860

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having voluntarily consented to a revocation of the authority to appear or practice before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where the conduct charged resulting in the consent to such revocation would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, specifically section 6509(9) of the New York Education Law and section 29.10(a)(7)(ii) of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR).

Philip C. Kempisty; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032762; Cal. No. 26859

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having voluntarily consented to a revocation of the authority to appear or practice before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where the conduct charged resulting in the consent to such revocation would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, specifically section 6509(9) of the New York Education Law and section 29.10(a)(7)(ii) of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR).

David T. Svoboda; Bohemia, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 083271; Cal. No. 27622

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of voluntarily consenting to a bar (suspension) from further association with any public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where the conduct resulting in said suspension, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct in New York State.

Social Work

Brian John Reilly a/k/a Brian J. Reilly; Albertson, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 048499; Cal. No. 27574

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Menacing a Police Officer, a class D felony, and Menacing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Kimberly A. Bussey, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 015462; Cal. No. 27466

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

Veterinary Medicine

Gopal K. Beri; Queens, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004190; Cal. No. 27411

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014 (see also March 2010)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of dispensing Meloxicam 15 mg., an excessive dosage of said non-controlled medication, to an 18 lb. poodle; failing to diagnose and treat said dog for gastrointestinal bleeding; and failing to instruct the owner to discontinue the aforesaid Meloxicam 15 mg.

Joseph Imre Deme; Port Washington, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007883; Cal. No. 26420

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering anesthesia and performing a laser ovariohysterectomy on a canine patient despite said canine patient having elevated liver enzyme levels; prescribing the non-controlled drug Rimadyl for pain post-surgery when said drug was contraindicated due to elevated liver enzyme levels and uncontrolled bleeding during surgery; and discharging said patient without: providing proper cautionary instructions, informing said canine patient’s owner of said unexplained bleeding during surgery and the potential cause of said bleeding, conducting further testing of said canine patient’s blood, and performing a liver biopsy.

Jeffrey Levy; Williamsburg, MA

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004682; Cal. No. 27692

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to meet the required continuing professional educations credits as a condition for license renewal of his license to practice as a veterinarian in the State of Massachusetts.

Sayed Sultan Masood; South Riding, VA

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008647; Cal. No. 27618

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering the non-controlled corticosteroid medication Prednisone to a canine, when there was significant information contained within said canine’s medical records indicating that corticosteroids were contra-indicated for said canine; failing to provide appropriate therapy for said canine’s diabetes mellitus; and failing to provide appropriate diagnostics to rule out heart disease in said canine.

Nagy N. Nasr; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008919; Cal. No. 26340

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $2,500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to search for and remove an undescended testicle when neutering a canine and failing to perform a full cardiac assessment and complete blood work before determining an anesthetic protocol for a 15-year-old feline.

James R. Robinson; Corfu, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003771; Cal. No. 27441

Regents Action Date: September 16, 2014

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to provide oversight of medication use on multiple occasions.

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Last Updated: April 13, 2017