Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

April 2012

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- Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine -


Dentistry

Saleh A. Elahwal, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042462; Cal. No. 25947

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 years suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Providing Material Support or Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization based on his investment in a business venture which provided satellite television services from a television station operated by Hizballah, a foreign terrorist organization.

Gary Mark Helman, Syosset, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 026445; Cal. No. 25747

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, 100 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of unnecessarily extracting two teeth of a child due to his failing to realize that the wrong radiographs were retrieved from the film developer.

Gerald Jay Whiteman, Long Branch, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024255; Cal. No. 26087

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in New Jersey.

Nursing

Roberta Jomona Nadine Adams a/k/a Roberta Adams, Brooklyn, NY

Profession:  Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 581934; Cal. No. 25200

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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 having been convicted of Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Lisa Ashcraft, Fort Myers, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 500827; Cal. No. 26001

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in State of New York, $500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being a habitual user of Demerol.

Kevin Francis Brennan, Watertown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Community Health); Lic. No. 368198, Cert. No. 320050; Cal. Nos. 26082, 26081

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012 (See also December 2012)

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Alaska.

Stephanie Cachia, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256654; Cal. No. 25632

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of being dependent on, or a habitual user of, narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having a similar effect; practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently; and unprofessional conduct based on her being a habitual user of  a prescription-required amphetamine who practiced fraudulently by using her access as a nurse to steal physician prescription blanks and then forging the name of physicians on the forms so as to prescribe, to herself, controlled substances.

Rima R. Chaudhry, Coram, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 240911; Cal. No. 25839

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Bette Lindstrand Constantine, Amsterdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 199856; Cal. No. 26075

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to be tolled until return to practice in State of New York, $500 fine.

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

Jacki Lynn Everett, Barryville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 254358; Cal. No. 26097

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the allegation that, on or about February 2, 2009, while employed at Grace Plaza Rehabilitation Nursing Center, Great Neck, New York, she made false entries in patient records indicating she had administered the controlled substances Percocet and Xanax to two patients when, in fact, she had taken said medications and diverted them to her own use

Monique Hemphill Gonzalez; Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 225311; Cal. No. 26000

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

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

Demetria Latreic Johnson, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 240024; Cal. No. 26003

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012 (see also April 1998 and July 2010)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension beginning June 1, 2012 and terminating June 30, 2012, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest that, in or about August 2010, she practiced the profession of nursing while the license had been suspended.

Olubunmi Adeola McClendon, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271229; Cal. No. 26069

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspenion, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that, when she applied for licensure in New York as a licensed practical nurse in 2002, she knowingly provided a false social security number and that, when said application containing this misinformation was granted, she was licensed as a licensed practical nurse.

David Francis McNamara, Comstock, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510109; Cal. No. 26094

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012 (see also February 2007)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th degree.

Donna Marie Prestopino, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510100; Cal. No. 25973

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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 Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Leon Lloyd Sanders, Rhinebeck, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 575043; Cal. No. 26068

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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 admitted to the charge that, after being suspended from nursing practice by the State of New Hampshire in 2004, he failed to report said suspension on his subsequent New York nursing licensure application and on an employment application for employment as a nurse in New York.

Marwa Taman, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 567545; Cal. No. 26072

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Arizona.

Jacqueline Denin Vaughan-Moscatiello, Mastic, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 259183, 504860; Cal. Nos. 25888, 25889

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 years suspensions, execution of last 18 months of suspensions stayed, probation 2 years to commence and to run concurrently with suspensions.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and Driving While Intoxicated based on her receiving and cashing of weekly checks from County Child Support to which she was not entitled, driving eastbound in the westbound lane of the Long Island Expressway, and a failed sobriety test.

Haydee Grace West-Clyde, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 478005; Cal. No. 25174

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly review and ensure that physician's orders were properly transcribed into a patient's record.

Pharmacy

Nelson Francisco Flores, Tuckahoe, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042664; Cal. No. 25998

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012 (see also June 1998)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted three times in New York State of Driving While Intoxicated, in 2005 and 2009 as misdemeanors and in 2011 as a felony, and of indicating on all applicable re-registration applications that he had not been convicted of a crime when he knew that he had been convicted of a crime in 2005 and 2009.

Physical Therapy

Christopher A. Codoner, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 013746; Cal. No. 25664

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing Oxycontin pills from a patient’s home without said patient’s consent.

Podiatry

Eric Ean Edelman, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 006040; Cal. No. 26052

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that he conducted a Kidner procedure as a first option and failed to employ post-operative x-rays.

Keith Wayne Factor, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003728; Cal. No. 25423

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012 (see also March 2002)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $1,500 fine payable within 18 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Theft of Services, a class A misdemeanor; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor; Menacing in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor; Harassment in the 1st Degree, a class B misdemeanor; and Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Mario George Silvestri, Endicott, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004319; Cal. No. 24779

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $3,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of post-operatively prescribing Fentanyl to a patient when the drug was contraindicated.

Psychology

Lynda Harris-Boscaino, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 011791; Cal. No. 26098

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Public Accountancy

Ramona Morales Boswell, Westbury, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 083476; Cal. No. 25999

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

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

Lawrence Rozanski, Woodmere, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 053552; Cal. No. 26053

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of expressing an opinion on financial statements as being in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) when they were not.

Veterinary Medicine

Karen Moody Forlano, Scotia, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007547; Cal. No. 26055

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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 Driving While Intoxicated.

Anthony Joseph Meglino, Tuckahoe, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006855; Cal. No. 26113

Regents Action Date: April 24, 2012

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 prescribed an antibiotic medication for his nephew.

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