Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

April 2013

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine -


Acupuncture

Jacques Harry Gracia a/k/a Jacques Garcia, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 002510; Cal. No. 26466

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Commercial Bribe Receiving in the 2nd Degree, both class A misdemeanors.

Architecture

Naphtali Zvi Deutsch, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 027303; Cal. No. 26385

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,300 fine payable within 60 days.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully practicing the profession of architecture without having completed the mandatory continuing education requirements during the registration period.

Robert Michael Scarano, Jr., Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 017739; Cal. No. 25878

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willful failure to comply with substantial provisions of the laws of the City of New York governing the practice of the profession of architecture

Engineering and Land Surveying

Nari Motwani, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 056831; Cal. No. 26531

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Massage Therapy

Anthony W. Courcy, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 025428; Cal. No. 26597

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of moral unfitness in the practice of massage therapy and obtaining a license fraudulently.

Mental Health Practitioner

Arline Deborah Hirsch, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Psychoanalyst; Lic. No. 000243; Cal. No. 26490

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 reflects her evaluation and treatment of that patient.

Michael S. Washco, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 004209; Cal. No. 26503

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice.

Nursing

Tami C. Bechtel, Gillett, PA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 163174; Cal. No. 26537

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 failure to properly administer and document medication administrations.

Sarah Lee Bonilla, Menands, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 294492; Cal. No. 26389

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 DWI on two occasions.

Grace S. Chang, Towaco, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 585219; Cal. No. 26305

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of fraudulent practice for ordering skin care products, including presciption-required products, by using a dentist's name and license number without permission.

Chudney Desarme, Saint Albans, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 290938; Cal. No. 26332

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 the charge of failing to accurately document administration of medications to patients.

Dena Lynn Eisenberg, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 088422; Cal. No. 26557

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of moral unfitness in the practice of nursing based on filling prescriptions for herself for controlled substances without authorization and testing positive for opiates. 

Joanna Gadomski, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293576; Cal. No. 26482

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 failing to call code and failing to commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Gail M. Green, Troy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 300575; Cal. No. 26604

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing with moral unfitness.

Kim J. Hein, Mechanicville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 509968; Cal. No. 26523

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 Driving While Intoxicated.

Ricky Lawrence Jeremiah, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 429910; Cal. No. 26317

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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 that on more than one occasion he left a home care patient alone with an intravenous solution infusing.

Richard S. Jones, Kingston, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 621935; Cal. No. 26473

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse and Forcible Touching.

Kristine M. Klick, Lyons, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281403; Cal. No. 26501

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain accurate records.

Darryl Lawrence Lahon, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 242209, 513461; Cal. Nos. 26507, 26506

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 the charge of having been convicted of Arson in the 2nd Degree.

Marlon Vibar Legaspi, Valley Cottage, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 274955, 581721; Cal. Nos. 26511, 26512

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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 of having been convicted of Attempted Tampering with Physical Evidence, a misdemeanor.

Jeffrey C. Lehnen, Dunkirk, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258274; Cal. No. 26351

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 willfully failing to register and of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions.

Mary Skelly McDonagh; Garden City, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 179483, 381978; Cal. Nos. 26649, 26650

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Sally J. McDonald, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 533287; Cal. No. 26156

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 that she was found by the Commissioner of Health to have violated Article 33 of the New York Public Health Law.

James Joseph McKenna, Manorville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 471487; Cal. No. 26533

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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.

Marilyn Mora, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 590569; Cal. No. 26268

Regents Action Date: April 22, 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 having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor.

Michele L. Nendza, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 260716; Cal. No. 26623

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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.

Theresa Alice Pawlowski, East Rockaway, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 240579, 473532; Cal. Nos. 26612, 26606

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations that she engaged in conduct in the practice of a profession which evidences moral unfitness.

Amanda Perez, Seymour, CT

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 281305, 588165; Cal. Nos. 25806, 25807

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully making and filing a false report.

Douglas William Pross a/k/a Douglas W. Pross, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 456254; Cal. No. 26433

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension until substance abuse-free and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of two crimes of Petit Larceny and the crime of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Randi Joy Robbins, Hanson, MA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 192472, 463909; Cal. Nos. 24901, 24902

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 9 months, suspension for minimum of 6 months, and thereafter indefinitely, until substance abuse-free and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice in State of New York, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of negligence based on her withdrawal of medication from a hospital Pyxis system on several dates in July 2007 for six different patients for whom there were no physicians’ order, failure to maintain accurate patient records and having been convicted of Petit Larceny based on having stolen a page from a prescription pad of a nurse practitioner on which she forged the nurse practitioner’s signature for a prescription for a muscle relaxer.

Eufemia Salomon-Flores a/k/a Eufemia Fe Salomon-Flores, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 228406; Cal. No. 26601

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Tax Fraud in the 3rd Degree, both felonies.

Maria Eufemia Salomon-Rosanes, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 550363; Cal. No. 26528

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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 of having been convicted of Attempted Tampering with Physical Evidence, a misdemeanor.

Sarah T. Sanchez, Hamilton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282834; Cal. No. 26555

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of violating sections 12 and 3304 of the Public Health Law.

Debra A. Tucker, Cortland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 132178, 426424; Cal. Nos. 26479, 26476

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Debbie L. Vargas, Lynbrook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 292725; Cal. No. 26267

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that on or about February 7, 2011, while practicing the profession of nursing, she failed to follow her employer's policy of: before moving a patient, immediately notifying the registered professional nursing supervisor to perform an assessment of an elderly patient who fell from her bed; completing an Accident/Incident Report before the end of her shift; documenting the patient's fall in the Nurse's Notes; including the patient's fall in her report to the oncoming nurse; and notifying the physician and the patient's family of the patient's fall.

Jill Jeanne Werkheiser, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230246; Cal. No. 25469

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension for minimum of 3 months, and thereafter indefinitely, until alcohol abuse-free, fit to practice, and psychologically fit to practice, upon termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs; Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Menacing in the 2nd Degree.

Ann Cayea Witt, Ellenburg, Center, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 294377; Cal. No. 26603

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Occupational Therapy

AnnMarie Cottone, E. Patchogue, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapy Assistant; Cert. No. 005188; Cal. No. 26443

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Vehicular Assault in the 2nd Degree, a class E felony.

Pharmacy

Lawrence R. Wheelock, Potsdam, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033108; Cal. No. 26478

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013 (see also December 2002)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Physical Therapy

Jacques Harry Gracia a/k/a Jacques Garcia, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 003428; Cal. No. 26465

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Commercial Bribe Receiving in the 2nd Degree, both class A misdemeanors.

Public Accountancy

Martin Nissenbaum, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039081; Cal. No. 26671

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013 (see also September 2010)

Action: Application for reconsideration granted: Vote & Order under Cal. No. 25217 vacated, Statement of Charges dismissed.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct based upon his having been convicted of committing acts constituting crimes under federal law.

Richard T. Saxton; Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 037481; Cal. No. 26283

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree.

Veterinary Medicine

R. Geoffrey Broderick, Huntington, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003008; Cal. No. 26129

Regents Action Date: April 22, 2013 (see also December 2005)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of: treating a seven-year-old dog for hematuria, dysurea and urolithiasis, and performing a urethrostomy but failing to remove all of the uroliths/stones; failing to perform a cystotomy; failing to obtain post-operative radiographs; failing to place the animal postoperatively on a commercial prescription-type diet to reduce the occurrence of uroliths; failing to monitor urine pH and specific gravity every one to three weeks; failing to take radiographs every three to six months; failing to take definitive steps to remove the uroliths; and failing to properly identify radiographs.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2013