Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
April 1994

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Chiropractic

Joseph Michael Giacalone, Bronx, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 001746; Cal. No. 12262
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 6 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of submitting insurance claim forms that indicated that he had treated a patient at his NY office when he had treated the patient in New Jersey where he was not licensed to provide the patient chiropractic services, and wilfully failing to comply with New Jersey State law governing the practice of the profession.

Donald E. Harte, San Anselmo, CA; Mill Valley, CA

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002651; Cal. No. 13789
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, thereafter probation 5 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of a conviction of committing an act constituting a crime under the law of another jurisdiction which would have constituted a crime under New York State law.

Clifford Joseph Cozolino, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005683; Cal. No. 13092
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994 (see also December 2008)
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of fondling the breast of a massage therapist who was applying for a job.

Paul Joseph Brooke, Bayshore, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 003583; Cal. No. 14165
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994 (see also May 2014)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of submitting erroneous insurance claims on more than one occasion.

Steven Mark Addams, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005292; Cal. No. 14392
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of verbal abuse of a patient and placing a printed advertisement for professional services in which he used the word "doctor" without indicating the profession in which he holds a doctorate.

Jorge Paez, Fishkill, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002599; Cal. No. 14483
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of moral unfitness in the practice of chiropractic.

Elsmer L. Worden, Rochester, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 001253; Cal. No. 14355
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of inappropriately treating a patient and failing to keep an accurate patient record.


Dentistry

Robert Barry Rosenblitt, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 028611; Cal. No. 13705
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee found guilty of charges of conviction of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (since redenominated the Third Degree), a Felony.

William L. Bowles, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029683; Cal. No. 13282
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: $1,500 fine, probation 1 year under various terms.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of abandoning a patient and admitted to charges of failing to maintain a record that accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Carol Anne Schmitz, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039823; Cal. No. 14077
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of certifying on an insurance claim form that she completed work for a patient for certain fees when the fees indicated were higher than the fees actually charged, and submitting an insurance claim form with an unauthorized signature.


Nursing

Aleyamma Abraham, Oradell, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 109790, 273043; Cal. Nos. 9776, 9777
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: LPN license - 18 month suspension, execution of last 12 months of said suspension stayed, probation 18 months; RN license - 30 month suspension, execution of last 24 months of suspension stayed, probation 30 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of neglecting three patients in immediate need of professional care by refusing to respond to emergencies facing these patients; refusing to respond; and preparing incorrect dosages of medications at different times.

Peter J. Amodeo, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 109853, 291892; Cal. Nos. 11646, 11645
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of exploiting and abandoning a seriously ill patient.

Rosemarie R. Ognibene a/k/a Rosemarie R. Amodeo, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 098962, 266266; Cal. Nos. 11647, 11648
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation for last twenty-one months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having obtained and administered intravenous solutions when there was no physician's order for same, grossly deviating from a patient's treatment plan, and failing to inform the patient's doctor of changes in the patient's vital signs.

Susan Ann Leu, Valatie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408389; Cal. No. 11970
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of starting a transfusion of packed red blood cells into a patient without having first taken all necessary and reasonable steps to insure that the unit of packed red blood cells had been typed and cross-matched for the patient.

Jennifer Ann Skea-Stratton a/k/a Jennifer Ann Thiesen, Shaker Heights, OH

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 409347; Cal. No. 11971
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of failing to take all necessary and reasonable steps to insure that a unit of packed red blood cells for transfusion into a patient had been typed and cross-matched for that patient.

Gladys Lewis McDougald, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 143995; Cal. No. 12580
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of administering a non-controlled substance to a patient with no physician's order, failing to note medication administration error in notes, failing to notify superiors of the error, and failing to respond to the Education Department for an interview.

Karen Bennett a/k/a Karen Sabido, Coral Springs, FL; Kings Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 147090; Cal. No. 13641
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of violating Florida law for making or filing a false report or record which the licensee knew to be false.

Lee Abril Abril, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 180666, 405343; Cal. Nos. 12479, 12140
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to maintain adequate patient records, i.e. charting that medications had been administered when they had not.

Susan Irene Seedorf, Amherst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 182976, 392154; Cal. Nos. 12857, 12858
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of inserting a Foley Catheter into a patient without a physician's order.

Karen Cecilia Fisher, Henrietta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 185107; 389661; Cal. Nos. 12915, 12916
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating probation by committing six medication errors.

Dora Karen Lorentzen, Prattsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 130744; Cal. No. 13915
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of negligence by committing two errors.

Marites Duremdes Moody, North Little Rock, AR

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 427984; Cal. No. 14031
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of negligence by leaving work without notifying her supervisor, failing to keep accurate patient records, and failing to administer medications.

James Griffin, Jr., Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 166169; Cal. No. 14201
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors on more than one occasion.

Rosemarie Lynn Lawlor, Phelps, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 399934; Cal. No. 14209
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Indefinite suspension until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of professional misconduct by omitting previous nursing employment on a nursing employment application and negligence in failing to report changes in two patients' conditions.

Janice Bonden Lamb, Beacon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 256963; Cal. No. 14265
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994 (see also June 2003)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of conviction of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, a Class E Felony, and Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor.

Mary Ann Campbell, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 207035; Cal. No. 14275
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of co-signing a patient's blood pack to certify that the nursing service policy and procedure was followed when the policy was not followed.

Darlene Marie Esdinsky, Holland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 204344, 424308; Cal. Nos. 14276, 14277
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to follow nursing policy and procedure prior to the infusion of blood.

Elsa Maria Priceman, Nesconset, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 235478; Cal. No. 14430
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of altering the time of completion of a blood transfusion on a patient's transfusion slip.

Deanna Marie Garone, Howard Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 191448, 404060; Cal. Nos. 14449, 14450
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Suspension until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Karen L. Jacobsen, Morris, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 188976, 434885; Cal. Nos. 14466, 14467
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering a drug intravenously through a heparin lock that she knew was infiltrated.

Dawn C. Hall, Gainesville, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 223363; Cal. No. 14470
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of committing four medication administration errors.

Terri Lynn Dillabough, Potsdam, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 217454; Cal. No. 14472
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year under various terms to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing a medication administration error.

Joyce Hammill Cavanaugh, Norwood, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 128354; Cal. No. 14473
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing a medication charting error.

Diane Patricia Burns, Bohemia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 241593; Cal. No. 14604
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making medication administration errors.

Kathleen T. Kelleher, Goldens Bridge, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 126692; Cal. No. 13831
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of documenting nine sessions with patients that she did not perform.

Patricia Anne Giles, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 081449; Cal. No. 14304
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of medication administration or treatment errors committed or about to be committed by licensee.


Pharmacy

Richard A. Uscianowski, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030017; Cal. No. 14293
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of the charge of Violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law relating to controlled substances.

Samuel Mathew, Nanuet, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036153; Cal. No. 13742
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: $250 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain a clean and orderly pharmacy.

Esther Pharmacy, Inc., 71 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019428; Cal. No. 14288
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain a clean and orderly pharmacy.

Thomas Richard Ingegno, Brookville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 016963; Cal. No. 14456
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of holding for sale adulterated and/or misbranded drugs and failing to have required pharmacy references and equipment.

Edgewood Pharmacy, Inc., 570 Westbury Avenue, Carle Place, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 009987; Cal. No. 14457
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent was found guilty of holding for sale adulterated and/or misbranded drugs and failing to have required pharmacy references and equipment.


Physical Therapy

John W. Repsher, Albany, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 003153; Cal. No. 14290
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to changes of improperly delegating physical therapy duties and with violating a term of probation.


Public Accountancy

Lawrence R. Dix, Hartsdale, NY; Chappaqua, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 030076; Cal. No. 13225
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of failing to prepare and/or file tax returns on behalf of clients, failing to furnish copies of all financial reports to clients, failing to furnish tax return copies to clients, failing to return copies of accounting records held, and failing to furnish client a copy of working papers.

Lawrence R. Dix, C.P.A., P.C., 280 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountancy; Reg. No. 07-18876; Cal. No. 13226
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Professional corporation was found guilty of failing to prepare and/or file tax returns on more than one occasion, refusing to furnish copies of clients tax returns after requests made by client, refusing to furnish records after a client's request, and refusing to furnish working papers after a client's request.

Stephen A. Cohen, Bryn Mawr, PA

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 021699; Cal. No. 14287
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994 (see also June 1995)
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Conspiracy to Obstruct the Lawful Functions of the Internal Revenue Service and of Aiding and Abetting the Preparation of False Income Tax Returns.

Harry Diktaban, Dix Hills, NY

Profession: Public Accountant; Lic. No. 008394; Cal. No. 14281
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of 22 months of suspension stayed, the 2 month period of actual suspension shall commence on August 1, 1994 and shall conclude on September 30, 1994, probation 2 years under various terms, $2,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Conspiracy to Bribe and Bribery.

Marcus Ronald Hilton, Bronx, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045618; Cal. No. 14386
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of filing a false employer certification for a Certified Public Accountant license applicant.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Bernard Harmon, Huntington, NY

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 000395; Cal. No. 14297
Regents Action Date: April 15, 1994
Action: 6 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 6 months, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of conviction of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.


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