Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 2002

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Landscape Architecture - Massage Therapy - Midwifery - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Brian Wayne Berry, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 027760; Cal. No. 20178
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of grossly negligent failure to comply with a substantial provision of local laws governing the practice of the profession of architecture.

Clarence A. Weigold, Jr., Sarasota, FL

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 007226; Cal. No. 20094
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain for at least six (6) years thorough professional evaluations of the professional services represented by documents that were signed and sealed by him, but were not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision.


Chiropractic

Patricia Ann Bubach, Central Square, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 006748; Cal. No. 20274
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor and as a felony, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, a misdemeanor, and admitted to charge of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on application for biennial registration.

Bradley Stephen Leader, Auburn, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008312; Cal. No. 20040
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain records that adequately reflect the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Peter MacPherson, Oneonta, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002175; Cal. No. 20271
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain records that adequately reflect the diagnosis and treatment of a patient.

Andrew Nicholas Mazzella, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 007818; Cal. No. 20127
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of prescribing medications and, without permission, signing a physician's name to said prescriptions for two of his chiropractic patients.


Dentistry

Abdullah A. Amin, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042017; Cal. No. 20242
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also June 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.

Nodari Davitiashvili, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048309; Cal. No. 20330
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also October 2008)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon return to practice, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of prematurely extracting a tooth of a patient, extracting said tooth without the benefit of a diagnostic x-ray and leaving amalgam particles in the extraction site.

Thomas Kent, Flushing, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035064; Cal. No. 20318
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to diagnose and treat an abscess; failing to develop and review x-rays in a timely manner; failing to perform root canal treatment that reached the patient's apex; failing to treat an infected tooth despite patient complaints; and failing to maintain adequate patient records.

Robert J. Marcovici, Commack, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 022859; Cal. No. 20167
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to treat an area of decay on the distal side of a patient's tooth number 19.

George Schnapp, Melville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024642; Cal. No. 20301
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of: performing improper crownwork on teeth nos. 18 and 19 with the crowns not fitting, large areas of open margins existing, and with the porcelain on tooth no. 19 continually falling off; and failing to maintain accurate treatment records including a record of anesthesia used and entries of canal lengths and materials used.

Joseph V. Trumpatori, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033240; Cal. No. 19114
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also May 2008)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to fully assess all dental needs of two patients before preparing a permanent bridge, making ill fitting crowns for a patient and failing to maintain an adequate treatment record for a patient.

David J. Zilka, Herkimer, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037326; Cal. No. 20223
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Assault in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Henry P. Marek, Bronx, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 068242; Cal. No. 19740
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing on three separate projects to maintain for at least six years all applicable records relating to engineering plans to which he affixed his signature and professional seal.

Bruce Zaretsky a/k/a Boris Zaretsky, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 060982; Cal. No. 20383
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of making false and misleading statements, regarding his status with the New York City Department of Buildings, in order to perform an unauthorized engineering inspection of the heating and cooling systems of a building.


Landscape Architecture

Michael J. Bonura, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Landscape Architect; Lic. No. 000655; Cal. No. 20452
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of preparing drawings for submissions on building permits that he was not entitled to do.


Massage Therapy

Mark D. Brice, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 011704; Cal. No. 20600
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully abusing three female patients.

Vasilios Vasiliu, Glen Head, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 013844; Cal. No. 20503
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.


Midwifery

Sarah J. Parker, Albion, NY

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000551; Cal. No. 18820
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution for the last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failure to perform a thorough fetal evaluation, failure to order sufficient diagnostic tests, properly consult with the collaborating physician, and maintain an accurate patient record.


Nursing

Gueldye M. Beaubrun, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 213574, 439047; Cal. Nos. 20073, 20050
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination, upon service of three months of said suspension, as set forth in consent order application - upon service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering twenty-five (25) times the prescribed dose of morphine to a patient.

Patricia Berezny, Calverton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242609; Cal. No. 20123
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of altering physician's orders, nurse notes and medication administration reports for a patient in her care.

Marguerita Brice-Dorsica, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242672; Cal. No. 19224
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Kanise V. Brown, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245366; Cal. No. 20335
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to record the administration of medications to numerous patients in their patient records, and failing to follow a physician's treatment directive.

Donna M.M. Lane Burtis a/k/a Donna Burtis, Ridge, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 101384; Cal. No. 19800
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to record the administration of medications and pre-charting the administration of other medications.

Gabrielle Celanges, Brentwood, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245635; Cal. No. 20361
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Helen M. Chesnut, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 269875; Cal. No. 20305
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering the drug Ambien to a patient without a physician's order.

David L. Delaney, Marcellus, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 110731, 285659; Cal. Nos. 19974, 19973
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to comply with substantial provisions of State Law.

Yanick Descorbeth, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 247290; Cal. No. 20396
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension to commence on February 1, 2003 and terminate on April 30, 2003, execution of the balance of said suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Patricia Ann Doherty, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 384645; Cal. No. 20217
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering prescribed medications to a patient as well as medications prescribed for another patient.

Pierre Marie Dugue, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 213102; Cal. No. 20362
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had attended nursing school when she had not.

Candida M. Eggers, Quincy, MA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 385089; Cal. No. 20067
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Toni Ferello, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 134915, 394292; Cal. Nos. 20381, 20382
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willful physical abuse, to wit: pushing a patient to the floor.

John B. Garcia, Lee Center, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 224346; Cal. No. 20279
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

David Harris Goldstein, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 225095; Cal. No. 20266
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering a multi-vitamin tablet to an elderly patient without a physician's order to do so.

Jesse Grover, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265492; Cal. No. 20071
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of signing patient Medication Administration Records indicating medication was administered to six patients, when a later medication count revealed that those patients did not receive the medication.

William Howard Heath, Jr., Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 490567; Cal. No. 20407
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of moral unfitness.

Jacqueline Lois Hemingway, Southampton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 514829; Cal. No. 20350
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of withdrawing, without authorization, the non-controlled prescription-required drug, Ultram, for her personal use.

Christina Mary Latimer, Washingtonville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 455769; Cal. No. 20253
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also December 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence when and if return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of improperly obtaining controlled substances.

Laurel G. Lennon, St. Albans, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 119380, 304185; Cal. Nos. 20278, 20019
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsifying records of home visits to patients.

Janice Lopez a/k/a Janice L. Lopez, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 259120, 509570; Cal. Nos. 19941, 19947
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 36 month suspension, execution of last 33 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 33 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Carole Louis a/k/a Carole Coriolan, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221708; Cal. No. 19268
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Paulette Rebecca Lounse, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 221718, 445486; Cal. Nos. 20415, 20174
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of causing a non-sterile prosthetic eye to be implanted into a patient and failing to notify the surgeon upon realization of the error.

Barbara Meller Maniaci, Camillus, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 140823; Cal. No. 20581
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of taking Nubain for herself without authorization.

Flora McGregor, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 146650; Cal. No. 19473
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Therese Nicolas a/k/a Therese Barionette, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 218615, 489991; Cal. Nos. 19229, 19597
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also July 2001)
Action: Applications for consent orders granted; Penalty agreed upon: Licensed Practical Nurse - 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years; Registered Professional Nurse - Annulment of registered professional nurse license.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree and thereby obtained her license as a registered professional nurse, based on false credentials.

Nancy Nichols, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 053366; Cal. No. 20320
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of altering the registration certificate for her licensed practical nurse license to appear that she was licensed as a registered professional nurse, and presenting it to her employer and executing the duties and responsibilities of a registered professional nurse, when she was only licensed as a licensed practical nurse.

Eric Michael Oberle, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 519115; Cal. No. 20296
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month suspension with leave to apply, after service of 1 month of suspension, for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully signing a wastage report indicating that he had witnessed a wastage of a medication when in fact he knew that he had erroneously administered said medication to a patient.

Jacqueline Marie Pick, Sherburne, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494203; Cal. No. 20033
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of said suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service or stay of execution of any unserved portion of the aforesaid suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to administer correct medications to patients.

Karen L. Pitcher, Glen Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 180581; Cal. No. 20202
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.

Suzanne T. Quartaro, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 392866; Cal. No. 20180
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of being dependent on or a habitual user of narcotics or other drugs having similar effects.

Christopher Alexander Rem, Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 431087; Cal. No. 20162
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also March 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering injections of medications without having valid physicians' orders.

Eric Brent Roy, Calhoun, LA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 456647; Cal. No. 19896
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willfully failing to record the wastage of a controlled drug, and having said wastage witnessed by a second nurse.

Stephen John Russell, Central Islip, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 448636; Cal. No. 17730
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of attempting to administer medications through a patient's endotracheal tube. After being observed and stopped, he then attempted to administer crushed medications to the intubated patient. He also recorded in the patient record that he administered medications when, in fact, he did not administer the medications.

Elizabeth Santiago-Rubio, East Setauket, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 240129; Cal. No. 20076
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of: administering an IV push medication when she was not authorized or qualified to do so, administering medication to the wrong patient, and improperly charting that she had administered medication to the right patient.

Patricia A. Scarperi, Millbrook, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 496979; Cal. No. 20191
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of: failing, on five occasions, to chart that she had administered medication to a patient; wasting medications on eight occasions without a witness; and withdrawing medication from the hospital's drug supply for a patient not assigned to her.

Wanda Sharpsteen, Passaic, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 391206; Cal. No. 19888
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession of nursing as a registered nurse with negligence on more than one occasion.

Anna Smithmen a/k/a Anna Laura Mumford, Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255050; Cal. No. 20295
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making medication errors.

Judith Fornes Sommer, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 190173; Cal. No. 20598
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of being dependent on alcohol.

Judith Zorana Stratton, Roosevelt, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 225977; Cal. No. 18664
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of: failing to administer medications; failing to transcribe an order; administering an incorrect dose of medication; incorrectly transcribing an order; administering an intravenous solution at the wrong rate; and administering medication to the wrong patient.

Genevieve Valdmemar, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 236256; Cal. No. 19130
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Cindy Lou Vandenberg, Henrietta, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408112; Cal. No. 20306
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing the profession of nursing while her ability to practice was impaired by drugs and failure to accurately document narcotic medication orders or administrations.

Mildred Geraldine Yates, Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 233553; Cal. No. 20300
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to document the administration of medications and performance of treatments to patients.


Occupational Therapy

Camille Ritchie, Stony Point, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapy Assistant; Cert. No. 003659; Cal. No. 20053
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a class E felony.


Pharmacy

AAA Chemists, Ltd., 97-02 101 Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11416

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019007; Cal. No. 20347
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of failing to maintain, in a form which provides for ready retrieval of prescriptions, a daily record of all prescriptions filled and refilled.

Thomas M. Allegra, Westbury, NY and Nesconset, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030673; Cal. No. 18464
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also September 1998)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Gordon Brodwin, Malverne, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021608; Cal. No. 20424
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of one count of narcotics conspiracy and ten counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydromorhone, both Federal felonies.

Buy-Rite Corp., 185 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 021143; Cal. No. 20439
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of dispensing prescription-required medications without prescriptions.

Choi & Tam, Inc. d/b/a Buy-Rite Pharmacy II, 106-110 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024994; Cal. No. 20440
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of dispensing prescription-required medications without prescriptions.

William Y. Choi, Springfield, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040949; Cal. No. 20438
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing and permitting to be dispensed prescription-required medications without prescriptions.

Ivette Ann Delerme, Astoria, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040016; Cal. No. 20095
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of first month and the last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to provide, at the request of the State Education Department, adequate documentation of completion of the required number of hours of acceptable formal continuing education.

Julio A. Delerme, Dix Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027682; Cal. No. 20097
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also July 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of: willfully failing to register to practice the profession of pharmacy in the State of New York for the triennial period commencing on September 30, 2001; holding outdated drugs for sale; and failing to maintain a daily record of all prescriptions filled and refilled.

Delvin Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a Athenas Pharmacy, 32-24 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11103

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 017800; Cal. No. 20096
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also July 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of holding for sale numerous outdated drugs and improperly maintaining a daily log of prescriptions.

Christopher S. Desorbo, Slingerlands, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 041959; Cal. No. 20389
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Peter H. Emery, Jr., Utica, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038123; Cal. No. 20145
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to exercise effective supervision.

Adewale Akinwunmi Esho, Old Bridge, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046570; Cal. No. 20030
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month suspension, execution of last 9 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of dispensing the drug Risperdal when the prescription called for dispensing of the drug Pediapred.

Kew Gardens Pharmacy, Inc., 81-57 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023105; Cal. No. 20210
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of selling prescription-required drugs to an individual without a prescription.

Henry Magiet, White Plains, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028513; Cal. No. 19924
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Alfred A. Monaco, Ozone Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030935; Cal. No. 20348
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also July 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain, in a form which provides for ready retrieval of prescriptions, a daily record of all prescriptions filled and refilled.

Alla Nyurenberg, Levittown, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044347; Cal. No. 20209
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a registered establishment where she was the supervising pharmacist.

Ismael Sosa, Flushing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028127; Cal. No. 20423
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of one count of narcotics conspiracy and twenty-nine counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute hydromorhone, both Federal felonies.

Lawrence R. Wheelock, Endicott, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033108; Cal. No. 20537
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted twice of Petit Larceny.

Patrick Y.F. Yee-Chan, East Williston, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030039; Cal. No. 20333
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of dispensing a drug that was not the prescribed drug.


Physical Therapy

Alpine Home Physical Therapy, P.C., 4851 Candy Lane, Manlius, NY 13104

Profession: Physical Therapy; Cal. No. 20143
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of directing a permitee to conduct unsupervised physical therapy sessions at patients' residences during the year 2000, through its agent.

Michael Patrick McGee, Manlius, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 014015; Cal. No. 20144
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to supervise a physical therapist permitee as required.

Gai-Fu W. Yang, Flushing, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 008180; Cal. No. 19728
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Defrauding Health Insurance Companies and Health Care Benefit Programs, a felony.


Podiatry

Jay H. Cohen, Boca Raton, FL

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004372; Cal. No. 20410
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Willful Failure to File a Return.

Khadija Shakir, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003058; Cal. No. 19099
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also November 1998 and September 1994)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Arson in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Psychology

Bernard Mackler, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 003064; Cal. No. 20190
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also September 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to maintain a record for a patient that accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of said patient.

Viola Wiegand, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 001898; Cal. No. 18609
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of two counts of Conspiracy to Defraud the Social Security Administration, a felony, nine counts of Mail Fraud, a felony, one count of Medicare Fraud, a felony, one count of Making False Claim to a Federal Agency, a felony, and one count of Fraudulent Use of Social Security Numbers, a felony.


Public Accountancy

Seymour Eisengart, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 017972; Cal. No. 20359
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to complete either 40 hours of continuing professional education in recognized areas or 24 hours of continuing professional education in a concentrated area for the registration period September 1, 1999 through August 31, 2000.

Robert J. Futerman, Bayside, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036482; Cal. No. 19833
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also November 1997)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of refusing to timely furnish to a client, upon request, copies of documents that were previously issued for such client.

Edward Kelly, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 044269; Cal. No. 20527
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension; and then be placed on probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Attempting to Evade Income Tax, to wit: underreporting taxable income.

Richard Sterling Kondub, Harrison, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 064799; Cal. No. 20193
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of errors made in audits where he opined that the financial statements of an entity were presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles when that was not the case.

David M. Peretz, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 026043; Cal. No. 20245
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of issuing, on more than one occasion, a compilation report on the financial statements of a client when his independence as a compiler was impaired.

Schnitzer & Kondub, C.P.A., P.C., 550 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528

Profession: Public Accountancy; Cal. No. 20195
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of errors made by Respondent's officers where they opined that the financial statements of an entity were presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles when that was not the case.

Ross John Schnitzer, Harrison, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058626; Cal. No. 20192
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of errors made in audits where he opined that the financial statements of an entity were presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles when that was not the case.

Kenneth Sirlin, Lattingtown, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 037634; Cal. No. 20433
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Jean-Louis Vorburger, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 049094; Cal. No. 20208
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Assault in the Third Degree.


Social Work

Rom Kovalsky, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 039506; Cal. No. 19730
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 7 year suspension, execution of last 6½ years of suspension stayed, probation for last 6½ years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Kathleen Manning Mullon, Amityville, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 037399; Cal. No. 20017
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of: attending the same AA meetings as a client and conversing with her client before, during and after AA meetings; failing to appropriately deal with her attraction to her client; placing her self interest above another patient in terminating a patient/certified social worker relationship; failing to properly terminate a patient/certified social worker counseling relationship; inappropriately engaging in a dual relationship with a former patient following termination of treatment; and inappropriately engaging in a dual relationship without due regard for the well being of a patient.

Arlene L. Pack, Jersey City, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 029403; Cal. No. 17299
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of obtaining money from three clients by exercising undue influence on the clients.

David A. Pilliod, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 015729 Cal. No. 20388
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor and Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony.

Collin Quammie, Hartsdale, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 045741; Cal. No. 20387
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Maureen Grace Robidoux, Shoreham, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 040894; Cal. No. 20334
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Peter Bert Wisla, Janesville, WI

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 011189; Cal. No. 20560
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of practice evidencing moral unfitness.


Veterinary Medicine

Robert Bellinger, Port Crane, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003156; Cal. No. 19980
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to take a radiograph and failing to document a diagnosis.

Jane Benson, Bainbridge, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 001737; Cal. No. 19966
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002 (see also December 2008)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to monitor vital signs on a post-surgical patient.

Richard Southgate Smith, New Berlin, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002354; Cal. No. 20163
Regents Action Date: December 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of abandoning an animal patient in need of immediate care.


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Last Updated: February 23, 2011