Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 2004

Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Daniel Louis Baccari, Lancaster, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 022892; Cal. No. 21731
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.


Dentistry

Yelena Tkachenko, North Woodmere, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048914; Cal. No. 20629
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, both class E felonies.

Adrian P. Wizes, Lake George, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044121; Cal. No. 19843
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004 (see also July 1998)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willfully physically abusing several female patients; behaving in a manner which evidences moral unfitness to practice the profession of dentistry; making inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments and deliberately lifted the dental bib of a female patient and staring at said patient’s breasts; and violating the terms of probation imposed by a previous disciplinary action imposed by the Board of Regents.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Roderick N. Cobane, Schuyler Falls, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 049544; Cal. No. 20372
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of submitting final maps with an embossed seal to clients that did not depict a legend or closed traverses, and not retaining records of his work for another client for at least six years.

Michael Dubem Iwuchukwu a/k/a Michael D. Iwuchukwu, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer, Lic. No. 071795; Cal. No. 21834
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and, subsequent to said conviction, falsely answering “no” on his re-registration application to the question regarding the existence of any convictions since he had last registered as a professional engineer in the State of New York.

William C. Mack, Ocean Beach, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 066354; Cal. No. 21661
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain, for at least six years, a thorough written evaluation of plans that were not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision, and to which he had affixed his signature and professional seal.


Nursing

Susan A. Albano a/k/a Susan Jacobi, Depew, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 450074; Cal. No. 21509
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Amy Caroline Carter, Booneville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 270044; Cal. No. 21391
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to administer medications to several patients.

Lori-Anne A. Cross, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256691; Cal. No. 21610
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of committing medication errors.

Janis Dorothy Curry, West Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221367; Cal. No. 21584
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering 500 mg. of Dilantin to a patient three times daily instead of one daily dose.

Qi Ding, Douglaston, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256589; Cal. No. 21599
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filing an application for licensure and first registration, which falsely stated that she had completed a nursing program in China.

Elizabeth Fields a/k/a Elizabeth Ann Vosburgh, Durham, NC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 352629; Cal. No. 21822
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the North Carolina Board of Nursing of professional misconduct.

Debra Ann French, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 182677; Cal. No. 21256
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
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 licensee’s return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting Demerol for her own use.

Jan Greenfield, Greenwood Lake, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 449984; Cal. No. 21590
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
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 to commence upon licensee’s return to practice, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing money from a patient.

Deborah Hampson, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 251936; Cal. No. 21638
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to being convicted of Robbery in the 2nd Degree, a class C felony, Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony, and Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Mary Jo Izzo, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 086543; Cal. No. 21091
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed, probation 11 months.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Stacey Lynn Keck, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261842; Cal. No. 21603
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Vicki Leidig, Levittown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249395; Cal. No. 21593
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to question an order for administration of 500 mg. of Dilantin to a patient three times daily instead of one daily dose.

Stacey Lynn McBride-Adkison, Nashville, TN and Bartlesville, OK

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 512705; Cal. No. 21750
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting three inaccurate time sheets to her employer for payment that included three days that she did not work in August 2003.

Merissa Milillo a/k/a Merissa Ann Dillingham, Oakdale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269311; Cal. No. 21349
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to pick up orders and changes in orders and administering the wrong dose of medication.

Laurie A. Miller, Little Valley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 336358; Cal. No. 21647
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of improperly disposing of confidential patient records and blank prescription pads.

Teresa Miller a/k/a Teresa A. Miller, Islip Terrace, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 161110, 360539; Cal. Nos. 21807, 21806
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to being convicted of the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Kathryn M. Monaco a/k/a Kathryn M. Crawford, Bloomingburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 140668, 328522; Cal. Nos. 21666, 21667
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
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 1 year to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession while her ability to practice was impaired by fibromyalgia and other physically disabling conditions.

Daniel J. Nicholas, Sr., Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248793; Cal. No. 21325
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inaccurate record keeping.

Betty L. Page a/k/a Betty L. Moffitt, Harpursville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 187621, 408912; Cal. Nos. 21255, 21608
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of committing medication administration and documentation errors.

John Stephen Rinaldo, Oxnard, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 537893; Cal. No. 21735
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, probation 1 year to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documenting a false glucose value for a patient and failing to administer the correct number of units of insulin to said patient.

Santiago Rodriguez, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 253031; Cal. No. 21756
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 253031; Cal. No. 21756; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to administer one medication and to follow physician’s orders.

Gregory Joseph Sieverding, Peru, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 514608; Cal. No. 21678
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension – upon termination of suspension, probation 1 year to commence upon licensee’s return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to disclose information on his application for licensure; providing false information on a registration application; having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the State of Vermont; and making medication and documentation errors.

Carmen P. Simpkins, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216411; Cal. No. 21344
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of knowingly and intentionally importing a quantity of cocaine and knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine (specifically 500 grams or more of a substance containing cocaine).

Stacia Smith, Babylon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 501673; Cal. No. 20641
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class C felony.

Janet Aline Stark, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 092922; Cal. No. 21611
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documenting blood glucose tests she did not perform.

Michelle Lynn Stephenson, South Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257289; Cal. No. 21657
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty by the Commissioner of Health of diverting a controlled substance.

Karen Black Thompson, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 233549; Cal. No. 21751
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of leaving a patient unattended.

Karen E. Tripodi, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 133637; Cal. No. 21330
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, and Borrowing Personal Allowance Funds, a class A misdemeanor.

Mariamma Varghese, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 305314; Cal. No. 21660
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering the wrong medication while caring for one patient; failing to notify the patient’s physician of the error; failing to include an account of the incident in the nursing notes for said patient; and not timely filing an incident report regarding the matter.

Patty Ann Wallis, Verona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248413; Cal. No. 21683
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004 (see also March 2003 and June2004>)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully making and filing false reports in her re-registration applications for the period of November 1,1999 to March 31, 2002 and the period of April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2005 by answering “no” to the questions concerning whether, since she had last registered, she was convicted of a crime, when, in truth and in fact, she had been so convicted.

Pamela B. Westley, Jamestown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 099873; Cal. No. 21650
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to follow a physician’s order regarding ambulation of a patient and left a patient unattended.

Ferdinand Zaldivar, Kendall Park, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 457599; Cal. No. 21266
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension with leave to apply on or after service of first 2 years of 3 year period of suspension for a stay of any unserved period of suspension as set forth in consent order application – upon service or stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the New Jersey Board of Nursing of professional misconduct.


Pharmacy

AAA Chemists, Ltd. d/b/a Eichler Pharmacy, 97-02 101st Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11416

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019007; Cal. No. 21730
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application to surrender registration granted.
Summary: Registrant admitted that in each of two inspections, the pharmacy held for sale expired drugs, failed to maintain a daily prescription log, and maintained the dispensing area in an excessively cluttered fashion; and, that in one of the inspections, the pharmacy held for sale misbranded drugs.

Robert A. Crystal, Albany, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033744; Cal. No. 19334
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 6 month suspension, execution of last 5 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of negligence on more then one occasion, by dispensing three substances, knowing that the patient presented prescriptions for different patient names, and that dispensing on those occasions deviated from the standard of care of a licensed pharmacist in the State of New York.

Kevin Ferry, Bohemia, NY 11716

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037459; Cal. No. 20936
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004 (see also June 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for termination of suspension upon service of at least 6 months of suspension and until terminated as set forth in consent order application – upon service or early termination of suspension, probation 3 years, $1,000 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of aiding and abetting an unlicensed person to dispense drugs; failing to correctly evaluate an order for potassium chloride for an infant; failing to consult a patient’s medication profile; failing to recognize a potentially dangerous and possibly fatal drug interaction; failing to contact the prescriber to clarify dose and verify and validate an order; permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license including permitting said unlicensed person to mix ingredients of potassium chloride; and, delegating to a pharmacy technician the responsibility of compounding a patient-specific intravenous solution.


Public Accountancy

Albert Isernio, Huntington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036839; Cal. No. 21880
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest that he committed acts constituting the Federal crimes of Falsifying Income Tax Returns and Structuring Cash Deposits, both felonies.

Frank J. Paccione, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045464; Cal. No. 21534
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
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 3 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempt to Commit the Crime of Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors (4 counts); Attempt to Commit the Crime of Sodomy in the 2nd Degree (2 counts) and Attempt to Commit the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.


Respiratory Therapy

Gladwin Thornhill, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 001434; Cal. No. 21616
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on his application for licensure.


Social Work

Susan Lynn Korzeniewski, Lyman, ME

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 039556; Cal. No. 21746
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend the charge of failing, in and about the year 1993, to timely complete summaries for certain clients to whom she had rendered professional social work services in the State of Maine.

Carlos C. Reyes, East Amherst, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 017144; Cal. No. 21764
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month suspension, probation 1 year to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree.

Herbert Sklar, Plainview, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 007678; Cal. No. 21850
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to being convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony, on May 13, 2003.


Veterinary Medicine

Mitchell Robbins, Buffalo Grove, IL

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006389; Cal. No. 21854
Regents Action Date: December 17, 2004
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty by the Illinois Department of Regulation of professional misconduct.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009