Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 2007

Acupuncture - Architecture - Chiropractic - Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Psychology - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work

Acupuncture

Zalmai Frahmand, Baltimore, MD

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 001583; Cal. No. 23671
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Enterprise Corruption, a class C felony.


Architecture

Kenny Lee, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 024793; Cal. No. 21722
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year stayed suspension, 3 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to file certifications of completion, renew permits, or  withdraw his professional sign-off responsibilities, within 1 year from permit issuance, on 178 applications he had filed with the New York City Department of Buildings as the applicant of record.


Chiropractic

Mario James Ciani, Massapequa Park, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004333; Cal. No. 23538
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007 (see also September 1999 and September 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of  Driving While Intoxicated, as a class D felony.

Jeffrey Scott Rauch, Syosset, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008315; Cal. No. 23342
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 5th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Crystal Dodson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technician; Cert. No. 000794; Cal. No. 23568
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of certificate to practice as a clinical laboratory technician.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the allegation that on or about September 20, 2006, with fraudulent intent, she submitted an application for certification as a clinical laboratory technician to the Division of Professional Licensing Services of the New York State Education  Department in which she certified that she had at least five (5) years (7,200 clock hours) of experience as a clinical laboratory technician, and was thereafter granted a certificate to practice as a clinical laboratory technician in the State of New York on or about January 16, 2007, based on the aforesaid experience when, in truth and in fact, and as she well knew, she did not have said experience as a clinical laboratory technician.


Dentistry

Marsha Ellen Cohen, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033881; Cal. No. 23513
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007 (see also December 1994)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to timely discover the perforation of a tooth that subsequently required extraction by not taking an x-ray of the tooth after inserting a post and placing a crown thereon following treatment of said tooth.

Neil Robert Mate, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036749; Cal. No. 23677
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007 (see also December 1997 and July 2009)
Action: Application for summary suspension granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature with a patient.

Harsha D. Mehta, Jamaica, NY

Profession:Dentist; Lic. No. 036917; Cal. No. 23443
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Harsha D. Mehta Dentist P.C., 73-72  194th Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Profession:Dentistry; Cal. No. 23444
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Udi Ehud Yohanan, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045433; Cal. No. 22064
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of certain coursework, 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to maintain an accurate patient record and failing to diagnose a lesion in a patient’s tooth.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Robert J. Ganley, Delmar, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 031925; Cal. No. 23569
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $2,000 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of signing plans that he had not prepared or thoroughly reviewed.

Michael J. Maziarz, Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 050498; Cal. No. 23665
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of falsifying work experience on his initial application.

Frank Rapant, Jr., Schenectady, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 032135; Cal. No. 23651
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007 (see also September 2002)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of sealing and signing a survey and plot plan with deficiencies, placing a pin without supportive evidence, and failing to maintain documents.


Mental Health Practitioner

Steven J. Kahan, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 000307; Cal. No. 23690
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.


Nursing

Arthurine Blossomgame, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 236266; Cal. No. 23408
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to assess the condition of a patient in distress, and failing to record in the nurse’s notes a patient’s fall.

Astra Alexandra Brown, Amityville, NY

Profession:Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266464; Cal. No. 22381
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having  been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, class E felonies; Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd and 3rd Degrees, unclassified misdemeanors.

Amy M. Brunner, Los Angeles, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 541219; Cal. No. 23530
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she was found guilty of professional misconduct in California.

Martha Isabel Castillo, Maspeth, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 527143; Cal. No. 22943
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of documenting on hospital narcotics records the withdrawal of controlled substances for administration to patients who did not have physicians' orders for said drugs at the times of the withdrawals and/or failing to chart the administration of said drugs on the patients' medication administration records.

Amy L. Challenger, Penfield, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258411; Cal. No. 23668
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of taking narcotics for her personal use.

Adrian Denise Clements, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258423; Cal. No. 23582
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year actual suspension, 5 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in 2007 of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

John T. Conley, Jr., Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 274782; Cal. No. 23556
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum period of 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Atttempted Criminal Sexual Act.

Verlie M. Farrell, Williamson, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242850; Cal. No. 22632
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having failed to report a patient’s condition, to follow up on low blood glucose, and to follow up with a physician.

Marcel Verona Forde, Englewood, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 224757, 449750; Cal. Nos. 23578, 23577
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

             

Lawrence R. French, Hornell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 165992; Cal. No. 23694
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted. 
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Possession of Child Pornography, Criminal Forfeiture, and Violation of Probation.

Joy Alice Henderson, Killawog, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 308695; Cal. No. 23429
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to discontinue medication as ordered by the physician.

Stephen H. Kotzen, Massena, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 362847; Cal. No. 23693
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Attempted Sodomy in the 1st Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree.

Martha L. Kovach, Cato, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 226577; Cal. No. 23680
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of stopping CPR and failing to continuously supervise CPR on a patient.

Maricar S. Laya, Dumont, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 441452; Cal. No. 23623
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that when checking, with another nurse, a unit of blood about to be transfused into a patient, she failed to check the unit of blood at the patient’s bedside, so that a comparison with the patient’s identifying armband could be made.

Margarette Lazar, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 228890; Cal. No. 23525
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to check the medication administration record against the physician’s order, thereby administering five medications to the wrong patient.

Nicole R. Murphy, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 268411; Cal. No. 23557
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

Cindi Rimler, Crystal River, FL

Profession:Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248546; Cal. No. 23633
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Laura Christine Rodriguez, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191607; Cal. No. 23512
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Elsie Marie St. Fleur, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 195355, 412278; Cal. Nos. 23012, 23013
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently in that she submitted a nursing assessment sheet indicating that she had performed a nursing assessment of a patient, when in fact she had not performed the assessment.

Mary Magliulo Scaccia, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 068332; Cal. No. 23620
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that between January 2005 and September 2006, while employed as a licensed practical nurse at the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York, she submitted fraudulent timesheets claiming to have been on call on 58 separate occasions, when in fact, she had not been.

Edward P. Snide, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250290; Cal. No. 23622
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of  Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Marie Spanhake, Holtsville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 236446; Cal. No. 23621
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted that between January 2005 and September 2006, while employed as a registered professional nurse at the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York, she submitted fraudulent timesheets claiming to have been on call on 66 separate occasions, when in fact, she had not been.

Laura Beth Ward, Verplanck, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 237018, 524935; Cal. Nos. 23502, 23503
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted ofCriminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree; Petit Larceny (two convictions); Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operator in the 3rd Degree.

Patricia M. Wright, Rochester, NY

Profession:Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 104247; Cal. No. 23611
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she failed to properly document a patient record, failed to properly follow infection control practices, and drew  two forms of insulin in the same syringe.


Pharmacy

Bruce Benishake, Ellenville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028626; Cal. No. 21810
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct in that he willfully failed to register and continued practicing the profession of pharmacy.

Javed Farooqui, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession:Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037669; Cal. No. 23508
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filling a high-dose prescription for Visicol 5 mg. with Vesicare 5 mg., as a result of which the patient was instructed to take the Vesicare at twenty times its maximum recommended therapeutic dose.

Harold Fox, Lido Beach, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 020826; Cal. No. 23492
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of dispensing medication on two separate occasions without conducting a prospective drug review to screen for potential drug therapy problems.

K Mart Corporation #3415, 1001 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

Profession:Pharmacy; Reg. No. 016205; Cal. No. 23479
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest  the charge of having failed to notify the New York State Board of Pharmacy within 7 days of any change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist of the registered establishment.

Hyechung Park, Bayside, NY

Profession:Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042566; Cal. No. 23535
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of allowing the pharmacy in which she was employed as the supervising pharmacist to remain open without a pharmacist on duty Monday to Friday between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on or about and between October 1, 2005 and June 9, 2006.

Kantilal Tulshibhai Vadsola, Brentwood, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037833; Cal. No. 23524
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that on or about November 3, 2006, at Neema Pharmacy Inc. d/b/a/ Picker Pharmacy, he dispensed a quantity of the non-controlled drug Zoloft 100 mg. in a vial misbranded as containing Zoloft 50 mg.


Physical Therapy

Luis D’Aguiar, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 011243; Cal. No. 23500
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having submitted documentation regarding patient home care that had not been performed.

Noel Santos Digan, New York, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 020000; Cal. No. 23573
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to timely provide documentation of the physical therapy care and treatment which he rendered to two home-bound patients on eleven separate occasions to the home health care agency which employed him to provide that care and treatment.

Timothy Ekezie Okeke, Port Washington, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 005781; Cal. No. 23586
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 12 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 12 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Ahmed Mohamed-Elsayed Omran, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 021049; Cal. No. 23510
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft or Embezzlement in Connection with Health Care, a misdemeanor.


Podiatry

Steven F. Gass, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002943; Cal. No. 23128
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $10,000 fine payable within 90 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 1 count of Income Tax Evasion and 4 counts of Preparation of Fraudulent Tax Returns.


Psychology

Richard W. Firestone, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 002011; Cal. No. 23670
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature with a patient.

Jennifer Ann Hastings, Sand Lake, NY

Profession:Psychologist; Lic. No. 016867; Cal. No. 23750
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007 (see also April 2009)
Action: Application for summary suspension granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature with a patient who was a minor. 


Respiratory Therapy

Kenneth J. Nugent, Wynantskill, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 000175; Cal. No. 23594
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Attempt and Sexual Abuse to Children.


Social Work

John R. Prezioso, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 019790; Cal. No. 23250
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 2 years and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of committing several boundary violations with a patient in his social work practice, including engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature and revealing personal information to said patient.

Cathleen Marie Singleton a/k/a Cathleen Singleton a/k/a Cathleen Prior, Port Washington, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 033768; Cal. No. 23471
Regents Action Date: December 14, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Attempted Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class B misdemeanor.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009