Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 2008

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Chiropractic

Clifford Joseph Cozolino, Pelham, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005683; Cal. No. 24211
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also April 1994)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the allegations that he committed non-therapeutic acts of a sexual nature while treating a female patient.

Charles John Giersberg, Syosset, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004348; Cal. No. 24124
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action:Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, 50 hours public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Failing to File a Tax Return, a class A misdemeanor.

Michael Alan Silverstein, New York, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005005; Cal. No. 24125
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 5th Degree.


Dentistry

Terry Edward Grant, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042150; Cal. No. 23931
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008  (see also March 2000, March 2009 and November 2010)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony, 2 counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony, Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, a class E felony and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.  Application for reconsideration granted March 2009.

Caroline Ann Itjen, Douglaston, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 019097; Cal. No. 24025
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
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 having been convicted of Stalking in the 3rd Degree.

David Michael Muench, Endicott, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041451; Cal. No. 24099
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year stayed suspension, 5 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in Pennsylvania.


Nursing

Juliet Carol Chin, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 272366, 560506; Cal. Nos. 24144, 24145
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of incorrectly filling out a request form for the controlled substance morphine and then administering the incorrect dose.

Jacquelyne Marie Goppert, Albion, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269359; Cal. No. 24165
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
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 upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree and Driving While Intoxicated.

Paula Jean Lawton, Gowanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278674; Cal. No. 24120
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary:  Licenseedid not contest charges of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny and of failing to report a criminal conviction on her license application.

Clemence B. Mosher, Westhampton Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 330884; Cal. No. 24129
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year stayed suspension, 5 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of 3 separate incidents of Driving While Intoxicated, unclassified misdemeanors; one incident of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor; and one incident of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jacqueline A. Pajuelo, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261411; Cal. No. 24041
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also February 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of stealing prescription forms from a physician and forging his name on a prescription in an attempt to fill one for the controlled substance Tylenol with Codeine.

Alicia Ponen a/k/a Alicia Ronen a/k/a Alicia Sambhu, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 253615, 548248; Cal. Nos. 23759, 24077
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action:Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Toni Maria Turner, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510338; Cal. No. 24170
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she committed patient neglect by leaving residents unattended, failing to document the administration of a medication, and documenting that she performed a finger stick which she did not perform.

Cheryl Ingrid Vaughn a/k/a Cheryl Vaughn Griffith, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 267272, 546388; Cal. Nos. 24139, 24140
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to administer the non-controlled medication Synthroid to three residents and altering the medication administration record of two of said residents to falsely indicate that she had administered said medication to said residents.

Christina Marie Vitale, Uniondale, NY

Profession:  Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 569484; Cal. No. 24106
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering the non-controlled substance Marcaine with Fentanyl to a patient when the physician's order called for plain marcaine to be administered.

Jeffrey Leroy Wisley, Batavia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278758; Cal. No. 24150
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree.


Pharmacy

CVS Albany, L.L.C. d/b/a CVS Pharmacy, 63-57 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 022578; Cal. No. 23368
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of willful failure to notify the Pharmacy Board of a change in supervising pharmacist and to have a licensed pharmacist having personal supervision of the pharmacy.

Genovese Drug Stores, Inc. d/b/a Rite Aid Pharmacy, 31-09 Ditmars Blvd., Long Island City, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 014873; Cal. No. 24155
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of willful failure to notify the Pharmacy Board of a change in supervising pharmacist and to have a licensed pharmacist having personal supervision of the pharmacy.

Elizabeth L. Johnson a/k/a Elizabeth Lange, Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039471; Cal. No. 24128
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also December 2005 and February 2007)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of pharmacy while her license to do so was suspended.

Seung Woo Lee, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028938; Cal. No. 23273
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also July 1997 and November 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of routinely failing to identify a generic product on a prescription by writing the name of the manufacturer and distributor, if different, on the prescription and on the label; failing to maintain an updated drug and retail price list or to post a sign informing people that such a list was available; failing to maintain a prescription filing system with controlled and non-controlled prescriptions separated;  failing to package drugs in child resistant containers or to maintain records that documented that the patient had requested otherwise; and, violating the terms of licensee’s probation by engaging in the aforesaid professional misconduct.


Social Work

Rhonn D. Gilchrist, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 031719; Cal. No. 24193
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud.

Deborah Pierce Roman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 044682; Cal. No. 23927
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and obtaining a license fraudulently.


Veterinary Medicine

Jane Whallon Benson, Bainbridge, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 001737; Cal. No. 24197
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also December 2002)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to maintain a patient record.

Catherine Louise Ralston, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006384; Cal. No. 23419
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of injecting barium into a canine’s lungs. 

Stanley Weissman, New York, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002175; Cal. No. 23517
Regents Action Date: December 16, 2008 (see also November 1994)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of misdiagnosing a cat as suffering from diabetes and rendering improper treatment to said cat subsequent to said diagnosis.


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