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

Architecture- Certified Public Accountancy - Dentistry - Landscape Architecture - Nursing - Pharmacy - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

John J. Grosfeld, New York, NY

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 008752; Cal. No. 13633
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of signing a form that he was not qualified to sign.


Certified Public Accountancy

Perry Barsky, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 014637; Cal. No. 12836
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of last 10 months of suspension stayed at which time probation 10 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of practicing the profession of public accountancy while his license was suspended.

Henry Holtzman, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 020655; Cal. No. 14714
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of causing a client to believe that he had prepared and/or filed forms and records pertaining to the client's business when he had not, and failing to maintain copies of the forms and records.

Bernard Tauger, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 012330; Cal. No. 14903
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to timely prepare and submit New York State Gift Tax Returns.


Dentistry

Marsha Ellen Cohen a/k/a Marsha C. Schiffmiller a/k/a Marsha E. Schiffmiller a/k/a Marsha Ellen Schiffmiller a/k/a Marsha Rappe, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033881; Cal. No. 11626
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994 (see also December 2007)
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of crimes of Burglary in The Second Degree, a Class C Felony (3 counts), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in The Fourth Degree, a Class E Felony (2 counts), Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Criminal Trespass in The Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Paul A. Palange, Bronx, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038157; Cal. No. 12559
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of gross negligence, gross incompetence, practicing the profession with incompetence on more than one occasion, and unprofessional conduct involving root canal treatment performed by him.

Michael Gelbart, Stamford, CT

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034702; Cal. No. 12616
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of insertion of crowns on two teeth resulting in a poor prognosis for the salvaging of either tooth.

Jerry Harold Lynn, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 022427; Cal. No. 12612
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994 (see also March 2002)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $15,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of advertising or soliciting for patronage not in the public interest, violating a term of probation by advertising or soliciting for patronage not in the public interest, and negligent insurance billing.

Toothsavers Dental Services, P.C. formerly known as Jerry Lynn, D.D.S., P.C.; 57 West 57th Street, New York, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 12613
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of advertising or soliciting for patronage not in the public interest, violating a term of probation by advertising or soliciting for patronage not in the public interest, and negligent insurance billing.

Bogdan Butrymowicz, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040477; Cal. No. 14210
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain a record for a patient that accurately reflects the treatment of the patient.

Marc Mordecai Liechtung a/k/a Mordecai Marc Liechtung, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040754; Cal. No. 14494
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of submitting an insurance claim form for payment indicating that porcelain with gold crowns had been placed on four teeth of a patient when only porcelain laminates had been placed on the teeth.

Jonathan Daniel Hirsh, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 026452; Cal. No. 14723
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Suspension for a period of not less than 3 months and until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of submitting a fraudulent insurance claim form, abandoning a patient and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

William C. Tinelli, New Hartford, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032337; Cal. No. 14880
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been found guilty by the Commissioner of Health to be in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law related to controlled substances.

Jaime P. Portalatin, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041205; Cal. No. 14963
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors in judgement regarding crown and denture fabrication.

Gutierrez Roberto Mauricio Rodriguez, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041782; Cal. No. 15005
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of receiving a fee from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Eduardo E. Albornoz, Brentwood, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035655; Cal. No. 15019
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year under various terms, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of receiving a fee from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.


Landscape Architecture

William C. Perkins, Sayville, NY

Profession: Landscape Architect; Lic. No. 001056; Cal. No. 15027
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of placing his seal on a landscape plan which he did not prepare and retaining a written evaluation of the professional services represented by the plan.


Nursing

Eleanor Noisette a/k/a Eleanor Marie White Noisette, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 075788; Cal. No. 14799
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Nicolina S. Conaway, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 169530; Cal. No. 12203
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to follow a physician's order requiring removal and/or replacement of a dressing and a Transderm-Nitro 10 mg. ADH patch on three patients.

Margaret M. O'Connell, Astoria, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 266253; Cal. No. 13992
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering medication to a patient twice although the physician's order called for the medication to be administered only once and administering three medications to a patient while failing to record the administration of the medications on the Medication Record.

Linda A. Widrig, Lackawanna, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 121132; Cal. No. 14447
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994 (see also December 2000)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to administer medications to patients.

Elaine Taylor Lannon, Newark, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 152021; Cal. No. 14455
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to indicate on a medication sheet for students in an elementary school that one student's dosage of a controlled medication had been changed, failure to indicate on the medication sheet what medication one student was to receive, administering medication on two occasions to the students in the school but failing to indicate on the medication sheet that she had done so, and preparing to administer the wrong medication to a student.

Kay Loraine Pinkney, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 129985; Cal. No. 14571
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of seven occasions of committing medication errors.

Ann M. Quinn, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 286704; Cal. No. 14632
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of indicating on a patient's medication administration record that she had administered four medications when she had not.

Salome Alethea Edwards-Harbajohn, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 200432, 412264; Cal. Nos. 14654, 14653
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain two patient records that accurately reflected evaluations of the two patients.

Bernice J. Merritt, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 141945; Cal. No. 14803
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been found guilty by the Commissioner of Health to be in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law relating to controlled substances.

Mary L. Van Patten, Watervliet, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 051676; Cal. No. 14815
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of verbally abusing two patients.

Sue Carol Stout, Canastota, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 197561, 437611; Cal. Nos. 14846, 14845
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making errors in medication administration.

Kathleen Marie O'Neill, Richmond, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 112683, 304627; Cal. Nos. 14891, 14892
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an Unclassified Misdemeanor.

Jeffrey A. Harter, Brockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 213072; Cal. No. 14906
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of physically abusing a nursing home resident by throwing a urinal at the resident.

Leslye D. Blackstock, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 147131, 334206; Cal. Nos. 14908, 14909
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of posing as being on duty in order to obtain syringes from a hospital unit.

Bruce Vivier Wiseley, San Antonio, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 223341; Cal. No. 14913
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994 (see also December 1998)
Action: Suspension until successfully participates in a course of therapy and treatment - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of diverting narcotic drugs from his employment for his own use.

Janice Ann Laguerra a/k/a Janice Laguerra, Shirley, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 185906; Cal. No. 14952
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Unauthorized Sale of a Controlled Substance.

Edward Lucker, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221931; Cal. No. 14982
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994 (see also March 2000)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Susan Obenauer a/k/a Susan M. Obenauer, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 128083, 362280; Cal. Nos. 14984, 14985
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been found by the Commissioner of Health to be in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law relating to controlled substances.

Quincie Fuller, Parishville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 138233; Cal. No. 14988
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year under various terms, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Steven R. Williams, Skaneateles, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 113912, 347308; Cal. Nos. 15034, 15035
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of writing or altering medical orders for hospital patients.


Pharmacy

Daniel Gonzalez, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034413; Cal. No. 14931
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of dispensing prescription-required drugs in the absence of a valid prescription.

Howard Oscar Blechman, Hampton Bays, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024152; Cal. No. 14966
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of refilling a prescription for the non-controlled drug Stadol Nasal Spray by erroneously dispensing the non-controlled drug Zouivax instead, and mislabelling the package containing the drug.

Richard K. Aikens, Delhi, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024706; Cal. No. 15016
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in The Fourth Degree.

We Care Supplies, Inc. d/b/a Safety Drugs.

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 021570; Cal. No. 14761
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Application to surrender registration granted.
Summary: Retail Pharmacy admitted to charges of having the pharmacy open for business although there was no licensed pharmacist on duty, and violations of pharmacy rules and regulations. Retail pharmacy does not contest allegations of submitting claims to third party insurers for reimbursement on fraudulent prescriptions.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Richard Allen Styles, Kingston, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 045892; Cal. No. 14685
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of preparing an incorrect survey and failing to respond to a verbal request by the client's attorney to consult further with her with regard to the survey.

Gerald T. O'Buckley, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 039834; Cal. No. 14829
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year under various terms, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to indicate on a survey map that the map was based on a survey in his possession.

John C. Hoeflich, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 054082; Cal. No. 14994
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Donald C. Gregory, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 028979; Cal. No. 14187
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of errors in the plans for a residence.


Veterinary Medicine

Donald Ellis Theodorson, East Rockaway, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 003487; Cal. No. 15045
Regents Action Date: December 16, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to keep an adequate patient record.


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