Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 1995

Certified Social Work - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine

Certified Social Work

William Raymond Orr, Binghamton, NY.

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 025112; Cal. No. 13181
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Suspension for not less than 9 months and until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 5 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of dating a patient within approximately two weeks after therapy and engaging in a relationship of a sexual nature with a patient within four weeks after therapy.

James W. Rebhan, Toms River, NJ.

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 025709; Cal. No. 15366
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of convictions of Attempted Robbery in the Second degree and Robbery in the Second degree.

Thomas M. Waite, Eggertsville, NY.

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 020081; Cal. No. 15734
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of errors in judgment in providing counseling services for both a husband and wife in a divorce.


Dentistry

George Buckley, Jr., Rockville Centre, NY.

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023130; Cal. No. 15248
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, 50 hours of public service, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of prescribing controlled substances to a habitual user/addict.

Patricia Gerette McCaffery, Bayville, NY.

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 016997; Cal. No. 15474
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Salvatore V. Riina, Katonah, NY.

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 051251; Cal. No. 13647
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of certifying a final drawing indicating a septic system was built according to plans when in fact it was not, failing to verify that a septic system was installed according to design plans, certifying a final drawing indicating a septic system was built according to plans when it was not and failing to verify that a septic system was installed according to design plans.

Thomas DeLorenzo, Brooklyn, NY.

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 051702; Cal. No. 15687
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits to a conviction of committing Petit Larceny.


Nursing

Eva May Van Dusen Farrow, Porter Corners, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 091388; Cal. No. 13264
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to administer one dosage of a non-controlled substance to a patient and making erroneous recordings on the patient's medication administration record.

Nadine Lilieth Minto, Bronx, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 175141; Cal. No. 13764
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation for last 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of fraud involving submitting time sheets on which she claimed she had worked on certain days which she did not.

Sherylann Beato Lewin, Snyder, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 124718; Cal. No. 14295
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, satisfactorily complete certain course of study.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges relating to the administration of medication.

Kathy Lee Smith, Pendleton, OR.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093235; Cal. No. 15467
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of a conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor.

Susan Deirdre Gaston, Brooklyn, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 424212; Cal. No. 13903
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Suspension until successfully participates in a course of therapy and treatment - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted diverting medication for self-use.

Lynn M. Howie, Jamestown, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 369880; Cal. No. 14716
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to comply with hospital policy regarding the use of restraints.

Karen Ann Sanzone a/k/a Karen Butcher Sanzone, Garden City, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 134480, 432063; Cal. Nos. 14830, 14825
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of drawing up a Neo-Synephrine solution in a syringe in an operating room during a surgical procedure, when, in fact, said solution was not to be injected.

Romulo Gutierres Aguilar, Bronx, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 213634, 437075; Cal. Nos. 14941, 14940
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of last 32 months of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of intentionally touching a patient's genitals and attempting to touch a second patient's genitals for no legitimate nursing purposes.

Carol J. Gonzalez a/k/a Carol Joanne Gonzalez, Bay Shore, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 162172, 359307; Cal. Nos. 15102, 15106
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that she failed to notice that an intravenous solution containing morphine sulfate was being administered to a patient by macro drip tubing.

Michael D. Frank, Deerfield Beach, FL.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 339199; Cal. No. 15118
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that the Florida Board of Nursing found him guilty of making or filing a false report which he knew to be false.

Kristie M. Valentino, Nedrow, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 172517; Cal. No. 15333
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

Gerry L. Galarneau, East Nassau, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 162064; Cal. No. 15338
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also November 1994)
Action: $500 fine, present probation under Order No. 14900 be modified for remaining period of said probation so as to include, among other modifications, provision for the payment of said $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Issuing a Bad Check and Forgery in the Second degree.

Miriam Lester, Syracuse, NY.

Profession: Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 300219; Cal. No. 15404
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of failing to check a patient's CBC and stools despite an entry in the record that recheck be done, prescribing medication for a patient who had not had a PAP smear in three years, failing to prescribe an adequate antibiotic dosage, failing to order additional tests for a patient with a peritracheal mass, failing to diagnose a large goiter and separate neck mass, failing to treat a patient who had an abnormal stress test or to chart the results of the test, misdiagnosing a patient, and failing to obtain barium studies and a gastrointestinal referral as ordered.

Carol Lee Whitmore, Harrisville, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 447569; Cal. No. 15425
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to administer a dose of a medication to a patient and failing to document in a patient's record the reason for a delay in administering an ordered blood transfusion.

Jay Dean Gibbons, Thornton, CO.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 407653; Cal. No. 15466
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Suspension until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted alcohol and drug abuse and mental disability.

Jacqueline L. Dennis, Rochester, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 313852; Cal. No. 15477
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also April 2003)
Action: 5 year suspension, execution of last 24 months of suspension stayed, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Wilful Violation of the Health Laws and Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a Misdemeanor.

Margaret Mary Tee, Rockville Centre, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 296549; Cal. No. 15515
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of improperly obtaining fourteen vials of the controlled substance Morphine Sulphate.

Sally Ann O'Dell, Utica, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 231150; Cal. No. 15562
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also September 1997)
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successfully completes certain course, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to administer medications as ordered, failing to chart the administration of medications, administering the wrong dose of medication or administering medication at the wrong time.

Jerry Charles Robinson, Albany, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 152596; Cal. No. 15597
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also June 2002)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Petit Larceny.

Vallery Philleseter Dacosta, Bronx, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 423102; Cal. No. 15630
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of submitting documentation to her nursing employer indicating that she had made a home care visit to a patient and assessed said patient on a day when she never saw the patient.

Wayne J. DelMedico, Utica, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 161740, 358670; Cal. Nos. 15643, 15644
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of administration of one gram of Vancomycin to a patient, when the physicians' order was for 250 mg.

Lorilee N. Herdman, Big Indian, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 132029, 390302; Cal. Nos. 15647, 15648
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Suspension until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of willfully documenting an incorrect count of controlled substances.

Lynne E. Torres, Schenectady, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 161531; Cal. No. 15679
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also April 1995)
Action: Suspension for a period of time to end no earlier than May 7, 1997 and until successfully participates in a course of therapy and treatment. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of convictions of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree and Forgery in the Second Degree.

Emily E. Williams, Cicero, NY.

Profession: Professional Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 242021; Cal. No. 15694
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of wilfully making false statements relating to controlled substances in sheets regarding witnessing wastage of partial dosages.

Susan Elaine Sanly-O'Connor, Oneonta, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 167633, 436586; Cal. Nos. 15836, 15837
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of failing to chart efforts to contact a physician and making a medication administration error.

Carolyn D. Joyce, Southampton, NY.

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 170108; Cal. No. 15853
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Suspension of not less than 3 months and until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and violation of probation.

Patricia DeSimone, Pearl River, NY.

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 110761, 285713; Cal. Nos. 15869, 15621
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successfully completes certain course, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of administering on numerous occasions the incorrect dose of a non-controlled substance clozapine and charting as if the correct dose had been administered.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Scott Edward Lazinsky, Nanuet, NY.

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 005381; Cal. No. 15563
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also November 1997)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.


Pharmacy

William Harold Wall, Alden, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 023662; Cal. No. 14956
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also May 2005)
Action: Suspension for not less than 1 year and until fit to practice. Upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C Felony.

Jeffrey Thomas Davidson, Plattsburgh, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038388; Cal. No. 15317
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of a conviction of Petit Larceny.

Manuel Plotsker, New York, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 020345; Cal. No. 15354
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of, while acting as supervising pharmacist, the pharmacy, under his supervision, held for sale misbranded drugs and failed to maintain a repacking log.

Esten Coan, Rochester, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 019158; Cal. No. 15575
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of dispensing the wrong medication to a patient, dispensing the wrong strength of medication to a patient, and failing to offer counseling.

Stephen Jay Tannenbaum, East Northport, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024218; Cal. No. 15667
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of taking medication from the pharmacy stock without authorization.

Leonard Spector, Brooklyn, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024674; Cal. No. 15674
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of committing dispensing errors and mislabeling drugs.

Medford Chemists, Inc., Medford, NY.

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 011254; Cal. No. 15680
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Retail pharmacy admitted to charges of having a record that was inaccurate with regard to the identity of a dispensing pharmacist, and having misbranded drugs in drug stock.

Joseph A. Koller, Yaphank, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024919; Cal. No. 15681
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of while he was the supervising pharmacist, allowing unlicensed persons to enter prescriptions into the daily record of prescriptions filled, creating a record that was inaccurate with regard to the identify of a dispensing pharmacist, and having misbranded drugs in the drug stock.

Cornelius C. Ryan, Poughquag, NY.

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022039; Cal. No. 15782
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted dispensing the wrong drug.

Yaser S. Yousef, Frost Proof, FL.

Profession: Pharmacy Intern; Limited Permit No. 068783; Cal. No. 14729
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender limited permit granted.
Summary: Permittee admitted to charges of dispensing prescriptions for controlled and non-controlled substances although he was not under the immediate personal supervision of a licensed pharmacist, and making false statements in the course of dispensing a prescription for a controlled substance, by entering a name other than his own.


Podiatry

Patricia Nicole Kalvar, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003834; Cal. No. 14122
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of conviction of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Daniel James Diana a/k/a Daniel J. Diana a/k/a Daniel Diana, Elmont, NY; Howard Beach, NY; Forest Hills, NY.

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004330; Cal. No. 14954
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of a conviction of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony.

Mark E. Silver, Oceanside, NY.

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003441; Cal. No. 15261
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 15 months of suspension stayed, that the 9 month period of actual suspension shall commence on January 1, 1996 and shall conclude on September 30, 1996, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of causing Medicaid to be billed for podiatric services provided by him when he was prohibited from billing under Medicaid.

Vincent Francis La Bruna, Oakland, NJ.

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003756; Cal. No. 15583
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree.


Psychology

Kenneth A. Weene, Syosset, NY.

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005492; Cal. No. 14735
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995 (see also September 2002)
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of purchasing gifts and providing odd jobs to a minor patient.


Public Accountancy

Alan Singer, Plainview, NY.

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 010983; Cal. No. 14852
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of errors in financial statements.

Kimberly P. Travis, Ballston Spa, NY.

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 051613; Cal. No. 15472
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to comply with generally accepted government auditing standards.

Philip Richard Tutino, Sag Harbor, NY.

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 044495; Cal. No. 15639
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of failing to prepare corporate income tax returns on a timely basis.

Richard F. Oberst, Wappinger Falls, NY.

Profession: Certified Public Accountants; Lic. No. 054349; Cal. No. 15688
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of conviction of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

John E. Bryant, Medford, NY.

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 000136; Cal. No. 15434
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of a conviction of Driving While Intoxicated and willfully filing two false re-registration applications.


Veterinary Medicine

James Miller Brewer, Coatsville, PA; West Chester, PA; Syosset, NY.

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002426; Cal. No. 15033
Regents Action Date: December 15, 1995
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee is found guilty of violating the terms of probation.


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