Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 1997

Architecture - Certified Social Work - Dentistry - Midwifery - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Charles Anthony Barresi, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 011023; Cal. No. 16722
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, last year stayed; 3 years probation, (probation to be served concurrently with the aforesaid suspension) $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of having been convicted of Receiving/Accepting Things of Value For, and Because of, Official Acts Performed and to be Performed.

Edwin H. Brunjes, Teaneck, NJ

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 010843; Cal. No. 16800
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on a bid application.


Certified Social Work

Margaret Ann Pulcare, Beacon, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 049010; Cal. No. 16976
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of engaging in an inappropriate romantic relationship with a client.


Dentistry

George M. Mackor, Fayetteville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037927; Cal. No. 14426
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Partial suspension in certain areas until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report, 36 month suspension, execution of last 35 months stayed at which time probation 35 months, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of placing an ill-fitted bridge into the mouth of a patient, failing to properly address the patient's complaint of pain, failing to see the same patient in a timely manner, improperly treating teeth with occlusal adjustments, and failing to diagnose and initiate appropriate root canal treatment.

Sok Han, Woodside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043794; Cal. No. 15984
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Revocation, $20,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of defaulting on student loans for his dentistry education and failing to respond to a request for an interview with the New York State Education Department.

Dominick J. Marvilli, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038594; Cal. No. 16464
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of failing to respond within 30 days to a communication from the State Education Department and does not contest charges of billing medicaid for services not performed.

Raphael D. Santore, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033520; Cal. No. 16657
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $4,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of negligently diagnosing endodontic problems without having sufficient clinical data, negligently utilizing dental radiographs of poor diagnostic quality on more than one occasion; and negligently failing to include in patient's dental treatment record, on more than one occasion, any discussion of root canal diagnosis prior to initiating root canal therapy, and not adequately detailing a description of root canal procedures performed.

Neil Robert Mate, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036749; Cal. No. 16712
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997 (see also December 2007 and July 2009)
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of touching the breast and inner thigh of a female patient.

Henry Leib Boriskin, Mahopack, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023913; Cal. No. 16966
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997 (see also June 1994, June 1999 and April 2001)
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of violating a limitation imposed by the Board of Regents, by performing an endodontic treatment, failing to maintain preoperative radiographs of a patient and failing to take radiographs of diagnostic quality.

Robert J. Cooperman, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023142; Cal. No. 16991
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: $500 fine, 3 years probation.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of failing to diagnose and treat a patient's periodontal condition.


Midwifery

Holly Johnson Jacobsen, Sound Beach, NY

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000094; Cal. No. 16880
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 24 month suspension, last 21 months stayed, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of failing to refer a patient to medical backup during the course of a delivery and leaving the patient's house on three occasions, totaling several hours, during the course of delivery.


Nursing

Vella M. Usher, Setauket, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 084795; Cal. No. 15652
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Suspension, until licensee successfully completes a substance abuse program, 2 years probation upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of fraudulently indicating on a patient's controlled drug administration record that she had administered controlled substances when she had not, self-administering the controlled substances which she fraudulently recorded as administering to the patient, and diverting and self-administering the narcotic.

Kathryn W. Hubert a/k/a Kathryn Lynne Williams, Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 082955, 234279; Cal. Nos. 16158, 16159
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension, stayed, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of dropping a bone graft onto the floor, mixing plain sponges with playtex sponges in surgery, placing Lidocaine 2% on a surgical tray rather than Lidocaine 1%, which was used during surgery, and taking 2 specimens to the lab rather than 3 as ordered by the physician.

Nancy C. Watson, Spring Hill, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 160476; Cal. No. 16215
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of DWI, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Susan Wray Cross, Selden, NY, and Middle Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 074154; Cal. No. 16334
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of improperly dispensing controlled substances to 3 patients on 22 occasions when the written order authorizing such dispensing was no longer valid because it had been written over 7 days prior to the date of dispensing.

Jean F. Vulcano, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 209405; Cal. No. 16747
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: $250 fine, suspension until the successful completion of course of treatment, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of DWI, a felony, and DWI, a misdemeanor.

Laurel Ann West, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 401325; Cal. No. 16491
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997 (see also February 1996)
Action: 6 months suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of practicing the profession fraudulently and violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents by diverting controlled substances.

Mary Lou McCarty, Marcellus, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093279; Cal. No. 16597
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, to commence if and when return to practice. $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of uttering forged prescriptions.

Nancy Jean Chuhta, Troy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 216974; Cal. No. 16665
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of committing three medication administration and documentation errors.

Denise E. Turo, Sandy Creek, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 135435, 441641; Cal. Nos. 16718, 16717
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation, to commence if and when returning to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to chart the administration of percocet.

Suzanne Pennington, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 089606, 294096; Cal. Nos. 16733, 16732
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to comply with a physician's order.

Debra Jeanne Brayer a/k/a Debra Leach, Victor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 187599, 402092; Cal. Nos. 16743, 16716
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Suspension, not less than 4 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Claudia Costa, Hamden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 117677, 424039; Cal. Nos. 16759, 16760
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of setting patient's IV pump to infuse morphine sulfate, a controlled substance, at a rate of 101 mg. per hour when it should have been set at a rate of 1 mg. per hour.

Lena Elizabeth Lynch a/k/a Lena Elizabeth Holmes-Yu, Windsor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234144; Cal. No. 16848
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of committing various medication administration errors.

Kathleen Joan Missert a/k/a Kathleen Joan Smith, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186913, 392391; Cal. Nos. 16854, 16853
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension stayed, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of erroneously increasing the infusion rate on an epidermal pump and charting that two medications were administered at times other than when they had in fact been administered.

Rachelle Desir, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220125; Cal. No. 16882
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension stayed, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of changing a patient's record to reflect the administration of a medication that was prescribed rather than the medication administered.

Luisito Marave Claudio, New Milford, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 434040; Cal. No. 16896
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension by stayed, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to connect and/or failing to check that a patient was reconnected to a telemetry monitor.

Michael George Jurcsak, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 182792, 390747; Cal. Nos. 16932, 16933
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Suspension not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of diverting morphine and fentanyl from the hospital where he was employed and being impaired by fentanyl.

Vincent Carrano, Catskill, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 379096; Cal. No. 16978
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application, upon termination of suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of failing to assess a patient in a timely manner, signing for medications before administering said medications, failing to answer a patient's call bell, failing to assess a patient, and failing to check that a patient's tube feeding was infusing.

Kim Barbara Alicea, Island Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 423588; Cal. No. 17019
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of committing errors with regard to IV medications.

Lauralee Steele, Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 203157, 421636; Cal. Nos. 17032, 17033
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of administering medication without a doctor's order and failing to accurately chart the administration of the controlled substance percocet.

Marilyn G. Shaw, Carthage, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 149676; Cal. No. 16836
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of making numerous nursing errors between 1993 and 1996, including medication transcription and administration errors, failing to send a patient's urine sample for a culture and sensitivity test, and failing to document fetal heart rate and uterine activity for a patient at a particular time.


Pharmacy

Debra Canale, Conklin, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034569; Cal. No. 16554
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension stayed, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of dispensing the wrong dosage of chemotherapy medication.

Charles Seide, Woodmere, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031976, Cal. No. 16748
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 1/2 years suspension, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud Medicare, False and Fraudulent Medicare Claims, Making False Statements to the Department of Health and Human Resources, and Mail Fraud.


Podiatry

Pedro Luis Torres, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003342; Cal. No. 16613
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 100 hours of public service, 36 month suspension, last 30 months stayed, 30 month probation, all of the aforesaid to become operative as set forth in Regent's Review Committee Report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, 1 count and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 10 counts.

Jay Rogove, Plainview NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003115; Cal. No. 16744
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension, last 23 months stayed, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, by filing false claims with the State of New York Medical Assistance Program.

Jay H. Rogove, P.C., Franklin Square, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Reg. No. 15807; Cal. No. 16745
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation.
Summary: Professional Service Corporation admits charges of submitting false claims to medicaid for radiological services which it knew were not medically necessary.


Public Accountancy

Peter R. Newman, Montgomery, PA, and Syosset, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 023077; Cal. No. 16721
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Tax Evasion, Filing False Corporate Income Tax Returns, and Bankruptcy Fraud Conspiracy.


Veterinary Medicine

Louis F. Calabrese, Jr., Verona, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 005618; Cal. No. 16595
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997
Action: $5,000 fine, 2 years suspension stayed, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.

Roy Sadovsky, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002994; Cal. No. 16967
Regents Action Date: December 19, 1997 (See also May 2010)
Action: 1 year suspension stayed, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of selling ketamine without being registered as a drug wholesaler, manufacturer, or pharmacy.


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