Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
December 1998

Certified Public Accountancy - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Pharmacy - Veterinary Medicine

Certified Public Accountancy

Michael S. Gawel, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 040799; Cal. No. 17519
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of money laundering and aiding another to file a false federal personal income tax return.


Chiropractic

Steven M. Tringali, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004769; Cal. No. 17459
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of inadequate record keeping in that records did not indicate dates of patient treatment.

Steven M. Tringali, P.C., Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Cal. No. 17460
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charge of inadequate record keeping in that records did not indicate dates of patient treatment.


Dentistry

Barry L. Cohan, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036179; Cal. No. 14191
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also January 2011)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failure to provide access to patient records, intentionally certifying and causing to be filed false claims forms to insurance companies, willfully filing such claims, and failing to maintain patient records for an appropriate period of time.

Joseph Dumanski, Port Jefferson, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034398; Cal. No. 16157
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge that between 1992 and 1994 he billed for services not rendered to patients in his care.

Joseph Dumanski Dental Offices, P.C., Coram, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 17096
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge that between 1992 and 1994 it billed for services not rendered to patients in its care.

Michael Petrovich Lukovsky, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045130; Cal. No. 17596
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 2 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application; upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of physically and verbally abusing patients.


Massage Therapy

Paula C. Liguori, Niagara Falls, NY; Lockport, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 002052; Cal. No. 17224
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also November 2001)
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 Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; Operating A Motor Vehicle While In An Intoxicated Condition, a class E felony; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor.


Nursing

Judith Ann Turner, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 197847, 409948; Cal. Nos. 13580, 13581
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willfully abusing senior patients physically and verbally on numerous occasions by actions such as force-feeding until the point of choking or vomiting, yelling and screaming at them, tearing of clothing and roughly grabbing them.

Victoria Anne Rolfe a/k/a Victoria Anne Green, North Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 154993, 355378; Cal. Nos. 16783, 16782
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charge of shaking an infant with excessive force, causing the infant's death, while rendering home nursing care to an infant.

Robert Moses Cortes, Mitchells, VA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 481977; Cal. No. 17356
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of having been convicted of four counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery, a felony and one count of Forcible Sodomy, a felony, in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Kathleen Jean Chesley, Batavia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 177139, 384822; Cal. Nos. 17591, 17481
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing several medication errors and omissions.

Susan Gail Kile a/k/a Susan Johnson, Cedar Lake, IN

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; 46303; Lic. No. 226952; Cal. No. 16466
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to disclose three (3) prior out-of-state criminal convictions.

Daniel Myron Bush, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 217698; Cal. No. 16723
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of making medication administration and documentation errors.

Robin Lee Rath-Summerson, Freeport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 489861; Cal. No. 17265
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of submitting false document in order to obtain employment.

Thomas Joseph Drzymala, Angola, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 177512, 385369; Cal. Nos. 17328, 17329
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also September 2005)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

Bruce Vivier Wiseley, Batavia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 223341; Cal. No. 17330
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also December 1994)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 36 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application; following service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years; above penalty and probation shall supersede and be in satisfaction of probation previously set forth in Commissioner's Order No. 14913 and therefore said probation previously set forth in said Order No. 14913 need not be served.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Jesus Vidot, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 184048; Cal. No. 17367
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor on two occasions.

Tressa Maria Chirico, West Islip, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 466008; Cal. No. 17413
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to notice wrong pain medication was infusing into a post-operative patient.

Kathleen Ann O'Farrell, Bethel, AK

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Lic. No. 479208; Cal. No. 17442
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of incorrectly infusing medications on two occasions and administering the wrong dose of medication on one occasion.

Frank Joseph Gilberti, Utica, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; 13501; Lic. No. 401390; Cal. No. 17518
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also January 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of submitting a false time sheet for a home visit not made.


Pharmacy

Ernest Fred Marasa, Sonyea, NY; Fairport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036147; Cal. No. 17151
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony as well as the crime of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E felony.

Louis Laricchia, White Plains, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 023539; Cal. No. 17237
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Frank H. Silverman, Long Beach, NY; Long Island City, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022862; Cal. No. 17296
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Edwin Levinstim, Katonah, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030894; Cal. No. 17465
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

Alexander Gurevich, Albany, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 041039; Cal. No. 16278
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge that he failed to review an order for an extremely high dose of dextrose with appropriate hospital personnel.

David B. Krenn, Delmar, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032207; Cal. No. 16279
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge that he failed to review an order for an extremely high dose of dextrose with appropriate hospital personnel.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

William K. Morse, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 033701; Cal. No. 17253
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of affixing seal and signature to land surveys not prepared directly under his supervision.


Veterinary Medicine

Burton D. Miller, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004578; Cal. No. 17352
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998 (see also May 2011 and December 2013)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of delegating professional responsibilities to unlicensed individuals.

Riverhead Animal Hospital, P.C., 1182 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Cal. No. 17353
Regents Action Date: December 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of delegating professional responsibilities to unlicensed individuals.


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