Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 2000

Audiology - Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Optometry - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Veterinary Medicine

Audiology

Carol Bass, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 000450; Cal. No. 18191
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee knew or had reason to know that such person was not qualified by training, by experience or by licensure, to perform them.


Certified Public Accountancy

Ralph K. Bazuro, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045253; Cal. No. 17900
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Evade the Collection of Income Taxes and Bank Fraud.

Michael I. Schorr, Hopewell Junction, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 023235; Cal. No. 18093
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Filing a Fictitious or Fraudulent Claim; Failing to Surrender for Service of Sentence Pursuant to a Court Order; and Obtaining Money by False and Fraudulent Pretenses, all Federal crimes.

Ralph James Miele, North Babylon, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 027817; Cal. No. 17548
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of having been convicted of Filing False Financial Statements through Wire Transmission.

Joseph G. Shanahan, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 027892; Cal. No. 17549
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud.

Isaac L. Goldstein, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039357; Cal. No. 18034
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime False Declarations before Grand Jury or Court, a felony.

Leonard J. Almquist, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 031278; Cal. No. 17969
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing, in each of two years, to total the accounts payable subsidiary ledger during the course of an audit. As a result, licensee failed to discover that this account was materially misstated on the financial statements.

Anatoly Osadchy, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 055028; Cal. No. 18247
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 19 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of issuing an audit report without having an engagement letter, a management representation letter, or written work papers showing audit planning, the study and evaluation of internal controls, or assessment of audit risk.


Certified Social Work

Noelene F. Smith a/k/a Noelene F. Williams a/k/a Noelene Fredrecka Williams a/k/a Noelene Fedricka Williams, Albany, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 039492; Cal. No. 18057
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Peter Patrick Konrad, Saugerties, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 014380; Cal. No. 18189
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of offering a massage.

Eileen Lordahl, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 026640; Cal. No. 18262
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, unclassified misdemeanors.

Linda A. Pelosi, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 031781; Cal. No. 18274
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of looking for an apartment to share with a client in February 1998 and failing to maintain a treatment record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the client.


Chiropractic

George Meyer Mitzman a/k/a George M. Mitzman a/k/a George Mitzman, Little Neck, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005848; Cal. No. 18120
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.


Dentistry

David J. Davis a/k/a David Joseph Davis, Waterloo, IL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 021414; Cal. No. 17888
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of mailing an explosive device with the intent to kill and injure, a felony, and receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm, to wit, an explosive device, a felony.

Allen Koral, Jericho, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029532; Cal. No. 18099
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of two counts of Criminal Sale Of A Prescription For A Controlled Substance, a class C felony; one count of Offering A False Instrument For Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony; and one count of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

Robert Paul Yavel, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023017; Cal. No. 17190
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also November 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 10 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of the inappropriate sexual touching of a patient.

Santo Martin Farina, Flushing, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 020626; Cal. No. 17553
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failure to properly complete root canal therapy.

Alfonse John Deluca, Atlantic City, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 031119; Cal. No. 18039
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing a crime, Promoting Gambling in the Fourth Degree, under the law of another jurisdiction which would have been a crime under New York State Law.

Vito Frank Foto, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041259; Cal. No. 18210
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of performing root canal therapy and having an instrument break and remain in one of the canals, filling said canal beyond the apex, and inserting bridgework that did not fit properly and had an over-extension of a crown margin.

Leon Tombacher, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 027789; Cal. No. 18220
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to use a rubber dam in commencing root canal therapy on a patient's tooth.

Christine Marie Caton, Rochester, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 020674; Cal. No. 18221
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also May 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution for last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a 1987 conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; a 1989 conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; a 1994 conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and a 1998 conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Jeffrey Alan Watson, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024247; Cal. No. 18353
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.


Massage Therapy

Joseph James Miraglia, Elmont, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 004239; Cal. No. 17986
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Assault in the Third Degree and willfully filing a false registration remittance document on which he failed to indicate the conviction.


Nursing

Erica Economou, Centereach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 191292; Cal. No. 18082
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Robbery in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Nina B. Schaeffer a/k/a Nina Wolfe a/k/a Nina Greenhouse, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 198166; Cal. No. 18002
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.

Suzanne Northrop Corbelli, Scottsdale, AZ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 067884; Cal. No. 18278
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been found guilty by a sister state of falsifying patient records and randomly withholding medications.

Sharon Alice Cunningham, Saugerties, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 092333; Cal. No. 17270
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Jean-Ann Eckert a/k/a Jean Ann Eckert a/k/a Jean Ann Eckart, Webster, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 224728; Cal. No. 17906
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also July 1997)
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 the crimes Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor; Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor and Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

David Arnold Smith, Cortland, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 436675; Cal. No. 16344
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 failing to take remedial coursework and making numerous medication administration errors.

Cathy Ann Cooper, Penfield, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 169554, 477986; Cal. Nos. 16545, 16546
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 charge of obtaining controlled substances ostensibly for administration to patients, when in fact the medications were not obtained for patients.

Sharon Marie McGowan a/k/a Sharon Marie McGowan-Jin, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 199570, 416218; Cal. Nos. 17193, 17194
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to properly monitor and assess an infant patient's intravenous infusion sight as frequently as was warranted.

Joanne McGlynn, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 282456; Cal. No. 17292
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Veronica E. Yeoman, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 224709; Cal. No. 17609
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 charges of failing to perform finger stick blood serum tests, failing to administer insulin, failing to chart withholding of insulin, and failing to chart that a patient's feeding tube was not in place.

Jacquilyn Marie Maroney, Lynbrook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 241296; Cal. No. 17729
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also June 2008 and January 2011)
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 charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument (two counts) and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument (two counts).

Kathleen Elizabeth Stylianou, Sound Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 478010; Cal. No. 17970
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Joseph James Miraglia, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 126630; Cal. No. 17987
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for at least 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Assault in the Third Degree and willfully filling a false registration remittance document on which he failed to indicate the conviction.

Mary T. Lewis, Mahopac, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 132323; Cal. No. 18032
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also March 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of diverting drugs for her own use.

James Edwin Leslie, Hartwick, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 218659; Cal. No. 18050
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been found guilty of Violating Article thirty-three of the Public Health Law for diversion of controlled drugs for personal use.

Margaret Joan Priest, Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 215430; Cal. No. 18062
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree.

Mariann McElynn, Freeport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475066; Cal. No. 18090
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to administer medication to patients as ordered, administering the wrong dose of medication, pre-pouring medications of a patient but leaving them in the patient's medication's drawer without administering them and charting that medications were administered when they were not.

Curtis Dean Seiferth, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 222519, 446997; Cal. Nos. 18091, 18092
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also October 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of charge of having been convicted of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree and Attempted Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, both class B misdemeanors.

Pansy Robertson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 280532; Cal. No. 18102
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of obtaining controlled substances for patients when she had no intention of administering the medications to said patients.

Erna Mae Hill, Northville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 127425, 494294; Cal. Nos. 18106, 18107
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of decreasing the rate of administration of a drug without a physician's order to do so.

Linda S. Castellitto a/k/a Linda S. Logatto, Salisbury Mills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 123038, 299027; Cal. Nos. 18164, 18165
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also July 2000 and January 2005)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted in another jurisdiction of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, which if committed within New York State would have constituted the crime of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

Carol Swiacki a/k/a Carol Marie Convey, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 372546; Cal. No. 18167
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully abusing and intimidating a patient verbally.

Thomas Sewastynowicz, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 130232, 315602; Cal. Nos. 18173, 18174
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also February 1997)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine, the above shall supersede prior Associate Commissioner's orders under numbers 16297 and 16298 and probation previously set forth in those orders need not be served.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree.

Judy A. Donahue, Cayuga, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 212137, 479346; Cal. Nos. 18224, 18226
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 committing six medication errors and having been convicted of Issuing a Bad Check.

Kevin Koegel, Merrick, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 162639, 401680; Cal. Nos. 18239, 18240
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsifying two patient records to obtain a non-controlled substance for personal use.

Alida J. Naeder Bizzarri, Port Washington, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 202939; Cal. No. 18242
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willfully making a false report by failing to disclose on her New York State registration application that she had surrendered a professional license to the State of Georgia Board of Nursing.

Pauline Georgette Lewis, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 255856, 501591; Cal. Nos. 18245, 18246
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny.

John Joseph Greco, Chester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 168135; Cal. No. 18251
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month suspension, probation 1 year to commence if and when return to practice, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willful failure to register and submitting forged registration certificates to his employer.

Ann Marie Skalski, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 212255, 431157; Cal. Nos. 18254, 18253
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willful verbal abuse of a patient.

Carolyn Elizabeth Carpenter, Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 189319, 467855; Cal. Nos. 18293, 18292
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely documenting home care visits, and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Sabrina Wetmore a/k/a Sabrina Robare, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 229585, 456256; Cal. Nos. 18345, 18346
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 having been convicted of Assault with Intent to Cause Physical Injury and Making a False Written Statement, both misdemeanors.

Charlet Denece Tucker, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206288; Cal. No. 18347
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Joy Cassandra L. Dejoras, Baltimore, MD

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 184622, 389164; Cal. Nos. 18369, 18370
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of improperly administering potassium chloride to an infant patient via a Soluset container, instead of via a bag of intravenous solution.

Ramesh Shanker Bhai Patel, Baltimore, MD

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 461763; Cal. No. 18428
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of registered professional nurse license.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charge of submitting false documentation to the New York State Education Department Division of Professional Licensing Services indicating that he had attended nursing school, when in fact, as he well knew, he had not attended nursing school.

Ramben Dahyabhai Patel, Parlin, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232973; Cal. No. 18429
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of licensed practical nurse license.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charge of submitting false documentation to the New York State Education Department Division of Professional Licensing Services indicating that she had attended Shri G. H. Patel School of Nursing in Gujarat, India when in fact, as she well knew, she had not attended the aforesaid nursing school.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

John Albert Becker a/k/a John A. Becker, East Amherst, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 003370; Cal. No. 17811
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also May 1994)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor, Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.


Optometry

Thomas Horvath, Island Park, NY

Profession: Optometrist; Lic. No. 005396; Cal. No. 18276
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also May 2005)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to disclose on the initial application for licensure, a criminal conviction of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, and failing to disclose on a registration the disposition of criminal charges other than a dismissal or acquittal.


Pharmacy

Morris Goldberg a/k/a Maurice Goldberg a/k/a Michael Goldberg, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022478; Cal. No. 17688
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud.

Virgilio Charles Vaden, Rocky Point, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037000; Cal. No. 17809
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of filing false statements involving Medicare for female external urinary collection devices to nursing home patients, when in fact, he knew and believed, he had not provided female external urinary collection devices to any nursing home patients.

Clifford Edward Hotte a/k/a Clifford E. Hotte, Centerport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027700; Cal. No. 17886
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Mail, Wire and Securities Fraud, Securities Fraud, four counts of Mail Fraud, and eight counts of Wire Fraud, all felonies.

Guillermo Chang, Bellevue, WA

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040714; Cal. No. 18281
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, a felony.

Michael Harris Kaplan, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025536; Cal. No. 17742
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Willfully Making a Fraudulent and False Statement, a class E felony.

Fazal Ur Rehman, Paramus, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 041213; Cal. No. 17446
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 21 months, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of holding for sale and/or offering for sale misbranded drugs and purchasing non-controlled prescription-required drugs from an unauthorized source.

T.W. Smith Corporation; Manufacturer/Wholesaler; 885 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 304386; Cal. No. 17853
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of selling medical oxygen to a purchaser not authorized by law to receive said drug.

Amin Mohamed R. Ladha, Glencove, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030520; Cal. No. 17978
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 having at the pharmacy where he was the Supervising Pharmacist outdated controlled and non-controlled drugs in the active drug stock, overfilled drug containers containing non-controlled drugs in the active drug stock and sample drugs in the active drug stock.

Hector Luis Torres, Brentwood, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045492; Cal. No. 18119
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of dispensing the wrong medication to a patient.

A & S Drug Store, Inc. d/b/a Midlawn Pharmacy; 1043 Hicksville Road, Seaford, NY 11783

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018074; Cal. No. 18154
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of having outdated controlled and non-controlled drugs in the active drug stock, having overfilled drug containers containing non-controlled drugs in the active stock and having sample drugs in the active drug stock.

Shahzaria Din a/k/a Shahzaria Hussain, South Ozone Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044500; Cal. No. 18162
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of dispensing from an obviously altered prescription.

John Joseph Tomasetti, Pleasant Valley, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025111; Cal. No. 18244
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of making a dispensing error.

Kanwal Saba Malik, Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046668; Cal. No. 18284
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
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 substituting without authorization a drug other than the drug prescribed.

Mark Peter Wejchert, Mt. Sinai, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030630; Cal. No. 18305
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of filing a prescription with the wrong dosage and dispensing a medication with three foreign pills in the vial.


Physical Therapy

Sibylle Klotz Garrett, Port Washington and Centereach, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant; Lic. No. 016799, Cert. No. 003491; Cal. Nos. 17975, 17981
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine, certain coursework to be successfully completed.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of threatening to wash a patient's mouth out with soap and placing soap beneath the patient's lower lip.

Darnell Michelle Ramie, Wurtsboro, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 001837; Cal. No. 18083
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 21 months, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of submitting false billing records to her former employer.

Eric Charles Lawrence, Woodbury, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 013221; Cal. No. 18376
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of billing for physical therapy services that were not actually rendered.


Podiatry

Michael Allen Strugats a/k/a Michael Strugats, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003640; Cal. No. 18116
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of Knowingly and Intentionally Devising a Scheme to and Artifice to Defraud an Insurance Company and to Obtain Money and Property from the Insurance Company by Means of False and Fraudulent Pretenses, Representations and Promises, by submitting and causing to be submitted claims for medical services that he well knew and believed had not been performed.

Neal H. Midenberg, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003103; Cal. No. 18088
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Knowingly and Unlawfully Possessing a Certain Weapon, a crime in the third degree under New Jersey state law, which if committed in New York State would constitute a crime and failing to disclose on two successive re-registration applications submitted to New York State Education Department and on an employment application that he had been charged and convicted of the above-mentioned crime.


Psychology

Agnes E. Murray, Conty Dublin, Ireland

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007370; Cal. No. 18271
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000 (see also July 1996)
Action: Application to surrender license granted and this surrender shall supersede and be in satisfaction of the probation previously set forth in Commissioner's Order No. 14692 and therefore that probation in said order need not be served.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violating terms of probation imposed on the licensee by the Board of Regents (failure to pay a fine and take continuing education).

Janice A. Bartleson, Naples, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 012039; Cal. No. 18225
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.


Veterinary Medicine

Jeffrey A. Friedman, Larchmont, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004216; Cal. No. 17779
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 1 year and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence if and when return to practice, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, Driving While the Ability is Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor and Reckless Endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.

Iris Prestas, Ft. Myers, FL

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 005448; Cal. No. 17862
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly diagnose renal failure.

Charles Henry Rosaly, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007406; Cal. No. 17866
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of misdiagnose of a feline.


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