Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 2001

Architecture - Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Medicine - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

John Saracco, Boonton, NJ

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 018356; Cal. No. 18941
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of the crime Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.


Certified Public Accountancy

Richard Marvin Levine, Plainview, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 028326; Cal. No. 19123
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud and to Obstruct a SEC Investigation, and Obstruction of Justice, both felonies.

Albert Paul Cappadozy, Gowanda, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 027064; Cal. No. 18768
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 4 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony.


Certified Social Work

Linda S. Smith, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 015932; Cal. No. 16985
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of, on more than one occasion, having overstepped the boundaries of the professional relationship.

Gail Berman, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 022250; Cal. No. 18371
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of being present at her place of employment and working while impaired by alcohol.


Chiropractic

Michael Loren Scarano, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008228; Cal. No. 18431
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend the charge of engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient.


Dentistry

Benjamin Van Acker, III, Rensselaer, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 018283; Cal. No. 18394
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001 (see also November 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to properly dispose of a used syringe and needle in his dental office. Respondent was also found guilty of maintaining his office in an unsafe and unsanitary condition, and found to have failed to properly clean instruments prior to sterilization. Finally, respondent was found to have failed to maintain compliance with regulations and standards of care in the practice of dentistry.

Michael Allen Kole, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023821; Cal. No. 16700
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having performed root canals on teeth when it was not necessary, of extracting teeth when it was not necessary and for violating the terms of probation of Commissioner's Order No. 12341 by failing to pay a fine.

Stanley Seung-Jin Ahn, Eastchester, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044475; Cal. No. 17738
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to properly complete restorations and the removal of caries in four teeth.

Stanley Seung-Jin Ahn, DDS, P.C., Medical Arts Building, 475 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY 10709

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 17739
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of failing to properly complete restorations and the removal of caries in four teeth.

Gregory William White, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045222; Cal. No. 18037
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 use precautionary measures while using a reamer on a patient and failing to use a rubber dam in order to maintain a sterile environment.

Raymond Anthony Flagiello, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040970; Cal. No. 18267
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: While treating a patient between 1989 and 1996, licensee did not contest charges of: failing to obtain radiographs of sufficient quality and quantity; failing to address a periodontal condition; treating less urgent problems without treating a more serious condition involving large carious lesions; filing teeth without having current periapical radiographs of the affected teeth; utilizing bite-wing radiographs that failed to show the bicuspids in their entirety; and failing to charge the hard and soft tissues of a patient's periodontium, despite the fact that the patient exhibited symptoms of periodontal disease.

Abbie Venus Lane, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042030; Cal. No. 18544
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001 (see also February 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain a record, that accurately reflected the treatment of a patient.

Frederick A. Seltzer, East Rockaway, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033259; Cal. No. 18826
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 made an upper denture for a patient that failed to occlude properly with the lower partial denture.


Medicine

Paul Kevin Clarke, New Haven, CT, Mt. Vernon, NY, and Pelham, NY

Profession: Medicine; Lic. No. 164092; Cal. No. 19162
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension as shown in report of the Regents Review Committee.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of being in arrears of Child Support or combined Child Support and Spousal Support in the amount of $76,995, an amount equal to or greater than the current amount of current support for four (4) months.


Nursing

Darcy L. Pritchard, Castorland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226824; Cal. No. 18313
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.

Catherine S. Thompson, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 172422, 372636; Cal. Nos. 19026, 19027
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of on one occasion giving a patient's physician incorrect information about a patient, and on another occasion bringing a nasogastric tube to be inserted into a patient, when she should have brought a Dubhoff feeding tube.

Mariaelena Feliciano a/k/a Mariaelena Ortega-Feliciano, Corona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 098983; Cal. No. 19085
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Rape in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Christopher Patrick Wall a/k/a Christopher Wall, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 239733; Cal. No. 18606
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted twice of the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Jerriann Marecek a/k/a Jerri Ann Marecek, Castle Creek, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 112205; Cal. No. 18611
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Irene L. Purcell, Center Moriches, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 205663, 425783; Cal. Nos. 18212, 18213
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession while impaired by alcohol.

Melvena Riley-Baugh, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245821; Cal. No. 18309
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing as a registered professional nurse while she knowingly did not possess a registered professional nursing license.

Lisa Margaret DiBona, Fairport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 370044; Cal. No. 18592
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willful failure to comply with substantial provisions of Federal and State laws governing the profession of nursing.

Peggy Sue Skinkle; Auburn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 463165; Cal. No. 18651
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of: failing to disclose a criminal conviction on her application for licensure; testing positive for the presence of alcohol in her blood while at work; and failing to disclose reasons for leaving prior employment on subsequent employment application.

Valerie Anne Bogan a/k/a Valerie Anne Thomas a/k/a Valerie Anne Plewes, Williamstown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 229498; Cal. No. 18671
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

Anthony J. Izzo, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 369990; Cal. No. 18677
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001 (see also May 2005)
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 found by the Commissioner of the Department of Health to have unlawfully obtained and used the controlled substances Ativan, Morphine and Sufentanil and, having obtained these controlled substances by willfully falsifying patient and hospital records.

Jean M. Reynolds; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 182687; Cal. No. 18693
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making multiple medication errors.

Geraldine Addona; Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 134204, 480042; Cal. Nos. 18697, 18696
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 willfully intimidating a patient physically.

Mary L. Calladine, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 414818; Cal. No. 18703
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of filing a false registration application and having been found guilty of Driving While Intoxicated.

Daniel F. Webber, Gowanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 442253; Cal. No. 18731
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and failing to reveal criminal convictions on his license application.

Crystal S. Richardson, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 479252; Cal. No. 18767
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 willfully intimidating a patient physically.

Colby Marie Cardone, Howard Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 482288; Cal. No. 18779
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 patient abandonment, abandoning patients in need of immediate professional care without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care.

Katherine Gail Sprague, Trenton, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494484; Cal. No. 18791
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 indicate on her application for licensure and first registration that she had been disciplined as a licensed practical nurse in the States of New Jersey and Missouri.

Joy F. Hudson, Putnam Valley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 264878; Cal. No. 18795
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering a respiratory treatment to a patient when there was no physician's order in effect.

Christopher Daniel Rodgers, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 484582; Cal. No. 18810
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing beyond the scope by administering the non-controlled substance Lopressor to a patient when hospital policy prohibited nurses on his unit from doing so.

Gretchen Mansell, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 146775; Cal. No. 18821
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 10 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination of suspension after service of the first five years of said suspension as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Annamma M. John, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 260971; Cal. No. 18837
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering more fluid to a patient then prescribed.

Denise Louise Wakula, Marathon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 469982; Cal. No. 18850
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 leaving her assigned shift without authorization on more than one occasion and failing to supervise unlicensed individuals.

Douglas Johnson, Cadyville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 319602; Cal. No. 18854
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for at least three months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing beyond the scope of nursing by diagnosing an injury and dispensing medication, and to moral unfitness in the practice of nursing.

Nora Bridie Salmon, Patchogue, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234472; Cal. No. 18877
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 taking a patient from her home and not returning said patient until after her shift had ended and on another occasion removing a bottle of Klonopin from the home of a patient without permission or medical justification.

Rhyssa R. Miller, Oswego, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255110; Cal. No. 18931
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 failing to check a patient's vital signs and creating false entries to cover the error.

Frances V. Behnke a/k/a Frances V. Turbeville, Seneca Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 116246, 291992; Cal. Nos. 19009, 18799
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a felony.


Pharmacy

Thomas H. Napolitano, Howard Beach, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030947; Cal. No. 19154
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.

Gary Grossman, Dix Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040597; Cal. No. 18122
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001 (see also October 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of permitting, aiding or abetting an unlicensed person to dispense medication and admitted guilt to: holding for sale numerous outdated drugs; failing to identify the generic drug dispensed by listing the manufacturer on the label and prescription; maintaining records that did not reflect the name of the pharmacist who dispensed medications on a particular date; not possessing a biennial inventory of controlled drugs in the pharmacy; having records of controlled drugs purchased and dispensed that do not correlate; additionally, the pharmacy routinely failed to offer counseling at the time prescriptions were dispensed.

Duane Reade, Retail Pharmacy; 509 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018613; Cal. No. 18388
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license.

Ted Karl Mitko a/k/a Thaddeus Mitko a/k/a Tadeusz Mitko, Holmes, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044578; Cal. No. 18917
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

George A. Fredericks, Ballston Spa, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034081; Cal. No. 18945
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of allowing the compounding and mixing of drugs by unlicensed pharmacy technicians.

Jon F. Nolin, Cohoes, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031305; Cal. No. 18946
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of allowing the compounding and mixing of drugs by unlicensed pharmacy technicians and dispensing controlled substances for prescriptions that lacked information.

Samaritan Hospital, Registered to operate a pharmacy; 2215 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 005550; Cal. No. 18947
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of allowing the compounding and mixing of drugs by unlicensed pharmacy technicians and dispensing controlled substances for prescriptions that lacked information.


Psychology

Lewis A. Forti, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005947; Cal. No. 18612
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 5 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having engaged in a sexual relationship with a client.

Joel Robert Gavriele-Gold, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007570; Cal. No. 18840
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain a record that accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of a patient.Veterinary Medicine

Michael Richard Irwin, Troy, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006546; Cal. No. 18969
Regents Action Date: February 6, 2001 (see also February 1999)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to apply an Elizabethan collar, failing to properly supervise a dental cleaning, and failing to perform a diagnostic test.


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