Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 2002

Architecture - Dentistry - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Opthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Lawrence Berger, Hollis Hills, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 018872; Cal. No. 19565
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, after service of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Commercial Bribe Receiving in the First Degree, a class E felony.

Keith Edward Larsen, East Northport, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 019604; Cal. No. 19429
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of failing to prepare site visit reports for eleven site visits that he made between July 1999 and October 1999 in connection with a home, and further, between July 1999 and December 1999, respondent signed blank checks presented to him by the contractor without first reviewing bills for materials and for work that had been completed.

Sandor Weiss, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 014318; Cal. No. 19641
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing, on three separate occasions, to prepare a thorough written evaluation of architectural plans to which he affixed his signature and professional seal but which were neither prepared by him nor by an employee under his supervision.


Dentistry

Leena Chhatpar, North Massapequa, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046259; Cal. No. 19223
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully filing a false form, in that she submitted a claim form to an insurance company indicating she had seen a patient twice when, in fact, she had only seen the patient once.

Marcos Antonio Eustaquio, Woodhaven, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040464; Cal. No. 19945
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also April 1997 and June 2001)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of delegating professional responsibilities to a person or persons when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified by training, experience or by licensure, to perform them.

Robert Luis Gonzalez-Molina, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043310; Cal. No. 19500
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of submitting erroneous insurance claims for professional treatment rendered to patients.

Paul J. Guerrino, D.D.S., P.C., 400 Sandford Boulevard, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

Profession: Dentist; Cal. No. 19624
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also July 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of placing three dental implants without having first obtained a mandibular bone scan for a patient.

Paul Joseph Guerrino, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040460; Cal. No. 19528
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also July 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, following termination of partial suspension, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of placing three dental implants without having first obtained a mandibular bone scan for a patient.

Joseph C. Haas, Holbrook, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024478; Cal. No. 19075
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 writing prescriptions for Vicodin for another dentist's back pain, and failing to maintain an accurate record reflecting the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Joseph C. Haas, DDS, PC, 470 Patchogue-Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741

Profession: Dentist; Cal. No. 19076
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of writing prescriptions for Vicodin for another dentist's back pain, and failing to maintain an accurate record reflecting the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Vincent A. Labruna, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040330; Cal. No. 19305
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of causing to be submitted to insurance companies false and fraudulent claims and other documents for the purpose of obtaining reimbursement to which he was not entitled between March 1994 and January 2000.

Vincent A. Labruna, New York, NY

Profession: Parenteral Conscious Sedation; Cert. No. 000053; Cal. No. 19943
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud, a felony.

Marie-Claude Lacarriere, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046336; Cal. No. 19547
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, following termination of partial suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to fill two canals while doing a root canal procedure on a tooth.

S. Scott Schechter, Fort Salonga, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 031828; Cal. No. 18537
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $4,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to maintain an accurate patient record and using radiographs that were not of diagnostic quality.

Timothy Slavin, Bayside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041601; Cal. No. 19401
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also February 1998)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willfully failing to register and continuing to practice.

Leonid Vaynshteyn, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044965; Cal. No. 19626
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of performing unnecessary endodontic treatment on numerous teeth prior to preparing crowns and bridges, and preparing and inserting crowns and bridges which were poorly constructed, and which failed prematurely.


Nursing

Yvette Acosta a/k/a Yvette Drake, Kingston, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249447; Cal. No. 19313
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 failing to initiate "CPR" on a patient that had expired.

June Allen Allen, Fairport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 150805; Cal. No. 19695
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of falsifying business records.

Ferdinand Patrick Alphonse, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 239511; Cal. No. 19265
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 Menacing in the Second Degree.

Joseph Carl Beaver, Hornell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 140255, 367166; Cal. Nos. 19860, 19859
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Sherry Lynn Britton-Susino, Bridgeport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 231492, 474501; Cal. Nos. 19303, 19304
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of medication administration and documentation errors.

Susan Marcia Butler, Carthage, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 156007, 351343; Cal. Nos. 19061, 19062
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing medication administration, patient treatment/assessment, and documentation errors/omissions.

Hollie Tuthill Christopher, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 508200; Cal. No. 19433
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of one medication administration error.

Marilyn I. Cianci a/k/a Marilyn Ciama, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 470793; Cal. No. 18723
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report, following termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Deborah Cindy Cole a/k/a Deborah Alligood, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 223423; Cal. No. 19332
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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.

Rosemarie Duthel, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 125365; Cal. No. 18589
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 documenting in nurse's notes that patients had received medication when they had not; failing to administer medications as ordered; failing to secure controlled substances; prepouring and precharting the administration of medication; and failing to report that she had misplaced medication.

Marguerite Claire Faxon, Wading River, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 207551, 425028; Cal. Nos. 19657, 19658
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also November 1998)
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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violating terms of probation in failing to submit to drug screening reports and failing to complete twenty-five (25) hours of public service.

Daderea Tehaire Forrest, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 484835; Cal. No. 19612
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of committing an act of neglect of a person receiving care or services in a residential health care facility, in that in carrying out a physician's order to apply a warm compress, she applied a plastic leg bottle filled with hot tap water wrapped in a towel to an elderly resident's left buttock area, instead of applying warm gauze squares as required by facility policy.

Tami Louise Fowler, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 228045; Cal. No. 19187
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 having been convicted of Issuing a Bad Check, a misdemeanor.

Jean M. Fultz, Oswego, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 238798; Cal. No. 19554
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for 2 years with leave to apply, after 1 year of suspension, for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service of 2 year suspension, or upon stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to properly transcribe medication orders and failing to properly document the results of blood gas tests and PPD screenings.

Gerry L. Gonser, Marcy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 496754; Cal. No. 18990
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 30 day suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of establishing an inappropriate personal relationship with a patient.

Donna M. Gerst-Lentini, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 477928; Cal. No. 19713
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to make all home care visits as recorded in patient records, and failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Robert Howard Jefferson, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 445315; Cal. No. 19718
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 Driving While Intoxicated: Per Se as a class E felony.

Dunbar C. John, Peekskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 153483; Cal. No. 19613
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 administering an additional dose of a medication and failing, on ten occasions, to chart that he administered medication to a patient.

Lorna Lindo, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 235893, 466880; Cal. Nos. 19707, 19708
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of injecting a patient with a sterile saline solution when said patient required no injection at all.

Shirley Ann Lee-Perez a/k/a Shirley Lee, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 162758, 365277; Cal. Nos. 19254, 19255
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ginette Macharie, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206595; Cal. No. 19611
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of the last 21 months stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely indicating on my application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Donna H. Maloney, West Seneca, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 329519; Cal. No. 19550
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension, for a minimum period of 1 year, and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of over a period of one month diverting the narcotic Demerol from the Pyxis machine for her personal use on at least two occasions, while dependent on said drug, and charting in some patient records that she had administered the medication to the patients, when in fact she had not so administered, in order to hide her diversion of the narcotic.

Christine Beatrice Marchena, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 219170; Cal. No. 19432
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of failure to administer medications to five patients.

David J. Meyers, Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248167; Cal. No. 19418
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also February 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Reckless Driving, an Unclassified Misdemeanor; Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, a class E felony.

Deborah A. ODonnell a/k/a Deborah A. Burch, Cortland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 131151, 338150; Cal. Nos. 18975, 18976
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 consuming an excessive dose of the prescription Fioricet.

Robert Roeder, East Amherst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 241539, 481134; Cal. Nos. 19779, 19780
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failure to suction a patient who aspirated.

Linda Anne Ryan a/k/a Linda Anne Del Favero, Marietta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 199412; Cal. No. 19189
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also October 2006)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having violated Public Health Law by taking from hospital stock at least 40 Percocet tablets for her own use rather than for patients.

Rochelle J. Schlossberg, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 293789; Cal. No. 17541
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Jacquelyn Elizabeth Scott, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249149; Cal. No. 19188
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a felony.

Cathleen R. Smith, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 127388; Cal. No. 19532
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 medication and transcription errors.

Shirley Alyce Smith, Marathon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195257; Cal. No. 19460
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 medication administration errors and inaccurate record keeping.

Coleen J. Vincent, Lindenhurst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 146370; Cal. No. 19452
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 convicted of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree.


Occupational Therapy

Catherine Lang-Murgo, Hampstead, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 007061; Cal. No. 19119
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of billing for home care visits that were not made.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Andrew Martin Cullen, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 006356; Cal. No. 18920
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (See also November 2011)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.


Pharmacy

Robert Byrnes, Cortlandt Manor, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024270; Cal. No. 19519
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing, while he was a supervising pharmacist, to provide adequate supervision of the pharmacy in that, on two occasions, the pharmacy was open without a licensed pharmacist on duty.

Joseph Cestari, Laurence, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 023848; Cal. No. 19760
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Cestari Pharmacy, Inc., 83 Dougherty Boulevard, Inwood, NY 11096

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 012481; Cal. No. 19761
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender registration granted.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Peter Chin, Closter, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033998; Cal. No. 19619
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances which lacked the ages of the patients for whom they were intended, failing to offer to counsel, and permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license.

Benito J. Cicione, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 019665; Cal. No. 19782
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession of pharmacy while his ability to practice was impaired by physical disability.

David Fishbain, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038533; Cal. No. 19516
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of illegal distribution of Schedule II controlled substances.

Genovese Drug Stores, Inc., 1770 Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia, NY 11722

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 020992; Cal. No. 18761
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of grossly negligent failure to maintain its Kirby Lester pill counting machine in good working order.

New Amsterdam Drug Mart, Inc., 735 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018173; Cal. No. 19617
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances which lacked the ages of the patients for whom they were intended, failing to offer to counsel, permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license, and violating other rules and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy.

Abdul Qayyum, Teaneck, NJ

Profession: Pharmacy; Lic. No. 038545; Cal. No. 19436
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud, a federal felony.

David S. Rubin, Merrick, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031343; Cal. No. 19618
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances which lacked the ages of the patients for whom they were intended, failing to offer to counsel, permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license, and violating other rules and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy.

Rajan Vohora, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037247; Cal. No. 18793
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination, after service of at least 3 months of said suspension, as set forth in consent order application - thereafter, probation 3 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of committing two dispensing errors.


Physical Therapy

Mary Papantoniou, Beachhurst,NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 003566; Cal. No. 19564
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Giving Unlawful Gratuities, a class A misdemeanor.

Anthony O. Uwa, Elmont, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 007771; Cal. No. 17616
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also November 1994)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of submitting to an insurance carrier for payment, records that he had treated a patient on dates in June, July, August, September, October, November, and December of 1996 on a monthly basis when in fact he knew that physical therapy had not been rendered on nine of the dates in June, and none of the dates in the other months. Licensee also submitted progress reports to the carrier indicating that he had treated the patient on 21 occasions between September 4 and October 30, 1996 when in fact he knew no physical therapy sessions were rendered in that time period. Licensee also failed to maintain a record for the patient that accurately reflected the patient's evaluation and treatment. Finally, licensee was found guilty of deliberately altering his appointment book, to show that the patient has appeared for appointments for the months of September and October of 1996.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Salvatore J. Pisani, Endicott, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 049718; Cal. No. 19527
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Simple Possession of Heroin, a misdemeanor.

Philip Salerno, Goshen, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 042302; Cal. No. 19260
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

Joseph Edward Tantillo a/k/a Joseph Tantillo, Kew Gardens, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 048109; Cal. No. 19404
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy, a felony.


Psychology

Roderick A. Borrie, Setauket, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007931; Cal. No. 19722
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making, on more than one occasion, a statement in insurance claims for professional treatment that he had treated a patient by means of psychotherapy when he had not done so.

Michael Arthur Coyle, Centerport, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007941; Cal. No. 19444
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Esther Goldstein Enterline, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 004190; Cal. No. 19530
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 year suspension.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of submitting a grossly inaccurate insurance claim.

Gerald Alan Fishman, Albany, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 010882; Cal. No. 17503
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 1 year 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 did not contest charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record, by inappropriately terminating therapy and then engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient, and by engaging in a dual relationship with the patient.


Public Accountancy

Donald A. Alleva, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Public Accountant; Lic. (Enrollment) No. 002734; Cal. No. 19693
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license (enrollment) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of two counts of Federal Income Tax Evasion, a felony.

Milton G. Gottesman, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 021818; Cal. No. 19435
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Filing of Fraudulent Automatic Extension Forms; and Failure to File an Individual Federal Income Tax Return, both federal crimes.

Samuel Kohn, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039648; Cal. No. 18478
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of failure, on more than one occasion, to note in compilation reports that there was an error in the compiled financial statements in that loans between related entities were not separately disclosed in said financial statements.


Social Work

M. Garth Dewey, Victor, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 054580; Cal. No. 19199
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Jeffrey A. Katz, Elmira, NY

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 000391; Cal. No. 19664
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002 (see also March 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a felony and under federal law, Tax Evasion, a felony.

Linda Denise Schmid, West Islip, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 007536; Cal. No. 19679
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
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 filing reports indicating she provided standardized diagnostic tests that she had never provided.


Veterinary Medicine

Animal Medicine and Surgery, P.C., 9518 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Cal. No. 18859
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of permitting unlicensed personnel to conduct examinations, administer vaccinations and perform euthanasia, and submitting altered patient records to the State Education Department.

Myriam Audet, New York, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 000006 (limited); Cal. No. 19723
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of performing a bilateral ureteral ligation, which caused renal failure of a cat.

Ronald J. Chaikin, Atlantic Beach, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003920; Cal. No. 18858
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of permitting unlicensed personnel to conduct examinations, administer vaccinations and perform euthanasia, and submitting altered patient records to the State Education Department.

Robert P. Harper, Grand Island, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003608; Cal. No. 18218
Regents Action Date: February 12, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to maintain an adequate patient record.


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