Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 2005

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine

Chiropractic

Frank J. Amato, Bellport, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005294; Cal. No. 21280
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005 (see also December 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension of license to be terminated upon payment of $7,000 fine imposed under Order No. 18075; 2 year probation; $1,000 fine plus $7,000 fine if not paid during 5 year suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to failing to comply with terms of probation as set forth in Order Number 18075, effective January 14, 2002.


Dentistry

Robert Steven Aron, Boca Raton, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040214; Cal. No. 21964
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to provide an adequate orthodontic treatment plan for a patient; failure to take x-rays, make study models or create study models, tracing or bit registrations for a patient; and failure to keep dental and medical treatment records to justify the course of treatment for a patient.

John A. Augello, Levittown, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023501; Cal. No. 21143
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, a consecutive 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years of probation to commence upon licensee’s return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of issuing excessive prescriptions for Tylenol No. 4 to two patients that were not for legitimate dental treatment purposes, and of issuing prescriptions for Tylenol No. 4 to two patients that were not warranted by said patients' dental conditions.

Zinaida Aulova, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 047882; Cal. No. 21558
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a class A misdemeanor.

Lee Baigelman, Coral Springs, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032786; Cal. No. 21977
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of physical abuse of a patient.

Lorne Tomalty, Boca Raton, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 031865; Cal. No. 21958
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of having been convicted in Florida of a crime which in New York would have constituted Petit Larceny.

Edward P. Trimmer, Pawleys Island, SC

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046464; Cal. No. 21819
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 66 months stayed suspension, 6 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been found guilty in South Carolina of Willfully Filing a False Claim, a felony.


Nursing

Esther K. Akeem, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267152; Cal. No. 21795
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension of license with the last 23 months stayed, 2 years probation concurrent with the suspension, completion of the NYSNA coursework in medication administration.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inaccurate medication administration.

Elizabeth Okyere Appiah, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 235628; Cal. No. 21903
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation, with special terms requiring that licensee submit quarterly employer reports, and to successfully complete the NYSNA course in pharmacology and medication administration for nurses.
Summary: Licensee did not contest a charge that she accepted, transcribed, and carried out a physician's order for what she believed called for the intravenous infusion of 30 milliequivalents of potassium chloride into an elderly patient, when the physician never specified the type of diluent, the volume of diluent, or the rate of infusion.

Winnicent Burrell, Paterson, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 263706; Cal. No. 21688
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation with respondent to complete a course in medication administration, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering medication to the wrong patient in one instance and administering a medication not ordered by the physician in a second instance.

Diane Camuti, Astoria, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 079674; Cal. No. 21264
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Hearing Panel report – upon termination of suspension, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: practicing the profession of nursing while impaired because of her use of the drug Propofol; stealing Demerol from the hospital where she was employed and willfully making false reports by documenting, on five different dates, that she had withdrawn the Demerol for specific patients, none of which received the drug.

Tracie Catherine Cavanaugh, Rensselaer, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 259914; Cal. No. 21428
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of altering records of patient’s medications, providing a false physician’s order, and committing medication administration and documentation errors.

Robert Cohen, Matawan, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 324280; Cal. No. 21962
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 months actual suspension, 6 months stayed suspension, consecutive 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to being convicted of committing an act constituting a crime in another jurisdiction and which, if committed in New York would constitute a crime (Conspiracy to Commit Petit Larceny).

Valerie D. Evans, Norfolk, VA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 131646; Cal. No. 21592
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year actual suspension with leave to apply for early termination upon proof of completion of a nursing refresher course and remedial coursework in medication administration; 2 year period of probation upon return to the practice of nursing in New York State, with special terms requiring submission of quarterly employer reports, and completion of the required coursework if not taken prior to the commencement of probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, in March 1999, entering into a consent order with the Virginia Board of Nursing, in which said board found that she had engaged in conduct constituting professional misconduct under Virginia law; said conduct would have constituted professional misconduct if committed in New York State.

Esther Olukemi Famuyiwa, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 214099; Cal. No. 21904
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation, with special terms requiring licensee to submit quarterly employer reports, and to successfully complete the NYSNA course in pharmacology and medication administration for nurses.
Summary: Licensee did not contest a charge that she administered 30 milliequivalents of potassium chloride in normal saline solution intravenously to a patient when the transcribed physician's telephone order merely called for "30 meq KCL liquid," without specifying the route of administration, the diluent, the volume of diluent, or the rate of flow.

James Walter Goodie, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257482; Cal. No. 21698
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite suspension of not less than 2 years and until consistent reports of fitness to practice as determined by a psychiatrist, psychologist, certified social worker or nurse practitioner (psychiatric specialty) approved by the New York State Education Department – upon licensee’s return to practice in New York, 2 years probation with quarterly employer reports and practice only under direct supervision of a registered professional nurse in an Article 28 facility.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with patients and of being convicted of the crime of Petit Larceny.

Todd M. Hulbert, New Paltz, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 532351; Cal. No. 21773
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in the area of medication administration until the successful completion of NYSNA medication course, consecutive 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge that while caring for one patient, he failed to perform the glucose level checks as ordered by the patient's physician, failed to inform the physician that the feeding tube ordered for the patient was not available, and failed to document his assessments of the patient.

Mary Jean McCarthy, Grando, AZ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 182309; Cal. No. 21956
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty by the Arizona State Board for Nursing of professional misconduct.

Virgil James Perry, Stuarts-Draft, VA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 208496; Cal. No. 21963
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of another state of diversion of controlled drugs for his own use and failure to complete treatment as recommended.

Milagro Perryman, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. Nos. 202785, 421010, Cert. No. 301465; Cal. Nos. 21734, 21733, 21732
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 months stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Helen Quiles, Bronx, NY and Teaneck, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 218957, 488188; Cal. Nos. 21905, 21906
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation with a special term requiring licensee to submit quarterly employer reports, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest a charge that, when questioned by a licensed practical nurse under her supervision about a physician's telephone order that appeared to call for the intravenous infusion of 30 milliequivalents of potassium chloride into an elderly patient, without specifying the type of diluent, the volume of diluent, or the rate of infusion, she failed to examine the transcribed order; failed to consult an available nursing drug reference book to determine whether the quantity of potassium chloride apparently ordered could be safely infused via an intravenous route; failed to consult with the physician; and then instructed the LPN to administer the 30 milliequivalents of potassium chloride in 50 cc of normal saline solution via intravenous pump, to infuse over approximately one hour.

Wendy A. Relihan, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265544; Cal. No. 21448
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a charge of giving a fellow employee an albuterol nebulizer for a cold without a physician's order.

Donna Sue Richardson, Scottsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 131163; Cal. No. 21768
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation with special term of respondent to complete the NYSNA medication administration course.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of inaccurate medication administration and records.

Nenita V. Sausa, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 356213; Cal. No. 21523
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 months stayed suspension, 12 months probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to failing to maintain a record that accurately reflected her evaluation and treatment of her patients.

Sonya Marie Schaff, Dunkirk, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245905; Cal. No. 21828
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Falsely Reporting an Incident, and Criminal Contempt.

Evelyn Schwerin, Kingston, WA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 535505; Cal. No. 21908
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly transcribe physician medication orders onto patient medication administration records in that, on one occasion, she failed to enter an order on the patient chart, and on a second occasion, she mistranscribed an order onto the patient chart.

Gary Benjamin Thurston, Cayuga, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248438; Cal. No. 21038
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension; upon licensee’s return to practice, 2 years probation with respondent to work only in a supervised setting.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of the charges of Attempted Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.

Amanda E. Treis, North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265010; Cal. No. 21637
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in area of medication administration until successful completion of medication administration course; 1 year probation, $250 fine, quarterly performance reports.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of administering medications to a patient for whom the medications were not ordered and failing to document the administration of those medications in the patient's record.

Agiake Ufumaka, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 209574, 520847; Cal. Nos. 21871, 21872
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, that during probation respondent remain drug-free.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty by the New Jersey Board of Nursing of professional misconduct.

Amelia Zeigerman, Poughquag, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 396829; Cal. No. 21693
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005 (see also June 1997 and June 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 years and until fit to practice – upon return to practice, 2 years probation with respondent to remain fit to practice and free from alcohol and drug abuse, and to submit continuing reports and random urine screens from a treatment provider and quarterly employer reports.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being convicted of the crime of Forgery in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Physical Therapy

Julie Torrales, New York, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 001047; Cal. No. 21820
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice of professional misconduct.


Public Accountancy

Rosanna Bell, Irvington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 054250; Cal. No. 21422
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service and Making False Statements with Respect to Loan Applications.

Franklin M. Boykoff a/k/a Franklin Boykoff, Pleasantville, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039659; Cal. No. 21419
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States; Attempted Evasion of Individual Income Taxes; Aiding and Assisting in the preparation and Filing of False Income Tax Returns; Subscribing False Income Tax Returns and Interfering with the Administration of the Internal Revenue Laws.


Veterinary Medicine

Rita Maltese, Dix Hills, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002310; Cal. No. 21890
Regents Action Date: February 8, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation, that during probation licensee remain drug and alcohol free and submit random urine screenings, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to being convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009