Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 2007

Acupuncture - Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Acupuncture

Mei Lan Kwok Chiu a/k/a Chiu Mei Lan Kwok a/k/a Kwokchiu Mei-Lan a/k/a Mei Kwokchiu, Flushing, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 000952; Cal. No. 23121
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

Kangmei Pan, Corona, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 000705; Cal. No. 22717
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 4th Degree.


Architecture

Paul Michael Scanlon, Seattle, WA

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 023232; Cal. No. 23045
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filing a false report.


Chiropractic

Joseph A. Fricano, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004308; Cal. No. 22444
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully completes course of treatment as set forth in Regents Review Committee report – upon termination of suspension 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony and Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor.

John Edward Ziegler, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002593; Cal. No. 23233
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forcible Touching, Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree.


Dentistry

Anthony J. Pagello, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 021171; Cal. No. 22237
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that, while treating a minor patient, he failed to adequately treat several deciduous teeth with the result that these teeth contained untreated caries, pits and fissures.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Elizabeth G. McQuilkin, East Islip, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 050211; Cal. No. 23047
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of preparing maps of land surveys in 2 cases in which information contained in said maps was not supported by the field notes made in each case.

Augustine Osayaba Okundaye, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 074025; Cal. No. 22858
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to prepare and retain for a period of not less than 6 years a thorough written evaluation of plans he signed and sealed but which were not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision.


Massage Therapy

Philip Charles D’alessio, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 007780; Cal. No. 22746
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 12 months and until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree.


Nursing

Lori W. Alexander a/k/a Lori W. Wise, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 373545; Cal. No. 22983
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also May 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willful failure to comply with substantial provisions of New York State rules and regulations governing the profession of nursing.

Llima Marie Berkley, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 201059, 419589; Cal. Nos. 22623, 22624
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension with leave to apply for early termination of actual suspension after service of at least 6 months and successful completion of certain coursework, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering medication to the wrong patient.

Evelyn D. Bray a/k/a Evelyn Walder Bray a/k/a Evelyn Walder-Bray a/k/a Evelyn Walderbray, Mt. Vernon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 262997; Cal. No. 22976
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony, Insurance Fraud in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing, a class E felony.

Marjorie M. Camacho, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 183859, 393400; Cal. Nos. 23038, 23037
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine, 50 hours public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Despina Castillo a/k/a Despina Scheyer, Farmingville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. Nos. 191085, 400512, Cert. No. 350206; Cal. Nos. 21643, 21644, 21645
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having practiced negligently on more than one occasion relating to medication administration.

Evelyn Collazo a/k/a Evelyn C. Allen, Surprise, AZ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 269781; Cal. No. 23142
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Arizona.

Karen Marie Ferris, Camillus, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 246008, 482085; Cal. Nos. 23058, 23057
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to check the settings on a patient controlled unit for the administration of a controlled substance to a pediatric patient.

Martha Kainde Kamara, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 209689, 435099; Cal. Nos. 23070, 23071
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of preparing to give the improper form or dosage of insulin to a patient on 2 occasions.

Michelle A. Lecuyer-Gaus, Plano, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 424967; Cal. No. 23074
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 6 months and until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice in New York State, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and of not reporting her criminal convictions on her re-registration.

Deborah R. Leonard, Albion, NY and North Babylon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 318962, Cert. No. 400388; Cal. Nos. 22950, 22951
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class E felony and Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

David Francis McNamara, Batavia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510109; Cal. No. 23082
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also April 2012)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 2 years probation if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of withdrawing narcotics for personal use.

Timothy John McNamara, Madrid, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 360450; Cal. No. 22930
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to schedule appointments.

Patricia Mitchell, Shelter Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 256306; Cal. No. 23043
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also June 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having ordered a CT scan for a patient without a physician's authorization.

Paula Marie Sullivan, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 263006; Cal. No. 22862
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 3 months and until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Petit Larceny; of uttering false or forged prescriptions; and of not reporting a criminal conviction on her re-registration.

Barbara H. Ustin a/k/a Barbara Ustin a/k/a Barbara H. Molloy, Katonah, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 277264; Cal. No. 22756
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also April 2001 and December 2013)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having 2 convictions for the crime of Driving While Intoxicated.

Ida Vanhouten, Imperial Beach, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 419166; Cal. No. 23186
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud, a felony.

Delia N. Vibar, Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 305334; Cal. No. 23027
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of falsely stating on a blood bank transfusion slip signed by her that she had checked the slip and container label with the patient’s writstband when she knew that she had not checked the patient’s wristband; and failing to respond within thirty days to certified mail sent to her by the New York State Education Department concerning allegations that she had committed professional misconduct.

Nancy Marie Walsh, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 109192; Cal. No. 23180
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also July 2006)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of presenting an altered registration certificate and attempted theft of Prilosec capsules.

Margretta Mary Watkins, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 254374; Cal. No. 23097
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

Tonya Michelle Wooten, Charlotte, NC

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 254654; Cal. No. 23141
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in North Carolina.


Occupational Therapy

Jessica James Jacobson, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 013875; Cal. No. 23187
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree, a class D felony.


Pharmacy

Ahmed Abouelhoda, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 049782; Cal. No. 23030
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 years and until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of a crime under the laws of another jurisdiction which, if committed in New York, would have constituted the crime of Petit Larceny.

John P. Carosella, Pompano Beach, FL

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033987; Cal. No. 23160
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Driving Under the Influence.

Genovese Drug Stores, Inc. d/b/a Eckerd; Retail Pharmacy, 3590 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023071; Cal. No. 23124
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of having failed to have a licensed pharmacist having personal supervision of the pharmacy.

Elizabeth L. Johnson a/k/a Elizabeth L. Lange, Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039471; Cal. No. 23029
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also December 2005 and December 2008)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 3 months and until fit to practice – upon termination of suspension 3 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of stealing Vicodin from Rite Aid Pharmacy and making a fraudulent statement on a pharmacist employment application; failing to provide adequate supervision of a registered establishment; and violating a term of probation imposed on her by the New York State Board of Regents.

Athanasios Mastrokostas, Freehold, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044621; Cal. No. 22949
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 12 months suspension, execution of last 9 months of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class C felony.

Narendrakumar V. Patel a/k/a Narendra Patel a/k/a Nareadra Patel, Holliswood, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031318; Cal. No. 21983
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony.

John Postiglione, Harrison, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034890; Cal. No. 22974
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007 (see also June 1994)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, a felony.


Podiatry

Paul Rohe, Martinsville, NJ

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004483; Cal. No. 22563
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, Mail Fraud and Make Statements in Connection with Payment of Health Care; and Health Care Fraud.

Todd Rotwein, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002821; Cal. No. 22143
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient.


Social Work

William Brosh, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 059323; Cal. No. 22561
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 years suspension, execution of last 4 years of suspension stayed, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Hilda R. Hernandez, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 049291; Cal. No. 22144
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of filing a patient home visit report bearing the wrong patient name, and filing a second patient home visit report bearing the wrong date of visit.


Veterinary Medicine

Shawn Michael Demmerle, Columbia, NJ

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008657; Cal. No. 23002
Regents Action Date: February 13, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of permitting an unlicensed person to administer rabies vaccines.


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Last Updated: January 27, 2014