Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

February 2016

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Midwifery - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine -


Acupuncture

Mikal Paul Gohring; Anchorage, AK

Profession: Acupuncture; Lic. No. 000252; Cal. No. 28714

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Chiropractic

Dmitry Slobodyansky; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 008950; Cal. No. 28702

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud and Mail Fraud, a felony.

Dentistry

Leonard Michael Badger; Orlando, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 053549; Cal. No. 28439

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $3,500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of placing a post outside the root canal treatment space on a patient’s tooth; failing to notify said patient that the post had been placed outside the root canal path and to advise said patient of the risks and complications associated with the post placement; failing to retreat the tooth after placing the post outside the canal and failing to take a post-operative x-ray following the placement of the posts on two teeth; and failing to diagnose potential root perforations in said patient’s teeth and to appropriately inform and refer said patient to an endodontist.

Paul C. Carey; Massapequa, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039421; Cal. No. 28411

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having being convicted of Prohibited Use of Weapons, a class A misdemeanor.

Louisa F. Correa; Paramus, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043148; Cal. No. 28590

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $5,000 fine payable as stated.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft by Deception in New Jersey, which, if committed within this state, would have constituted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Erica Nicole Vitagliano; Wake Forest, NC

Profession: Dental Hygienist, Dental Hygiene Restricted Local Infiltration Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide Analgesia; Lic. No. 024469, Cert. No. 001502; Cal. Nos. 28472, 28473

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions for not less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted in New York State of Promoting Prison Contraband, a class D Felony; two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, class A misdemeanors; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and five (5) Larceny convictions in North Carolina, all misdemeanors.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Edward Reilly; Slingerlands, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 066193; Cal. No. 28250

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, upon service of Order and concurrent with actual suspension, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.  

Massage Therapy

Riche C. Yao; Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Massage Therapy; Lic. No. 024298; Cal. No. 28596

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Receipt of Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography, and Tampering with Evidence, all felonies.

Midwife

Emory Jana Ship; New York, NY

Profession: Midwifery; Lic. No. 001332; Cal. No. 28070

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to ensure that vital signs were taken and properly recorded; permitting a doula to take fetal heart rate measurements with a Doppler device; and failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Nursing

Utika E. Alexander a/k/a Utika Stroman; Albion, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296237; Cal. No. 28659

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Robbery in the 2nd Degree a class C felony.

Lisa M. Baran; Weedsport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 264553; Cal. No. 28422

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Richard Montesa Base; New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 241140, 475185; Cal. Nos. 28393, 28394

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

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 failing to ask necessary questions prior to administering medication; withdrawing controlled substances for patients in no apparent pain; administering medication by the wrong route; and withdrawing controlled substances earlier than the time ordered.

Juliet Joyce Clifford; Mount Vernon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 231709, 481873; Cal. Nos. 28696, 28697

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed, while acting as Director of Nursing, to properly notify authorities of the elopement of a demented resident.

Barbara Leslie Davis; Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 280443; Cal. No. 28483

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; Driving While Intoxicated, a felony.

Zenaida C. del Rosario; Elmsford, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 137457, 442304; Cal. Nos. 28362, 28363

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having gestured, as though spitting, into a patient's food plate.

Taneisha Nicole Foy; Cohoes, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269921; Cal. No. 28311

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Kim Marie Frick a/k/a Kim Marie Swieczkowski; Moriches, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 205959, 426027; Cal. Nos. 28452, 28453

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Nicholle Gaveglia; Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282630; Cal. No. 28679

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Kyle David Gerould; Livonia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 316218; Cal. No. 28367

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of improper documentation of patient records.

Marci L. Gullberg; Fairfield, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 589372; Cal. No. 28712

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of withdrawing morphine and/or lorazepam from a hospital Pyxis machine ostensibly for administration to patients, but failing to consistently and accurately document said medication administration in the patients’ medication administration records, pain scale flow sheets and/or nursing notes.

Philomena Elizabeth Henry; Fairport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 502323; Cal. No. 27963

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor, Driving While Intoxicated, a felony and having lied on re-registration.

Kristen A. Johnson; Fulton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 623118; Cal. No. 28576

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice.

Tricia Jean Johnson; Falconer, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 488199; Cal. No. 28392

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to maintain accurate records of multiple residents' weights on a monthly basis.

Jennifer Langdon; Glen Head, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 450472; Cal. No. 28450

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While the Ability is Impaired by Drugs and/or Alcohol, felonies.

Alfon Cloe Cabardo Maristela; Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 601666; Cal. No. 28425

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsely stating on his NYSED RN renewal application that he had not been disciplined by a licensing or disciplinary authority, when in fact he had been.

Matthew David Mendelow; New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 574361; Cal. No. 28711

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being a habitual user of the prescription-required controlled narcotic drugs hydromorphone and morphine during the period of in or about February 2014 to in or about April 2014.

Lynn M. Merriam; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 144974; Cal. No. 28186

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016 (see also September 2004 and May 2009)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Aggravated DWI. 

Lindsay Jo Minns; Geneva, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 556270; Cal. No. 28408

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Zinaida Perutskaya; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 562739; Cal. No. 27119

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to administer the correct medication to a patient.

Kipp A. Rifanburg; Jupiter, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 630617; Cal. No. 28388

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having given a dose of fentanyl in excess of a written physician's order.

Angelique Sestito a/k/a Angelique Daragjati; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 256036, 513628; Cal. Nos. 28171, 28172

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone, a felony.

Traci Lyn Snyder; Liverpool, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 525264; Cal. No. 28415

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

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 failure to maintain accurate records.

Jahnice Monique Strange; Shirley, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 205875; Cal. No. 28449

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month suspension stayed, 24 months probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted  in 1993 of, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a class E felony and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor; in 2006 of, Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class C felony; in 2007, Loitering, a class B misdemeanor; in 2009 of, Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and in 2011 of, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Yves-Maryse Telemaque; West Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 299156; Cal. No. 28370

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering Lantus insulin to the wrong patient and then not reporting the error.

Maryann TenEyck; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494915; Cal. No. 27775

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016 (see also December 2003)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of 3 different counts of Petit Larceny and one count of Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree.

Tara L. Tipton; Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 277384; Cal. No. 28436

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

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 maintain accurate records.

Shari Shabli Venisee; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 317661; Cal. No. 28366

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to conduct a narcotic count and leaving the facility without securing the medication cart.

Cory Scott Whitney; York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 291533; Cal. No. 28378

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 2 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine payable within 4 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of obtaining a license fraudulently and having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 4th Degree.

Rodney Bradford Wilkinson; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 291302; Cal. No. 28365

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to maintain accurate patient records.

Occupational Therapy

Suzanne Ryder; Akron, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapy Assistant; Cert. No. 004150; Cal. No. 28032

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

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 misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and felony Driving While Intoxicated.

Pharmacy

Christina Wang Chai; Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 054370; Cal. No. 28673

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Lena Thaotramhuyen Congtang a/k/a Lena T. Congtang a/k/a Lena T. Lasher; High Bridge, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 050268; Cal. No. 28618

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Misbrand Prescription Drugs, Misbranding Drugs, Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud.

CVS Albany, LLC; Pharmacy; 330 Route 304, Bardonia, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 032857; Cal. No. 27870

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $20,000 fine payable in 30 days.

Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of operating a pharmacy in a non-registered location and issuing prescription labels with an incorrect address.

Pasquale Minuto; Albany, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 043388; Cal. No. 28682

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, a felony.

Kevin Jon Schaffer; Utica, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031029; Cal. No. 28664

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class E felony.

Randall James Smith; Mexico, ME

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033567; Cal. No. 28669

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of processing and dispensing a prescription for his wife with a local doctor’s name on said prescription even though the local doctor had not prescribed said medication.

Physical Therapy

Kevin Charles Redmon; Santa Ana, CA

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 014983; Cal. 28591

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,000 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted in the State of California of Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08, a misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor; and falsely representing on a registration renewal application that he had not been convicted of any crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court.

Psychology

Jay Alfred Seitz; Fort Dix, NJ

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 010816; Cal. No. 28677

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016 (see also March 1998)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted under Federal law of Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Health Care Fraud; Mail Fraud; and Health Care Fraud, all felonies; and under New York State law of two counts of Stalking in the 3rd Degree, both class A misdemeanors; and one count of Menacing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Public Accountancy

Anthony Giampaolo; Lincroft, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 082931; Cal. No. 28479

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of course of retraining in said certain area, upon termination of actual partial suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to comply with audit procedures when performing an audit of the financial statements of a housing authority.

Robert S. Gruber; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 033339; Cal. No. 28630

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Promoting Gambling in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

James Gurrieri; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 043291; Cal. No. 28502

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of course of retraining in said certain area, upon termination of actual partial suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary:

Leonard Rosen & Company, P.C.; 15 Maiden Lane - Suite 505, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Cal. No. 28410

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to comply with auditing procedures during the audit of the finanical statements of an union benefit plan.

Lerner & Sipkin, CPAs, LLP; 132 Nassau Street - Suite 1023, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant;  Cal. No. 28471

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $10,000 fine payable as stated.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in a disciplinary proceeding brought by the SEC where the conduct upon which the finding of guilt was based if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, for lack of independence in violation of Section 6509(9) of the New York State Education Law and in violation of Section 29.10(a)(5) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

Social Work

Stephen Parks Bell; Flushing, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 069712, 076892; Cal. Nos. 28397, 28501

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of engaging in sexual intercourse with a patient.

Kimberly J. Daignault; Middle Grove, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 075995; Cal. No. 28383

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until mentally and physically fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, Reckless Driving and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in the 3rd Degree.

Robin Einbinder; Potsdam, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 040064; Cal. No. 27329

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months; complete certain course within 1 year.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of social work with negligence on more than one occasion.

Mary Anne Fielding; Hopewell Junction, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 061876; Cal. No. 28409

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Driving.

Kristin Ackner McFerran; Latham, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 086566; Cal. No. 28413

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of creating a treatment plan for a patient she had not individually seen and signing the plan for the patient and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Marci Lynn Rosner a/k/a Marci L. Rosner; Great Neck, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 049157, 070067; Cal. Nos. 28443, 28444

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Melisa Rae Schonfield; Bedford Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 055742, 069999; Cal. Nos. 28573, 28574

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Melissa Beth Tasch; New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 003305; Cal. No. 28179

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of writing professional records for three patients which contained false entries.

Veterinary Medicine

Steven Joseph Agoston; Bethel, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007951; Cal. No. 28385

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016 (see also March 2002; April 2008 and September 2009)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to keep and retain an accurate patient record.

William Valentino a/k/a Louis W. Valentino a/k/a Louis William Valentino; Davie, FL

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007676; Cal. No. 28717

Regents Action Date: February 23, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing veterinary medicine in the State of Maryland without a license and without a current registration.

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Last Updated: April 20, 2016