Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
February 1997

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Public Accountancy - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Benjamin Frederick Bernard, Eden , NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 010841; Cal. No. 16461
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor and Driving While Intoxicated, a Class E Felony.


Chiropractic

Carl A. Ferreri, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 000102; Cal. No. 12604
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of engaging in sexual activities on numerous occasions with a female client in his chiropractic practice.

Robert L. Stasiak, Jr., Buffalo, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004060; Cal. No. 16403
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of touching a patient's breasts during treatment.

Jeffrey Joseph Smith, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 003643; Cal. No. 16336
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also November 1995)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating terms of probation.


Dentistry

Jacque Kohanzadeh, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034044; Cal. No. 14311
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of placing a bridge in a patient's mouth with an open contact between teeth which should have been corrected.

Crystal Mortell a/k/a Crystal Theresa Moor-Mortell, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 011730; Cal. No. 16175
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 6 month suspension, after service of suspension, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was convicted of the crime of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.

Gary Herskovits, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036187; Cal. No. 15702
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: $5,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of billing for an examination when a free consultation was advertised, and billing for eight x-rays and a pulpotomy when only four x-rays were taken and no pulpotomy was performed.

Charles David Randolph, Larchmont, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 028137; Cal. No. 15807
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,500.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the treatment and evaluation of a patient.

Robert E. Wollman, Manalapan, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035010; Cal. No. 16435
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Indefinite suspension, for not less than 1 year, until terminated as set forth in consent order application. Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of writing prescriptions in the names of others for the controlled substance Vicodin and filling those prescriptions at various pharmacies for his own use.


Massage Therapy

Olivia Lee Weatherwax a/k/a Olivia Lee, Albany, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 002290; Cal. No. 16291
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of permitting two unlicensed persons to perform massage therapy.


Nursing

Joanne Marie Boerschig, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 217346; Cal. No. 14910
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was convicted of the charge of Attempted Petit Larceny, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Ellen April King, Utica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 165371; Cal. No. 15183
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failure to comply with terms of probation.

Kathleen Mary Philippi, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 340702; Cal. No. 15906
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: $500 fine, suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee Report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of falsely obtaining controlled substances for her own use.

Richard A. Fox, Commack, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 151483, 383259; Cal. Nos. 15039, 15040
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of wilfully making a false report.

Elaine S. Malecki a/k/a Elaine Smith Phillips, Whitesboro, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 006347, 192493; Cal. Nos. 15387, 15386
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Indefinite suspension, for not less than six months, until terminated as set forth in consent order application; probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to properly account for and/or dispose of medications on a medication cart and removing and possessing medications without authorization.

Lisa Marie Cook, Morrisville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 199285, 444187; Cal. Nos. 15977, 15978
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication and charting errors.

Lyman Adrian McIntyre, Martville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 469512; Cal. No. 16068
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also July 2003)
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of submitting a written statement in connection with an application for licensure indicating that he had no prior or current arrests or convictions other than two previously acknowledged by him, when he knew that he had been convicted of the additional crime of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Johanna M. Pereira, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 108012, 341329; Cal. Nos. 16195, 16196
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also September 17, 1999 and July 2006)
Action: Indefinite suspension, for not less than three months, until terminated as set forth in consent order application; upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of the crime of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and obtaining controlled substances for her own use.

Thomas Sewastynowicz, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 130232, 315602; Cal. Nos. 16297, 16298
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also February 2000)
Action: Indefinite suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application; upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of the crime of Unlawfully Acquiring Schedule II and Schedule IV Controlled Substances.

Anne T. DeRosa a/k/a Ann C. Towers, Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 120903, 372696; Cal. Nos. 16307, 16308
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also April 2003)
Action: Indefinite suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application; upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of forging prescription blanks improperly obtained from her employer.

Ann Marie Margolis, Fayetteville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 287072; Cal. No. 16330
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Indefinite suspension, for not less than six months, 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 charges of diverting a controlled substance for her personal use.

Evelyn Gonzales Mendoza, Mohegan Lake, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 355351; Cal. No. 16347
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to convictions of Conspiracy to Steal Government Property and Theft of Government Property.

Alice Arabambi Adekola, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 239186; Cal. No. 16368
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Debra K. Marable, Peekskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 136775; Cal. No. 16374
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Debra Lee Hayes a/k/a Debra Lee Murphy a/k/a Debra Hayes Murphy, Danbury, CT

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 125812, 415563; Cal. Nos. 16377, 16378
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Carol V. Davies, Clifton Springs, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230568; Cal. No. 16401
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Indefinite suspension 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 a conviction of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh degree, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree.

Robin McDonald, Port Byron, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 197018, 408785; Cal. Nos. 16436, 16437
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 18 month suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of submitting overtime notices indicating work was performed that in fact was not performed and forging the name of her supervisor on the forms.

Joan Hoffman McGarry, Snyder, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 126536; Cal. No. 16440
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering the wrong dose of Vincristine and failing to record the administration.

Emily J. Smaldone, Cold Brook, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 221058; Cal. No. 14221
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of presenting for filling a prescription for Ativan 2mg, after changing the maximum daily dosage from one to two.

Laura A. Pepper, Brocton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 464175; Cal. No. 16271
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.

Douglas J. Bouley, Athens, AL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No.338017; Cal. No. 16372
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of diverting Demerol from the emergency department of his employer for his personal use.

Susan M. Egan, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 120378; Cal. No. 16472
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of documenting on two patient's charts that she had treated said patients for Decubiti when in fact she had not.


Pharmacy

Nasir Yousuf Gore, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034360; Cal. No. 15669
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 6 month suspension, $2,500 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was convicted of Unlawful Dispensing, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Gerard T. Zimmerman, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033116; Cal. No. 14741
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of routinely dispensing and refilling medications without prescriptions and refilling prescriptions in excess of the authorized number of refills.

Quaile Pharmacy Co., Inc., 1696 Washington Avenue, Seaford, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018922; Cal. No. 14742
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: $5,000 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of routinely dispensing and refilling medications without prescriptions and refilling prescriptions in excess of the authorized number of refills.

Charles F. Civiello, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028200; Cal. No. 15519
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also July 1999)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of negligent billing errors.

Beverly Kirsits Gibbs, Wellsville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027896; Cal. No. 16076
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Indefinite suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of diverting a controlled substance for her own use.

James M. Cannella, Auburndale, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035997; Cal. No. 16274
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh degree.

H & L Topchik, Inc., 242 Merrick Road, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Lic. No. 018529; Cal. No. 16322
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also July 2004)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted having outdated and sample drugs, as well as overfilled drug containers in the drug stock.

Howard Topchik, Bellmore, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021317; Cal. No. 16323
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also July 2004 and March 2008)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of, where he was supervising pharmacist, having outdated drugs in the drug stock, sample drugs in the drug stock which were dispensed and overfilled drug containers in the drug stock.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

William Paul Widulski, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 038700; Cal. No. 15241
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997 (see also July 2001)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of certifying work which was never performed nor reviewed by him.

Lawrence Mason Woodworth, Huntington, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 049487; Cal. No. 16462
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to prepare a written evaluation of plans sealed and signed by him and drawn by someone not directly supervised by him.


Public Accountancy

Walter J. Biesiada, Jr., Salisbury, MD

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 035091; Cal. No. 16043
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of last 6 months of suspension stayed, probation 6 months, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to furnish, upon request, books and records of a client, including the cash receipts journal, the cash disbursements journal, the general ledger and depreciation schedules.

Joseph Gerard Rouse, Belle Terre, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 059950; Cal. No. 16043
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Bank Fraud and failure to return client records.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Dennis C. Stuart, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Audiologist, Lic. No. 000343; Cal. No. 16379
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.


Veterinary Medicine

Lawrence Thomas Keenan, Suffern, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 002527; Cal. NO. 14247
Regents Action Date: February 4, 1997
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of Obstructing Governmental Administration and failing to perform certain procedures before treating an animal.


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