Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

January 2020

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Dietetics and Nutrition - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Genaro Rafael Urueta; Albertson, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 035610; Cal. No. 31393
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of filing 27 Technical Report Statement of Responsibility (TR1) forms with the New York City Department of Buildings identifying responsibility for special inspections when he was not a registered Special Inspection Agency or a Director of a Special Inspection Agency; and receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

 

Dietetics and Nutrition

Andrew Scott Tepper; Westtown, NY
Profession: Dietitian-Nutritionist; Lic. No. 006485; Cal. No. 31312
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
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 convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Engineering and Land Surveying

Vincent Nantista; Mt. Sinai, NY
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 043097; Cal. No. 30948
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of eight counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Paula Pesha Cohen; New York, NY
Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 002349; Cal. No. 31474
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to make separate entries in a patient’s treatment record on each date of treatment.

 

Nursing

Danielle Armetta a/k/a Danielle Armetta-Dibs; Staten Island, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 265613, 532081; Cal. Nos. 31375, 31376
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to maintain accurate patient records.

Linda J. Borden; Sanford, FL
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 176830, 378272; Cal. Nos. 31727, 31728
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of, in the State of Arizona, misrepresenting her employment history on an application for employment and failing to disclose that she was previously terminated.

William Matthew Casiere; Saugerties, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 323050; Cal. No. 31436
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting the controlled substance Methadone for his own use.

Carroll Ann Helena Clarke-Pilgrim; Rosedale, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 325710; Cal. No. 31367
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, 20 hours public service, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Dale J. Doyle; Fairport, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232268; Cal. No. 31390
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having administered medication without a physician order.

Caroline Ruth Ferris a/k/a Caroline Ruth Sandrow; Islip Terrace, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 372072; Cal. No. 30689
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020 (See also September 2017)
Action: Found guilty of violation of probation; Penalty: Penalty supersedes penalty previously imposed under Order No. 29449, 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon effective date of the service of the Order and to run concurrent with suspension, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee failed to comply with the terms of probation set on September 12, 2017. 

Lucia Foster; Newark, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278453; Cal. No. 31463
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to follow patient care plan and failure to do proper tracheotomy care.

Victor David Gonzalez; Cazenovia, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 617071; Cal. No. 31406
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a felony.

Gina E. Gray; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 491492; Cal. No. 31417
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing Benadryl.

Kendall Tara Grohman; Locust Valley, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 630771; Cal. No. 31292
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
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 administering saline intravenously to a sick colleague when there was no physician's order or any authorization.

Lynda Rose Hardy; Dublin, OH
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 340907; Cal. No. 30848
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension. Upon return to practice in the State of New York, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been employed in a position requiring a nursing license in the State of Tennessee without possessing a valid nursing license.

Raeann K. Jupin; Auburn, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 327453; Cal. Nos. 31288
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
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 records.

John Leslie Matheny; Ooltewah, TN
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475208; Cal. No. 31466
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 months actual suspension, 20 months stayed suspension. Upon return to practice in the State of New York, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of falsely documenting, on two occasions, the administering of morphine to orthopedic patients in the State of Tennessee; and falsely indicating, on a registration renewal application, that a licensed facility had not terminated his employment.

Tera M. Poles a/k/a Tera Poles; Lancaster, TX, Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 301672; Cal. No. 29590
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice in the State of New York, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of one count of Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor.

AnnMarie Rajczewski a/k/a AnnMarie Morgan; Albany, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 302087; Cal. No. 31444
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to maintain accurate patient records.

Jacqueline Maria Rincon; Deer Park, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 741288; Cal. No. 31633
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of at least 1 month and until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice. Upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Jennifer Kulubor Ross Jallah; Hurst, TX
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 285371, 653514; Cal. Nos. 31199, 31200
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension. Upon return to practice in the State of New York, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting a registration renewal application which falsely stated that she had not had any disciplinary action taken against her license when in fact she had previously been disciplined by the State of New Jersey.

Meghan Patricia Schule; Lynbrook, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 682735; Cal. No. 31434
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to complete a patient pain assessment and reassessment when administering a controlled drug to a patient; and delaying the administration of a controlled drug to a different patient on a different date.

Traci Renee Schultz a/k/a Traci Renee Becker; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 578168; Cal. No. 30117
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020 (See also September 2010)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Actual suspension of at least 2 months and until alcohol abuse-free and fit to practice. Upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of DWAI, a Class A misdemeanor.

Dianna Maria Sheehan; Sicklerville, NJ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 725833; Cal. No. 31212
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension. Upon return to practice in the State of New York, 2 years probation , $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to follow a physician's order when administering medication.

Ashley Dione Sims; Charlotte, NC
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 319641; Cal. No. 31370
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of documentation errors, failing to irrigate a patient and failing to change a dressing.

Funmilola Mary Taiwo; Far Rockaway, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 618809; Cal. No. 31399
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to fully assess a patient who had fallen.

Idara Emmanuel Udo; Oakley, CA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 246693, 496709; Cal. Nos. 31260, 31261
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension. Upon return to practice in the State of New York, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of turning off an alarm four times on an oxygen saturation machine indicating that a patient had unusually low oxygen absorption, without advising the patient’s attending physician, and setting the alarm parameter at an oxygen saturation level that was not standard considering the condition of the patient.

 

Pharmacy

Catskill Pharmacy Inc.; Kerhonkson, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024863; Cal. No. 30026
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of pharmacy violations, failure to supervise and outdated stock.

Bhaskar Gunjupali; Riverhead, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 050981; Cal. No. 31179
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having outdated drugs maintained in stock.

Hungyi Liu; Flushing, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 062109; Cal. No. 31476
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of holding misbranded drugs for sale.

Gregory Scott Mack; Centerport, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038445; Cal. No. 31512
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of selling a misbranded drug.

Nisar Pharmacy, Inc., Bronx, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 021733; Cal. No. 31005
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of being open without a pharmacist on duty.

Specialty RX Inc.; Ridgefield, NJ
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 026830; Cal. 31471
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of dispensing a medication other than what was prescribed to a patient in a New York rehabilitation and nursing facility.

Vevi Pharmacy, Inc., d/b/a Barth's Drug Store; Riverhead, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 034370; Cal. No. 31180
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,500 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of having outdated drugs maintained in stock.

 

Physical Therapy

Lisbeth Guerra; Pembroke Pines, FL
Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 025889; Cal. No. 31589
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a Felony.

 

Social Work

Patti L. Pottorff; Elmira, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 079296; Cal. No. 31426
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice. Upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Denise M. Spagnola; Frankfort, NY
Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 055950; Cal. No. 31304
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to appropriately supervise an unlicensed person.

Kirstin Hope Vales; Katonah, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 099423; Cal. No. 31357
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years actual suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practice in the profession which evidences moral unfitness.

 

Veterinary Medicine

Steven R. Weinstein; Howard Beach, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004137; Cal. No. 31315
Regents Action Date: January 14, 2020 (See also September 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain adequate treatment records that reflect visits, diagnoses and prescribed treatments.

 

 

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Last Updated: May 12, 2020