Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

January 2021

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine -


Dentistry

Michael Stuart Feldstein; Roslyn Heights, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037661; Cal. No. 31877
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to adequately document the dental treatment of a patient he treated in 2017 and 2018.

 

Nursing

Yaw Bae-Tuffour; Yonkers, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 724334; Cal. No. 32127
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering ten times the ordered amount of Tamiflu to six different patients.

Arnold Mark Becote; Modesto, CA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286822; Cal. No. 32066
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of two convictions for Driving While Intoxicated in the State of California, both misdemeanors.

Kayla Marie Benzinger a/k/a Kayla Templin; Bloomington, MN
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 589526; Cal. No. 32226
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $500.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of stealing controlled substances.

Stacy Anne Besley; Beaver Dams, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 647194; Cal. No. 31792
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
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 administering I.V. fluids to a patient without an order and failing to notify provider of the administration.

Kathleen S. Cardegna; Canandaigua, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatry); Lic. No. 372173, Cert. No. 400550; Cal. Nos. 32064, 32065
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
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 failing to complete progress notes in patient files.

Amanda Lea Cichy; Schenectady, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 303601; Cal. No. 31974
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
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 failure to complete weekly skin care assessment reports and failure to review treatment administration records.

Francis Charles DeMarco III; Germantown, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 324801; Cal. No. 31942
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Simple Assault in Pennsylvania.

Wendi S. Gonzales; Twin Falls, ID
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 729829; Cal. No. 31971
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting documents, which contained false information, in support of an application for licensure to practice nursing in the United States Virgin Islands.

Paul Anthony Goodwin; Syracuse, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 605207; Cal. No. 32047
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021 (See also April 2015)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Prohibited Acts.

Sheri Marie Gordon a/k/a Sheri M. Gordon; Granville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 294167, 672144; Cal. Nos. 31878, 31879
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of giving a deceptive answer to a co-worker when confronted with an altered CPR card in the State of Vermont; and falsely stating on her New York State nursing registration renewal applications that a licensing or disciplinary authority had not disciplined her and that a hospital or licensed facility had not restricted or terminated her employment or privileges.

Amy L. Hissiger a/k/a Amy L. Pavone; Ronkonkoma, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 569801; Cal. No. 32007
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
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; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree; and Petit Larceny; all class A misdemeanors.

Anne Marie Leone; Auburn, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 472412; Cal. No. 31890
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and creating false entries.

Jacqueline Ann Porter; Somersworth, NH
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 552390; Cal. No. 32128
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diverting controlled substances in the State of New Hampshire.

Christine Rodriguez a/k/a Christine Hengel; Newburgh, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 190583, 396979; Cal. Nos. 32004, 32005
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021 (See also September 2012)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Terri Lynn Vitale; Oneonta, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 307165; Cal. No. 31904
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

 

Pharmacy

Alexander Infusion, LLC d/b/a Avanti Health Care Services; New Hyde Park, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023601; Cal. No. 31896
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of using technicians to compound ingredients.

Madeline Maria Manessis-Kaloudis; Bayside, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045707; Cal. No. 31933
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of incorrectly packaging the prescription orders for two different patients by placing the wrong name on the outside of each patient’s pickup bag, resulting in one patient receiving incorrect medications.

Joseph T. Stanilewicz; Staten Island, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037590; Cal. No. 31897
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of using technicians to compound ingredients.

 

Public Accountancy

Albert Benjamin Vespoli; Old Bridge, NJ
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 060144; Cal. No. 32126
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Stalking in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

 

Veterinary Medicine

Mercedes Lapp; Standfordville, NY
Profession: Veterinary Technician; Lic. No. 007237; Cal. No. 31947
Regents Action Date: January 11, 2021
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 Harassment in the 1st Degree, a misdemeanor.

 

 

For further information: dplsdsu@nysed.gov

Last Updated: February 16, 2021