Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
July 2000

Architecture - Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Dentistry - Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Speech-Language Pathology

Architecture

Hwei Sze Chen, Flushing, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 015179; Cal. No. 18540
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also July 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of using another architect's plans without preparing a written evaluation.

Hwei Sze Chen R.A., P.C., 41-36 College Point Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11355

Profession: Architect; Cal. No. 18541
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of using another architect's plans without preparing a written evaluation.

Harley Philip Abrams, Roslyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 019897; Cal. No. 18547
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.


Certified Public Accountancy

Jerry Martin Bernstein a/k/a Jerry M. Bernstein, Brigantine, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 025501; Cal. No. 18556
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Racketeering, a felony.


Certified Social Work

Beatrice Brooks Misch, Douglaston, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 019036; Cal. No. 18211
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Daniel Marc Peck, East Moriches, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 051523; Cal. No. 18457
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of being dependent on prescription-required narcotics and of failing to disclose on his application for licensure both a violation and criminal conviction.


Dentistry

Martha Cornejo a/k/a Marta Cornejo, Far Rockaway, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039773; Cal. No. 18416
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 4 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Ellen Lebitz Raffel, Bohemia, NY

Profession: Dentist, Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 036096, Cert. No. 000374; Cal. Nos. 18542, 18543
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $8,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering nitrous oxide, not for dental purposes and without parental consent, to four minors.


Land Surveying

Charles William Cumming, Jr., Port Chester, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 039716; Cal. No. 17710
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of making errors in two surveys.


Nursing

Betsy Christine Reniff, Baldwinsville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 244247; Cal. No. 17241
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of: failing to assess and monitor as often as warranted a patient with a history of recent head trauma, failing to properly and thoroughly assess a patient who presented with complaints of abdominal pain, failing to assess a newly admitted, insulin-dependent diabetic patient to ensure that a blood glucose test was promptly administered, failing to examine a patient complaining of stomach pain for approximately two hours after a licensed practical nurse requested that she do so, failing to thoroughly assess a patient who complained of recent vomiting and failure to have a bowel movement for approximately one week prior thereto, and failing to request that said patient be transferred to the infirmary or a hospital emergency room when speaking with a physician.

Ann Marie Corlew, Ballston Spa, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 303236; Cal. No. 18337
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falling asleep while on duty, documenting records illegibly, and failing to return an unused medication.

Dana Perna, Kenmore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 193610; Cal. No. 18640
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully making changes to her licensed practical nurse registration document indicating that she held a license as a registered professional nurse.

Michael James Christopher Brennan, Ontario, Canada

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 457642; Cal. No. 17945
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty by a sister state of crimes that if committed in New York State would have constituted moral unfitness, in that he was found in possession of a tablet visually identified as Tylenol #4, and a small bottle containing nitroglycerine tables, labeled as belonging to a patient. It was also found that he removed two tablets of Percocet from the Pyxis system for patient A that he charted as being given to patient C instead.

Harry Ernest Dodd, Damon, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 448397; Cal. No. 17920
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of diverting the controlled substance morphine sulfate for his own use.

Sandra D. Cummings, Virginia Beach, VA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 258482; Cal. No. 18041
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of receiving payments for home visits she did not make.

Pamela A. Pierce, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250929; Cal. No. 18176
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also September 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, Driving While Intoxicated, and Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Shirley Mary Watson, Ontario, Canada

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 472487; Cal. No. 18237
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence if and when return to practice, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing medication administration and documentation errors.

Linda S. Castellitto, Salisbury Mills, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 299027; Cal. No. 18358
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also February 2000 and January 2005)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month suspension to be terminated sooner as set forth in consent order application - upon termination or service of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of giving a patient, on three occasions, 40 mgs. of a medication when the prescribed dosage was 4 mgs.

Allison Jayne Conway, West Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256201; Cal. No. 18359
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination of suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering medications to patients without physicians' orders.

Valsamma Thomas, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 441675; Cal. No. 18400
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of rewriting a medex order omitting a medication administration error.

Maureen Alice Glennon, Summitville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191539; Cal. No. 18489
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of diverting Percocet from a hospital drug supply for her own use by indicating that it was for patients that she knew were not being treated with Percocet.

Susan Ellen Hawkins, Constable, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 204753, 437374; Cal. Nos. 18498, 18499
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also February 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to assess numerous patients under her care.

Lori Ann Carlson, Franklinville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195826; Cal. No. 18501
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of performing a patient assessment, failing to sign a patient record, and starting an IV at the wrong rate.

Jeramy A. Orgass, Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 446135; Cal. No. 18548
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also November 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree.

Susan M. Auslander, Northport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 236172; Cal. No. 18549
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of ordering radiographs to be taken without a physician's authorization and failing to check the expiration dates on blood collection vials.

Rode Apollon, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 492079; Cal. No. 18207
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000 (see also September 2004)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Mary E. Koerner a/k/a Mary Ellen Koerner, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 004175; Cal. No. 18562
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 6 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and of two counts of the crime of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, both class D felonies.


Pharmacy

Harry S. Morelli, Putnam Valley, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 026320; Cal. No. 18581
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Unlicensed Wholesale of Prescription Drugs.


Physical Therapy

John Peter Goodbody, Wolcott, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 001568; Cal. No. 18545
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.


Psychology

Daniel A. Goldfarb, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 008390; Cal. No. 18552
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of revealing to two clients personally identifiable facts, data or information about each other that he had obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the clients.


Speech-Language Pathology

Wanda Morales Losito, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 004773; Cal. No. 18235
Regents Action Date: July 14, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of not providing all of the services that she claimed to provide a client on a Service Visit Report.


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Last Updated: October 20, 2011