Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
July 2001

Architecture - Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Landscape Architecture - Midwifery - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Respiratory Therapy

Architecture

Martin Appel, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 013534; Cal. No. 19445
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree.


Certified Public Accountancy

Stephen J. Caraccia, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 060504; Cal. No. 19078
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed, probation 3 years, $7,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a Class E felony.

Steven Battino, Syosset, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 047066; Cal. No. 19237
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Aiding and Assisting in the Preparation of a Fraudulent Income Tax Return, a felony.


Certified Social Worker

Lori L. Goldstein, East Northport, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 031743; Cal. No. 18942
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until service of at least 1 year of suspension and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of committing boundary violations.


Chiropractic

Thomas Eugene Leader, Auburn, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 001320; Cal. No. 18954
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record by failing to document the ongoing evaluation and assessment of the patient.

Steven Margolin, New York, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 005971; Cal. No. 19184
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of permitting unlicensed persons to perform massage therapy.


Dentistry

Edward Francis Hutton, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041312; Cal. No. 18634
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of overly reducing a patient's teeth, leaving excess cement and open margins in said patient's mouth, constructing an ill-fitting bridge for said patient, and failing to maintain a treatment record for the aforesaid patient.

Thomas John Iovino, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037733; Cal. No. 18801
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also May 2005 and June 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of having been convicted of the crime Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Stephen John Chu, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040280; Cal. No. 19216
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of recommending an inappropriate treatment plan for a patient and failing to maintain an accurate record of the treatment and evaluation of said patient.

Gary Levine, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030967; Cal. No. 19242
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service or stay of execution of any unserved portion of the aforesaid suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record and willfully failing to register to practice as a dentist.

Renata Victoria Ginsburg, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041672; Cal. No. 19271
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny.

Stewart Brody, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040136; Cal. No. 19272
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also November 1995)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of placing the wrong procedure code on claim forms and one or more incorrect treatment dates.

Nataliya I. Safonova a/k/a Nataliya Safonova a/k/a Nataliny I. Safonova, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046621; Cal. No. 19318
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.

Alla Mikhaylova, Flushing, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046782; Cal. No. 19319
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.

Edgardo Grande, Freeport, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041177; Cal. No. 19391
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully filing a false form, to wit: indicating on a claim form that services were provided in 2000 when, in fact they were provided in 1999.

Janet W. McCanna, New York, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 012228; Cal. No. 19307
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the Third Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

Kevin P. Ward, Stroudsburg, PA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037366; Cal. No. 19520
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of negligence on more than one occasion in the care and treatment of numerous minor patients between March 1993 and May 2000.


Engineering and Land Surveying

William Paul Widulski, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 038700; Cal. No. 19149
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also February 1997)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violation of probation imposed by the Board of Regents.


Landscape Architecture

Allen Conrad Pearson, Ringwood, NJ

Profession: Landscape Architect; Lic. No. 000579; Cal. No. 19134
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month suspension, following the aforesaid suspension, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an Unclassified Misdemeanor, and Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions, Class E Felonies.


Midwifery

Rita E. Daley, Troy, NY

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000534; Cal. No. 19207
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also May 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 18 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of taking and forging a prescription for a controlled substance.


Nursing

William T. Newman, Chapel Hill, NC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 381173; Cal. No. 17634
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also July 1998)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of making numerous medication administration errors and failing to pay a fine imposed upon his license in a prior disciplinary action imposed by the Board of Regents, thereby violating terms of probation placed upon his license in that action.

Joseph William Morris, Granville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 059161; Cal. No. 19362
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, and Filing a False Personal Income Tax Return, a Class E Felony.

Kristine M. Allen, Geneva, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 230134; Cal. No. 19413
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of, over a six-month period, diverting Morphine and Demerol from ViaHealth of Wayne for her own personal use while she was dependent on, and a habitual user of said drugs, and charting some patient records to indicate that she had administered the medications to patients, when in fact she had not so administered, in order to hide her diversion.

Susan Jean Miller, Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195506; Cal. No. 19423
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also March 2001)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations relating to patient neglect.

Mary M. Smith, Buffalo, NY and Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 195228, 456990; Cal. Nos. 17046, 17045
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in hearing panel report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years with probation term numbered 3 amended as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to document on two consecutive dates the administration of the controlled substance Demerol on a patient's medication administration record,and documenting on controlled drug administration records that she had administered a controlled substance to patients when in fact she had not.

Judy Wilson, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 230245, 457228; Cal. Nos. 17092, 17093
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to follow physician's orders in the dispensing of a medication to a patient, and administering a medication to a patient although a physician's order to hold the medication was in effect at the time she administered the drug to the patient.

Thalia Adler, Northford, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 141802; Cal. No. 17213
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willful failure to comply with state regulations regarding her nurse registry.

Delores Alexander, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234796; Cal. No. 17317
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Kelly Lynn Frasier, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 239283; Cal. No. 17670
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for 5 years with leave to apply, after three years of suspension, for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service of suspension or upon stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Issuing a Bad Check, a Class B Misdemeanor, on three separate occasions, and of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Barbara A. Palmiere, Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 321075; Cal. No. 18023
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 taking the non-controlled substance Nubain.

James A. Melanson, Porter Corners, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 126578; Cal. No. 18135
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of transcribing telephone orders.

Jean Frances Kuhl, Copiague, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 319937; Cal. No. 18427
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of, on more than one occasion, failing to properly document the administration of controlled substances on patients' records.

Donald J. Cafarelli, Peekskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 198516, 439324; Cal. Nos. 18630, 19241
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class E felony.

Sherry Deone Brathwaite, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234971; Cal. No. 18886
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of picking up a patient who had fallen without first having the patient examined by a registered professional nurse, and administering medication to another patient at a time other than when the medications were ordered to be administered to the patient.

Roy Milton Cooke, Jr., Baltimore, MD

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 217244, 444208; Cal. Nos. 19050, 19051
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month suspension, following the aforesaid suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Carole Lee Bliss, Hornell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 253607; Cal. No. 19088
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering morphine on two occasions at ten times the amount prescribed.

Jamie Sue Kalisnikow, Arkport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 455084; Cal. No. 19089
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Judy Marie Plumley, Bath, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 189837; Cal. No. 19090
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Cathy A. Shupp, Avoca, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 167744, 502306; Cal. Nos. 19091, 19092
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering morphine on two occasions at ten times the amount prescribed.

Rosemarie Crofts, Cutchogue, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 143919; Cal. No. 19102
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence when and if resume the practice of nursing.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of improperly administering insulin to a patient using a tuberculin syringe.

Maria Gordon, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 355382; Cal. No. 19117
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 failing to report possible patient abuse to a supervisor.

Svetlana Gudnaya, Utica, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 499305; Cal. No. 19135
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to perform cross-references on units of blood and signing a verification stating cross-references were completed when they were not done.

Barbara Elizabeth Van Noy, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 208817; Cal. No. 19137
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of calling in a prescription for a patient.

Mary E. McCarthy, Binghamton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 161937; Cal. No. 19144
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Making False Statements on a Government Contract, a felony.

Diane Hayden, Waterford, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 223527; Cal. No. 19150
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month suspension, following said suspension, probation 2 years, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Denise Rosalind Fennell, Rome, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 236849; Cal. No. 19182
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 leaving the medication cart keys with an unlicensed person and taking a drug without authorization.

Diane C. Kilbourne, Westmoreland, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 340083; Cal. No. 19183
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of signing a verification stating a cross-reference was completed when it was not done.

Tomekia Golson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257125; Cal. No. 19200
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to properly administer medications and schedule patient testing.

Raymond Charles Crouse, Peru, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 184497, 389239; Cal. Nos. 19204, 19166
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also April 1995)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month suspension, following said suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of sleeping on duty on two occasions.

Ralph Sorrentino, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 426560; Cal. No. 19211
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Paula Ann Marie Whitehouse, Fulton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 216222, 480166; Cal. Nos. 19231, 19230
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

Melissa Marie Harrington, Vestal, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 483732; Cal. No. 19232
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 charges of making medication errors and failing to maintain accurate records for each patient.

Rachelle Desir, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220125; Cal. No. 19238
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 administering, on numerous occasions, double the dose of medication prescribed to a patient.

Daniel James Murphy, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 412896; Cal. No. 19281
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 making, on more than one occasion, medication and documentation errors.

Reuben Andre Riettie, Jersey City, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 430997; Cal. No. 19288
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 failure to submit home visit reports and to adequately reflect the care rendered to patients.

Charissa Davis, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 239216; Cal. No. 19315
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of an Attempted Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree and Petit Larceny.

Willa McRae, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 062518; Cal. No. 19316
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering, on numerous occasions, double the dose of medication prescribed to a patient.

Linda Diane Place-Capitano, Farnham, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 417853; Cal. No. 19327
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to properly hang an intravenous medication bag, failing to perform physician-ordered blood gas readings and failing to provide proper care to a patient with oxygen-related medical issues.

Deronica Austin, Hopewell Junction, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 194371; Cal. No. 19346
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination 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 willfully making a false report.

Victoria Maria Glaser, Rensselaer, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 515431; Cal. No. 19369
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 4 years and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of removing Duragesic patches from patients, removing the medication from the patches, and replacing the patches on the patients. Licensee also admitted to the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of nursing.

Cam Leveille, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 499554; Cal. No. 18993
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also November 2004)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.

Evelyne Mathelier, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 503816; Cal. No. 18713
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also November 2005)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.

Marie S. Mathieu, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 215334, 489159; Cal. Nos. 19349, 19274
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also July 2004)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.

Odile Nelson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216376; Cal. No. 19373
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of the last 18 months stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Therese Nicolas, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 489991; Cal. No. 18994
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also December 2002)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.

Merline Elizabeth Turner, Queens, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230235; Cal. No.; 18724
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also April 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of the last 18 months stayed, probation 2 years, fine $5,000.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Lourdes Victor, Dacula, GA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 489698; Cal. No. 19534
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also September 2003)
Action: Application for summary suspension be granted.
Summary: Licensee was summarily suspended pending disciplinary panel review and final Board of Regents action.


Pharmacy

Thomas Joseph Ventre, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034548; Cal. No. 18743
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also June 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension for no less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a class D felony.

Bassey Ekpo, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042846; Cal. No. 18952
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing ten times the prescribed strength of a drug.

Tania Hannanian, Mineola, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 043416; Cal. No. 19163
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 failing to have required hot water equipment, failure to prepare and maintain an inventory of all controlled substances, failure to enter required information on prescriptions, and failing to conduct a drug utilization review before dispensing controlled substances to a patient.

Whapil Rana Kim, Flushing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028503; Cal. No. 19246
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of practicing the profession of pharmacy while mentally impaired and abandoning a pharmacy.

Richard Miola, East Northport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033824; Cal. No. 19273
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also September 1996)
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 dispensing the wrong medication.

Soel Melero, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030929; Cal. No. 19286
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of dispensing the wrong medication to a patient.

Nicoll Pharmacy, Inc., 1620 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10040

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019200; Cal. No. 19347
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001 (see also June 2000)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,500 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to list current selling prices of drugs, failing to list initials of dispensing pharmacists on the daily log of all prescriptions filled and refilled, failing to identify generic products dispensed by listing the name of the manufacturer and distributor, if different, on the prescription and on the label, and failing to maintain a record of patients' refusal to be counseled.

Christopher Viggiano, Babylon, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038917; Cal. No. 19411
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.


Physical Therapy

Octavio Ramirez Quijote, Jr., Staten Island, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 016035; Cal. No. 17959
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of inappropriate interaction with and touching of two volunteers at his place of employment.


Podiatry

Stephen Solomon, West Hempstead

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002172; Cal. No. 17932
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of prescribing controlled and non-controlled substances for former patients, friends, and family members for non-podiatric conditions when he was not licensed to practice any profession authorized to prescribe for non-podiatric conditions.

Howard A. Serling, Davenport, FL

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 001950; Cal. No. 19157
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
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 having been found by the Commissioner of Health to be in violation of Article thirty-three of the Public Health Law for failing to document the administration of controlled substances.


Respiratory Therapy

Belen B. Ferreras, Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 002517; Cal. No. 18980
Regents Action Date: July 20, 2001
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of placing an apnea monitor in a patient's room to make it look as though it was used on the patient and directing others to have their notes reflect that the monitor and capnography machine were used on the patient.


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