Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
July 2006

Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology - Veterinary Medicine

Dentistry

Martin Epstein, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024889; Cal. No. 22677
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
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 failing to diagnose decay on several teeth over the course of 2 years and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

David Douglas Gardner, Penfield, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041343; Cal. No. 22808
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also September 2004 and May 2006)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Robert J. Kulacz, Jr. a/k/a Cole Sommers, Katonah, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040542; Cal. No. 22253
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend the charge of failing to maintain a record that accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient, in that he failed to detail in the patient chart the evaluation which led to his decision to extract two of the patient’s teeth.

Hee Joon Kwak, Whitestone, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 051024; Cal. No. 22668
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falsely recording that certain dental screenings were conducted.

Alan Myles Rosen, Cedarhurst, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036816; Cal. No. 22696
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area as set forth in consent order application, 2 years probation, $4,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing dentistry with negligence on more than one occasion in connection with the placement of dental implants in one patient, failing to utilize diagnostically appropriate pre-treatment radiographs or scans, and failing to adequately describe the surgical procedure in the patient’s record, and by failing to have unexpired emergency medications in his dental office’s emergency kit.


Nursing

Randa D. Aiken a/k/a Randa D. Zeleski, Utica, NY and Sauquoit, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249614; Cal. No. 21495
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice, $250 fine payable within 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of obtaining her license to practice Nursing fraudulently by failing to disclose a Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree and Petit Larceny conviction from prior to her being licensed.

Yessica Beatriz Aldana, Bethpage, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 280688; Cal. No. 22798
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Elaine A. Bailey, Albany, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 308014; Cal. No. 22683
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

Emma A. Benitez, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 150911, 377795; Cal. Nos. 22708, 22709
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
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 administering Dilaudid to a patient without a physician's order.

Alan William Capece, Aynor, SC

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249586; Cal. No. 21489
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing with negligence on more than one occasion, in that he failed to adequately document the administration of medications, ordered by a physician by failing to make entries or making inconsistent entries in the appropriate patient’s records, and having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony and Rape in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony.

Paul W. Case, Ilion, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 146066; Cal. No. 21636
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of making inappropriate verbal comments.

Christine Charles, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 081033; Cal. No. 22354
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny on two occasions, Attempted Petit Larceny on five occasions, and Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class C felony.

Edeane Marie Chrapa, East Aurora, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 070905, 434226; Cal. Nos. 22695, 22694
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice, 2 years probation; $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of committing medication and documentation errors.

Daryl G. Corey, Elmira, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 263544; Cal. No. 22752
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with substantial provisions of State rules or regulations governing the profession of nursing.

Linda L. Cortright, Victor, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 389102; Cal. No. 22713
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Impaired – Drugs.

Sharlene A. Cucinelli a/k/a Sharlene Reina, Hilton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 222304; Cal. No. 22854
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of stealing pre-signed and unsigned prescription pads, fraudulently writing prescriptions for controlled substances, forging the physician’s signature on the unsigned prescriptions, submitting the fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies for filling for personal use and for a third party, and wrongfully obtaining the controlled substances.

Elena N. Di Costanzo, Goshen, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 318348; Cal. No. 22672
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Crystal J. Gemmell, Erieville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494937; Cal. No. 22764
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Lucille Hamilton, Laurelton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 065800; Cal. No. 21916
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of administering Ambien on 3 separate occasions to a patient when the medication was discontinued by the physician and failing to record the administrations in the patient’s medication administration record.

Lisa Louise Heisch-Bourgeous, Owego, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485952; Cal. No. 22374
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Myrtha Josil, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 228563, 490064; Cal. Nos. 19077, 18330
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also October 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 years suspension of licensed practical nurse license, execution of last 12 months of said suspension stayed, $2,500 fine; Annul registered professional nurse license.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: having obtained her license to practice as a registered professional nurse fraudulently; practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently; and conduct in the profession which evidences moral unfitness.

Deirdre Ann Kane, North Merrick, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232838; Cal. No. 22679
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor and of falsely denying on her registration renewal application that criminal charges were pending against her.

Anthony Kostyo, Lockport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 494839; Cal. No. 21566
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to maintain a record that accurately reflected the treatment of a patient.

Brian Paul Lawrence, Lehigh Acres, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 242744, 510324; Cal. Nos. 22706, 22707
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Amy M. Loveall, Fulton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265992; Cal. No. 22391
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence concurrent with period of suspension.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Galven Menoria, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 445896; Cal. No. 21994
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Louise Reyers Nash, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 312153; Cal. No. 22876
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Andrea L. Parker a/k/a Andrea Shear, Newark, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 464445; Cal. No. 22809
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also November 2004)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of: making a fraudulent statement on a nursing employment application; failing to maintain accurate patient records; and violating a term of probation imposed upon her by the Board of Regents pursuant to Education Law section 6511.

Maritza C. Pascarella, Monroe, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 389332; Cal. No. 22779
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Johanna M. Pereira, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 341329; Cal. No. 22509
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also February 1997 and September 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Isla Pierre-Carrie a/k/a Isla Pierre, Rochdale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 229650; Cal. No. 22564
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

Bernice R. Rabert, Newark, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 463875; Cal. No. 22557
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 months stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of administering an overdose of Roxanol and failing to maintain accurate records.

Beverly E. Sankary, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 106790; Cal. No. 22256
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a class B felony.

Natalee Patricia Scott a/k/a Natalie Scott, East Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 263124; Cal. No. 22013
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, thereafter probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Melissa Bonde Terns, Albany, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 493290; Cal. No. 21848
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Prostitution, a class B misdemeanor.

Beth Ann Vanwaes a/k/a Beth Ann Johnson, Roswell, NM

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 268899, 533498; Cal. Nos. 21451, 21450
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of fraudulently answering on her application for licensure and first registration for both licenses that she had never been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country. This answer was false and made by her knowingly, intentionally and willfully with intent to deceive. Licensee was also found guilty of practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse fraudulently by submitting a false application as a Registered Professional Nurse.

Nancy Marie Walsh, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 109192; Cal. No. 22379
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also February 2007)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 18 month suspension, execution of last 16 months of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Lauren Patrice Welch, Mount Vernon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 364642; Cal. No. 22723
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Mary E. Wichman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 219752; Cal. No. 22719
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon licensee’s return to practice, 2 years probation; $250 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of removing and passing forged prescriptions and of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.


Pharmacy

Marvin Abrams, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021185; Cal. No. 22728
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to provide documentation of proof of completion of acceptable formal continuing education for the period of January 2001 to December 2003, when he was registered to practice as a pharmacist in the State of New York.

Kevin Paul Burns, Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042806; Cal. No. 22838
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a class D felony.

Eugene N. Friedman, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032182; Cal. No. 22688
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions, a class E felony.

Alfred A. Monaco, Ozone Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030935; Cal. No. 22011
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006 (see also December 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with mandatory continuing education requirements.

Neetha N. Pillai, Glen Oaks, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046672; Cal. No. 22656
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of delegating professional responsibilities to an unlicensed person; i.e. delegating to an unlicensed person the professional responsibility of receiving an oral prescription from a prescriber.

Fred Wein, Marlboro, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030627; Cal. No. 22689
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions, a class E felony.

John P. Zauner, East Patchogue, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025361; Cal. No. 21811
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of dispensing prescription-required drugs without a prescription on two occasions.


Podiatry

Mark S. Davis, Fairton, NJ

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004612; Cal. No. 22710
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud and Retaliating Against a Witness, both federal felonies.


Public Accountancy

David E. Wills, Pittsford, NY and New York, NY; Nirvanasoft, Inc., 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 038219; Cal. No. 22791
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension until notice is received that respondent has made full payment of all arrears of support established by the Order of the Family Court to be due.
Summary: Licensee to practice as a Certified Public Accountant is suspended indefinitely until he has made full payment of all arrears of child support and maintenance established by the Order and Judgment of the Family Court, County of Monroe, State of New York.


Social Work

Joseph John Celentano, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 034232; Cal. No. 20525
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of engaging in physical contact of a sexual nature with a patient.

Debra Doreen Vernsey, Lisbon, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 059258; Cal. No. 22277
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of last 6 months of suspension stayed, then probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Engaging in a Monetary Transaction in Property Derived from a Specified Unlawful Activity (Money Laundering), a felony.


Speech-Language Pathology

Debra Vitello McCloskey, Scotia, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 008066; Cal. No. 22680
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree.


Veterinary Medicine

Thomas Nathan Christian, Dr. Nathan’s Veterinary Clinic, 6009 South Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 008969; Cal. No. 22659
Regents Action Date: July 26, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain an adequate patient record.


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