Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

July 18, 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Midwifery - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology -


Chiropractic

Jay M. Plotkin, Pepper Pike, OH

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005561; Cal. No. 25629

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud in 2006.

Dentistry

Kristin Busby, Mattituck, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 023312; Cal. No. 25659

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Petit Larceny, and Prostitution.

Marc Lance Horowitz, Douglaston, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045755; Cal. No. 25645

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he was found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in the State of Maine.

Dennis Howard Resnick, South Salem, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032507; Cal. No. 24992

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine payable within 20 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing, with 3 separate patients, to adequately notify each of his withdrawal from treatment and to refund any monies for professional services not rendered or completed.

John Daniel Rosa, Jersey City, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046328; Cal. No. 25644

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

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 that he was found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in the State of New Jersey.

Kenneth Dale Sullivan, Jackson, MO

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 053147; Cal. No. 25646

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he was found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in the State of Pennsylvania.

Midwife

Martha Anne Roth, Nyack, NY

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000583; Cal. No. 25532

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she  committed errors during the care of a patient.

Nursing

Dorothy K. Austin, Hornell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281957; Cal. No. 25658

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

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 Attempted Criminal Nuisance in the 1st Degree.

Yvonna Michele Bellanti a/k/a Yvonna Michele Zelie, Springville, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 193674, 419816; Cal. Nos. 25075, 25076

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree.

Natasha Julia Claudio, Wappingers Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 262467, 529054; Cal. Nos. 25549, 25548

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $4,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Christine R. Cooley, Batavia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 288123; Cal. No. 25553

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

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 taking the analgesic Tramadol for her husband's use.

Kristina Marie Davison, Livingston Manor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 242667, 515350; Cal. Nos. 25556, 25555

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unlawfully Dealing With a Child, a misdemeanor.

Patricia Maureen Dupree, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 501210; Cal. No. 25695

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence when and if return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and Petit Larceny, misdemeanors.

Beverly D. Felder, Honeoye Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267381; Cal. No. 25597

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 3rd Degree.

Cheryl A. Gennaro, Holtsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 259115, 507303; Cal. Nos. 25583, 25582

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011 (see also April 2014)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in the State of South Carolina.

Barbara Ann Heinssen a/k/a Barbara Ann Mondello, Rocky Point, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 208056, 425119; Cal. Nos. 24257, 24258

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing beyond its authorized scope.

William Kevin Hughes, Sayville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 534103; Cal. No. 25479

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

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 Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Janice R. Hunt, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 248817; Cal. No. 25494

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of medication administration errors and failure to properly treat patients.

Lisa M. Jobson, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250636; Cal. No. 25675

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011 (see also December 2001)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having  been convicted of Identity Theft in the 3rd Degree.

Jacqueline Keller-Lasher, Amsterdam, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 196727, 408004; Cal. Nos. 25577, 25578

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree.

Carla Lucia LaMendola, Syosset, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 593307; Cal. No. 25587

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she failed to use scientifically accepted infection prevention techniques in that she failed to wear appropriate protective garb while treating a patient isolated to prevent the spread of the MRSA bacterium.

Patricia Anne Loud, Lake Placid, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 243590; Cal. No. 25563

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to properly assess a patient.

Juliana Nwaogu a/k/a Julianna Nwaogu, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 229312, 457765; Cal. Nos. 25377, 25378

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony, Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a class E felony, and Offering a False Instrument for filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Traci L. Recino, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296404; Cal. No. 25413

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of medication administration errors and failure to properly treat patients.

Jack Rodriguez, Middletown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 503967; Cal. No. 25570

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence if and when return to practice in State of New York.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Solicitation to Commit Prostitution, a misdemeanor, in the State of Florida which, if committed in New York, would constitute the crime of Patronizing a Prostitute in the 4th Degree, a misdemeanor.

Christina Noel Ryan, Cohoes, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286632; Cal. No. 26478

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

Ronald J. Schmidt, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 183051, 392619; Cal. Nos. 25631, 25630

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 6 months and until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, both felonies.

Lyudmila Slobodyan, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 285188, 576569; Cal. Nos. 25619, 25620

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admits to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Elvira Evangelista Solis, Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 530739; Cal. No. 25521

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that on or about March 6, 2009, while practicing the profession of nursing in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York, and responsible for the care of a 17-year-old patient who had a physician’s order for a Foley catheter, she created a false passage and a tear in the urethra while attempting to insert the catheter into the patient’s bladder.

Michelle Ann Sorci, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 598194; Cal. No. 25648

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to document the disposition, by wastage or administration, of drugs removed by her from the hospital drug supply for patient care.

Denise J. Sutton, Walden, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 410513; Cal. No. 25569

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

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, $1,000 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having  been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Betty J. Tucker, Freeport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 290418; Cal. No. 24990

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 1 count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Meredith A. Wenderlich, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 295481; Cal. No. 25474

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until substance and alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Karen Marcia Wharton, San Antonio, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 230268, 458262; al. Nos. 25579, 25580

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering medication to a newborn that was intended to be administered to the mother.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Leonard Donde, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 007163; Cal. No. 25568

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Giving Unlawful Gratuities, a class A misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Ilias Mlabasati, Brooklyn, NY
Profession:
Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045921; Cal. No. 23703

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession with moral unfitness.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 50 Great Neck Road, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No.; 022600; Cal. No. 25293

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent ordder granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine payable within 60 days.

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of failing to recognize that the medication prescribed was readily available so that the prescription could be filled without delay, and of failing to return a written prescription to the patient upon request.

Physical Therapy

Andrew Quasha, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 006648; Cal. No. 25696

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest allegations that, on or about August 28, 2010 and on or about September 4, 2010, while practicing as a physical therapist in Queens, New York, he engaged in improper physical contact with a female patient.

Podiatry

Ira R. Bell, Jericho, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003887; Cal. No. 25421

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $7,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, Mail Fraud, Making False Statements in Connection with Payment of Health Care Services, Conspiracy to Pay Kickbacks in Connection with Health Care Services and Health Care Fraud.

Public Accountancy

Robert William Korkuc, South Setauket, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058137; Cal. No. 25584

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted  to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud and Securities Fraud, felonies.

Vincent John Mallia, Huntington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 068159; Cal. No. 25633

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of  Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Ronald S. Reale, Jericho, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 087449; Cal. No. 25605

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that he was found guilty by the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners of (1) failing to notify the Board that, as an out-of-state individual practitioner CPA firm, he was conducting an audit engagement and (2) engaging in deceptive conduct which, if committed in New York State, would consitiute practicing the profession of public accountancy fraudulently.

John B. Schuyler, Newburgh, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036695; Cal. No. 25565

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted  of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a felony.

Kenneth I. Starr, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 027913; Cal. No. 25736

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, and Fraud by an Investment Adviser, all felonies.

Social Work

Matthew J. Poquette, Schoharie, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 080444; Cal. No. 25647

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of committing boundary violations.

Michael David Smith, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 055104; Cal. No. 25613

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, 100 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of  having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Stephanie Montano, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Speech-Language Pathologist; Lic. No. 010520; Cal. No. 25430

Regents Action Date: July 18, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that, between June 30, 2006 and February 6, 2007, while practicing the profession of speech-language pathology at the Long Island Center for Child Development in Cedarhurst, New York, as the supervisor to persons engaging in clinical practice to complete the experience requirement for a professional license in speech-language pathology, she failed to inform patients' families that their children were being treated by Clinical Fellows, and failed to have the Clinical Fellows co-sign their daily notes and evaluations, despite the fact that it was her professional responsibility to do so.

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Last Updated: May 29, 2014