Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

July 2012

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Chiropractic - Engineering and Land Surveying - Midwifery - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Pastor E. Medina, Carle Place, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 026089; Cal. No. 26179

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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 signing a TR1: Technical Report Statement of Responsibility certifying that work was performed in accordance with the New York City Construction Codes and other designated rules and regulations without having inspected said work.

Albert O. Montoya, Bronx, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 018684; Cal. No. 26173

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to prepare and maintain written evaluations of the professional services represented by documents signed and sealed by him and of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Zeret Architecture Planning & Design, P.C., 245 Jerome Avenue, Carle Place, NY

Profession:  Architecture; Cal. No. 26180

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine payable within 6 months. 

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Chiropractic

Heather Teresa Pearman, Pelham, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009569; Cal. No. 26132

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of using nutrition not as an adjunct to the practice of chiropractic but as the sole means of practice and of failing to keep adequate patient records.

Sean Paul Trujillo, St. Augustine, FL

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009294; Cal. No. 25643

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud, a felony.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Mark Farruqui, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 074113; Cal. No. 25622

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, 100 hours public service, $20,000 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services; of failing to maintain for at least 6 years all preliminary and final plans, documents, computations, records and professional evaluations relating to work to which licensee applied his seal and signature; and of practicing as a professional engineer when he was not registered to practice between November 2006 and May 2008.

James M. Kernan; Oriskany, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No.  053626; Cal. No. 25482

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $5,000 fine, 1 year suspension. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Knowingly and Willfully Permitting a convicted Felon to be Engaged in the Business of Insurance.

Midwife

Jennifer Lynn Johnson, Philadelphia, MS

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 001186; Cal. No. 26177

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being dependent on, or a habitual user of, the prescription-required, controlled substance methylphenidate.

Nursing

Shannon M. Bernhardt a/k/a Shannon Bredesen, Victor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271781; Cal. No. 26051

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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 and Petit Larceny.

Patricia Lynn Brennan, Schuylerville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 238721; Cal. No. 26165

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.  

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of  failing to document administration of controlled substances.

William Douglas, West Islip, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 236107; Cal. No. 25826

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing a Duragesic patch, a controlled substance, from a patient’s supply of Duragesic patches.

Denise Griffith-Heyen a/k/a Denise Griffith, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 116891, 292984; Cal. Nos. 25813, 25812

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Loretta Joan Martines, Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Lic. Nos. 275888, 551999; Cal. Nos. 26058, 26095

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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 charges of having been convicted, on three occasions, of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor.

William Harry Miller, Jr., Oneida, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285270; Cal. No. 26136

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until mentally fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.  

Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Burglary in the 3rd Degree; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of an Automobile in the 3rd Degree; and Larceny within Special Maritime Jurisdiction.

Elizabeth M. O’Brien, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 243886; Cal. No. 26174

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to run concurrent with 24 month period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Failure to File a Return or Report, a class A misdemeanor.

Dusty Gail Pedersen, Scotia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 483550; Cal. No. 26189

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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 Driving While Intoxicated.

Catherine Theresa Shea, Patchogue, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 209241, 426008; Cal. Nos. 26147, 26148

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.  

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Perjury in the 3rd Degree, a class A  misdemeanor.

Katherine Smeland-Pebler, Ellenville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 492065; Cal. No. 26124

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed 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 Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree and Driving While Intoxicated.

Paula J. Spinelli, Bayside, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 179418, 396632; Cal. Nos. 26169, 26170

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine. Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering the non-controlled drug Haldol to a patient without a physician's order and of failing to document the administration of medications to a patient.

Lauren Y. Young, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 167407; Cal. No. 26011

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Stuart Jay Freilich, Merrick, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 005715; Cal. No. 26222

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, a class C felony, and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Fauzia & Maher, Inc. d/b/a Rex Pharmacy, 119-01 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 016400; Cal. No. 25466

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.  

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of operating a pharmacy without being under the immediate supervision and management of a licensed pharmacist.

Mitchell Allen Lavenda, Sea Cliff, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040191; Cal. No. 26133

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor and Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Nisar Rehman, Garden City Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038486; Cal. No. 25453

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having a pharmacy open without a licensed pharmacist on duty.

Gregory A. Scott, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032740; Cal. No. 26172

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Kim M. Zitkus, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 049347; Cal. No. 26126

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that she dispensed Dilaudid 8 mg in a vial labeled as containing Dilaudid 4 mg, and that, on another date, she dispensed 150 tablets of Dilaudid 8 mg instead of the 90 tablets which had been prescribed.

Psychology

Bella Dorman, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 016309; Cal. No. 25935

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Facilitation in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Public Accountancy

Mark Stephen Camarata, Rochester, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 054154; Cal. No. 25001

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiring with Respect to a Public Official Obtaining Property from Another Under the Color of Official Right; Money Laundering; and Filing a False Tax Return, all felonies.

Gary David Kiman, Roslyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 047175; Cal. No. 26212

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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 committing errors in an audit opinion issued on financial statements.

James Michael Werner, Port Washington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 080065; Cal. No. 26238

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012 (See also April 2011)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violating the terms of probation imposed by the Board of Regents.

Respiratory Therapy

Thomas Hendricks, Selden, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 003625; Cal. No. 26130

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted on two occasions of Driving While Intoxicated, felonies, and on one occasion Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Social Work

Maureen McGovern, New York

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 023124; Cal. No. 26168

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Boris Mirochnik, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 065562; Cal. No. 25808

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.

Veterinary Medicine

Richard Charles Mather II, Grove City, OH

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 011320; Cal. No. 26223

Regents Action Date: July 16, 2012

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

Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improprer professional practice or professional misconduct in Kentucky.

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Last Updated: August 29, 2012