Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

July 2018

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Engineering and Land Surveying

Robert Leon Flansburg; Saratoga Springs, NY
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 072040; Cal. No. 30182
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of fee splitting.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Brett Klersfeld; Canaan, NY
Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 003523; Cal. No. 30526
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of willful physical abuse and moral unfitness in the practice of mental health counseling.

 

Nursing

Selfi James Alapat; New City, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 557931; Cal. No. 30201
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of September 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to check the accuracy of two (2) certificates regarding professional education, before submitting them to the facility at which he was employed as a nurse.

Kelly Phelps Avallone; Harrisville, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 321254; Cal. No. 30065
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action:Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having inspected a 19 year old student's vulva and anal areas during a drug search.

Lina Basile; Yonkers, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 150888, 346647; Cal. Nos. 30098, 30099
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective October 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of two certicates regarding professional education, before submitting them to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Valerie Ann Baughman-Ake a/k/a Valerie Ann Ake Baughman; Spring Hill, FL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 499671; Cal. No. 30603
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of stealing controlled drugs from a medical facility in the State of Florida.

Charlene Berger; Snellville, GA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 262166; Cal. No. 30550
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing as a licensed practical nurse while having an expired license in the State of Georgia.

Donna Ellen Bernstein; Norwich, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 466929; Cal. No. 30295
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Ulumma Ngozi Butler a/k/a Ulumma Ngozi Ayera; Richmond, TX
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 540272; Cal. No. 30548
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to document in a patient's medical record, until after discharge, the discharge instructions for said patient, including home health care contact information and that the patient required a wheelchair in the State of Texas.

Nicolle Dauphinee; Kennebunkport, ME
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 656715; Cal. No. 30498
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unlawful Possession of Scheduled Drugs, a class D crime in the State of Maine which in New York, would constitute Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jennifer Dee; Brocton, NY, Bedford Hills, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 633163; Cal. No. 30455
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5th Degree, Burglary in the 3rd Degree and filing a false report.

Catherine Frances Denecko; Bronx, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 375631; Cal. No. 30105
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of October 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility in which she was employed as a nurse.

Tina M. Desnoyers; Cohoes, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 304755; Cal. No. 29615
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, suspension until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Brunette Dookhie; Bronx, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 171260, 407439; Cal. Nos. 30103, 30104
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of October 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Ann Marie Ebling; Webster, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Lic. No. 456575, Cert. No. 302182; Cal. Nos. 30556, 30555
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree; forging the signatures of another practitioner for personal gain; moral unfitness in the practice and failure to maintain accurate records.

Concepcion P. Echeverria; New Rochelle, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 371614; Cal. No. 30106
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of September 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Amanda N. Ely; Friendship, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 644263; Cal. No. 30411
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
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 payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 5th  Degree.

Jacob S. Gaik; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 585404; Cal. No. 30244
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation 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, $500 fine payable within 3 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of unprofessional conduct by the State of Georgia Board of Nursing, based on drug diversion, where the conduct if committed in New York, would constitute practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently.

Deborah D. Gonzalez a/k/a Deborah Ann Demoss; Glendale, AZ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 543527; Cal. No. 30523
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona while impaired by mental disability and receiving psychiatric treatment for mental health disorders.

Marian Soares Hampton a/k/a Marian Correia; Tulare, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 519738; Cal. No. 30630
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of driving while having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more with two minors as passengers in the vehicle in the State of California, a misdemeanor which in New York, would constitute Driving While Intoxicated with a child who is fifteen years of age or less, a class E Felony.

Craig LeBern Jackson; Pinole, CA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 251072, 496220; Cal. Nos. 30606, 30605
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, in the State of California, obtaining a patient’s telephone number and birthdate and telephoning and texting her approximately four to six times after she was discharged.

Jennifer Jorgensen; Poplar Grove, IL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 677314; Cal. No. 30602
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting controlled substances with false prescription orders in the State of Illinois.

Andrea Mackiewicz; Bronx, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 304636; Cal. No. 30203
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective September 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Maloida Natividad Manalo; Yonkers, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 376404; Cal. No. 30107
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of October 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Mary Cyriac Mathew; Nanuet, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 192328, 426666; Cal. Nos. 30101, 30102
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of October 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Margaret Anne Peri; Putnam Valley, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 301157; Cal. No. 30202
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective September 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to check the accuracy of a certificate regarding professional education, before submitting it to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Nimfa R. Realeza a/k/a Nimfa Realeza Punzalan a/k/a Nimfa Reyes Realeza Punzalan; Vallejo, CA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 171792; Cal. No. 30604
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to formulate a nursing diagnosis, evaluate or assess a patient’s physical condition and act as an advocate for the patient, in the State of California.

Deon Carlene Reid; Baldwin, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 544315; Cal. No. 30200
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension effective as of September 1, 2018, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to check the accuracy of two (2) certificates regarding professional education, before submitting them to the facility at which she was employed as a nurse.

Susan M. Rucci; Niagara Falls, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 269674, 596873; Cal. Nos. 30319, 30320
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
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 payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Melissa Evelyn Scott; Manlius, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 517171; Cal. No. 30434
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
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 payable within 4 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Taria Lashawn Smith; Northport, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 274748, 622911; Cal. Nos. 29394, 29395
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
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 failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Angelia Denise Stablewski; Depew, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 559687; Cal. No. 30310
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

 

Occupational Therapy

Dorene Ann Bullwinkle; Wilmington, NY
Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 004341; Cal. No. 29944
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of practicing the profession of occupational therapy while willfully failing to register and filing a false report.

 

Pharmacy

Alex Babakhanov; Forest Hills, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 056058; Cal. No. 30222
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 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.

CVS Albany, L.L.C. d/b/a CVS Pharmacy; Seaford, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 026564; Cal. No. 30044
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of obtaining the assistance of more than two unlicensed persons in the performance of activities.

Larry J. Lipetz; Flushing, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029925; Cal. No. 30601
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; and Medical Assistance Provider, Prohibited Practices, a misdemeanor.

Francis E. Toner; Webster, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030013; Cal. No. 30293
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of obtaining prescription required medication without authorization.

 

Physical Therapy

Monsuru Bello; Bloomfield Hills, MI
Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 014881; Cal. No. 30344
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $2,000 fine payable within 60 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been disciplined in the State of Michigan  for failing to document in a patient’s record, as follows: a comprehensive prognosis and recommendation of number of treatment sessions; whether a re-evaluation of the need to alter specific modalities based on patient progress was ever conducted; failing to bill for the amount of time correlated to time the patient spent in licensee’s office for treatment; and recommending an excessive number of treatment sessions for patient’s condition without sufficient explanation or documentation.

 

Public Accountancy

Anthony Victor Bruno; Pine Brook, NJ
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 055755; Cal. No. 30363
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having voluntarily consented to being barred (revoked) from further association with any public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where the conduct resulting in the consent to such bar (revocation) would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, namely, violation of PCAOB audit standards regarding independence.

Christopher J. Chalavoutis; Greenlawn, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant;Lic. No. 045775; Cal. No. 28687
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, a felony.

Jack Gutierrez; Ramsey, NJ
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 041860; Cal. No. 30364
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge having voluntarily consented to being barred (revoked) from further association with any public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where the conduct resulting in the consent to such bar (revocation) would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, namely, a violation of PCAOB audit standards regarding engagement quality reviews.

Rolando S. King; East Elmhurst, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 052539; Cal. No. 30197
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion thereof upon satisfactory successful completion of certain continuing education requirement, upon service of or earlier termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to complete mandatory continuing education requirements.

Jerome Rosenberg; Melville, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 026799; Cal. No. 30298
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having voluntarily consented to being barred by the Public Company Accounting Board (PCAOB) from being an associated person of a registered public accounting firm based on a violation of a PCAOB audit standard (AS 7) which, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct under New York State law.

Jerome Rosenberg, C.P.A. P.C.; Melville, NY
Profession: Public Accountancy; Cal. No. 30297
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine payable within 2 months.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of having voluntarily consented to the revocation of its registration with the Public Company Accounting Board (PCAOB)  based on a violation of a PCAOB audit standard (AS 7) which, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct under New York State law.

Joseph Michael Stella; Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 026336; Cal. No. 30549
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to report two New York State criminal convictions on his license re-registration application.

 

Social Work

Dale L. Goldstein; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 026286; Cal. No. 30553
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of social work.

Ronjonette Nacole Harrison a/k/a Ronjonette Nacole Ellis; Buffalo, NY, Lilburn, GA
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 074583, 079253; Cal. Nos. 29643, 29636
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: L.M.S.W.—2 years stayed suspension, including limited from practice in a clinical capacity during first 6 months of probation; 2 years concurrent probation, $1,500 fine.
L.C.S.W.— 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years concurrent probation, $500 fine (said fines to total $2,000), “R” privilege annulled, and may not apply for, obtain, or use an “R” privilege during probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, 2nd Degree. 

 

Veterinary Medicine

Eva Januszyk; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Veterinary Technician; Lic. No. 003955; Cal. No. 30493
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Burton D. Miller; Huntington Station, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004578; Cal. No. 29543
Regents Action Date: July 16, 2018 (See also December 1998, May 2011, December 2013 and September 2015)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly diagnose and treat a 10 week old puppy, and failing to properly record treatment.

 

 

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Last Updated: August 28, 2018