Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

July 2021

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work -


Acupuncture

Ilya Kogan; Watchung, NJ
Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 001865; Cal. No. 32548
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony.

 

Architecture

Michael Kontoudis; New York, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 019815; Cal. No. 32346
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 willfully failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as an architect.

 

Dentistry

Babak Robert Ghalili; New York, NY 
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043014; Cal. No. 32341
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain an accurate record for a patient for at least six years.

Lisa Manfredo; Massapequa Park, NY 
Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 018749; Cal. No. 32383
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of dental hygiene as a dental hygienist while not registered.

Barry Howard Steinberg; Hudson, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038378; Cal. No. 32438
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to indicate findings on x-rays, and that the treatment plan was explained to and signed off on by the patient.

 

Engineering and Land Surveying

Michael Patrick Burnetter; Burnt Hills, NY 
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 069894; Cal. No. 32191
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E Felony; having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and failing to report a criminal conviction on a registration renewal.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Gerald Wayne Bethea; Inwood, NY   
Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 003346; Cal. No. 32517
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 months actual suspension, 15 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

 

Nursing

Susana Pangilinan Arellano; Milford, CT
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 653423; Cal. No. 32015
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failure to administer medication.

Matt Powell Barkley; Valley Head, AL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 411211; Cal. No. 32288
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of two counts of Menacing in the 3rd Degree, class B misdemeanors, in the State of Kentucky.

Wendy Marie Belica; Hamburg, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 652875; Cal. No. 32286
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documentation errors.

Ingrid H. Betancur; Campbell Hall, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 292747; Cal. No. 32205
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

Dustin Thomas Britcher; Schenectady, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 325612; Cal. No. 31746
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 4 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct for having been convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a Class E felony.

Lara Lynn Busch; Webster, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health); Lic. No. 550634, Cert. No. 340333; Cal. Nos. 32309, 32310
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of purporting to be another practitioner to obtain prescription medications.

Melody Calley; Joshua Tree, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 646414; Cal. No. 32212
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge, in the State of Tennessee, of failing to maintain a record for each patient, which accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of the patient, and for failing to document the increase of the controlled drug methadone in a patient’s medical chart.

Hamelie Elizabeth Desty; Ocala, FL
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 274966; Cal. No. 32506
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to adhere to proper wasting procedures for controlled substances.

Alexander DiLorenzo; Syracuse, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 311006; Cal. No. 32355
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failing to document a patient’s blood pressure.

Amy K. Durant; Lakeview, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 668742; Cal. No. 32337
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 of documentation errors.

Eric Frey; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 745166; Cal. No. 32051
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 of failure to document the reasons for late wasting of medications.

Sharon Charlene Holmes; Mobile, AL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 546657; Cal. No. 32444
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor, in the State of California; and the charge of reporting to work as a nurse at a hospital operating room, in an intoxicated condition, in the State of California.

Frances LaPiedra; Staten Island, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 189606, 404564; Cal. Nos. 32132, 32133
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failing to accurately document the wasting of controlled substances.

Ruby A. Lopez; Plainsboro, NJ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 394838; Cal. No. 32326
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 removing the drug Zofran from a Pyxis machine without a doctor’s order.

Nancy Anne Mottram; Queensbury, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 425109; Cal. No. 32036
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failure to document assessments of patient symptoms and to notify a doctor.

Helena Murray; Bronx, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 215007; Cal. No. 32292
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Gillian Mary Nelson a/k/a Gillian McGuire; Snellville, GA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258849; Cal. No. 32255
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, upon return to practice in New York State, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge, in the State of Georgia, of failing to document the need for intervention due to a quadriplegic patient’s heart rate being too low and failing to document the use of seatbelts while said patient was in her wheelchair.

Susheela Abraham Pattarumadathil; Staten Island, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 587711; Cal. No. 32354
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failing to report mistreatment of a resident by a person under her supervision.

Sean P. Tuff; East Syracuse, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293588; Cal. No. 32306
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree.

Janice A. Vaughn-Young; Oxford, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 248078, 533710; Cal. Nos. 32239, 32234
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.

Justin Reuel Washington; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 297860; Cal. No. 32281
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of dragging a patient on the floor; and, in the State of Georgia, having been convicted of Shoplifting, a misdemeanor.

Nichole Wilson; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 735463; Cal. No. 31931
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to report on an application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that a licensed facility in the State of Illinois had terminated her employment.

 

Pharmacy

United Health Services Hospitals, Inc.; Johnson City, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 017211; Cal. No. 31777
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $20,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of undertaking two different actions that did not meet the standards of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

 

Public Accountancy

Michael Gerald Bernstein; New York, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 024332; Cal. No. 32352
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension for no less than 1 month, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to properly evaluate significant judgments, significant risks, and relevant audit documentation.

Michael Charles Sabatino; Oyster Bay, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058853; Cal. No. 32529
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of approving the improper receipt of undisclosed compensation in the form of a wide range of perquisites, personal expense reimbursements, and other items of value.

 

Social Work

Judith Breny; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 046071; Cal. No. 32327
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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 failing to properly address sharing of information between adults attending family therapy; and failing to appropriately handle sensitive material and information.

Marie-Elena Hall Grosett; Cortlandt Manor, NY
Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 034771; Cal. No. 32322
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain the confidentiality of one patient participating in joint marriage therapy.

Victoria Vega; Jamaica, NY
Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 036404; Cal. No. 32382
Regents Action Date: July 12, 2021
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, a misdemeanor.

 

 

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Last Updated: August 6, 2021