Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

July 2016

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Acupuncture

Tatyana Kapustina; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Acupuncture; Lic. No. 002528; Cal. No. 28845

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Making a Punishable False Written Statement, a class A misdemeanor.

Architecture

James Palumbo, Jr.; Glen Rock, NJ

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 026320; Cal. No. 28716

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension to be terminated sooner upon completion of certain continuing education credits, upon service or early termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to complete mandatory continuing education credits.

Chiropractic

Veronique Boulay; Mamaroneck, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 011271; Cal. No. 28597

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as a chiropractor.

Mel Cwibeker; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 002421; Cal. No. 28962

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud and Obstruction of a Federal Audit, felonies.

Elizabeth Stacy Vangilder; Elmsford, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 011257; Cal. No. 28481

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to complete mandatory continuing education requirements.

William K. Yu a/k/a William Kyung Pae Yu; Palisades Park, NJ

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 008363; Cal. No. 28859

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $2,500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted in the State of New Jersey to charges of Theft by Deception, 3rd Degree, which, if committed in New York State, would have constituted Grand Larceny in the 4th  Degree, a felony; submitting claims to insurance companies for services that were not performed and for dates of treatment to patients that were not rendered; and using the abbreviation "Dr." on letterhead without indicating chiropractor as the profession.

Dentistry

Gregory J. Albano; New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; New Hyde Park, NY; Lic. No. 038643; Cal. No. 28768

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of prescribing the  controlled substance zalepron to treat insomnia and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Patrick Odunyemi Bamgboye; Springfield, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 047903; Cal. No. 29006

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to accurately record, in a minor patient’s records, her medical history, risk assessment, treatment options and informed consent.

Milap S. Patel; Cortlandt Manor, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 056382; Cal. No. 28969

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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, a felony.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Thomas James Duncan; Grapevine, TX

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 072835; Cal. No. 29007

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as a professional engineer.

Stephen Clement Hoffman; Paragon, IN

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 061524; Cal. No. 28855

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee cannot successfully defend charges that on applications for a re-registration of his professional engineering license he falsely represented that he had not been subject to professional discipline.

Mental Health Practitioner

Michelle Liz Huber; Newburgh, NY

Profession: Marriage and Family Therapist; Lic. No. 000453; Cal. No. 28729

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 having been convicted of Welfare Fraud in the 5th Degree, a misdemeanor.

Nursing

Catherine Soliven Acosta; Virginia Beach, VA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 220449, 443428; Cal. Nos. 29011, 29012

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Virginia, which conduct would be considered practicing the profession of nursing fraudulent if committed in New York State.

Tiffany Ann .Barton; Lockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 320140; Cal. No. 28699

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication error.

Jill A. Bishop; Ticonderoga, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 350878; Cal. No. 28643

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016 (see also June 2006)

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 did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Patricia Marie Blonski; Hamburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 201034, 422970; Cal. Nos. 28580, 28581

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 administering medication at the wrong times and by the wrong route.

Karen S. Burke; Cooper Plains, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 545111; Cal. No. 27897

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016 (see also April 2009)

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently and of violating Education Law ยง6509(9) for violating a term of probation that had previously been imposed by the Board of Regents.

Carolyn Byington-Weiss; New City, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 193617, 403813; Cal. Nos. 28534, 28535

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 of accessing a patient’s medical record without authorization or lawful professional reason to do so in violation of the patient’s right to confidentiality of that record pursuant to section 2803-C(3)(f) of the New York State Public Health Law.

Elaine Clark; Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 142334; Cal. No. 28919

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors, documentation errors, failure to follow a physician order and speaking to a resident in an aggressive manner.

Marianela Crann; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258317; Cal. No. 28547

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 stealing discontinued medication for personal use.

Patricia Ann DaSilva; Liberty, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 165624, 401418; Cal. Nos. 29003, 29004

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to accurately record in the patient record the treatment and evaluation of a patient as to assessments regarding pain medication and to include printouts of telemetry readings in the record.

James Allen Drago; North Babylon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 615584; Cal. No. 28789

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diverting controlled substances for his own use.

January D. Edwards; Port Crane, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285518; Cal. No. 28318

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016 (see also December 2014)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, suspension for a minimum of 3 months and thereafter indefinitely until fit to practice and alcohol abuse-free, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of 3 counts of Driving While Intoxicated.

Allana Michelle Edwards-George; Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 292587, 610528; Cal. Nos. 28992, 28993

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering a dose of the controlled substance morphine to a 95 year old ill patient that was 4 to 8 times the prescribed dose and well in excess of the standing order for said patient to receive morphine; resulting in the patient almost immediately experiencing respiratory distress and then dying within approximately thirty minutes.

Alicia Mary Erler; Bloomingburg, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 567121; Cal. No. 28749

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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, a misdemeanor.

Maria Farnsworth; Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 523969; Cal. No. 28387

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unlawfully Growing Cannabis.

Christopher Alexander Gartner; Nassau, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 543250; Cal. No. 28792

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor)

Debra Susan Gramazio a/k/a Debra Susan Marianetti; Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 621656; Cal. No. 28758

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

William Frederick Greiner; Wingdale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 148469; Cal. No. 28603

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of restraining a patient without obtaining a physician's order.

Angela M. Johnson; Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 616300; Cal. No. 28623

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 failing to maintain accurate records.

Kristy Irene Korson; Flushing, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 561384; Cal. No. 28585

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to notify the appropriate pediatric staff to attend the delivery of a high risk baby with meconium present.

Michele E. Lippl a/k/a Michele Eileen Lippl; Holtsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 266496, 646223; Cal. Nos. 28708, 28709

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Casey Thomas McGee; Albany, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 650251; Cal. No. 28693

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 failure to maintain an accurate patient record.

Sandra E. Miller a/k/a Sandra L. Earsing a/k/a Sandra Miller; Perrysburg, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 369087; Cal. No. 28692

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 Petit Larceny.

Giorgi Oqroshidze a/k/a Giorgi Ogroshidze; Huntingdon Valley, PA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 563457; Cal. No. 28338

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Natalie Lynn Orbinati; Sauquoit, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 276307; Cal. No. 28614

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

Diane E. Posthauer; Avon, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 393656; Cal. No. 28994

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Connecticut, which conduct would be considered conduct in the profession which evidences moral unfitness.

Faye Marshall Robinson; New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 438776; Cal. No. 28644

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 allowing patient to self-monitor his own medication IV infusion and de-access his port when the infusion was complete.

Jeanne M. Schulz; Wapiti, WY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 437660; Cal. No. 28634

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication errors.

Amy S. Shultz; Hamlin, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 565399; Cal. No. 28756

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016 (see also December 2014)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until mentally and physically fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months, said Application for Consent Order to supersede Deputy Commissioner Order No. 27537.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of stealing oxycodone and hydrocodone and having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Garnett I. Simpson; Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse;  Lic. No. 300886; Cal. No. 28665

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 administering the wrong medication to a pediatric patient.

Mary Dale Tate; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 222832, 607242; Cal. Nos. 26817, 26837

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of licensed practical nurse license and annulment of registered professional nurse license.

Summary: Licensee cannot successfully defend against charges of submitting fraudulent documentation to the New York State Education Department to obtain a license to practice as a registered professional nurse.

Erica Wyvonne Viverette; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 316405; Cal. No. 28879

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

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

Trista Welch; Gansevoort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 279663; Cal. No. 28251

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle

Donna Sue Ziegler; Fairborn, OH

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 553917; Cal. No. 28862

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to document that a physician was notified that a patient was having unrelieved pain.

Occupational Therapy

Giancarlo Vincenzo Giunta; Great Neck, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 017844; Cal. No. 28849

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willful physical and verbal abuse of a patient.

Pharmacy

Chioma Chituru Egbulefu Barrah; Rosedale, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 048564; Cal. No. 28954

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee cannot successfully defend against the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy.

Elmont Pharmacy, Inc. d/b/a Care Mart Pharmacy; 1604 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; 11213; Reg. No. 030157; Cal. No. 28955

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy; and refusing to permit entry or inspection of a pharmacy.

Hi Jong Lee; Morgantown, WV

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030881; Cal. No. 28988

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance; Money Laundering and Structuring Transactions to Evade Currency Reporting Requirement, all felonies.

Psychology

Paul James Egan; Kingston, NY

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 011949; Cal. No. 28920

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Promoting a Suicide Attempt.

Public Accountancy

Linda J. Huntley; Bloomingdale, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045510; Cal. No. 28953

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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, $1,000 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements of the State of New Jersey to be registered to practice as a certified public accountant; and with falsely certifying on her State of New Jersey registration renewal form that she had completed her continuing education requirements.

Howard Lipset; Port Washington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 025250; Cal. No. 28767

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to register.

Gary Steven Smagala a/k/a Gary S. Smagala; Babylon, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 079703; Cal. No. 28788

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 Criminal Tampering, a class A misdemeanor.

Lawrence H. Wolfe; Weston, FL

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 096865; Cal. No. 28842

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of voluntarily consenting to a revocation or bar from further association with any public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight board (PCAOB) where the conduct underlying said revocation or bar, namely, a violation of the PCAOB rules and auditing standards, would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, specifically, Section 6509(9) of the Education Law and Section 20.10(a)(7)(i) of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR).

Keith Ke-Quan Zhen; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 085787; Cal. No. 28803

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of course of retraining in said certain area, upon termination of actual partial suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of consenting to being barred from being an associated person for registered public accounting firm after a disciplinary action was commenced by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where the conduct charged resulting in the consent revocation would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, for failing to have an engagement quality review on each of five audit clients in violation of the PCAOB auditing standards in violation of Section 6509(9) of the New York State Education Law, and in specific violation of Section 29.10 (a) (7) (i) of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

Respiratory Therapy

Francine Anne Powers; Massapequa, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 002357; Cal. No. 28002

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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 changing a patients’ metered dose inhaler medication order without a physician’s order.

Social Work

Nina Jafari; Bruceton Mills, WV

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 049955; Cal. No. 28224

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud.

Veterinary Medicine

Ayman Ahmed Salem; Winchester, VA

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 010419; Cal. No. 28987

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of falsely denied failing licensure examinations on his application for licensure as a veterinarian in New York. On his 2009 and 2015 applications for re-registration of his New York State veterinary license, he falsely denied having been disciplined for professional misconduct in another state since his last registration; in the State of Virginia, he performed surgery on two felines in a manner which endangered their health and, on two other occasions, he failed to adequately document procedures performed, discharge summaries and post-operative care rendered during surgery on felines, all in violation of substantial provisions of Virginia law governing the practice of veterinary medicine.

Patricia Gale Thompson; Gladewater, TX

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008981; Cal. No. 29005

Regents Action Date: July 12, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Forgery of a Financial Instrument, a felony, in Texas; stealing a prescription pad and writing himself prescriptions for the controlled drug Somnote, a sedative used for sleep in humans and for a human anti-depressant; and failing to correctly diagnose a canine’s spinal injury, administering too great a volume of drugs to said canine repeatedly, dispensing drugs to said canine’s owner without giving any means to regulate the amount to give to said dog, and prescribing Euthasol, a euthanasia drug, in an off-label manner to treat seizures without informing said canine’s owner that the off-label use of Euthasol was not commonly accepted and could pose a risk to said animal.

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Last Updated: August 5, 2016