Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
June 2005

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Medicine - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Anthony Cucich, Flushing, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 013469; Cal. No. 21982
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of coursework in that certain area, 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully filing a false report with the New York City Department of Buildings regarding a Local Law 11 inspection.

JFT Architect International, P.C., 1156 Namdac Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706

Profession: Architecture; Cal. No. 21793
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005  (see also January 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to provide details concerning the fastening of the flitch plate girder and failing to designate the size of supports for the flitch plate girder and its supporting members on a set of architectural plans signed and sealed by respondent’s president.

Jose Francisco Taveras, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 021742; Cal. No. 21741
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also January 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to provide details concerning the fastening of the flitch plate girder and failing to designate the size of supports for the flitch plate girder and its supporting members on a set of architectural plans signed and sealed by him.


Chiropractic

Donald Halverson, Ridgewood, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008733; Cal. No. 21893
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record for a patient that accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patient.


Dentistry

Andrea Lois Cymrot-Cohen, Wurtsboro, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 011374; Cal. No. 22243
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting a reregistration application in which she stated that she had completed required continuing education, when, in fact, she had not.

Rony Elyahouzadeh, Elizabeth, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 047375; Cal. No. 22181
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension, 30 months stayed suspension, 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the New Jersey Board of Dentistry of professional misconduct.

Michael Klein, Tuxedo, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029030; Cal. No. 21577
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 57 months stayed suspension, 5 years probation, $7,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that he failed to use scientifically accepted infection prevention techniques appropriate to the profession of dentistry.

John F. McPartlin, Bayside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035160; Cal. No. 21664
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also April 1998)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Alvin Bernard Olesh, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030209; Cal. Nos. 21238, 21435
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of violation of probation by failing to comply with terms of probation that were established in separate orders, dated October 7, 2003 and February 24, 2004.

Harry Raff, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042735; Cal. No. 22134
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of dentistry after the expiration of a conditional registration.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Patrick Thomas O’Connell, New York, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer, Lic. No. 055159; Cal. No. 21987
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to recognize that a building inspected by him required a repair and maintenance program in order to render the building safe.


Massage Therapy

Christopher Dansby Fisher, New York, NY

Profession: Massage Therapy; Lic. No. 007983; Cal. No. 21271
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension with leave to apply for early termination – upon licensee's return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of massaging the vaginal area of a client during a massage.


Medicine

James Michael Kohan, Wind Gap, PA, Woodgate, NY and New Hartford, NY

Profession: Medicine; Lic. No. 143986; Cal. No. 22173
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension until certain conditions are met as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having not paid all of the arrears of child support and maintenance that were established by the Order and Judgment of Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Oneida.


Nursing

Barbara W. Anderson, Cutchogue, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 261046; Cal. No. 21873
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation as set forth in consent order application, $250 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge that she caused medication intended for one patient to be administered to another.

Nadine Simone Burnett, Freeport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 480954; Cal. No. 21972
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of coursework in that certain area, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to pick up an order of accu-checks for a patient and transcribing a medication order for the wrong patient.

P. Jeannie Camelo, Hamilton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 509221; Cal. No. 22082
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to complete blood glucose tests and making documentation errors.

Eleanor Dent, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. Nos. 047664, 268414; Cert. No. 340096; Cal. Nos. 22066, 22067, 22068
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension – upon licensee's return to practice, 3 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found by the Commissioner of Health to be in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law by issuing prescriptions prior to the time allowed.

Amanda R. Drayton a/k/a Amanda R. Smith, Silver Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 274083; Cal. No. 22100
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of incorrect administration of medication and incorrect documentation.

Angelique Gabrielle Golab a/k/a Angelique Gabrielle Hendel, Depew, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 522894; Cal. No. 22128
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to properly administer medications and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Theresa Geraci, Wappingers Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 263737; Cal. No. 20907
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 years suspension, execution of last 3 years of suspension stayed, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of abandoning a patient who was under and in need of immediate professional care without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care.

Dawn Marie Hoffman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 480602; Cal. No. 22094
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also June 1999 and March 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of no less than one year and until fit to practice – upon licensee's return to practice, 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors and opiate addiction.

Ann Marie Kakavand a/k/a Ann Marie Rutkowski, Getzville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 149666, 356193; Cal. Nos. 21843, 21844
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also October 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors.

Jeannette Laguerre, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 309367; Cal. No. 21517
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years actual suspension, with leave to apply for early termination after 3 months – upon service or early termination of actual suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to respond appropriately to a nursing home resident who was found slumped in his chair and appeared not to be breathing, and whom licensee believed had choked.

Robert J. Larrow, Mineville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 225064, 453361; Cal. Nos. 22130, 22131
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation as set forth in consent order application, $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.

Noreen Lingham a/k/a Noreen Ross, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 229651, 456687; Cal. Nos. 21808, 21809
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also December 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to comply with universal standards of infection control, providing unauthorized direct "hands-on-nursing" care to a patient, breaching patient confidentiality, and misrepresenting her position to other nurses.

Kathleen Mayers, North Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255970; Cal. No. 21754
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
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 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Laurel C. McKenzie a/k/a Laurel Camela McKenzie-Drayton, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 163033, 421851; Cal. Nos. 22053, 22054
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to check a patient’s identification band when assisting with the hanging of blood for the patient.

Mherlyn Moidel, Mineola, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 262569; Cal. No. 22129
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
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 forging the initials of another nurse on a Medication Administration Record and on a Controlled Substance Sheet.

Todd W. Monte, Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 259693, 515710; Cal. Nos. 22120, 22121
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation as set forth in consent order application, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to properly assess the condition of two patients.

Elizabeth Sharon Cahill Parks, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 183773; Cal. No. 22019
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of inaccurate record keeping.

Charmaine Theresa Phillip, Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 260349; Cal. No. 22017
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors.

Susan Jean Pirro a/k/a Susan La Tulip Spadafora, Macedon, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 195904; Cal. No. 22096
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to note a neurocheck assessment in a patient’s record and failing to timely notify a minor patient’s parents.

Kelly A. Richert, Troy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 514859; Cal. No. 22039
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors.

Melissa J. Rifenburg, Commack, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 523521; Cal. No. 22116
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of not less than 6 months as set forth in consent order application – upon licensee's return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminally Negligent Homicide.

Santosh Sharma Rikhi, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 197396, 431000; Cal. Nos. 21825, 21826
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to properly assess a newborn and failing to maintain accurate patient records for said newborn.

Ceceline Delores Samuels, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 235417, 466498; Cal. Nos. 22103, 22104
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully abusing a patient physically and verbally.

Teresita Bulicatin Tatoy,

Profession:Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 193309, 411756; Cal. Nos. 22089, 22090
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, successful completion of certain course.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of commencing a blood transfusion into a patient, without having first taken all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that the blood being transfused into said patient was intended for said patient.

Susan R. Tinio, Saddle Brook, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 361873; Cal. No. 21649
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation as set forth in consent order application, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to chart the administration of calcium citrate medication, failing to properly replace the intravenous nutrition for one of her patients with a new unit of that nutrition, and failing to document for her shift the treatment and condition of one of her patients.

Andrew Jason White, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 256516, 510017; Cal. Nos. 21662, 21663
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report – upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of: Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, 2nd Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Cheryl C. Williams, Cortland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 212772; Cal. No. 22193
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 months stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having violated section 2803-d of the Public Health Law by administering an incorrect dose of Roxanol to a patient.

B. Lee Wilson, Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256227; Cal. No. 21446
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a class E felony.

Susan Christine Winkley, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 290319; Cert. No. 332944; Cal. Nos. 22226, 22227
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also July 1996)
Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted under Federal law of Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation.


Pharmacy

Frank John Nocilla, Hadley, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031868; Cal. No. 21936
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 5 years probation to commence upon licensee's return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications.

Sanjay I. Patel, Ardsley, NY

Profession:
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of: two counts of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor; Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony for sale of a controlled substance on May 8, 2001; and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony for sale of a controlled substance on May 24, 2001.


Physical Therapy

Milton Beamer, Babylon, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 019707; Cal. No. 22151
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of physical therapy while suffering from a sinus infection that rendered him unable to perform his duties.

Richard Joseph Cowan, Massapequa Park, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 011197; Cal. No. 20704
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of engaging in an intimate sexual relationship with a patient for a period of more then two and a half years. During this period licensee had sexual relations with the patient both in his office and at other locations. Licensee evidenced moral unfitness to practice the profession and willfully abusing the patient physically by engaging in the sexual relationship.

Gerard Fiordalisi, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 006109; Cal. No. 22091
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that he permitted unlicensed personnel to apply moist hot packs and electrical stimulation and to administer ultrasound to patients.


Podiatry

Robert Jay Goldstein, Melville, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004836; Cal. No. 21895
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of: Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rights; Attempt to Damage Religious Property, Obstruction of Persons in the Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs; and Possession of Firearms Not Registered to Him.

Alan S. Katz, Nanuet, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004106; Cal. No. 22047
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005 (see also June 1996)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted under Federal law of Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Health Care Fraud and to make false statements relating to health care matters; and of Health Care Fraud.


Respiratory Therapy

Aju A. Oommen, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapy Technician, Respiratory Therapist; Lic. Nos. 001501, 004834; Cal. Nos. 21389, 21390
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 months actual suspension, 20 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of entering values in patient treatment records when he knew the measurements for said values had not been taken.


Social Work

Suzannah Hoos-Lang, Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 036734; Cal. No. 22119
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 2 years and until fit to practice - upon licensee's return to practice, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 1st Degree.

Carla Aletha Mims, Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 056095; Cal. No. 21639
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 months actual suspension, revocation stayed, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Traveling in Interstate Commerce to Facilitate Drug Trafficking, a federal felony.

Elizabeth Wheeler-Cosgrove, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 055084; Cal. No. 22186
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension as set forth in consent order application – upon licensee's return to practice, 2 years probation, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.


Veterinary Medicine

Myles Adrian Greenberg, White Plains, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002041; Cal. No. 22036
Regents Action Date: June 21, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that while treating a dog, who had a previous cardiac history, for a cough, he should have commenced cardiac therapy or offered a referral to an internal medicine specialist instead of treating the cough exclusively as an infection.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009