Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
June 2007

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Optometry - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy

Chiropractic

Jeffrey Mark Srour, Bellmore, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005414; Cal. No. 23410
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.  
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possesion of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.


Dentistry

Barry Louis Litt, Pomona, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039144; Cal. No. 22987
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Health Care Fraud, a felony

Leonard Umanoff, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048513; Cal. No. 23305
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor

Kelly A. Wojchowski, Geneva, NY

Profession: Certified Dental Assistant; Cert. No. 000527; Cal. No. 23072
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 12 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges having been convicted of Promoting Prison Contraband and Petit Larceny.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Thomas G. Ahneman, Cos Cob, CT

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 050341; Cal. No. 21176
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Annul license.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of submitting a fraudulent licensing application to the New York State Education Department.


Massage Therapy

Carol R. Daggs, Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 016259; Cal. No. 23316
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, 25 hours public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree.


Nursing

Evelyn Abenes Alcalde, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 213383, 433340; Cal. Nos. 23263, 23264
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
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

Rejeanne Altidor, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 173310, 439115; Cal. Nos. 22831, 22832
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree

Marlene Ann Bott a/k/a Marlene Ann Palmer, Shortsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 197155; Cal. No. 23232
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of forging a physician’s signature on 3 prescriptions for narcotics for her own use

Nena Crane Babette Cole, Jemison, AL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 523086; Cal. No. 23384
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted. 
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of  withdrawing a controlled substance from a PYXIS machine with fraudulent intent and falsely stating on a registration renewal application that she had not been disciplined since her last registration

Bannon Corbett, Delmar, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 251334; Cal. No. 22500
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted. 
Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree and having committed medication administration errors involving controlled substances

Holly Ellen Cusick, Los Angeles, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 518545; Cal. No. 23344
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that while employed as a nurse, she withdrew drugs from the hospital drug supply for administration to a patient but instead took them for her own use

Cheryl Denise Dewitt-Taylor, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 535370; Cal. No. 23258
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Actual 2 year suspension with leave to apply for termination of suspension after service of at least 3 months of suspension upon successful completion of certain coursework, upon service or early termination of suspension 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to recognize the severity of a patient’s condition

Yvette Alex Duchein, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 201376, 415158; Cal. Nos. 23335, 23336
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in Arizona

Julia Adina George-Sheriffe, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 436468; Cal. No. 23307
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also May 2004 and April 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until successfully participate 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.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting Demerol from her nursing employer for her own use

Blanca C. Jaravata, Jersey City, NJ, East Elmhurst, NY and New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 235531; Cal. No. 23085
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, a class D felony, Grand larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class E felony

Eamon Michael Patrick Keenan, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 418243; Cal. No. 23262
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
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 confirm identification of an infant patient prior to the performance of a circumcision

Sheila Anne Klementowski, Hannibal, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 144683; Cal. No. 23113
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
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 Petit Larceny and Attempted Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree

Kathleen Marie Kocher, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 202060, 416099; Cal. Nos. 23201, 23202
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 6 months and until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment, and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully making false reports by falsely charting on hospital narcotics records that narcotics that she withdrew from the hospital’s supply were withdrawn for administration to hospital patients

Joann M. Kowalchuk a/k/a Joann M. Oracz a/k/a Joann Marie Oracz-Kowalchuk, Montgomery, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 381367; Cal. No. 23143
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until fit to practice as shown in Regents Review Committee report, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor

Christine D. Lyndaker, Croghan, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 144717; Cal. No. 23293
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
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 failing to maintain accurate patient records

Lorraine Meoni a/k/a Lorraine Casiano, Setauket, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 144252, 439287; Cal. Nos. 23163, 23164
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also January 2013)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate 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.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being dependent on, and a habitual user of, the prescription-required controlled narcotic drug hydromorphone during the period of May 2005 to November 2005

Aida Nielsen, Westhampton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 563429; Cal. No. 23243
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to properly assess a patient or to report to a patient’s physician that the patient had vomited, and of administering a dose of medication to a patient that had not been ordered

Maria Quercia, Bayside, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 278263; Cal. No. 23252
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to administer medications as ordered; charting that medication had been administered when it was not; and leaving two facilities while on duty without informing her supervisor or employer

Geraldine L. Randall a/k/a Geraldine L. Vaughn, Corinth, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 139065; Cal. No. 23257
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also September 2004)
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 committing multiple medication errors

Valerie Scott a/k/a Valerie R. Scott-Chatman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 182939; Cal. No. 22868
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also July 2014)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to administer medications to patients and failing to maintain accurate patient records

Jacqueline Severe, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 187201, 436790; Cal. Nos. 23312, 23311
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also November 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of inaccurate record keeping

Carmen Stevenson, Troy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 467326; Cal. No. 23049
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed medication administration errors

Esther Mei Lai Tung, Centereach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 399552; Cal. No. 23306
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
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 administering medication to a patient for whom there was no order for said medication, and failing to follow proper infection control procedures while performing a blood transfusion.


Optometry

Barry Boyarsky, Woodmere, NY

Profession: Optomestrist; Lic. No. 003622; Cal. No. 23295
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted  to the charge of having been  convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Pharmacy

Joel David Boliver, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042072; Cal. No. 23026
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of grossly negligent failure to comply with substantial provisions of New York State rules or regulations governing the practice of pharmacy

C.J.S. Pharmacy Inc., d/b/a Merrick Chemists, 131 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 017295; Cal. No. 23274
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also November 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of routinely failing to identify a generic product on a prescription by writing the name of the manufacturer and distributor, if different, on the  prescription and on the label; failing to maintain an updated drug retail price list or to post a sign informing people that such a list was available; failing to maintain a prescription filing system with controlled and non-controlled prescriptions separated; and failing to package drugs in child resistant containers or to maintain records that documented that the patient had requested otherwise

Min Chien Chang, Syosset, NY

Profession: Pharmacst; Lic. No. 032961; Cal. No. 23277
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of holding for sale outdated drugs, failing to maintain records of all prescriptions filled or refilled for a period of at least five years, and failing to maintain a current drug retail price list

Ta Cheng Chang’s Inc., d/b/a Forest Drugs, 112-53 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019631; Cal. No. 23278
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of holding for sale outdated drugs, failing to maintain records of all prescriptions filled and refilled for a period of at least five years, and failing to maintain a current drug retail price list

Family Pharmacy & Surgical Supplies, Inc.; 1757 Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacy: Reg. No. 023388; Cal. No. 23247
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, 1 year probation.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of dispensing medications pursuant to internet prescriptions written by persons not legally authorized to issue said prescriptions.

Maher M. Ishak, Harriman, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037047; Cal. No. 23162
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd  Degree.

Grammatikos George Lambrakis, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044228; Cal. No. 23246
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of dispensing medications pursuant to internet prescriptions written by persons not legally authorized to issue said prescriptions.

Robert F. Perrella, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036197; Cal. No. 22961
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until fit to practice as shown in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., d/b/a Rite Aid Pharmacy #686, 9519 Foster Wheeler Road, North Dansville, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 014308; Cal. No. 23210
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also December 2006)
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 failing to notify the New York State Board of Pharmacy within 7 days of any change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist of the registered establishment

Tariq Waheed Sheikh, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035206; Cal. No. 22956
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.


Psychology

Anthony Vytautas Rubonis, Niskayuna, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 012163; Cal. No. 23170
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been  convicted of Rape in the  3rd Degree.


Public Accountancy

Seymour L. Goldman, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 033987; Cal. No. 23369
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted. 
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree

Gary H. Klein a/k/a Gary Klein a/k/a Gary Kline, West Harrison, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 057069; Cal. No. 23145
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice as shown in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Attempted Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in the 1st Degree, a felony

Michael J. Todisco, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 061800; Cal. No. 23441
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007
Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

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


Respiratory Therapy

Hani Jereis, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 000012; Cal. No. 22836
Regents Action Date: June 26, 2007 (see also December 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until successfully participate in a 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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.


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Last Updated: November 13, 2014