Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

June 2010

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work -


Acupuncture

Jia Liu, Manhasset, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 000556; Cal. No. 25071

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Making False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters, and Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Health Care Fraud, all Federal felonies.

Architecture

Edward Andrew Carroll, New York, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 018857; Cal. No. 25072

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Obstruction of Justice, a felony.

William J. Kortland, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 013915; Cal. No. 24898

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 12 months probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain for at least 6 years a thorough evaluation of the professional services represented by architectural documents signed and sealed by him, but which were not prepared by him or an employee under his direct supervision.

Chiropractic

Boris L. Rapoport a/k/a Boris Rapoport, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009360; Cal. No. 24876
Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Identity Document Fraud, a felony, based on the sale of fraudulent academic credentials.

Dentistry

Rodney Rastegar, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048692; Cal. No. 24983

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of extracting the wrong tooth and prescribing a medication to which the patient was allergic.

Tania Helen Saavedra, Levittown, NY

Profession:  Dentist; Lic. No. 050848; Cal. No. 24950

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she filled a patient’s tooth 18, forming an overhang in the mesial interproximal space.

Nursing

Lauren E. Bentley, Cohoes, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 274217; Cal. No. 24948

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice and until substance abuse-free, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree, Driving While Intoxicated, and Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Lucille E. Blaisdell, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 180792; Cal. No. 24988

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering Ativan to a patient without a physician’s order.

Rosemarie A. Bower, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 283143; Cal. No. 24987

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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, $500 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Respondent admitted to charges that on more than 1 occasion she failed to document on a patient's Medication Administration Record (MAR) that she had administered a drug to said patient.

Olive Patricia Buckridge, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 165271, 439007; Cal. Nos. 24177, 24176

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, based on her submittal of false claims to the Medicaid program.

Mary J. Colletta a/k/a Mary Daleo, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 110667, 334563; Cal. Nos. 24690, 24689

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 2nd Degree in 1999.

Peter Donkor, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Bronx, NY 10475; Lic. No. 466175; Cal. No. 25026

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Vehicular Assault in the 2nd Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Donald Robert Finley, East Moriches, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 287522; Cal. No. 25091

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Willful Violation of Health Laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Claudia Ann-Marie Francis a/k/a Claudia Francis, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 512794; Cal. No. 24925

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, a felony based on her use of stolen cards.

Jennifer Anne Harbig a/k/a Jennifer Oneto, Port Ewen, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 270778; Cal. No. 24954

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of willfully making a false report in that she indicated on a patient's Control Record of Narcotic/Controlled Substances that she had witnessed the wastage of a medication when she knew that statement to be false.

Karen D. Maloid, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 259287; Cal. No. 24602

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having pled guilty to violating Article 33 of the Public Health Law.

Elissa Donata Mantovani, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 573580; Cal. No. 24720

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that she miscounted lap pads after a surgical procedure, causing a pad to be left inside the patient, resulting in an additional surgery on the patient to remove said lap pad.

Robyn Rae Nadel, Rhinebeck, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242521; Cal. No. 24955

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 willfully making a false report in that she indicated on a patient's Control Record of Narcotics/Controlled Substances that she had wasted a medication when she knew that statement to be false.

Samuel Akintunde Savage, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510239; Cal. No. 24934

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010 (see also June 2003)

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Linda S. Sperow, Amsterdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 392352; Cal. No. 24869

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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  Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Audrey A. Stefanides, Palmyra, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 209312; Cal. No. 25077

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having made numerous medication administration errors.

Latrice Walker, Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 279209; Cal. No. 24787

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 taking narcotics for her personal use.

Jennifer Tara Washington a/k/a Jennifer Konitsiotis, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 508101; Cal. No. 24718

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010 (see also February 2008)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 2 years and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree, a felony, and of violation of probation based on a prior Regents action.

Occupational Therapy

Paula Jean Millard, New Milford, PA

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 012415; Cal. No. 24911

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 maintain accurate patient records.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Keith Poveromo, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 005194; Cal. No. 25017

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in 2008 of Attempted Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree.

Seles A. Varin, Rochester, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 004996; Cal. No. 25090

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in 2010 of Possession and Receipt of Child Pornography by means of a computer.

Pharmacy

BPB Drugs, Inc. d/b/a Gallery Drug, 131 East 60th Street, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 009990; Cal. No. 24840

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, 1 year probation.

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of dispensing a prescription-required drug on 2 occasions pursuant to 2 prescriptions written by a dentist when registrant knew that the drugs were prescribed for non-dental-related purposes.

Noah Fisch, Woodmere, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022645; Cal.No. 24968

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy while employed as a supervising pharmacist in that printouts of all drugs filled and refilled each day were not signed by pharmacists whose initials appeared thereon and contained the initials of non-pharmacists as dispensers, and in that prescriptions for controlled substances were not endorsed by dispensing pharmacists.

Donald Goldberg, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028478; Cal. No. 24398

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing, as a supervising pharmacist, to provide adequate supervision of a registered establishment in that the pharmacy was selling a drug on a wholesale basis without being registered as a wholesaler and of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny.

Henry J. Jarocha; Orchard Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028494; Cal. No. 25028

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 on 2 occasions in 2006 and 1 occasion in 2007 of Driving While Intoxicated.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 10755 d/b/a Eckerd Corporation, 5942 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024030; Cal. No. 24900

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of failing to notify the State Board of Pharmacy of a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist.

Neil Subes, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032018; Cal. No. 24839

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of dispensing a prescription-required drug on 2 occasions pursuant to 2 prescriptions written by a dentist that licensee knew were prescribed for non-dental-related purposes.

Monika Annette Wiltshire, Glenmont, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034216; Cal. No. 24810

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 dispensing the wrong strength of medication and failing to counsel.

Physical Therapy

Bernal F. Zeledon, Charlottle, NC

Profession: Physical Therapy Assistant; Cert. No. 000945; Cal. No. 24509;

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd Degree and of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree on 2 occasions.

Respiratory Therapy

Ronald Edward Krapf, Huntington, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 000883; Cal. No. 23080

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of delegating professional responsibilities to individuals who were not qualified by licensure to perform them, and failing to register his business with the New York State Board of Pharmacy as a wholesaler-repacker of drugs and/or devices.

Harry G. Lawrence, Fishkill, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist, Lic. No. 001940; Cal. No. 23081

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of delegating professional responsibilities to individuals who were not qualified by licensure to perform them, and failing to register his business with the New York State Board of Pharmacy as a wholesaler-repacker of drugs and/or devices.

Linda Orland, Santa Fe, NM

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 005305; Cal. No. 24905

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Social Work

Cindy Hoffman, Castleton, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Castleton, NY 12033; Lic. No. 046860; Cal. No. 24518

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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 negligent care and/or recordkeeping.

David Noah Jablons, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 050934; Cal. No. 24705

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child, a felony.

Jill G. Jones-Soderman, Nyack, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 013488; Cal. No. 23157

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 year suspension, execution of last 3 years of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, 100 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been found guilty of submitting a fraudulent application to the State of Arizona and professional misconduct by that state, where the conduct would, if committed in New York, constitute professional misconduct.

Linda Sorge, Delmar, NY

Profession:  Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 061926, 073683; Cal. Nos. 24815, 24519

Regents Action Date: June 22, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing the profession of social work with negligence on more than one occasion with respect to confidentiality and recordkeeping issues.

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Last Updated: July 20, 2010