Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

June 2013

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology -


Architecture

Alexander Banona Zabasajja, Lawrenceville, NJ

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 026432; Cal. No. 26560

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing the profession of architecture while not registered to practice, and receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Lynn A. Wahl, Depew, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technician; Cert. No. 001323; Cal. No. 26581

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of falsifying test results and/or improper supporting documentation.

Dentistry

Donald I. Rothenberg, Marblehead, MA 

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034637; Cal. No. 26645

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in Massachusetts.    

Henry Deforest Webster, II, Elizabethtown, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040068; Cal. No. 26540

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 9 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine payable within 2 months.

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

Engineering and Land Surveying

Vincent Barone, Tuckahoe, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 074594; Cal. No. 25243

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: License was found guilty of having been convicted of Scheming to Defraud in the 1st Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, and Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree.

Vidyasagar Reddy Kancharla, Croton, NY and Briarcliff, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 068162; Cal. No. 25267

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine to be paid within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Scheming to Defraud in the 1st Degree, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, and Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree.

Massage Therapy

Ann R. Band, Huntington, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 003276; Cal. No. 26572

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 Aggravated Harassment and Criminal Contempt, class A misdemeanors.

Nursing

Mark D. Anderson, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 237656; Cal. No. 26355

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Driving While Intoxicated as a misdemeanor and as a felony; of failing to maintain accurate patient records; and of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Florida.

Tina Bittlingmaier a/k/a Christina L. Bittlingmaier, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 572941; Cal. No. 26423

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 pled guilty to violating Article 33 of the Public Health Law.

Joy I. Burrell Clarke, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 173639; Cal. No. 26588

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 an accurate patient record.

William S. Daley, Bath, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475475; Cal. No. 26563

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft of Bank Money.

Sheliah R. Garrett, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 609162; Cal. No. 26534

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 Marijuana in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Unlawfully Growing Cannabis, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Petit Larceny.

Christina Marie Gonzalez, Ferndale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 273597, 568521; Cal. Nos. 26590, 26591

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing, on more than one occasion, to account, by administration, wastage or otherwise, for the disposition of drugs withdrawn from a facility's drug supply for administration to patients.

Amanda M. Hart, Albany, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 534057; Cal. No. 26486

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree.

Judith Cay Isoldi, Hewitt, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 357733; Cal. No. 26595

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 charges of removing Oxycodone from a facilty's drug supply without a physician's order and not documenting the disposition of said drug by wastage, administration or otherwise, and of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Christine Davis Klonowski a/k/a Christine Davis Lakin, Hurley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 252352; Cal. No. 26628

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having removed a controlled substance from the Omnicell System without a physician’s order on two occasions.

Mary A. Lannen, Williamsville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 325214; Cal. No. 26344

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of ordering lab work and set up an IV without a physician order and of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Thomas D. Murphy, Montgomery, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 589960; Cal. No. 26488

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to notify a patient's physician that the patient's IV medication had infiltrated and of failing to document patient assessments.

Amy Marie Nita a/k/a Amy McQuade, New Brunswick, NJ and Parlin, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 544212; Cal. No. 26583

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of withdrawing Percocet tablets, a schedule II controlled substance, from a Pyxis machine on nine occasions ostensibly for patients, when there were no physicians’ orders for said patients to receive said medication.

Sally A. Ortiz, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 381533; Cal. No. 26675

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 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 New York State Public Health Law section 2803-c(3)(f).

Denise Elizabeth Parr, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221937; Cal. No. 26610

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Jennifer Mary Passarella, Centereach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286349; Cal. No. 26564

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 documenting on two occasions that she had changed the dressing for a patient, when, in fact, she had not.

Silifatu Toyin Raji, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 271437, 544260; Cal. Nos. 26647, 26648

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Housing Benefits Fraud, a misdemeanor.

Christina M. Sacco, Amsterdam, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282887; Cal. No. 26657

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree.

Renee E. Shabazz, Henrietta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 262703; Cal. No. 25901

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of negligence and unprofessional conduct based on failing to document the withdrawing and wasting of a controlled substance on at least three occasions.

Carly M. Shaffer, Montgomery, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 286465; Cal. No. 26594

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Vehicular Assault in the 2nd  Degree, a felony.

Norman Allen Smith, II, Peekskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273666; Cal. No. 26674

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013 (see also March 2010)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a misdemeanor.

Yvonne P. Spence, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 294598; Cal. No. 26558

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Kathryn J. Thomas, Webster, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408546; Cal. No. 26407

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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.

Martin E. Wood, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 230768, 461280; Cal. Nos. 26491, 26492

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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.

Pharmacy

Chad Evan Wolf, Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 047518; Cal. No. 26493

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013 (see also May 2006)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Physical Therapy

Mauricio Duarte, Hillburn, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 003905; Cal. No. 26589

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a felony.

Nicholas Frank Posillico, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 015110; Cal. No. 26326

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud and Conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud, class C felonies.

Psychology

Joel Norman Caldwell, Skaneateles, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 014006; Cal. No. 26489

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary:  Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree.

Patrick J. Gill, Middlesex, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007573; Cal. No. 26520

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Intoxicated.

Public Accountancy

Michael F. Bedell, Bellport, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 046082; Cal. No. 26587

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Making False Statements on Income Tax Returns, a felony.

Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP, 726 Exchange Street - Suite 822, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Public Accountancy; Reg. No. 074249; Cal. No. 26742

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area for at least 30 days and until successful completion of certain coursework in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of having consented to a revocation of its registration with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) where the conduct charged, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct in New York, namely failure to comply with auditing standards related to the planning, performance and supervision of audits.

Marc E. Schreck, New City, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 033615; Cal. No. 26636

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

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 committed errors during the audit of the financial statements of a union health and welfare fund.

James Robert Waggoner, Kenmore, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 053569; Cal. No. 26741

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area for at least 1 year and until successful completion of certain coursework in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having consented to a revocation from further association with any CPA firm doing audits of publicly traded companies after a disciplinary action was commenced by the PCAOB where the conduct charged, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct in New York, namely oversight errors committed during audits of the finanacial statements of foreign companies under PCAOB auditing standards and adding, creating and modifying documents related to audits in advance of an inspection by PCAOB of said audits without notifying PCAOB of said additions, creations and modifications.

Social Work

Cathrine Burke, East Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 072960; Cal. No. 26368

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 35 month stayed suspension, 3 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $3,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to the charge of failing to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with a client.

Paul Victor Loiselle, Locke, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 042132; Cal. No. 26642

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having committed boundary violations.

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Elise Witz, Plainview, NY

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 002218; Cal. No. 26607

Regents Action Date: June 18, 2013

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of license.

Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations of obtaining her license fraudulently and being convicted of Unauthorized Use of a Title, a misdemeanor.

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Last Updated: August 23, 2013