Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
June 1996

Certified Social Work - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy

Certified Social Work

Harry L. Appledorf, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 018930; Cal. No. 15902
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 5 year suspension, following service of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.


Dentistry

Frank A. C. Mirchel, Vancouver, WA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036392; Cal. No. 13670
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to take a post-operative radiograph after inserting a post notwithstanding the patient's complaint of pain; failing to take an adequate radiograph of the teeth that were to serve as abutment teeth for the bridge; and failing to detect that one of those teeth was perforated.

Anthony W. Ferraro, Burnt Hills, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033857; Cal. No. 15222
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: License did not contest charges of failing to place root canal filling material in the canals of two teeth.

Peter J. Mehr, Elizabethtown, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039740; Cal. No. 15804
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of making several attempts at a crown construction.

George Eugenievich Anastassov, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042919; Cal. No. 15916
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of hiring a dentist without verifying licensure as a dentist in the State of New York and submitting an erroneous insurance claim for a procedure which had not been performed.

Allan G. Beal, Westport, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033575; Cal. No. 16009
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction on five counts of the crime of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Charles F. Negus, Massena, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023682; Cal. No. 16050
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of placing an unruly minor patient across his knee and spanking her buttocks, in the presence of the patient's mother.

Abdullah Al Amin, Astoria, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042017; Cal. No. 16094
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of slapping a 7 year old patient in the face.


Engineering and Land Surveying

John I. Johnsen a/k/a John Johnsen, Eglin, FL; Orlando, FL

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 054753; Cal. No. 15503
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of acts constituting the Federal crime of Conspiracy to Defraud.


Massage

Robert Joseph, New York, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 003734; Cal. No. 16104
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of kissing the breast and feet and licking the toes of a female patient.


Nursing

Rita A. Collacchi, Brooktondale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 331153; Cal. No. 12178
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of practicing beyond her scope as the result of dispensing a medication.

Helen Breiden, Dallas, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 241758; Cal. No. 13976
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of failing to comply with her probation in that she did not inform the State Education Department of her residence and employment, did not submit quarterly performance reports, did not submit written proof that she paid all registration fees, proof of registration, or written proof that she is not engaging in the practice and does not wish to register.

Kathryn E. Leavitt a/k/a Kathryn E. Nobles, Ghent, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse Lic. No. 391737; Cal. No. 14051
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of signing out a volume of controlled substances but failing to chart as administered, and diverting various medications from the hospital for her own use.

Patricia Ann Feerick a/k/a Patricia Feerick-Kossmann, Holliswood, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 339042; Cal. No. 15684
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having a conviction of Criminal Trespass, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Jean Kalamaras-Katsaros a/k/a Jean Katsaros a/k/a Mary Jeannie Katsaros a/k/a Jean Kalamaras a/k/a Jean Calamaras a/k/a Jeannie Katsaros a/k/a J.G. Kalamaras Katsaros; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 174692, 380180; Cal. Nos. 15924, 15925
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of a violation of Title 18 United States Code 2113(b), a Misdemeanor.

Zelia V. Spence, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 123955; Cal. No. 15968
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of three counts of Willful Violation of the Health Laws, a misdemeanor.

Kathy E. Rouse a/k/a Kathy Rouse a/k/a Kathy Carey, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 190591; Cal. No. 15982
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor and Grand Larceny in the Fourth degree, Class A Felony.

Amy Lynn Atwell, Gerry, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 414769; Cal. No. 14422
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to report a significant change in a patient's condition.

Regina Lynn Marth, Lockport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 218287; Cal. No. 14489
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996 (see also February 1998)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that she failed to administer Castor Oil to a patient but indicated on the patient's Medication Administration Record that she had done so.

JoAnne Mary Lepine, Potsdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 370495; Cal. No. 15217
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making medication, transcriptions, and other errors.

Patricia Jean Belile, Nicholville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 068659; Cal. No. 15351
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Third Degree, a Class E Felony.

Sharon Louise Proctor, Springville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 374055; Cal. No. 15439
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Suspension until successfully participates in a course of therapy and treatment - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted having been found by the Commissioner of health to be in violation of Article Thirty-Three of Public Health Law relating to controlled substances.

Patricia M. Kelly, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 183952, 418639; Cal. Nos. 15453, 15454
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 50 hours of public service, probation presently serving under Order Nos. 14514 and 14513 be modified.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of falsely answering a question on a nursing job application.

Barbara Ann Cohick Ligoci, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 178353; Cal. No. 15529
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of making medication administration/recordkeeping errors.

Daniel Abraham Donaldson, New Britain, CT

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 228005; Cal. No. 15671
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Saliha Fardan, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 217735, 454802; Cal. Nos. 15729, 15730
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Patricia Mitchell, Shelter Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 256306; Cal. No. 15786
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996 (see also February 2007)
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she failed to obtain the signature of a witness to the disposal of a controlled substance.

Teresa L. Brewer, Romulus, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 092352, 419623; Cal. Nos. 15904, 15903
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making medication administration errors.

Evelyn Davis Johnston, Greenport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 035733; Cal. No. 15907
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successfully completes certain course, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she gave a patient an injection on two occasions, although there was no physician's order calling for such injections; less than a week later she gave the same patient an injection of a non-controlled substance, although there was no physician's order calling for such injection; and that she failed to respond to a written communication from the New York State Education Department.

Barbara Simons, Richmond, VA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 087697; Cal. No. 15959
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of making medication administration errors.

Larry Allen Gifford, Ilion, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 209730; Cal. No. 16005;
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor.

Stacey Michelle Kelly, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. Nos. 185625, 390554; Cal. Nos. 16020, 16019;
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making two medication administration errors.

Carol Ann Haynes, Cerritos, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 182079; Cal. No. 15953
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a finding of guilty by the California State Board of Registered Nursing for gross negligence in the practice of nurse anesthetist.

Mark J. Fowler, Elmira, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 329133, Cert. No. 300010; Cal. Nos. 16066, 16067
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license as well as to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of a conviction of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a Class B Felony.


Pharmacy

Satish Ramanlal Shah a/k/a Satish R. Shah, Clifton, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039297; Cal. No. 15633
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspiring, combining, confederating, and agreeing with each other and with others to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful government functions of the United States Food and Drug Administration in its administration of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and related regulations.

John Edward Hresko, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027040; Cal. No. 16012
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that he routinely entered another pharmacist's initials into the pharmacy's computer records for prescriptions he dispensed.

Joseph Manning Vincent, Cazenovia, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 020409; Cal. No. 16040
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted failing to properly dispense medications.

Stu Lehrer a/k/a Stuart Lehrer, Lido Beach, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037783; Cal. No. 15728
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.


Podiatry

Edward F. Rogan, Jr., East Setauket, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003522; Cal. No. 15983
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.

Alan S. Katz, New York, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004106; Cal. No. 15985
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996 (see also June 2005)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.


Psychology

Gregory Theodore Anderson, Coram, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 010939; Cal. No. 15665
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of committing Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.


Public Accountancy

Andrew Youngwook Choi, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 056231; Cal. No. 15552
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996 (see also June 2001)
Action: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination upon submission of certain written proof, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of signing a "Certification of Employer" form which contained false information regarding the applicant's public accounting experience and wilfully failing to register.

Marvin Cohen, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 057757, Enrollment No. 000310; Cal. Nos. 16035, 16036
Regents Action Date: June 14, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, upon service of suspension, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having a conviction of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.


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