Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Chiropractic

Mark Samuel; Mamaroneck, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008745; Cal. No. 29210

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony.

Dentistry

Nodari Davitiashvili; Rego Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048309; Cal. No. 29204

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017 (See also December 2002)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 30 month stayed suspension, 36 months probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know that such person is not qualified by training, by experience or by licensure to perform them; perforating a patient's tooth during root canal and then not informing the patient that it was perforated;  and permitting an unlicensed person to perform professional responsibilities on more than one occasion including taking x-rays and doing a cleaning.

 

Irina Feldbein; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042312; Cal. No. 29611

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 impermissibly permitting an unauthorized person or entity to share in fees she received for her professional services as a dentist.

 

Frank Richardson; Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037684; Cal. No. 27656

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Tax Fraud in the 5th Degree.

 

Maurice Shrem; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030490; Cal. No. 29342

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successful completion of course of retraining in said certain area, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of treating the wrong tooth of a patient, perforating the patient’s root when inserting a post, and failing to record the patient’s existing conditions upon examination.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Anthony Christopher Dangelo; Piscataway, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 080961; Cal. No. 29654

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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, a misdemeanor.

 

Stephen J. Kulhanek; South Salem, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 049581; Cal. No. 28769

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of land surveying fraudulently in violation of Education Law Sec. 6509(2) and of practicing the profession of land surveying with moral unfitness in violation of Rules of the Board of Regents Section 29.1(b)(5).

 

Kulhanek & Plan Land Surveyors, P.C.; 18 Sabbath Day Hill Road, South Salem, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Cal. No. 28770

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Registrant was found guilty of practicing the profession of land surveying fraudulently in violation of Education Law Sec. 6509(2) and of practicing the profession of land surveying with moral unfitness in violation of Rules of the Board of Regents Section 29.1(b)(5).

 

Thomas Cheng Tung; Flushing, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 049458; Cal. No. 28928

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $15,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services and failing to prepare and retain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by plans and drawings signed and sealed by licensee which were not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Kerrie Mullen Gennett; Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 005815; Cal. No. 29428

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice.

Nursing

Susan Jean Bass; Denver, CO

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 503133; Cal. No. 29659

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving Under the Influence, a misdemeanor, in the State of Colorado.

 

Carol Meredith Battin; Stamford, CT

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 076928, 221067; Cal. Nos. 29660, 29661

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of, as a family nurse practitioner, administering contraceptive injections to students from her car offsite from a school.

 

Melony J. Blake; Virginia Beach, VA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 565642; Cal. No. 29658

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing drugs from a hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Daniel Braia, Jr. a/k/a Daniel John Braia, Jr.; Glen Allen, VA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 247251, 518036; Cal. Nos. 29579, 29578

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions for not less than 6 months and until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of stealing controlled drugs from a hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Deborah Brody a/k/a Deborah Blodgett; Norfolk, VA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 117701, 284797; Cal. Nos. 29524, 29525

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of substituting an intravenous saline solution flush as a placebo instead of the controlled drug morphine, which was prescribed as a pain medication for a patient.

 

Kevin John Bugman; Grand Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 696849; Cal. No. 29357

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 accurate records.

 

Alicia Ann Burgess a/k/a Alicia A. Burgess; Darien Center, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 312988; Cal. No. 29349

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of documentation, medication and treatment errors.

 

Ilana Rivka Cohen; Clifton, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 650191; Cal. No. 28670

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering the wrong dosage of a medication to a patient.

 

Jordan Anthony Donalson; East Amherst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 319095; Cal. No. 29486

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Forcible Touching and Moral Unfitness.

 

Claudia Maria Erickson a/k/a Claudia M. Stinson; South Jamesport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 276012, 568175; Cal. Nos. 29414, 29415

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspensions in certain area for not less than 1 month and until successful completion of course of retraining in said certain area, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

 

Erica Lynn Finnegan; Goshen, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 593060; Cal. No. 29485

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of stealing hydromorphone and having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substancein the 7th Degree.

 

Daniel James Joseph Galland; Darien Center, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 375528; Cal. No. 29408

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child.

 

Arleen Woods Jemison a/k/a Arleen Jemison; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 198129; Cal. No. 29429

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

 

Savitri Maharaj; Kissimmee, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 121978; Cal. No. 29556

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by another state where the conduct, if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, in this case, Florida.

 

Peigi J. Martin; Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 166265; Cal. No. 29563

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration errors.

 

Allen Carter Nelson; Ocean Springs, MS

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 552477; Cal. No. 29574

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of suturing and providing wound care without a physician’s order.

 

Barbara Wise Pickens; Jamaica, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 163118; Cal. No. 29655

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting a registration renewal application which falsely stated that she had not had any disciplinary action taken against her license.

 

Amy A. Polakiewicz; Novato, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 381628; Cal. No. 29526

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, in the State of California, providing a patient, who was an employee of a hospital at which she was employed and known to her, with an IV solution, tubing, syringes and the non-controlled drug Phenergan to take home without a physician’s order.

 

Alex Manuel Ramos; Weston, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 550313; Cal. No. 29581

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct by a duly authorized disciplinary agency of another state where the conduct upon which the finding is based would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, in this case, Florida discipline.

 

Clincy Marion Robinson; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 215502; Cal. No. 27090

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd and 3rd Degree, Identity Theft, Criminal Possession of Computer Related Material, and 2 charges of Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree. 

 

Jodi Ann Ross; East Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261964; Cal. No. 29387

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

 

Michele Pat Scanlan; Camillus, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 578271; Cal. No. 29450

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration errors.

 

Lisa Marie Szarleta; New Port Richey, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 252209, 496805; Cal. Nos. 29539, 29540

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct by a duly authorized disciplinary agency of another state, in this case, Florida.

 

Rhonda Louise Tolliver; Vicksburg, MS

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226438; Cal. No. 29546

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct by a duly authorized disciplinary agency of another state, in this case, Mississippi.

Pharmacy

Caroline Chiebonam Egbuna; El Paso, TX

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 050773; Cal. No. 29435

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, while acting as supervising pharmacist of a registered pharmacy, giving her computer sign on information and password to a pharmacy technician who later dispensed two prescriptions using her information at a time when the pharmacy was open without a pharmacist on duty.

 

Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 55 Cantiague Rock Road, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Pharmaceutical Manufacturer; Reg. No. 101225; Cal. No. 29350

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of failing to notify the State Board of Pharmacy of a change in its supervising pharmacist within seven days of said change.

 

Sam's Pharmacy LLC; 397 Saratoga Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 032577; Cal. No. 29372

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of allowing a pharmacy to be operated prior to being issued a new registration after a transfer of ownership and dispensing medications in the name of the new pharmacy, while displaying the prior pharmacy’s registration.

 

Jinnah Tanis; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 048989; Cal. No. 29373

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, while employed as a supervising pharmacist at a pharmacy, allowing the pharmacy to be operated prior to being issued a new registration after a transfer of ownership and to begin dispensing medications in the name of the new pharmacy, while displaying the prior pharmacy’s registration

Physical Therapy

Brian Thompson Fleming; Salem, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 009350; Cal. No. 29424

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 committing an act constituting a crime under the law of another jurisdiction and which, if committed within this state would have constituted a crime under New York State law.

 

Eddieson Igtiben Legaspi; Lomita, CA

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 024668; Cal. No. 29573

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony.

 

Jean Marie Naughton a/k/a Jean Marie Stephens; Mesa, AZ

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 006881; Cal. No. 29622

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements of the State of Arizona to be registered to practice as a physical therapist and with falsely certifying on my Arizona registration renewal form that she had completed my continuing education requirements.

Psychology

Robert Alan Coben; Massapequa Park, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 012160; Cal. No. 29343

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Public Accountancy

Jeff Parrack; Weatherly, PA

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 105461; Cal. No. 29575

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Texas Board of Public Accountancy in 2011 for failure to timely notify the Board of the revocation of his right to practice as a certified public accountant by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service which, if committed in New York, would constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State for failure to timely notify the New York State Education Department of the aforesaid revocation.

Social Work

Raymond D. Guida; Richmond Hill, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 074880; Cal. No. 29152

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

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 of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated With a Child, a Class E Felony.

Veterinary Medicine

Thomas Paul Lopez; Wellsville, NY

Profession: Veterinary Technician, Veterinarian; Lic. Nos. 000159, 006762; Cal. Nos. 29308, 29262

Regents Action Date: June 13, 2017

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documentation errors.

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Last Updated: August 9, 2017