Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
March 2003

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Midwifery - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Robert Townsend Jones, Westhampton, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 025419; Cal. No. 20391
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to prepare and maintain, for at least six years, a thorough written evaluation of plans signed and sealed by him that were not prepared by him or under his supervision.

Robert Charles Marsac, Williston Park, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 024537; Cal. No. 20697
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 6 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

John Peter Zietkiewicz, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 023627; Cal. No. 20378
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to prepare and maintain, for at least six years, a thorough written evaluation of plans that were not prepared by him or under his supervision and to which he affixed his signature and seal.


Chiropractic

Anthony Pugliese, Tannersville, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005917; Cal. No. 20502
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of chiropractic beyond the authorized scope by offering to treat patients with a smoking cessation program.

Todd J. Rehm, Lake George, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008353; Cal. No. 20485
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of moral unfitness.

Jeffrey A. Solomon, Monsey, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004300; Cal. No. 18554
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, after service of 3 year suspension, probation 3 years, 40 hours of public service, $5,000 fine, complete certain course work.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of rendering excessive therapy and treatment, which was not warranted by the condition of the patients; practicing negligently on more than one occasion and with incompetence on more than one occasion.


Dentistry

John P. Finocchio, Hicksville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029211; Cal. No. 20572
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to recognize that a file had broken, failing to use a rubber dam on two occasions, and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Leonard Irwin Fischbach, Williston Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 022325; Cal. No. 20277
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of making a bridge with an open margin that lacked retention.

Kevin Joseph Grant, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044444; Cal. No. 20477
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting inaccurate insurance claim forms.

Stuart Novins, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023316; Cal. No. 19897
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years when licensee returns to practice, 100 hours of public service; $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to treat periodontal disease prior to performing bridgework; failing to diagnose and treat an infection in two teeth after root canal treatment; and failing to maintain accurate treatment records.

Jairo Rendon, Malone, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045410; Cal. No. 20201
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of four counts of sexual abuse in the 1st Degree.

William Melvin Stockton, Jr., Buffalo, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042208; Cal. No. 18588
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of submitting insurance claims for work that he did not perform; failure to use appropriate protective gloves; failure to properly sterilize dental equipment; and failure to comply with State regulations which required him to register x-ray equipment with the New York State Department of Health.

Josh Joseph Therattil, Bronx, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046880; Cal. No. 19109
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of relying on inadequate x-rays to diagnose and treat the teeth of two patients; placing fillings that were too large and overhung the teeth filled; and preparing teeth for a bridge before a periodontal treatment plan was established.

Louis W. Woolf, Holbrook, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035450; Cal. No. 19631
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 4 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charges of writing seven prescriptions for Viagra for his own use; writing four prescriptions for Vicodin for two patients who were not patients at the time he wrote the prescriptions; and writing fifty-one prescriptions for Vicodin for patients when there was no indication in the patient treatment records that he had seen the patients on the dates on which the prescriptions were written.

Victor Zeines, Shokan, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 028616; Cal. No. 20552
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (See also March 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of installing an ill-fitting bridge and failing to maintain a record, which accurately reflected the treatment of a patient.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Ainsley Ainsworth Ferraro, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 062079; Cal. No. 20398
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully submitting an application to the New York City Department of Buildings which contained false information concerning a proposed occupancy.


Midwifery

Cecilia Torres Girard, Lynn, MA

Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000586; Cal. No. 20518
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to ensure that a physician responded to a patient, failing to ensure that oxygen was being administered to a patient, and failing to maintain accurate patient records.


Nursing

Michelle M. Amo a/k/a Michelle Weegar Amo, Stanley, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 220679, 443724; Cal. Nos. 20313, 20312
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of advising a patient's family to increase the dosage of Morphine to the patient without a physician's order.

Gail A. Boardway, Eden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 139757; Cal. No. 20585
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication and documentation errors.

Rosa Curry, Roosevelt, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 200042; Cal. No. 20419
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also April 2002)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest, both class A misdemeanors.

Colleen M. Davis, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 259659; Cal. No. 20571
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to administer medications and maintaining inadequate patient records.

Patricia Angella Deans, Roosevelt, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 221147, 444285; Cal. Nos. 20323, 20324
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of making a medication administration error and then altering a nursing note to cover the medication administration error, and failing to indicate on an application for employment that she had been previously employed at another hospital.

Linda Christal DiFasi, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258382; Cal. No. 20792
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also April 2002)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to administer medications and to exercise reasonable care in the record keeping of eleven patients.

Elizabeth Knox Dunning, Hendersonville, NC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 287209; Cal. No. 20694
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor and failing to disclose the conviction to the Department.

Tim Theodore Engdahl, Chicago, IL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 462162; Cal. No. 20589
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of diverting controlled substances for his own use, and obtaining controlled substances for two patients, when in fact, there were no physician's orders for the controlled substances to be administered to the patients.

Rosanne Ficarra, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 454613; Cal. No. 20621
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also March 2008)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and willfully making or filing a false report, in that she failed to report the aforesaid conviction in her application for re-registration.

Tami A. Garland, Danbury, CT

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 214232; Cal. No. 20762
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Cocaine.

Lorna Lee Guy, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 259027; Cal. No. 20539
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of neglecting a patient under her care by failing to assess the patient for injury upon notification that the patient had fallen, and failing to properly document and report the incident.

Olivia Windell Hall, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191416; Cal. No. 20141
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Nancy Hulihan, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 359657; Cal. No. 20547
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty by the Commissioner of Health of patient neglect.

Karyn Lacertosa a/k/a Karyn Croce, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 207311, 429457; Cal. Nos. 19598, 19599
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Frank Jay Lazan, Moriches, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 474811; Cal. No. 20070
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to document the administration of medication to a patient; failing to have a colleague witness the wastage of a controlled substance; failing to account for 8 mg. of a controlled substance; and practicing the profession of nursing beyond the authorized scope.

Mary T. Lewis, Mahopac, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 132323; Cal. No. 20375
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also February 2000)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 1 year and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, and Petit Larceny, both class A misdemeanors.

Carol Lincoln, Garner, NC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 523043; Cal. No. 20533
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of improperly administering IV Dilantin to a patient causing the patient cardiac arrest.

Phyllis McIntyre, Shirley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 269970; Cal. No. 19793
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willful physical and verbal abuse, to wit: repositioning a patient in bed by pulling his hair and using expletives.

Tiffany Nucole Nicholson, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261754; Cal. No. 20520
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of three medication errors.

Catherine Marie Odonoghue a/k/a Catherine Marie O'Donoghue, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186317, 463585; Cal. Nos. 20214, 20215
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falsely representing on hospital sign-in sheets that she worked hours and shifts that she, in fact, had not worked.

Lovely Jeudy Pierre a/k/a Lovely Jeudy, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 158995, 356056; Cal. Nos. 20617, 20611
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of while the owner of a nursing registry service to failing to perform licensing checks on applicants for nursing positions before employing them as nurses and sending them out to health care facilities to work in that capacity.

Paula R. Pillo a/k/a Paula R. Recchio, Byron, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248161; Cal. No. 20543
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also May 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Richard Albert Randolph, Jr., Middletown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 225615; Cal. No. 20686
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also June 2001)
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 and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Linda Ann Richardson, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206607; Cal. No. 20625
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering drugs incorrectly and erroneously documenting the administration of such drugs in patient records.

Rhonda Marie Romig, Montoursville, PA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 510118; Cal. No. 20646
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration and record keeping errors.

Karen Rothblat, Melville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 336850; Cal. No. 20036
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also November 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 18 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; stealing medication from a patient's home; willfully filing a false registration form that did not disclose the aforementioned misdemeanor conviction; and to a charge she was under investigation for a July 2000 conviction for Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Cynthia Kay Rotondo, Port Byron, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234015; Cal. No. 20602
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree.

Robert Francis Smith, Myrtle Beach, SC

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 489353; Cal. No. 20763
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree.

Ruth L. Smith, Beaver Dams, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 255430, 501671; Cal. Nos. 20644, 20645
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication and treatment errors.

Kathleen L. Sullivan, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 465961; Cal. No. 20435
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of negligent disposal of a controlled substance and failure to secure an intravenous infusion pump.

Maria Zoraida Tan, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 193562; Cal. No. 18520
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice was impaired by mental disability.

Aimee Thrasher, Astoria, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 447480; Cal. No. 20540
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to document a potential fall by a patient or to notify the nursing supervisor or physician of the potential fall, and failing to generate an incident report of the incident.

Kendra Ann Travis, Gouverneur, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 195085, 447469; Cal. Nos. 20434, 20422
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Vehicular Assault in the 2nd Degree, a class E felony, and Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Patty Ann Wallis, Verona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248413; Cal. No. 20544
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also June 2004 and December 2004)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain a record, which adequately reflected the treatment of a patient.

Wayne R. Welsh, Blasdell, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 507910; Cal. No. 19378
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply, after service of first six months of suspension, for stay of execution of unserved portion of suspension as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering the wrong medication to a patient.

Linda S. Wheeler, Morris, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245296; Cal. No. 20542
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willful abuse of a patient.

Cynthia B. Womble, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 356534; Cal. No. 20674
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of last 9 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Patrick Francis Hanrahan, Hornell, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 004925; Cal. No. 20671
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to register.


Pharmacy

Aumiller's Pharmacy Inc., 1340 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 014599; Cal. No. 20399
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of holding outdated and misbranded drugs for sale, failing to maintain oral phone-in prescriptions, failing to record the generic manufacturer's name, and dispensing prescriptions which lacked required information.

Buena Vista Pharmacy, Inc., 2022 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 012457; Cal. No. 20490
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also March 1994, May 2007 and January 2010)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of filing a re-registration application with the New York State Education Department and stating on said application that certain persons were officers of the corporation and shareholders when, in fact, they were not.

John Joseph Duffy, Jr., Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024591; Cal. No. 20400
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of holding outdated and misbranded drugs for sale, failing to maintain oral phone-in prescriptions, failing to record the generic manufacturer's name, and dispensing prescriptions which lacked required information.

Brian D. Koehler, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030868; Cal. No. 20401
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain oral phone-in prescriptions, failing to record the generic manufacturer's name, and dispensing prescriptions which lacked required information.

Michael J. Leonti, Auburn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035099; Cal. No. 20685
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of while the supervising pharmacist of a pharmacy, he stole controlled drugs from the pharmacy's drug supply for his personal use.

Wayne Patterson, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 026711; Cal. No. 20661
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a registered establishment.

Thomas John Sobieski, Flushing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027165; Cal. No. 20481
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also October 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of dispensing a prescription-required drug without a prescription.

Robert Tremmel, Bellmore, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034977; Cal. No. 19147
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of maintaining in the drug stock of his pharmacy sixty (60) overfilled bottles of medications that he knew, in part, contained sample drugs that had been stolen, and admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

V.L.V. Med Pharmacy, Inc., 4085 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018488; Cal. No. 18304
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of dispensing, on two occasions, prescription- required drugs, not pursuant to prescriptions or other lawful authority.

Westchester-Ellenville, Inc., Shoprite Boulevard, Route 209, Ellenville, NY 12428

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024914; Cal. No. 20551
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of not having a pharmacist on duty at all times when the pharmacy was open.


Physical Therapy

Jerry F. McNamara, Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 001077; Cal. No. 20658
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated on two occasions, unclassified misdemeanors.

Ross Matthew Roden, Wantagh, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 014726; Cal. No. 20556
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.


Podiatry

Louis Vernon Greer, North Syracuse, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 005381; Cal. No. 20505
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.


Public Accountancy

Arthur Andersen, LLP, Public Accountancy Partnership, 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10105

Profession: Public Accountancy; Lic. No. 74030; Cal. No. 20633
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Respondent was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Obstruction of Justice, a felony.

Dennis M. Gaito, Fort Dix, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 038288; Cal. No. 20761
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud, three counts of Conspiracy to Launder Money, eleven counts of Money Laundering, one count of Attempted Money Laundering, and one count of Witness Tampering, all federal felonies.

Alan Elliot Hurwitz, Syosset, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 028287; Cal. No. 20721
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of two counts of Wire Fraud, and one count of Tax Evasion, both federal felonies.

Edward McCrae, East Orange, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 037230; Cal. No. 20368
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon early termination or service of suspension, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willful failure to complete continuing education requirements for the period September 1, 2000 through September 1, 2001.

Jordan Roberts, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 019575; Cal. No. 20709
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to follow auditing standards by not obtaining a management representation letter and not preparing a written audit program in three audits of financial statements.


Social Work

Barbara Joan Deam, New York, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 026050; Cal. No. 20523
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record of the evaluation and treatment of patients.

Charles Walter Jones, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 043105; Cal. No. 20126
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted twice of the unclassified misdemeanor of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.

Victor Klein, New York, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 018175; Cal. No. 20825
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Rape in the 3rd Degree.

Marlena Vega a/k/a Marlene Golub Harrington, New York, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 006122; Cal. No. 20421
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in New Jersey of Conspiracy in the 2nd Degree and Theft by Deception in the 2nd Degree, both felonies and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted crimes under New York State law.


Veterinary Medicine

Joseph Warren Adams, Warwick, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002314; Cal. No. 20529
Regents Action Date: March 25, 2003 (see also April 1997)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to perform a dental treatment and failing to maintain an adequate record of visits, diagnoses and prescribed treatments.


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Last Updated: February 23, 2011