Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
March 2008

Architecture - Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Anthony J. Morali, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 017683; Cal. No. 23696
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully filing a false report in that he falsely reported on a registration application that he had not practiced as an architect since the expiration of his registration.


Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Milena Halfin, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technologist; Lic. No. 008283; Cal. No. 23704
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of license to practice as a clinical laboratory technologist.
Summary: Licensee did not contest allegations that on or about September 14, 2006, with fraudulent intent, she submitted an application for licensure as a clinical laboratory technologist to the Division of Professional Licensing Services of the New York State Education Department in which she certified that she had at least 5 years (7,200 clock hours) of experience as a clinical laboratory technologist, and was thereafter granted a license to practice as a clinical laboratory technologist in the State of New York on or about February 3, 2007, based upon the aforesaid experience when, in truth and in fact, and as she well knew, she did not have said experience as a clinical laboratory technologist.


Dentistry

Theresa M. Capasso a/k/a Theresa Mello, Middle Village, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045982; Cal. No. 23834
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge that while employed and on duty as a dentist, she asked a fellow employee dentist to fill out and sign a prescription for 10 tablets of Tylenol III and falsely stated to said colleague that the prescription was for an unnamed patient in the waiting area of the practice. Said colleague did so and thereafter, without the authorization of said colleague, licensee filled in her birth name as the patient, knowing that said colleague had not treated her; changed the number of prescribed tablets to 16; and thereafter filled said prescription.

Stephen Yen, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035521; Cal. No. 23482
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 12 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree.


Engineering and Land Surveying

John H. Fink, Callicoon, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 054074; Cal. No. 23748
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of  Assault in the 3rd Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.


Massage Therapy

Nan Suk Clark, Woodside, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 014576; Cal. No. 23700
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee pled guilty to charges of having been convicted of Promoting Prostitution in the 4th Degree and willfully filing a false report.


Nursing

George Chmielewski, Barnevald, NY and Remsen, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266199; Cal. No. 23489
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor.

Jane Helen Cochran, Andover, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 540625; Cal. No. 23280
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
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 Assault in the 2nd Degree.

Claudette Doreen Davis, Oakland, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 151232; Cal. No. 23797
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Renee M. Durant, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265031; Cal. No. 23673
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
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 Conspiracy in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Rosanne Ficarra, Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 454613; Cal. No. 23632
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008 (see also March 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine, 50 hours public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Renee Fulmer, Willet, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245257; Cal. No. 23865
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Willful Violation of Health Laws and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree.

Jacqueline Jorgensen Fuzessery, Ossining, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 244505; Cal. No. 23714
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary:  Licenseeadmitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (two convictions).

Tammy L. Gebo, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 274479; Cal. No. 23725
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licenseeadmittedto charges of having been convicted of prostitution and Criminal Trespass in the 3rd Degree.

Frances B. Hafner, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093983; Cal. No. 23592
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of completing pre-signed prescriptions for herself without authorization.

Beris May Ming Harper, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 211019; Cal. No. 23272
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to inform a patient's physician, prior to commencement of a cardiac catheterization procedure in which heparin was routinely used, that the patient had previously had an allergic reaction to heparin.

Afia Agyarkwaah Kyei-Anti, Shirley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 520335; Cal. No. 23638
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of taking large quantities of medications from her place of employment, without a doctor's order or any other authorization, and sending said medications to Ghana.

Diane Louise Lamphere, Parish, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 225012; Cal. No. 23708
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge ofrecord keeping errors.

Marilyn Frances Lenardon a/k/a Marilyn Muller Lenardon, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 069704, 488983; Cal. Nos. 23720, 23721
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of writing an order for Tylenol for a patient.

Keri Lynn Mazzella, Highland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273627; Cal. No. 23739
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008 (See also October 2010)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Sue A. McDade, Rensselaer, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 318115; Cal. No. 23896
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of  Rape in the 2nd Degree; Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree; and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person.

Jessika Meyer, Renner, SD

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267646; Cal. No. 23256
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of professional misconduct in that on numerous occasions with fraudulent intent she removed controlled substances and did not administer them to patients.

Karen L. Milton, Houston, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257972; Cal. No. 23805
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence if and when return to practice in State of New York, $250 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th  Degree.

Jacob Ade Onanuga, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 223339, 540994; Cal. Nos. 23609, 23610
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Laura A. Peters, Manorvvile, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249038; Cal. No. 23734
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of diverting the controlled substances Morphine and Dilaudid from her place of nursing employment for her own use, and substituting water for the Morphine and Dilaudid  which she diverted.

Lavern Angella Pryce, Springfield Gardens, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 248980, 495177; Cal. Nos. 23624, 23625
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
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 changing a physician’s order for Tylenol for a patient.

Rosann Michele Silvia, Holbrook, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 339203; Cal. No. 23752
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of diverting the controlled substance Dilaudid and Morphine from the supplies of her nursing employers for her own use.

Sarah Ann Simmons, Millerton, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 500065; Cal. No. 23747
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted ofDriving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Gail Diane Tobin a/k/a Gail Grab, LaGrangeville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 111289, 291281; Cal. Nos. 23716, 23717
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Patricia Bernadette Walegir, Flushing, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 237505; Cal. No. 23634
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diverting controlled substances for her own personal use.

Amy M. Willson, Aurora, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 515696; Cal. No. 23667
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of signing a health care proxy that she did not actually witness.


Pharmacy

Shahab Uddin Ahmed, Woodbury, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033930; Cal. No. 23743
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of distributing the prescription-required non-controlled drug Thalidomide without a prescription and failing to ensure that the pharmacy was under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist at all times when open.

Robert Allen Horlocher, Jr., Mt. Sinai, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 048209; Cal. No. 23587
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being dependent on, or a habitual user of, the prescription-required, controlled narcotic drug hydrocodone.

Vito F. Lavango, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042910; Cal. No. 23249
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Misbranding a Prescription Drug after Shipment in Interstate Commerce.

Daniel Lewis, Sayville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042413; Cal. No. 23627
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of misbranding  the contents of a prescription he had dispensed and failing to counsel.

M. and S. Drugs Inc. d/b/a Long Island City Chemists, 30-12 36th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018640; Cal. No. 23744
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of engaging in the wholesale distribution of the prescription-required non-controlled drug Thalidomide and failing to ensure that the pharmacy was under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist at all times when open.

Howard Topchik a/k/a Sheldon H. Topchik, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021317; Cal. No. 23887
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008 (see also February 1997 and July 2004)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of pharmacy fraudently.


Psychology

Marvin A. Conan, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 004653; Cal. No. 23869
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of committing conduct in the practice of psychology evincing moral unfitness to practice that profession in that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient.


Public Accountancy

Bruce Danoff, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 042642; Cal. No. 23645
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension in certain area for no less than 1 year and until terminated as set forth in application, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having made auditing procedure errors committed during the course of conductingan audit of the financial statements of an entity, the results of which were submitted to a federal agency.

David Alan Kaplan, Melville, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 064657; Cal. No. 23769
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, both felonies.

Vincent Michael Labbate, Massapequa Park, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 082475; Cal. No. 23079
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Disseminating of Indecent Material to a Minor in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

David Paul Rivard, East Setauket, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 067369; Cal. No. 23827
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, both felonies.

Lloyd Howard Silverstein, Melville, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 055639; Cal. No. 23799
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, a felony.

David J. Zwibel a/k/a Joseph David a/k/a John D. Miller, Lawrence, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 046460; Cal. No. 23220
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree and Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, both class E felonies.


Social Work

Carrie Lee Virginia Wilson-Rhodes, Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 057139; Cal. No. 23710
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class E felony.


Veterinary Medicine

Chantal A. Mohr, New York, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 009705; Cal. No. 23692
Regents Action Date:  March 18, 2008
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 60 days.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering the FVRCP vaccine with modified live virus to a female cat prior to determining that said cat was pregnant, and failing to advise the owner of the increased risk to the health of the feti exposed to said vaccine.


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Last Updated: November 19, 2010