Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2009

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- Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Victor Ki Suk Han, Bayside, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 028349; Cal. No. 24244

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee admitted  to charges of fee sharing and failing to maintain records, and of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Dentistry

Ramoncito Cruz Benito, Rahway, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048645; Cal. No. 23863

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successfully complete course of retraining in that certain area, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of preparing and installing crowns ill-fitted to the patient on 2 separate occasions.

Jeffrey R. Burkes, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist, Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 031877, Cert. No. 000373; Cal. Nos. 24026, 24082

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, a class C felony.

Terry Edward Grant, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042150; Cal. No. 24476

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009  (see also March 2000, December 2008 and November 2010)

Action: Application for reconsideration granted, as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.

Summary:  December 16, 2008 vote of the Board of Regents and order of the Deputy Commissioner for the Professions vacated, and statement of charges dismissed based upon reversal of judgment of conviction.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Paul Kenneth Hinkley, Fort Dix, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 049789; Cal. No. 24343

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Attempted Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity and Traveling in Interstate Commerce for the Purpose of Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct, both felonies.

Massage Therapy

Im Yon Chu, Ridgewood, NJ

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 014585; Cal. No. 24218

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of permitting unlicensed persons to perform massage therapy on clients at the premises she maintained for the practice of masage therapy.

Nursing

Marne Cook Bigelow, Hudson Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 176664; Cal. No. 24123

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree.

Mary Helene Callahan-Shane a/k/a Mary Helene Callahan, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 207588, 423598; Cal. Nos. 24017, 24178

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that she failed to obtain witness signatures for wasting controlled substances on 4 occasions, when it was her professional responsibility to do so.

Annette L. DeShong, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 117267; Cal. No. 24229

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of committing patient neglect by administering the wrong medication to a patient.

Elyse J. Flader, Stony Brook, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 266800; Cal. No. 24269

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009(see also June 2012)

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 administering the non-controlled ophthalmic drops, Trusopt and Pred Forte, as well as the non-controlled drug, Naprosyn 100 mg., to the wrong child.

Sarah Jane Pascual Gloria, Bergenfield, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 283182, 569373; Cal. Nos. 24234, 24233

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 that, on each of 3 consecutive days, she administered a medication to a patient more frequently than was ordered by the patient’s physician.

Marilyn C. Gobern, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 091512, 270179; Cal. Nos. 24296, 24297

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully abusing a patient physically.

Sheila N. Hammond, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281267; Cal. No. 24254

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of committing patient neglect by failing to document and report a change in the condition of a resident's foot.

Jacqueline Andrea Elizabeth Hew, Elmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 198944; Cal. No. 24286

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, 100 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree, both class A misdemeanors.

Bernadette Johanna Linnane, Middle Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 243017; Cal. No. 24192

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 leaving an elderly homecare patient unattended by leaving the home a few minutes before the replacement aide arrived.

Danielle Lynn Manzione, Dover Plains, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265644; Cal. No. 24203

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Respondent admitted  to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Driving While Intoxicated.

Wendy Lynn Paniccia, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 256916, 548990; Cal. Nos. 24075, 24076

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of taking controlled substances for her own use.

Joann T. Putaggio, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 409067; Cal. No. 23719

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to maintain accurate patient records, in that she failed to record vital signs and a patient’s condition, and of grossly negligent failure to comply with the Public Health Law provisions requiring the witnessing of wastage of a controlled substance.

Kristi L. Sisco, Port Jervis, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 509357; Cal. No. 24360

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 when and if return to practice, $500 fine payable within 5 months.

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

Meong He Christina Suh, Flushing, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 557762; Cal. No. 24231

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 that, on each of 2 consecutive days, she administered a medication to a patient more frequently than was ordered by the patient's physician.

Benedicto Solatorio Tolentino, Bayonne, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 537566; Cal. No. 24232

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 that, on each of  3 consecutive days, he administered a medication to a patient more frequently than was ordered by the patient's physician.

Occupational Therapy

Diane Lynn DeMonja, Fredonia, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 004825; Cal. No. 22845

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 filing a false report by altering a patient record.

Pharmacy

Javed Azmat, Whitestone, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029428; Cal. No. 24160

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision in that the pharmacy of which he was supervising pharmacist lost a patient’s written prescription for a narcotic and he failed to fully investigate the whereabouts of said prescription before informing the patient’s physician that the prescription had probably been returned to the patient.

José L. Colón, Shrub Oak, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028644; Cal. No. 23947

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted once of Driving While Intoxicated and once of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 815 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023584; Cal. No. 23831

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine, 1 year probation.

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of operating the pharmacy without a supervising pharmacist, failing to display the registration certificate of the supervising pharmacist, failing to provide hot running water in the compounding and dispensing areas, failing to equip the drug-containing refrigerators with thermometers, and holding misbranded drugs for sale.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 1518 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024293; Cal. No. 24276

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of operating the pharmacy without a supervising pharmacist.

Rite Aid of New York, Inc. 10846 d/b/a Eckerd Corporation, 307 Hamilton Street, Geneva, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023903; Cal. No. 24220

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of failing to notify the State Board of Pharmacy of a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist.

Dinesh Dayabhai Shah, Woodbury, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037723; Cal. No. 24210

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a class C felony and Health Care Fraud, a Class C felony.

Psychology

Raymond Alan Bodensieck, Clifton Park, NY

Profession:  Psychologist; Lic. No. 010453; Cal. No. 24002

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of committing boundary violations.

Public Accountancy

Delroy Melvin Johnson, Rosedale, NY

Profession:  Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058076; Cal. No. 24205

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Failure to File Income Tax Returns.

Respiratory Therapy

Thomas Chavez, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 001096; Cal. No. 24185

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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 the charge of failing to disclose criminal convictions.

Veterinary Medicine

Astoria Animal Clinic, P.C., 25-64 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Cal. No. 23130

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Registrant was found guilty of gross negligence, incompetence on more than one occasion, negligence on more than one occasion and unprofessional conduct.

Guy R. Hammond, Bath, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 008209; Cal. No. 24256

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

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

Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of failing to adequately diagnose, failing to maintain adequate records of visits, and delegating responsibilities to unlicensed persons.

Salah E. Hassan, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007677; Cal. No. 23129

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2009

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty:  24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months to run concurrently with said suspension, commence and complete certain course of education within first 12 months of said probation or commence and complete certain training within first 12 months of said probation, $2,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of gross negligence, incompetence on more than one occasion, negligence on more than one occasion and unprofessional conduct.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2012