Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2010

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Acupuncture

Boyuan Lin, Larchmont, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 000947; Cal. No. 24994

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree.

Jacob Jianqi Zong a/k/a Jianqi Jacob Zong, Flushing, NY

Profession: Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 001721; Cal. No. 23566

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 12 month suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed; probation 11 months, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of committing unprofessional conduct based on his permitting unlicensed persons to perform activities requiring a massage license, allowing patients to be seen and treated without evaluation by a licensed acupuncturist and delegating professional responsibilities to persons not qualified to perform them.

Dentistry

Vincent A. D’Addio, Bronx, NY

Profession:  Dentist; Lic. No. 030134; Cal. No. 24277

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010 (see also June 2003)

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a class A misdemeanor and professional misconduct based on violation of a term of a previously imposed probation by failing to pay a required fine.

Igor Klebanov, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045540; Cal. No. 24828

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $3,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to recognize the perforation of a tooth after performing root canal therapy.

Jacinto Alonzo Martinez a/k/a Jacinto Martinez, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046959; Cal. No. 24899

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Hsin Eugene Chao, Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 070181; Cal. No. 24906

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of signing and sealing plans not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said plans and of receiving fees from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services.

HEC Engineering, P.C., 41-25 Kissena Blvd., #108,Flushing, NY

Profession: Engineering; Cal. No. 24907

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $500 fine payable within 60 days.

Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of signing and sealing plans not prepared by registrant or by an employee under its direct supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said plans, and receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Anthony Cecil Reneaud, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 072822; Cal. No. 24769

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of signing and sealing plans not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said plans and of receiving fees from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services.

Michael Ralph Sterlacci, Ossining, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 049424; Cal. No. 24951

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; and Conspiracy in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Nursing

Jordan Belkin, Jersey City. NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 575634; Cal. No. 24879

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Bernadette Boamah, Valley Stream, NY and Rockaway Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 269345, 541058; Cal. Nos. 24966, 24967

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of making fraudulent entries in patient records.

Dominic A. Bonanza, Clayville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 544088; Cal. No. 24861

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute.

Jan Koenig, Glenmont, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 126503, 340653; Cal. Nos. 24807, 24808

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence when and if return to practice, $500 fine payable within 4 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree.

Mary Ellen Pace, Redondo Beach, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 532421; Cal. No. 24942

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in State of New York, $500 fine.

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

Kevin Patrick Roberts, Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 246982; Cal. No. 24977

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010 (see also March 2001)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

Norman Allen Smith II, Peekskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273666; Cal. No. 24931

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010 (see also June 2013)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $250 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a felony, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a misdemeanor.

Bevin Michelle Taillon, Potsdam, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 567772; Cal. No. 24704

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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 pled guilty to violating Article 33 of the  Public Health Law.

Moselle Amelia Whitehead a/k/a Moselle A. Whitehead, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 292818; Cal. No. 24848

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 2nd Degree, a felony.

Heather Marie Wiggins, Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 294063; Cal. No. 24850

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of withdrawing controlled substances for self use.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Clifford Kaplan, Far Rockaway, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 003855; Cal. No. 24537

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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 Operating a Motor Vehicle under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Courtesy Drugs and Surgical, Inc. d/b/a Courtesy Drugs, 609 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 029231; Cal. No. 24833

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $20,000 fine.

Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of delegating professional responsibilities to a person when the licensee delegating such responsibilities knows or has reason to know such person is not qualified by licensure to perform them, and of practicing the profession of pharmacy with gross negligence.

Jack Croccia, Bronxville, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 019170; Cal. No. 23870

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of dispensing a medication without directions for use, dispensing a medication in the wrong form, failing to indicate the correct prescriber's name on a prescription label, failing to offer to counsel patients and delegating counseling to individuals not authorized to practice pharmacy under a license or a limited permit.

Rio Drugs Inc., 701 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharnacy; Reg. No. 027631; Cal. No. 24449

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $7,500 fine payable within 30 days.

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

Jeeva Thomas, Brewster, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 043438; Cal. No. 24264

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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

Summary: Licensee admits to the charge of stealing pharmaceutical items from the hospital pharmacy where she was employed as a pharmacist.

Psychology

Roy A. Nisenson, Somers, CT

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 004494; Cal. No. 24940

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of 4th Degree Sexual Assault in the State of Connecticut and of Violation of Probation.

Social Work

Donald W. Whipple, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 000797; Cal. No. 24865

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

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

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Veterinary Medicine

Gopal K. Beri, Queens, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004190; Cal. No. 24571

Regents Action Date: March 9, 2010

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination thereof upon successful completion of certain coursework, upon service of or early termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $5,000 fine payable within 18 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to timely inform a cat's owner of diagnosis and treatment options, of failing to adequately monitor a cat's blood sugar level and to appropriately administer insulin, and of failing to record a cat's body weight in the treatment record.  Additionally, he did not contest the allegation that, on or about September 22, 2008, he failed to perform or to recommend tests needed to make an adequate diagnosis of a dog.

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Last Updated: August 23, 2013