Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2015

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy -


Acupuncture

Jason Jay Kolbe L. Ac. P.C.; Northport, NY

Profession: Acupuncture; Cal. No. 27059

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary:  Registrant admitted to the charge that, beginning on February 10, 2012, registrant willfully failed to register as a professional services corporation despite the fact that it provided professional services to clients in the State of New York between February 10, 2012 and October 2, 2013.

Jason Jay Kolbe; Northport, NY

Profession: Acupunture; Lic. No. 002576; Cal. No. 27060

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that, beginning on April 1, 2012, he willfully failed to register as an acupuncturist despite the fact that he practiced as an acupuncturist in the State of New York between April 1, 2012 and August 23, 2013.

Architecture

Jae Yoon Ko; Corona, NY

Profession: Architecturee; Lic. No. 011493; Cal. No. 27790

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015 (see also November 2009)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $7,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to file the correct forms with the Department of Buildings for legalizing an existing radio antenna and for a curb cut, and failing to follow through on objections received from the Department of Buildings.

Chiropractic

Rashad Reneh Trabulsi; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 010871; Cal. No. 27662

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Dentistry

Scott Alan Bialik; Newtown, CT

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 045459; Cal. No. 27827

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to take x-rays when needed for two separate patients and failing to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patients.

Lawrence J. Bruckner a/k/a Lawrence Bruckner; Plainview, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 031486; Cal. No. 27698

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud in the 2nd Degree (2 counts), Violation of Social Services Law, and Criminal Tax Fraud in the 2nd Degree, all felonies.

Alexander Duka; New York, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 043788; Cal. No. 27480

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having  made unwarranted restorations to a patient’s teeth on two separate occasions.

Alexander Duka, D.D.S., P.C. d/b/a Quality Dental for Better Living; New York, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 27481

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of having made unwarranted restorations to a patient’s teeth on two separate occasions.

Stephen L. Grossman; Babylon, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 032713; Cal. No. 27791

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient treatment records.

Harlem Dental Cosmetic Plaza, P.C.; Carle Place, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 27788

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient

Ali John Jazayeri; Carle Place, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 053328; Cal. No. 27362

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Tara N. Minnick a/k/a Tara Minnick a/k/a Tara Turner; Riverhead, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 025690; Cal. No. 27757

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been  convicted of Welfare Fraud in the 5th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Premier Dental, P.C.; Plainview, NY

Profession: Dentistry;  Cal. No. 27699

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Application to surrender certificate of incorporation granted.

Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Violation of Social Services Law, both felonies.

Thomas William Riutta Jr; Stony Brook, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 046699; Cal. No. 27708

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records

Tara Turner a/k/a Tara N. Minnick a/k/a Tara Minnick; Riverhead, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 025690; Cal. No. 27757

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been  convicted of Welfare Fraud in the 5th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Scott Alan Fertig; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 073085; Cal. No. 27625

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of engineering without having completed the mandatory continuing education requirements.

Massage Therapy

Jason Jay Kolbe; Northport, NY

Profession: Massage Therapy;  Lic. No. 010247; Cal. No. 27061

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion thereof after service of a minimum of 3 months upon submission of certain documentation, thereafter 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that, beginning on April 1, 2006, he willfully failed to register as a massage therapist despite the fact that that he practiced as a massage therapist in the State of New York.

Nursing

Michael Adeleke; Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 301709; Cal. No. 27793

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015 (see also January 2014 and September 2015)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year probation to run consecutive to current term of probation imposed under Deputy Commissioner’s Order No. 26941, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed several errors in medication administration and documentation as follows: Lactulose and Xanax.

Marie Lucienne Bayonne; Stamford, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 488370; Cal. No. 27997

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Connecticut, which conduct would be considered practicing the profession of nursing with negligence on more than one occasion if committed in New York State.

Carla M. Blackmon; Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatry); Lic. No. 502162, Cert. No. 400701; Cal. Nos. 27743, 27744

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, and of practicing the profession of nursing while impaired.

Stephen Anthony Brean; Binghamton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250552; Cal. No. 27825

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Assault in the State of Arizona, and of Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 4th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jamie Talia Cunningham; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 288864; Cal. No. 27819

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having been convicted Falsifying Business Records.

Rosanne Ficarra a/k/a Rosanne M. Ficarra; Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 454613; Cal. No. 27715

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015 (see also March 2003 and March 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, 24 months probation to commence when and if return to practice, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Joshua Flores; New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 277631, 544976; Cal. Nos. 27881, 27882

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that, in order to obtain for himself the prescription-required medications sertraline and modafanil, he forged a physician’s blank prescription form for each of said medications and presented the two prescription forms to a pharmacy for dispensing.

Kirk M. Hares; Auburn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 520913; Cal. No. 27714

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having administered medication without a doctor’s order.

Denise Griffith-Heyen a/k/a Denise Griffith;; Smithtown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse  Lic. Nos. 116891, 292984; Cal. Nos. 27929, 27928

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015 (see also July 2012)

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge that, while on duty as a registered professional nurse, her ability to practice was impaired by her consumption of alcohol.

Michael R. Howell; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 297930; Cal. No. 27806

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records.

Leilani Johnson a/k/a Leilani E. Ruiz; Campbell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 294187, 662147; Cal. Nos. 27769, 27768

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, suspension for a minimum of 4 months and thereafter indefinitely until fit to practice and until substance abuse-free, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of indefinite suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor. 

Francoise Joseph; Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296930; Cal. No. 26397

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having administered a medication to a patient who had no order to receive said medication.

Cynthia A. Kozlowski; Getzville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 142262; Cal. No. 27802

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records.

Amy Beth Kramer; Elmira, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485005; Cal. No. 27671

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 failing to monitor a patient who required 24-hour observation.

Marie Mirtho Lindor; North Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255855; Cal. No. 26400

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering a medication to a patient who had no order to receive said medication.

Linda M. Major; Hopewell Junction, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 116932, 416017; Cal. Nos. 27748, 27751

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions until mentally fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Rochelle D. McNeair-Tisdale; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 202272; Cal. No. 27796

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person.

Paula J. Miesch; Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 570095; Cal. No. 27746

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having been convicted of Operating Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs.

Brent Vernon Reader; Tucson, AZ and Verona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse;  Lic. No. 281896; Cal. No. 27398

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person.

Kristina A. Rosso; Rochester, NY 14609

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 288321; Cal. No. 27607

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed.

Summary:  Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Leilani E. Ruiz a/k/a Leilani Johnson; Campbell, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 294187, 662147; Cal. Nos. 27769, 27768

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action:  Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, suspension for a minimum of 4 months and thereafter indefinitely until fit to practice and until substance abuse-free, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of indefinite suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor. 

Juliane M. Shafer; Webster, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 237389, 508454; Cal. Nos. 27688, 27689

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 charges of failing to disclose criminal convictions on a license application, and of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs.

Donna Sims; West Oneonta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 169280; Cal. No. 27765

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 having administered one dose of Albuterol without a valid physician's order.

Suzie Marie Smith; Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse;  Lic. No. 291483; Cal. No. 27906

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of  administering insulin to a patient who was not a diabetic and did not have a physician’s order for insulin.

Barbara Lee Stanton a/k/a Barbara Lee Vido; Schenectady, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206736; Cal. No. 27776

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony. 

Erin Marie Swick; Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 571314; Cal. No. 27758

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until mentally and physically fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Arson in the 4th Degree, a felony.

Barbara Lee Vido a/k/a Barbara Lee Stanton; Schenectady, NY

Profession:  Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206736; Cal. No. 27776

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony. 

Erica D. Walker; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 309949; Cal. No. 27835

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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, $250 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records.

Michele A. Wilferth; Wolcott, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse;; Lic. No. 535147; Cal. No. 27754

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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 charges of being a habitual user of cocaine and of failing to admit to previous misdemeanor convictions on a license application.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Gloria C. Marin; Yonkers, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispensing; Lic. No. 008911; Cal. No. 27747

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Aviva Y. Bodek; Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 049266; Cal. No. 27794

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of misbranding a prescription drug.

Public Accountancy

Kwangho Lee; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 073591; Cal. No. 27799

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

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, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed errors in the audits of financial statements of an entity for each of two fiscal years.

Brian F. Zucker; Somerset, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 052540; Cal. No. 27891

Regents Action Date: March 17, 2015

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, following service of actual suspension, 12 months probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of consenting to the revocation of his privilege to appear or practice before the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) where the conduct charged resulting in the consent to such revocation, would, if committed in New York, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, namely 8 NYCRR 29.10(a)(5).

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Last Updated: October 9, 2015