Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2018

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Veterinary Medicine -


Chiropractic

Sophia Vivian Lin; East Setauket, NY
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 011650; Cal. No. 29190
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony.

 

Dentistry

Albino Nicholas Ballini; Rome, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044155; Cal. No. 29425
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018 (See also September 1996)
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 did not contest the charge of record keeping and failure to examine patient.

 

Engineering and Land Surveying

Ziad Yousef Ekwaneen; Kew Gardens, NY
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 090429; Cal. No. 30007
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 30 month actual suspension, 30 month stayed suspension, 5 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filing eight professionally certified applications with the New York City Department of Buildings which resulted in audit failures.

John Joseph Kron, Jr.; Rutherford, NJ
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 084417; Cal. No. 29509
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Yaakov J. Stern; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 056415; Cal. No. 29936
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully filing false reports when filing job applications with New York City Department of Buildings.

 

Nursing

Lisa M. Baker a/k/a Lisa M. Todd; Ogdensburg, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 269945, 553026; Cal. Nos. 29637, 29644
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018 (See also July 2013)
Action: Found guilty of violation of probation; Penalty: Penalty supersedes penalty previously imposed under Order Nos. 26579 and 26580, suspension for no less than 1 year and until complete course of therapy or treatment and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice, subsequent to at least 7 days prior notice by respondent.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having violated probation.

Charlene Simone Blackwood; Parkland, FL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 525204; Cal. No. 30322
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to document physicians' orders for medications in patients' medical records and failing to document the administration or waste of medications in patients' medical records.

Elsa B. Borja-Estrella; Yonkers, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 173537, 375250; Cal. Nos. 30326, 30327
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action:
Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions until sucessfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of, on two occasions, failing to properly document details regarding the treatment of a patient.

Tiana Dalette Bradley; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282463; Cal. No. 29900
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Assault in the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and filing a false report.

Kathleen Marie Caldwell a/k/a Kathleen Marie Gorman; San Jose, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 548256; Cal. No. 30111
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly treat, monitor and reassess a patient who was suffering from heart palpitations and tachycardia and failing to maintain accurate treatment records for several patients.

Lisa Diane Clark a/k/a Lisa D. Rumsmoke; Bath, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 295534; Cal. No. 29360
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018 (See also December 2013 and June 2015)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Welfare Fraud in the 4th Degree and Petit Larceny.

Robin A. Curtis; Gouverneur, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 272544; Cal. No. 30086
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documenting performance of a patient assessment on a patient without having performed the assessment.

Allison Dawn DiTommaso; San Diego, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 652264; Cal. No. 30328
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of giving a patient 80 units of insulin when the physician’s order was for 8 units.

Kristen Marie Dodds; Hilton, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 280432; Cal. No. 29499
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Identity Theft in the 2nd Degree, a class “E” felony.

Gladys Poscablo Domantay; Little Neck, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 576649; Cal. No. 30078
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, as the last nurse on the unit, she failed to ensure by physical inspection that there were no patients left in the holding area of the Same Day Surgery Unit before leaving the facility.

Michelle M. Eaton; Schenectady, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 476177; Cal. No. 27634
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 4 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diversion of narcotic medication.

Naomi Foster; Springfield Gardens, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 601061; Cal. No. 29938
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falsely documenting her interaction with a patient.

Kristy Salaz Garza; Lubbock, TX
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 556858; Cal. No. 30329
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of, in the State of Tennessee, violating confidentiality of information of knowledge concerning a patient except when required to do so by law.

Caitlin R. Gordinier; Webster, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 299128, 703792; Cal. Nos. 29885, 29886
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspensions, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing gabapentin for personal use.

Christine A. Hammond; Niskayuna, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 243389; Cal. No. 29537
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 4 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of Driving While Intoxicated.

Phillis Mae Holderfield; Mesquite, TX
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 612959; Cal. No. 30143
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diverting approximately fifty-two (52) tablets of the controlled drug Hydrocodone 5/325 mg from two different patients for her own use.

Karen Anne Huss; Rome, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 159245, 416071; Cal. Nos. 30071, 30072
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions until mentally fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing the profession with moral unfitness and Introducing Contraband Into Prison 2nd Degree.

Bethany S. Johnson; Jamestown, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse;Lic. No. 269035; Cal. No. 29973
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 removed multiple fentanyl patches from an Omnicell under patients' names for her own use.

Jane Helen Johnson; Walnut Creek, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 266497; Cal. No. 30330
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more in the State of California, a misdemeanor, and which, if committed within this state, would have constituted as Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Michael Joseph Kastrinos; Kings Park, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 684800; Cal. No. 30068
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 failing to maintain a record for three patients that accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patients.

Lynn Kidder; Lackawanna, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 653696; Cal. No. 29647
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 3 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration errors.

Koren Lasher; Bolton Landing, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 564310; Cal. No. 30140
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Brittany Marie Lynch; Holbrook, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 289119; Cal. No. 30002
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 falling alseep while caring for a patient who suffered from ALS.

James Joseph Moore; Morristown, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 648429; Cal. No. 30017
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree.

Jessica Lynn Myers; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 653884; Cal. No. 29169
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of medication administration errors and having been convicted of Attempted Falsify Business Records 2nd Degree and patient neglect.

Joyce Marie O'Riley; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 202964, 425476; Cal. Nos. 30163, 30162
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspensions, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsely stating on applications for licensure as a licensed practical nurse and as a registered professional nurse that she had never been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country.

Barbara Jean O'Sheenan; Cheektowaga, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 238576; Cal. No. 30056
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 having failed to prevent or promptly report the recreation of a resident's medication administration record by those under her supervision, to conceal that a medication had been administered after it was discontinued.

Michael Anthony Pietoso; Nutley, NJ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 694019; Cal. No. 29337
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree.

Tina D. Schmitt a/k/a Tina Schmitt Smith; Surfside Beach, SC
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285608; Cal. No. 30331
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of incorrectly documenting in a patient’s record in the State of South Carolina that the controlled drug Vicodin was administered.

Amber L. Sliski a/k/a Amber Gravitte; Scio, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 309143; Cal. No. 28982
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 failure to maintain an accurate record.

Kathleen M. Sullivan a/k/a Kathleen S. Richard; Fulshear, TX
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 120744, 305178; Cal. Nos. 30074, 30073
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspensions, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing nursing in the State of Texas from December 1, 2013 through January 14, 2015 without a valid nursing license.

Lory J. Tudor; Eagle Bridge, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 401475; Cal. No. 30041
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing in the State of Vermont without a current license to practice.

Jennifer Susan Walker; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 599659; Cal. No. 29059
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Elizabeth Claire Wight a/k/a Elizabeth Weaver Otis; San Diego, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 516863; Cal. No. 30042
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 3 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of California crime.

Shimmareeyau Kandoria Williams; Liverpool, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293210; Cal. No. 29988
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, Fleeing Officer in Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree.

Brian Paul Yoos; Smithtown, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 673813; Cal. No. 29989
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 administering the wrong dose of medication to a patient.

Stacy L. Zambrano; Buchanan, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485350; Cal. No. 30028
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018 (See also September 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 3 months and 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 of two misdemeanor convictions for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

Vicki Zendano; Lockport, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 281552; Cal. No. 30093
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 medication administration and documentation errors.

 

Pharmacy

Timothy Gregory Card; Liverpool, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042820; Cal. No. 29710
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 limitations on assistance by an unlicensed person and failing to comply with substantial rules or regulations governing the profession.

Wayne Drugs of Pulaski, Inc.; Oswego, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 019649; Cal. No. 29743
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018 (See also June 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to follow rules or regulations governing the profession.

 

Psychology

Dennis John Foley; Rochester, NY 
Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 013862; Cal. No. 29848
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
Action: Application for amended consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon:  January 23, 2018 determination of Board of Regents and its related Vote and Order vacated; penalty imposed of 5 month actual suspension, 19 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice; penalty effective nunc pro tunc on and as of date of original Vote and Order issued January 23, 2018.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness.

 

Veterinary Medicine

Patricia E. Jolie Zotzmann; Saratoga Springs, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 005530; Cal. No. 30019
Regents Action Date: March 12, 2018
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 treatment and recordkeeping.

 

 

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Last Updated: April 12, 2018