Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
March 1995

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Psychology - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Raoul D. Lafaye, Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 014979; Cal. No. 13510
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to complete contracted architectural services for two clients.

Jordan Gary Mertz, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 009590; Cal. No. 13513
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension to be terminated sooner and execution of the remainder of such suspension shall be stayed upon submission of certain proof - upon service or stay of the aforesaid suspension, probation 24 months under various terms.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating terms of probation.

Myron J. Gilson, Central Islip, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 009638; Cal. No. 15113
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol.


Chiropractic

Mark Stephen Wegerski, Fulton, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005429; Cal. No. 14016
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995 (see also June 2008)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of billing for professional services that were not rendered on more than one occasion.

George Joseph Mark Forgione, Wantagh, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005333; Cal. No. 14955
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument For Filing in The Second Degree.

Ronald J. Porcello, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002385; Cal. No. 15148
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of verbally harassing a patient by making sexually oriented statements.


Dentistry

Ann Maria Paul-Williams, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 017193; Cal. No. 13141
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of practicing beyond her authorized scope by having administered nitrous oxide to patients.

Robert C. Maiorino, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Cert. No. 000003; Cal. No. 14330
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Application to surrender certificate to practice parenteral conscious sedation granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to take appropriate actions after a patient exhibited signs and symptoms of significant circulatory compromise.

Robert C. Maiorino, D.D.S., P.C., Deer Park, NY

Profession: Dentist; Cal. No. 14331
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to take appropriate action after a patient exhibited signs and symptoms of significant circulatory compromise.

Bruce R. Schechner, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035934; Cal. No. 15078
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of submitting insurance claim forms completed by an employee which reflected work not completed.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Thomas Limperis, Syosset, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 029096; Cal. No. 15149
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of placing his seal on design drawings before they were in final form; placing his seal on drawings he did not prepare and failing to prepare and retain a written evaluation of the professional services represented by the drawings; and making design errors on those drawings.
License Restored: Effective December 28, 1998, licensee's license was restored by action of the Board of Regents.


Massage Therapy

Stuart Garber, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 004179; Cal. No. 14834
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months under various terms, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of, on two occasions, massaging a patient not properly draped for massage, because the patient's breasts were exposed, and on a third occasion, massaging the patient's genital area.

Linda A. Hansen, Glen Head, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 001801; Cal. No. 15115
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of soliciting and receiving fees from a massage therapist not in her employ.


Nursing

Shelly Girshick, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 074995, 242932; Cal. Nos. 12056, 12057
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of obtaining a unit of packed red blood cells to be transfused into a patient without having first ensured that the blood contained was the correct blood for the patient.

Norma E. Latiff, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 110639, 285598; Cal. Nos. 12058, 12059
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of starting a transfusion of packed red blood cells into a patient without having first insured that the blood obtained was the correct blood for the patient.

Paula Kennedy, Orlando, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 185655; Cal. No. 13704
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of leaving the nursing unit to attend a union rally without reasonable notice to the hospital or its supervisory staff, and violating probation.

Nancy J. Jespersen, Malverne, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 365102; Cal. No. 15003
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of violating terms of probation.

Audrey Marion Barton, Auburn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 050645; Cal. No. 15086
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Donna M. Gallas a/k/a Donna M. Hudson, Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 208133; Cal. No. 15090
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, an Unclassified Misdemeanor.

Jody V. Glass, Wellsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 188888, 415713; Cal. Nos. 12438, 12439
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing seven medication administration errors, failing to take the vital signs of patient and failing to adequately monitor a patient's condition.

Mary F. McKenzie, Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 095575, 355828; Cal. Nos. 14223, 14224
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to document in the nurses' notes for a patient the care that had been rendered.

Semea Kim, Bay Shore, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 239868; Cal. No. 14357
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication administration errors.

Alexander Stephan Balogh, Gloversville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 169000, 374935; Cal. Nos. 14553, 14554
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing eight medication administration errors.

Marie Carmel J. Mardy a/k/a Marie Carmel J. Thomas, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 157303, 385725; Cal. Nos. 14612, 14613
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of leaving the nursing unit to attend a union rally without reasonable notice to the hospital or its supervisory staff.

Edeliza Limos Balbalosa, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 428484, 210496; Cal. Nos. 14614, 14615
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of leaving the nursing unit to attend a union rally without reasonable notice to the hospital or its supervisory staff.

Valerie Hope Kelly, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 218188, 440124; Cal. Nos. 14616, 14617
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of leaving the nursing unit to attend a union rally without reasonable notice to the hospital or its supervising staff.

Celia Dalis Pascal-Waddy, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 437516; Cal. No. 14618
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of leaving the nursing unit to attend a union rally without reasonable notice to the hospital or its supervisory staff.

Patricia Doris Tyler, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 142899, 342412; Cal. Nos. 14720, 14721
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successfully completes certain course, probation 2 years under various terms.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing nine medication administration errors and three charting errors.

Francisca M. Pineda, West Nyack, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 116365, 304748; Cal. Nos. 14860, 14859
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of taking an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid and anopioid analgesic from the stock of a hospital without permission or authority.

Deborah A. Amendolare, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 198164; Cal. No. 14869
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an Unclassified Misdemeanor.

Elizabeth Ann Gordon, Gardiner, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 076571; Cal. No. 14887
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of committing Cruelty to Animals.

Lorine Patrica Griffin, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 042948; Cal. No. 14962
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to properly respond to an emergency situation.

Dolores Jean Hill, Peru, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 170448; Cal. No. 14971
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 12 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 12 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing five medication administration errors.

Susan M. Allgor, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 102918; Cal. No. 14992
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor.

Gloria J. Bickford, Utica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 107054; Cal. No. 15051
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing beyond scope by administering a non-controlled substance without authorization.

Julie R. Schoonmaker, Jay, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 160077; Cal. No. 15056
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of issuing a bad check.

Maura J. Stillwell, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 279026; Cal. No. 15067
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Israel Simonetti, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 093906; Cal. No. 15077
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995 (see also June 2004)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

Kyle R. Rock, Morrisonville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 208798, 437578; Cal. Nos. 15129, 15130
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of verifying an incorrect blood unit.

Karen Ann O'Shea a/k/a Karen Downey, North Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 208570, 432431; Cal. Nos. 15131, 15132
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to administer medication to two patients and administering medication to the wrong patients.

Claudia J. Henderson, Oswego, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 114517; Cal. No. 15141
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Doris Clarke, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 378823; Cal. No. 15158
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995 (see also March 1997)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to check a patient's diabetic management record and making medication administration and transcription errors.

Lori Ann White, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 152409; Cal. No. 15170
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Suspension until successfully participates in a course of therapy and treatment; Upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of removing Morphine from tubexes, injecting herself with the Morphine while on duty, and substituting water for the Morphine in the tubexes.

Edmond Wentworth Fleming, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216518; Cal. No. 15191
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to administer medication to approximately twenty patients.

Ronald D. Tyler, Jr., Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 205891; Cal. No. 15196
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successful completion of certain course, probation 2 years under various terms.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing seven medication errors and/or omissions.

Mary Ann Diehl Ashe, Oneonta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 046199; Cal. No. 15117
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing four medication administration errors.


Pharmacy

Michael Gecht, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028239; Cal. No. 12774
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of last 10 months of suspension stayed, probation 10 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of practicing with gross negligence involving accepting and dispensing nineteen prescriptions for Tylenol #4 (w/Codeine) which contained the forged signature of the prescriber.

Shankar, Inc., 82-35 164th Street, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 017771; Cal. No. 14674
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Retail pharmacy did not contest charges of holding for sale and/or offering for sale adulterated, misbranded, repacked and sample drugs.

Mewal Das Rawlani, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033850; Cal. No. 14675
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of holding for sale and or offering for sale adulterated, misbranded, repacked and sample drugs.

David Every, Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034069; Cal. No. 14861
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing a dispensing error.

Robert Wallace Kendzia, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022673; Cal. No. 14935
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating a term of probation.

Richard E. Barnes, Suffern, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 022896; Cal. No. 14387
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a Class D Felony, and admitted to charges of unlawfully selling the controlled substance to an individual; holding for sale misbranded and/or adulterated substances, failing to maintain complete repacking records, failing to identify generic products dispensed and failing to sign or initial non-controlled prescriptions.


Podiatry

Thomas K. Barlis, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003884; Cal. No. 14520
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: 12 month suspension, execution of last 10 months of suspension stayed, probation 12 months, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the SeOctober 14, 2009"header_with_line_above">Stanley John Zawada, Whitestone, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003845; Cal. No. 14128
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995 (see also June 2003)
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months under various terms, $5,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.


Psychology

Robert P. Raveis, Maplewood, NJ

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 006407; Cal. No. 14307
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of being disciplined in another state for conduct involving physical contact of a sexual nature with a client.


Social Work

Jeremiah P. Huck, Center Moriches, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 028265; Cal. No. 15068
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: $750 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of offering to practice beyond the scope permitted by law by offering to treat Immune System Dysfunctions.


Veterinary Medicine

Everett K. Elmer, Hamilton, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 001526; Cal. No. 14525
Regents Action Date: March 17, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain an adequate record of an animal patient's visit, diagnosis and treatment.


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