Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
March 1998

Architecture - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy

Architecture

Nicholas Joseph Senesey, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 008389; Cal. No. 17104
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted; $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of conspiracy to bribe agents of the New York City Board of Education and to commit mail fraud.


Certified Social Work

Richard A. Friedman, New York, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 022094; Cal. No. 15801
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to failing to properly deal with issues of transference and counter-transference with a patient and failing to maintain a record which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of a patient.

Thomas A. Cutrone, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 017781; Cal. No. 17002
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charge of making errors on insurance claims.

Thomas A. Cutrone, C.S.W., P.C., 201 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016

Profession: Social Worker; Cal. No. 17003
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $2,500 fine.
Summary: Respondent could not successfully defend against charge of making errors on insurance claims.


Chiropractic

Craig Floyd Lisjak, Cattaraugus, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 006035; Cal. No. 17025
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 3 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to promoting and developing a dependent relationship with a patient.


Dentistry

Mark Howard Gordon, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036092; Cal. No. 15847
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of inadequately fabricating a bridge that was ill fitted with open margins.

John A. Kakaty, Utica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024963; Cal. No. 15499
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of verbally abusing patients.

Salvatore Napoli, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Dental Anesthesia; Cert. No. 000421; Cal. No. 17063
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Certificate holder did not contest charges of being dependent on, or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having similar effects.

Salvatore Napoli, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034251; Cal. No. 17064
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of being dependent on, or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having similar effects.

Richard L. Zinaman, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032016; Cal. No. 17123
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits charges of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (4 counts).


Massage

Earl C. Barry, Satellite Beach, FL

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 003279; Cal. No. 16127
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to properly drape a client.


Nursing

Rhonda Lee Depo, Cicero and Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 173988; Cal. No. 16240
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; Suspension until terminated as set forth in hearing panel report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of being dependent on or a habitual user of narcotics.

Patricia Ann Ibey Malota, West Seneca, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 204158; Cal. No. 16301
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; No penalty imposed for the specification of which respondent was found guilty.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession beyond its authorized scope by prescribing an over the counter medication without authority to do so.

Georgia L. Markowitz, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 360300; Cal. No. 16552
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also June 2009)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; 2 year suspension to be terminated earlier upon satisfactory written proof of completion of 64 hours of community service - upon service or early termination of 2 year suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of violating the terms of probation set by the Board of Regents in an earlier disciplinary action.

Patricia L. Tricarico, Patchogue, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 136134; Cal. No. 16863
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; 2 year suspension and following completion of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of being convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor for stealing 60 Fiorocet tablets from her employer.

Deanna Mary Frenyea a/k/a Deanna M. Frenyea, Plattsburgh, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 213982; Cal. No. 16883
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also June 1995 and December 2000)
Action: Found guilty of violation of probation; Penalty; Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of violating the terms of probation set by the Board of Regents in an earlier disciplinary action.

Mary Theresa McConnell a/k/a Mary T. McConnell a/k/a Mary McConnell, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 215835; Cal. No. 16890
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also November 2009)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the following crimes: Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor; and Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence of Alcohol as a Felony.

Carol Jean Jenkins, Cary, NC

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 056504, 175168; Cal. Nos. 16536, 16537
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failure to properly maintain a Swan-Ganz catheter which had been inserted into a patient.

Ellen Zagara, Depew, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 457324; Cal. No. 16998
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension with leave to apply, after service of the first 6 months, for early termination of any remaining period of suspension as set forth in consent order application - upon service or termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing medication errors and omissions.

Maluningning Stamaria Ambrocio, Bayonne, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 409414; Cal. No. 17006
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing medication administration errors and attempting to cover-up said errors.

Gerrie L. Murray, Clifton Springs, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 131159, 472382; Cal. Nos. 17009, 17010
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of medication administration errors.

Nickey Paulino Del-O, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 449851; Cal. No. 17030
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of leaving the hospital unit he was assigned to without authorization and without completing patient rounds or patient assessments.

Naomi Fragale, Whitesboro, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 389556; Cal. No. 17034
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to take appropriate action after checking a patient's elevated blood pressure.

David Nayudupalli, New City, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 345617; Cal. No. 17071
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $750 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering the incorrect dosage of the controlled substance Phenobarbital to two patients, and charting on the narcotic sheet that he had wasted the dosages of said controlled substance and forging the name of an individual as a witness to the wastage.

Karen R. Lawrence, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 460898; Cal. No. 17074
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2-year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering the anesthetic Marcaine intravenously when it was supposed to be administered epidurally.

Joy H. Wilczak, Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. Nos. 187567, 393147; Cal. Nos. 17078, 17077
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering two enema treatments to a patient without physician's order for such treatment, failing to indicate in the patient's records that the treatments had been administered and administering one dose of a non-controlled medication to the wrong patient.

Roberta L. Morris, Norwich, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 243587; Cal. No. 17080
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsifying a patient record.

Patience E. Rempe, North Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 163588, 371797; Cal. Nos. 17109, 17110
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing on two occasions to save surgical tissue sample for analysis.

Carmen Teresa Eulau, Briarwood, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216364; Cal. No. 17113
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to allegations of committing medication administration and charting errors involving numerous patients.

Mary Teresa Opie, Endicott, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 446697; Cal. No. 17114
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2-year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making medication administration errors.

Lorraine C. Brisotti a/k/a Lorraine C. DiPalermo, Middletown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 401526; Cal. No. 15137
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also February 1994)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of obtaining controlled substances fraudulently by indicating that they were for a patient, signing the name of a co-worker on a Narcotic Disposition Record and violating terms of probation set by the Board of Regents.

Jessie R. Sterling, Frankfort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 047290; Cal. No. 16456
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violation of probation terms established by the Board of Regents as a result of an earlier disciplinary action. Licensee failed to provide quarterly performance reports from an employer, failed to successfully complete a plan of continuing education and failed to pay a fine of $500.

John Roman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 233476; Cal. No. 17008
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor and failing to reveal the conviction to the State Education Department upon re-registration.

Susan Wagner Lennon, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 200524; Cal. No. 17027
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge that she practiced the profession beyond its authorized scope on various occasions by prescribing drugs for patients seen and assessed by her.

John Lewis, Phoenix, AZ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 442597; Cal. No. 17111
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely documenting one patient's presence on round checks and results of another patient's blood test, which had not been performed.

Elaine P. Miller, Cortland, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230513; Cal. No. 17161
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making medication administration errors.


Pharmacy

Wendy Hope Berger, Albany, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040047; Cal. No. 16144
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of gross negligence by reviewing the dispensing of the wrong dosage of medication.

Martin E. Weisman, Woodmere, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032816; Cal. No. 16894
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of holding misbranded drugs in active inventory.

Janna Gaissinskaia-Karasik, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 043691; Cal. No. 16969
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of holding for sale and/or offering for sale misbranded and repacked drugs.

Genovese Drug Stores, Inc., Retail Store, 8222 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018676; Cal. No. 16973
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also July 1996)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charges of having the pharmacy open without being under the immediate supervision and management of a licensed pharmacist and permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license to practice pharmacy.

George Cafarelli, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 018506; Cal. No. 17037
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violating pharmacy laws and rules.

Steven M. Bellantoni, Wappingers Falls, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035983; Cal. No. 17054
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998 (see also April 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of attempted criminal diversion in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor for dispensing a prescription drug to an individual without a prescription for the drug being issued.

Kevin D. Reilly, Fairport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033647; Cal. No. 17135
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willfully filing a false notice of change of pharmacist-in-charge form, which falsely listed the supervising pharmacist.

Thomas Young Suh, Lattington, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029003; Cal. No. 17140
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $2,500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of making a dispensing error.

Debra Loorie, Hilton, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027251; Cal. No. 15822
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of the crime of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, relating to having stolen property in excess of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).


Podiatry

David Steven Feinstein, South Salem, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003555; Cal. No. 17011
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a felony for having submitted false claims to Medicaid.

Alan L. Leshnower, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003948; Cal. No. 16940
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree. Licensee also admitted to submitting claims for Medicare reimbursement that falsely stated the professional services rendered and/or performed by him.


Psychology

George Bush, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005560; Cal. No. 14951
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of using undue influence to pressure a patient to remain in therapy and failing to maintain a record that accurately reflected his evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Jay Alfred Seitz, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 010816; Cal. No. 15993
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; $2,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willfully failing to register with the New York State Education Department.


Public Accountancy

John J. Walters, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036052; Cal. No. 16754
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty; 3 year suspension to be terminated sooner as set forth in Regents Review Committee report, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willfully failing to register with the New York State Education Department.

Michael Neal Smith, Howard Beach, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 054234; Cal. No. 17028
Regents Action Date: March 10, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon; 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of preparing a deficient audit report.


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Last Updated: April 8, 2010