Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
March 1999

Certified Social Work - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Professional Engineering

Certified Social Work

Lillian Arbelo, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 014932; Cal. No. 17662
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of preparing false progress notes, visit reports and a discharge summary, all relating to one patient.


Dentistry

Kenneth M. D'Cunha, Danbury, CT

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038506; Cal. No. 17556
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of three counts of Sodomy in the Third Degree.


Nursing

Joan Winifred Wright, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 150050; Cal. No. 14361
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession while her license was suspended and failing to comply with the terms of probation as set forth in an earlier order of the Department.

Gerald Scott Lenahan, Peekskill and Beacon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232718; Cal. No. 16849
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of committing several acts of theft from patients at his employer's place of business and from his employer.

Joanne Spina, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 099540; Cal. No. 17726
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of engaging in conduct in the practice of her profession which evidences moral unfitness by stealing ninety (90) Percocet tablets from a patient.

Charles A. Marlow, North Massapequa, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 150619, 340561; Cal. No. 17732, 17733
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime Driving While Intoxicated.

Heather Jilson Moore, Elmira, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 458581; Cal. No. 17795
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999 (see also November 1997)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to perform medical tests but indicating in medical administration documents that they were performed, failing to disclose to employer that her license to practice her profession was on probation, and for submitting false documents to the Department in connection with a previously imposed term of probation.

Robert William Cox, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216459; Cal. No. 16471
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of making numerous medication administration errors and prescribing medications without authorization.

Marie Jocelyne Simpson-Joseph, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 431556; Cal. No. 17211
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $250 fine, probation 1 year to be terminated earlier as set forth in consent order application.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of committing several medication administration errors.

Patricia Ann Collins, North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 202305, 426806; Cal. No. 17433, 17434
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of, while rendering care to a 2 year old post-operative brain tumor resection patient, failing to verify that a drainage clamp was open, failing to take vital signs at time intervals as ordered, and administering a non-controlled medication every 8 hours instead of every 6 hours as ordered.

Amy Randon Fay, Olean, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 389554; Cal. No. 17447
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to administer medication in accordance with physicians' orders on four occasions.

Margaret A. Wehrum, East Rockaway, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 156614, 352260; Cal. No. 17490, 17491
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $500 fine, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of being dependent upon narcotics.

Raymond Monroe, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 167065; Cal. No. 17575
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
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 obtaining a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse fraudulently, being convicted of two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

Edward Frank Villarejo, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 241108; Cal. No. 17586
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
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 having been convicted of the crime Driving While Intoxicated.

Teresa Smith Vencl, Endicott, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 244713; Cal. No. 17589
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of the crime Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony.

Marie Magalie Planchuelo, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 202839, 430871; Cal. No. 17611, 17612
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of signing a transfusion administration record to indicate that she had made all required identification checks between the intended recipient of a blood transfusion and the blood product label when she had not, and commencing the transfusion without having made all required identification checks.

Concepcion P. Villaluna, New Milford, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 377506; Cal. No. 17613
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering a medication via the incorrect route, mislabeling the medication, administering the incorrect medication to a patient and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Lorraine J. Freiberg, Stony Point, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 486321; Cal. No. 17614
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering a medication via the incorrect route, mislabeling the medication, administering the incorrect medication to a patient and failing to maintain an accurate patient record.

Elizabeth Vidal-Lenzo, Spencerport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 486135; Cal. No. 17638
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to notify a nursing supervisor of a nursing home resident's low blood sugar level.

Saly George, Bellerose, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 199018, 429736; Cal. No. 17645, 17643
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
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 to notice that the wrong pain medication was infusing into patient.

Cheryle L. Sprague, Watertown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 211538; Cal. No. 17656
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, failing to properly administer medications to patients and/or failing to document said administrations, and having been found in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law by diverting the controlled substance Demerol for self-administration.

Ellen Mosely, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 115324, 315083; Cal. No. 17666, 17667
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
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 charting that Flagyl had been administered to a patient by herself and other nurses when she knew that the drug had not been administered.

Edward J. McKenna, Islip, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 446099; Cal. No. 17684
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of willfully physically abusing a psychiatric patient by pushing an unlit cigarette into the patient's face.

Michele Mahan-Roach, Rocky Point, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 385720; Cal. No. 17721
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of recording in patients records that double doses of patients' ordered Demerol were administered while she had administered the ordered amount and kept the excess for her own use.


Pharmacy

Raymond Alan Bleser, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021895; Cal. No. 17724
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C Felony.

Hunts Point Multi Service Center, Inc., 661 Cauldwell Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 012831; Cal. No. 17445
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charge of maintaining as part of its inventory drugs that were misbranded and repacked. Drugs were in containers that lacked labels bearing sufficient information for proper identification and safety.

Gus A. Constantouris, Bethpage, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036872; Cal. No. 17610
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making a dispensing error, failing to sign daily computerized records of prescriptions, and failing to document in pharmacy records the acceptance of refusal of patient counseling.

Steven Mark Kramer, Westley Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033806; Cal. No. 17628
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of filling or refilling prescriptions for Vicodin, when in fact, the prescription had been altered as to quantity to be dispensed. Pursuant to the altered prescriptions the licensee dispensed quantities of Vicodin more frequently and in excess of the amount that would be used if taken in accordance with the directions for use.


Podiatry

Vartan J. Lazarian a/k/a Vartan J. Lazar, Bellport, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003757; Cal. No. 12371
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of inappropriately taking x-rays of an unaffected foot for one patient and improperly using a sterile tray and pack in treating another patient.


Professional Engineering

Slawomir M. Popiel, Hamburg, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 062171; Cal. No. 17602
Regents Action Date: March 16, 1999
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of affixing his signature and seal to plans of a residence not prepared by him nor by an employee under his direct supervision and that his written evaluation of the plan was not sufficiently thorough.


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