Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

March 2016

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Michele Bridgeen Dempsey; Scranton, PA

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 032460; Cal. No. 28667

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of architecture in Pennsylvania while her license was lapsed.

Samuel Eugene Gardner; Wilton, CT

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 019889; Cal. No. 28203

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 willfully failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as an architect and with willfully practicing as an architect without being registered to practice.

Sylvester R. Yavana; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 017799; Cal. No. 28451

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to timely complete mandatory continuing education requirements to practice as an architect; practicing the profession of architecture while not registered to practice; and practicing the profession of architecture as a business corporation and not as a professional service corporation.

Chiropractic

Brian Scott Roth; Port Jefferson, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 011535; Cal. No. 28348

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year stayed suspension, 3 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as a chiropractor.

Dentistry

Confident Smile Dental P.C.; 543A Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY

Profession: Dentist; Cal. No. 28498

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of administering botox for non-dental purposes by administering it around the eyes and on the forehead, when registrant was not authorized to do so.

Lana Gordon; West Hempstead, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 049709; Cal. No. 28497

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering botox to herself for non-dental purposes by administering it around the eyes and on the forehead, when she was not licensed to do so.

Jay Barry Knoller; Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037534; Cal. No. 28762

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of prescribing controlled substances to family members for non-dental purposes outside the scope of my dental practice.

Glenn R. Unger; White Deer, PA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032245; Cal. No. 28033

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Corrupt or Forcible Interference, False or Fraudulent Claims, Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and Fictitious Obligations Intended to Defraud.  

Nursing

Hamili Omar Labata Abiera; New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 220340, 438891; Cal. Nos. 28158, 28154

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 knowingly filing with his employing hospital a false letter from a training facility purporting to attest to his successful completion of the requisite training for certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephanie Collen Belli; Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 315183; Cal. No. 28458

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.

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

Paul John Bourdeau a/k/a Paul J. Bordeau; Rome, NY; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 526165; Cal. No. 28028

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Unlawful Surveillance in the 2nd Degree.

Beverly Sammarco Briatico; Orchard Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485369; Cal. No. 28419

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to properly assess patient, having failed to perform CPR and having failed to maintain accurate documentation.

John M. Burn; Springville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 287768; Cal. No. 28474

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree.

Nicole A. Campo; Patchogue, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 270888; Cal. No. 28746

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016 (see also September 2011)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

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

Michelle A. Colasanti; Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 260664; Cal. No. 28198

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 withdrawing medication from discontinued stock and having been convicted Petit Larceny.

John Howard Craig; Orchard Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 277154; Cal. No. 28216

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of allowing a patient on a pureed diet to eat solid food.

Linda Lee D'Elia; Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health); Lic. No. 464720, Cert. No. 333239; Cal. Nos. 28506, 28507

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspensions, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Donna M. Deline; Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 236536; Cal. No. 28548

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt.

Leonora Francis; Cleveland, OH

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 160944, 419574; Cal. Nos. 28732, 28733

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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, $1,000 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of falsely answering a question on a North Dakota Board of Nursing application asking about prior sanctions or disciplines by any other jurisdiction and practicing nursing in North Dakota with an expired license.

Melissa Ann Guldenzopf; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 629956; Cal. No. 28499

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.

Lori Diane Hallenbeck; Vernon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195627; Cal. No. 28477

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 two counts of Petit Larceny.

Jamie Lynn Jarvis; North Bangor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 318790; Cal. No. 28466

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of medication administration errors, inaccurate record keeping and having been convicted of violation of Public Health Law.

Estelle P. Jenkins; Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 306442; Cal. No. 28030

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.  

Teresa Lynn Jenkins a/k/a Teresa Jenkins Elwood; Watertown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Lic. No. 471274, Cert. No. 303187; Cal. Nos. 28455, 28454

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions for no less than 4 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Cassondra Leigh Kirschner; Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 578827; Cal. No. 28400

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 failing to monitor a patient while lumbar drain was open and failing to turn off patient's lumbar drain.

Reginald Benson Morris; New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273980; Cal. No. 28645

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering another person’s medication to a patient by reason of his failure to properly identify the patient, and thereafter failing to report the error to fellow staff members or to monitor the patient for possible adverse effects of the wrong medication.

Irina Nisnevich; Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 602898; Cal. No. 27118

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to review a patient’s IV bag to note the wrong medication was hung.

Beth Marie Overacker a/k/a Beth Marie Anastasia a/k/a Beth M. Anastasia a/k/a Beth Marie Luczak; Buffalo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 549502; Cal. No. 28241

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years concurrent with stayed suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.  

Hannah J. Potter; Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 309517; Cal. No. 28475

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 medication administration errors.

Natalie Louise Rankin; Randolph, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 619829; Cal. No. 28373

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 documentation and medication administration errors.

Petrie Odette Rice; Laurelton, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 239341; Cal. No. 28514

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 not disclosing a criminal conviction on her application for licensure.

Leyla Jane Samadi; Germantown, MD

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 680431; Cal. No. 28339

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having diverted the controlled substances Demerol and hydromorphone, in liquid form, from the facility’s PYXIS machines and replaced the missing medication with saline solution and having submitted an application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in New York State in which I answered “no” to the question regarding any disciplinary action taken on any license in another state, when in fact, I was disciplined by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on February 25, 2000 and surrendered my license.

Gina Lee Schmidt; Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 317818; Cal. No. 28364

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of documentation errors.

Zina Tumasyan; Syosset, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 601257; Cal. No. 28427

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 follow infection control protocol and failing to report an incident.

Patricia A. Wilson; Selden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 283085; Cal. No. 28197

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully harassing a patient physically and verbally.

Pharmacy

Richard P. Legere; Portland, ME

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038305; Cal. No. 28761

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of delegating work which required pharmacy technician licenses to unlicensed employees of a pharmacy in the State of Maine.

Psychology

Stephen H. Honor; Smithtown, NY

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 004037; Cal. No. 28304

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of providing a note for a patient that was relied upon as a prescription for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Public Accountancy

Carmine Bracco Jr.; Ridge, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 022547; Cal. No. 28760

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to complete the required continuing education credits for the registration periods April, 1990 to present.

Christopher Francis Corapi; New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 048550; Cal. No. 28723

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to register.

Earl Haugabrook; Miami Beach, FL

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 036520; Cal. No. 28668

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Filing False Federal Income Tax Returns, a felony.

Scott J. Meyer; Marcy, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 065436; Cal. No. 28757

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016 (see also April 2009)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of seven counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony; 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony; and 15 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony.

Raines & Fischer, LLP; Public Accountancy Partnership; 555 Fifth Avenue - Suite 901, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Cal. No. 28695

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: The partnership admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in a disciplinary proceeding brought by PCAOB where the conduct upon which the finding of guilt was based would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, a lack of independence in violation of Section 6509(9) of the New York State Education Law and in specific violation of Section 29.10 (a)(5) of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR).

Jay Charles Saloman; Seaford, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 079623; Cal. No. 28509

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to comply with audit procedure when performing an audit of the financial statements of an employee 401(k) benefit plan.

Social Work

William N. Bryant; Trumansburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 065410, 071802; Cal. Nos. 28606, 28607

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failure to appropriately treat a client, failure to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with the client and failure to maintain records.

Amy Christine Ryan-Heiser; Williamsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 059168, 070379; Cal. Nos. 28438, 28437

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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 having failed to maintain a treatment plan for patient and failed to maintain an accurate record of patient's evaluation and treatment).

Veterinary Medicine

Charles Greco III; Centereach, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 007014; Cal. No. 28490

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of providing poor and inadequate management and supervision and failing to maintain adequate records of diagnosis and prescribed treatments of the patient.

The Animal Medical Hospital of Centereach PC; 2425 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Cal. No. 28491

Regents Action Date: March 22, 2016

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

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of providing poor and inadequate management and supervision and failing to maintain adequate records of diagnosis and prescribed treatments of the patient.

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Last Updated: April 25, 2016