Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
May 2006

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying -Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Podiatry - Social Work - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Architecture

Peter Lawrence Schulte, New York, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 019717; Cal. No. 22622
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 giving a fee to a third party for the referral of a client.

Ronald Victorio, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 017206; Cal. No. 22488
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that he failed to complete mandatory continuing education within the prescribed time period.


Chiropractic

Joseph James Brusca, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004423; Cal. No. 22621
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 1st Degree.

Robert S. Gladstone, Melville, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 003974; Cal. No. 21778
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 18 months.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Raymond Pellegrino, North Babylon, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 008404; Cal. No. 22335
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of writing physical therapy notes for patients he did not examine or treat.

Alexander A. Regalbuto, Congers, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 006673; Cal. No. 22685
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Insurance Fraud, Health Care Fraud, Making False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters and Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud.


Dentistry

Abdel Baghal, Wayne, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044147; Cal. No. 22617
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.

Ira J. Cohen, Jamaica Estates North, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036941; Cal. No. 22549
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of improperly constructing two crowns for a patient.

David Douglas Gardner, Dansville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041343; Cal. No. 22536
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also September 2004 and July 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of failing to perform adequate root canal treatment and failing to maintain the original or a copy of pre-treatment radiographs.

Joseph Gorfien, Coral Springs, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 036136; Cal. No. 22411
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Florida Board of Dentistry.

Sandy R. Peresmik, North Las Vegas, NV

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 019092; Cal. No. 22606
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Murder in the 2nd Degree, a class A-1 felony.

Zahreh Tafreshi Rasoulinejad, Stamford, CT

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 041061; Cal. No. 22471
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Ellen Zbar, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046141; Cal. No. 22258
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to the charge of having failed to take adequate diagnostic radiographs for two patients.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Richard H. Green, Albany, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 053776; Cal. No. 22546
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to complete a thorough written evaluation and to include an Energy Conservation Statement and the alteration of statement as required.


Massage Therapy

Thomas Lo Cascio, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 006112; Cal. No. 22647
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of performing oral sex on a female massage therapy client at his place of employment.

Michelle A. Verhalen, Branchport, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 016671; Cal. No. 22523
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.


Nursing

Gladys Bass, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220525; Cal. No. 22123
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Ann Boccanfuso a/k/a Ann Ciafone, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 124793, 337960; Cal. Nos. 22344, 22345
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, thereafter partial actual suspension in certain area for not less than 2 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of charting that she had administered medications when she had not; attempting to orally administer medication to a patient on a gastronomy tube; failing to disconnect a gastronomy tube while changing a patient's dressing; and administering a wrong dose of medication.

Erin Patricia Britt, West Seneca, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271136; Cal. No. 22558
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed probation, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree.

Deanna Buckland, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 241226; Cal. No. 22355
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to properly waste narcotics which were withdrawn but not administered to patients and failing to maintain records for patients which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patients.

Joanne M. Calverley, West Seneca, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 540918; Cal. No. 22265
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of committing medication administration errors and to being convicted in 2004 of Driving While Intoxicated.

Maureen Cannella, Parlin, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 529703; Cal. No. 22560
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension – upon licensee’s return to practice 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to follow a physician's order for the administration of insulin to a patient.

Anna R. Collins, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 081095; Cal. No. 22499
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to maintain accurate patient records by failing to document that medications were administered to the patients.

David Crossley, Port Jefferson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 505959; Cal. No. 22485
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to administer medication, failing to discontinue medication as ordered, and failing to properly monitor a patient’s pain medication.

Karen J. Crawley, Colkden, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 210400, 429436; Cal. Nos. 22325, 22326
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of failing to notify a physician of a patient’s worsening health status and failing to provide appropriate medical care.

David Horatio Daniels, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 154615; Cal. No. 22224
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to document and report a patient fall and dozing while on duty providing home nursing care to a patient.

Tina Marie DeLeo, Twinsburg, OH

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248018; Cal. No. 21669
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: having been convicted of Attempted Resisting Arrest, a class B misdemeanor; Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor; falsely answering on her re-registration document that she had not been convicted of a crime since her last registration with the intent of deceiving the Division of Professional Licensing Services at the New York State Education Department.

Dennis James De Lotto, Lancaster, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 121516, 318289; Cal. Nos. 22629, 22628
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing medication from a Pyxis machine without a physician’s order.

Danielle M. Devito, Mechanicville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 265248; Cal. No. 22433
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also June 2012)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of moral unfitness.

Amy L. Di Joseph a/k/a Amy Watson, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269847; Cal. No. 22070
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of theft of a blank prescription, filling out the prescription as prescribing Lortab to herself, forging the signature of a physician on the prescription, and presenting the forged prescription to a pharmacist to be filled.

Karen E. Dulko, Brookfield, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 528945; Cal. No. 22360
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to account for controlled drugs signed out by her and not administered to patients and failing to record the administration of controlled drugs to patients.

Charlene Francis Elminowski, Lancaster, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 531175; Cal. No. 22535
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Antje K. Fray, Washington, CT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 308203; Cal. No. 22600
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of making three separate false entries in records regarding medication administered to a patient.

Heather Lynn Gallaway, Stony Point, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 514640; Cal. No. 22601
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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, while employed and on duty as a registered professional nurse, having taken and tested a sample of a co-worker’s blood and then having administered insulin to said co-worker, all without obtaining a physician’s order.

Raahkeba A. Goree, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 500848; Cal. No. 22492
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of failing to provide treatment to patients as per physician orders and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Jean Gulliver, Homestead, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 201967; Cal. No. 19226
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of intentional misrepresentation as to her nursing education on her application to obtain a registered professional nursing license and intentionally misrepresenting her licensure history in New York State by failing to disclose her prior application and licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

Joan Hardt, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 259071; Cal. No. 21867
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Gregory Hays Harris, Hope, AR

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 374475; Cal. No. 22619
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 found guilty of professional misconduct by the Texas Board of Nurse examiners.

Wayne Kenard Hunt, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 486954; Cal. No. 21530
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having a sexual encounter with a patient at the hospital he was employed, thereby evidencing moral unfitness to practice the profession of nursing.

Susanne Marie Camacho Japson, Brookhaven, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 202173, 420745 Cal. Nos. 22083, 22084
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 years suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Kathi Kunselman, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 170776; Cal. No. 22522
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering 54 units of insulin instead of the prescribed 5 units.

Marilyn Margaret Kurz, Cold Spring, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 168353; Cal. No. 22497
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 having violated section 2803-d of the Public Health Law in that while employed and on duty as a registered professional nurse at a residential health care facility, she neglected a patient in that she failed to immediately call a code and initiate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a patient who had no vital signs and whose patient chart did not contain a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order.

Roberto Laguio, Liberty, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 181920, 404405; Cal. Nos. 22467, 22468
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of giving cigarettes to a psychiatric patient and kissing said patient on the cheek.

Gail M. La Mont a/k/a Gail M. Wolven, Mellenville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 113953, 464839; Cal. Nos. 22566, 22567
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to notify a physician and provide education, and of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Edythe M. Levell, Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 262523; Cal. No. 21498
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of documenting that she wasted 1 mg. of Xanax when in truth and in fact she did not, thereby conducting herself in the practice of a profession which evidences moral unfitness and practicing the profession fraudulently.

Tami Lisa Loscalzo, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 478130; Cal. No. 22555
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to commence cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a patient whose health-care proxy had consented to the patient being a do-not-resuscitate patient when no physician had issued a do-not-resuscitate order for the patient, and failing to note in another patient’s medical record the deterioration in that patient’s respiratory status or the actions that licensee took in response thereto.

Richard J. MacDougall, Warwick, RI

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 472076; Cal. No. 21576
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor and practicing the profession fraudulently, by answering a question on his re-registration document falsely.

Jill E. Madden, Naples, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 181951; Cal. No. 22573
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (See also September 2010)
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 being convicted of falsifying a business record and petit larceny.

Rolonda Lee Marrow a/k/a Rolonda Ashley Lee, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 559214; Cal. No. 22684
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to falsely and fraudulently indicating on an Application for Licensure and First Registration as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of New York that she had attended a school of nursing at a specified college and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from said college.

Theresa M. Morris, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 260768; Cal. No. 21781
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, upon licensee’s return to practice probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to administer medications on several occasions to differing patients; and falsely indicating in some of the patient’s records that she had.

Amber Laree Niespodzinski, Arcade, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 264591; Cal. No. 22290
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, if and when return to practice 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to perform tests and/or treatments, failing to administer medications, and failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Paula R. Pillo a/k/a Paula R. Recchio a/k/a Paula R. Kalmbacher, Bryon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 248161; Cal. No. 22228
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also March 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of failing to administer medication to patients, failing to take vital signs, failing to maintain accurate patient records, and violating a term of probation imposed upon her by the Board of Regents pursuant to Education Law section 6511.

Adrianne Ruth Proper, South Cairo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 183944; Cal. No. 22643
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also March 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of making medication administration and documentation errors.

Wilhelmina G. Quindo, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186513, 386417; Cal. Nos. 22604, 22605
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to violating section 2803-d of the Public Health Law by neglecting a residential health care patient under her care.

Christopher Allen Reese, Clinton, NY and Venice, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475519; Cal. No. 21254
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to administer medication to eighteen patients, and erroneously documenting that he administered the medication in question to almost all of these patients.

Carmen C. Rengifo, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 540338; Cal. No. 22616
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Pamala A. Rice, Catskill, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 537385; Cal. No. 22286
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension – upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of administering the wrong dosage of a drug.

John Sanchez, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 263723; Cal. No. 22568
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charges of accepting a verbal physician assistant’s order for administering an intravenous controlled substance medication, of willfully violating the New York State controlled substance rules and regulations regarding administration and wastage of controlled substances, and of failing to accurately record in a patient’s medication record the route of administration of a controlled substance.

Sara Shannon, Chandler, OK

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267389; Cal. No. 22489
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 10 month stayed suspension, upon licensee’s return to practice 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Patricia Sheehan, Syosset, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 209247, 426080; Cal. Nos. 22365, 22366
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 writing an order for a medication for a patient without the approval of a physician.

Alison Rosanna Singh, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 256658; Cal. No. 22035
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully abusing a patient physically and willfully making false reports.

Ian Nicholas Smith, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 534079; Cal. No. 22608
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

William Henry Smith, Fort Plain, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 268387; Cal. No. 22631
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Willful Violation of Health Laws, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person, a class A misdemeanor.

Barbara Lynn Stewart, Hudson Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 096713; Cal. No. 22640
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to administer medications and documenting that medications had been administered to patients.

Roslyn C. Terranova, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 077112; Cal. No. 22553
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 having been convicted of Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Deborah J. Whiting, Honeoye, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 244270; Cal. No. 22510
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

Rosemary V. Strock a/k/a Rosemary A. Vinci a/k/a Rosemary A. Czechowicz, Lancaster, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 003885; Cal. No. 22540
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Arson.


Pharmacy

Philip E. Altman, Ardsley, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036393; Cal. No. 22314
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 being convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 4th Degree.

American Outcomes Management, L.P., 40 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018

Profession: Retail Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024832; Cal. No. 22583
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to comply with regulations governing the practice.

Richard W. Barker, Brookline, VT

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 026562; Cal. No. 22639
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse.

Narmin Beshai, Flushing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046291; Cal. No. 22545
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges of dispensing Clonidine 0.3 mg. to a patient in a vial labeled as containing Clonidine 0.2 mg. in filling a prescription calling for Clonidine 0.2 mg., and of allowing an unlicensed person to assist him by taking oral prescriptions by telephone from prescribers.

CVS 249 First Avenue LLC, 253 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Profession: Retail Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024264; Cal. No. 22483
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with substantial provisions of New York State law governing the practice of the profession of pharmacy, to wit: failing to have a supervising pharmacist.

CVS 8th Avenue LLC, 272 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Profession: Retail Pharmacy; Reg. No. 022461; Cal. No. 22484
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with substantial provisions of New York State law governing the practice of the profession of pharmacy, to wit: failing to have a supervising pharmacist oversee the operation of its pharmacy.

CVS 540 Amsterdam Avenue LLC, 540 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Profession: Retail Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024516; Cal. No. 22487
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of willfully failing to comply with substantial provisions of New York State law governing the practice of the profession of pharmacy, to wit: failing to have a supervising pharmacist oversee the operation of its pharmacy.

Inese B. Cederbaums, Pearl River, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029407; Cal. No. 21753
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of dispensing 5.0 mg. of Coumadin when the patient’s physician prescribed 2.5 mg. of Coumadin.

William L. Grubessi, Westbury, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033327; Cal. No. 21886
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony and Conspiracy to Fraudulently Obtain a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Mohammad Haider Ismail a/k/a Mohamed Ismail, Ringoes, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039876; Cal. No. 21713
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Lewis Opper Marks, Charlotte, NC

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042569; Cal. No. 22393
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of filing a re-registration application which contained false information regarding the completion of continuing education credits.

Salvatore M. Motisi, Farmingdale, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030938; Cal. No. 22586
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also July 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing medication for his personal use from his pharmacy employer.

Chad Evan Wolf, Flushing, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 047518; Cal. No. 21966
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006 (see also June 2013)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation for last 2 years, $5,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Physical Therapy

Rosario Carreon Sepe, Avon, IN

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 016050; Cal. No. 22618
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 5th Degree.


Podiatry

William L. Grubessi, Westbury, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004098; Cal. No. 21885
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony and Conspiracy to Fraudulently Obtain a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Mitchell Pearce, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 004178; Cal. No. 22031
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud; Health Care Fraud; and Kickbacks Conspiracy.


Psychology

Jerome August Cerny, Terre Haute, IN

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 008364; Cal. No. 22502
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being found guilty by the Indiana State Psychology Board of professional misconduct.

James K. Morrison, Latham, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 004791; Cal. No. 22390
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, upon licensee’s return to practice 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being convicted of Aiding and Abetting False Statements or Fraud to Obtain Federal Employee’s Compensation.

Freyda Zell, Saugerties, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 003611; Cal. No. 22413
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.


Public Accountancy

Christine S. Drew, Las Vegas, NV

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 063604; Cal. No. 22584
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, upon licensee’s return to practice 1 year probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of the crime of Petit Larceny.

John Anthony LaRossa, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 057922; Cal. No. 22252
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of not less than 6 months, to commence June 1, 2006 and until fit to practice – upon licensee’s return to practice 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being convicted of Attempted Rape in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Rapheal Manela, Flushing, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 037824; Cal. No. 22537
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Francisco Oliveras, Wesley Chapel, FL

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 084322; Cal. No. 22574
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree.

Douglas A. Vernoia, Medford, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 045108; Cal. No. 21934
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Make False Statements in Loan Applications to Financial Institutions, a felony and Bank Fraud, a felony.

Joseph Wolf, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 065899; Cal. No. 22521
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 2 year stayed suspension, 3 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree.


Respiratory Therapy

Michael W. Shannon, Waterford, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 000307; Cal. No. 22200
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found to be guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, a class C felony.


Social Work

Jennifer Croke Kumpf, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 059737; Cal. No. 22598
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 having been convicted of Conspiring to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, a felony, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846.

Billy Nelson Lott, Tully, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 035842; Cal. No. 22565
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
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 maintain an accurate record for each patient.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Shmuel Cymerman, Brighton, MA and Brookline, MA

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 000825; Cal. No. 20203
Regents Action Date: May 23, 2006
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $25,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: delegating the professional responsibility of conducting certain audiological tests for various patients to unlicensed persons who he knew, or had reason to know, were not qualified by licensure to perform them; permitting the performance of activities requiring a license by persons who were not licensed or authorized to perform those activities; causing insurance claims to be submitted, seeking insurance payment to himself for these claims, indicated by his claims that all the tests billed by him were lawfully performed, billing for tests that were performed by unlicensed or unauthorized persons or were not conducted at all, and knowing that he intentionally used unlicensed or unauthorized persons to perform audiological testing that he had not performed or supervised such person’s performance of these tests, and that some of the tests were not conducted at all; using the title “Doctor” on his stationery and bills, in offering to perform professional services, without also indicating the profession, if any, in which he holds a doctorate; and committing conduct in the practice of the profession which evidences his moral unfitness to practice the profession.


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Last Updated: August 23, 2013