Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

May 2009

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Acupuncture - Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Acupuncture

Kenneth Dong Jin Suh, Fircrest, WA and Elmhurst, NY

Profession:  Acupuncturist; Lic. No. 001535; Cal. No. 24086

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crimes of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree, a class B misdemeanor and Sexual Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Architecture

Jack H. Cooperman, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 013013; Cal. No. 24408

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine, 50 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of receiving a fee from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services, and of signing and affixing his professional seal to architectural drawings which had not been prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision, without preparing and maintaining for at least 6 years a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said drawings.

Dennis Mitchell, Arlington, TX

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 021754; Cal. No. 24024

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation tolled until and when return to practice in New York State, $500 fine payable within 3 months.

Summary:  Licensee did not contest charges of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in Kansas and Nevada.

Dentistry

Solomon Schwartzstein, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046646; Cal. No. 24314

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of twice preparing and installing an ill-fitting crown on a tooth.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Gregory J. Bileschi, Rochester, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 050342; Cal. No. 24159

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to note an easement on a final map, failing to file a revision statement with a second certified map, and failing to maintain records.

JKW Engineering, P.C., 153 Centre Street, New York, NY

Profession:  Engineering; Cal. No. 24393

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary:  Registrant admitted to charges of drafting and self-certifying plans although non-conforming work was performed by a contractor, and of sharing fees with a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

James K. Wai, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 058090; Cal. No. 24392

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of drafting and self-certifying plans although non-conforming work was performed by a contractor, and of sharing fees with a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Nursing

Lori W. Alexander, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 373545; Cal. No. 24357

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009 (see also February 2007)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence when return to practice, $750 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having documented an assessment of a patient without meeting with the patient and of having violated the terms of her probation.

Esther Geraldine Charles, Mineola, NY Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 576835; Cal. No. 24227

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to maintain a record for a patient which accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of said patient by changing her 4:00 P.M. note for  February 16, 2008 in the Diabetic Record from 20 units to 10 units of regular insulin, without initialing or otherwise acknowledging that a medication error may have occurred.

Paru Damodaran, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 276350; Cal. No. 24499

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted.  

Summary: Licensee did not contest the allegation that, on or about April 27, 2008, while practicing her profession as a nurse at Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center, Bellerose, New York, she punched a 15-year-old psychiatric patient on his face.

Albert Jeffrey Dul, Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285539; Cal. No. 24430

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to document the vital signs and condition of a patient; failing to check on said patient after being informed by an aide that the patient appeared pale and was wheezing; and failing to check on the patient at all between 1:16 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. when the patient was found to have expired.

Florian Domingo Fornoles Estive, Dumont, NJ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 232103,  457666; Cal. Nos. 22595, 22596

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $2,500 fine, 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months to run concurrently with suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of moral unfitness in the practice of the profession and practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently.

Michael Alexander Evard, Floral Park,, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 474886; Cal. No. 24497

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Crystal Goldstein, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 565129; Cal. No. 24427

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 signing out controlled substances for patients on a narcotic sheet but not administering, or intending to administer, said controlled substances to the patients for whom they were signed out.

Laura Jean Gonda, Ossining, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 131868; Cal. No. 24374

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny

Lynn M. Merriam, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 144974; Cal. No. 24288

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009 (see also September 2004)

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 Intoxicated.

Trevalene Christabell Neckles, Brooklyn, NY Profession: Licensed  Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 198570, 554514; Cal. Nos. 23736, 23737

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 accurately transcribe a physician’s order.

Jason Anthony Pereira, Newburgh, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 280428; Cal. No. 24415

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of submitting false time sheets to his nursing employer.

Janet Lynn Regan-Livingston, Haworth, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 502250, Cert. No. 333453; Cal. Nos. 24347, 24348

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to maintain a record for each patient that accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment in that, while employed as a nurse practioner, she failed to record the orders and the administration of medications to 6 patients.

Donald J. Saraniero, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 245185, 485751; Cal. Nos. 24336, 24335

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence when return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Martha Siragusa,  Liverpool, NY Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 301323; Cal. No. 23628

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 charges of having failed to notify the staff physician of a change in patient’s condition and having failed to use recommended safety instructions in moving a patient.

Kimberly Ann Spiteri, East Meadow, NY Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 548052; Cal. No. 23981

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension for at least 1 year and until substance abuse free and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of the crime of Petite Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Charles Frances Juracka, III, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 006478; Cal. No. 24345

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 having  been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Pharmacy

Unity Hospital of Rochester,  1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 015152; Cal. No. 24310

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of failing to direct its pharmacists to properly initial prescriptions entered by interns through a computerized system, failing to direct pharmacists and interns to enter their initials into said computer record of dispensing, and to the extent necessary, failing to document and keep a record of pharmacist review of intern’s submission of prescription orders through its computer system.

Podiatry

Steven Erik Ginsberg, Bayswater, NY and Bronx, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 005906; Cal. No.  24502

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of submitting 6 false podiatric claims to a health care benefit program in February 2007 for podiatric services which he knew had not been rendered.

Public Accountancy

Charles Chester Cramer, Watervliet, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 025527; Cal. No. 24294

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he deviated from generally acceptable accounting practices awhile auditing a pension plan.

David M. Katzenberg, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032759; Cal. No. 24503

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of failure to pay New York City unincorporated business taxes.

Respiratory Therapy

Raid Matthew Rabadi, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 004530; Cal. No. 23378

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to ensure that a patient was properly hooked up to oxygen instead of room air; attempting to intubate 2 patients who were not in cardiac or respiratory arrest, in violation of hospital policy; attempting to intubate a patient and, in doing so, dislodging a front dental cap; and attempting to wean a patient off of a ventilator without informing the nurse so that the patient's intravenous sedation could be turned off.

Social Work

Richard E. Morey, Diamond Point, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 069776; Cal. No. 24307

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree.

Steven A. Young, Ovid, NY

Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 058291, 070975; Cal. Nos. 24385, 24384

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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 twice of Driving While Intoxicated in 2005 and of falsifying time cards.

Veterinary Medicine

Katherine Ann Demaree, Binghamton, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003772; Cal. No. 24164

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she failed to conduct 2 tests prior to operation and to complete accurate treatment records.

Piotr Sebastian Kwasnik, Ridgewood, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 009744; Cal. No. 24431

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Annulment of license.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the allegation that, on or about October 7, 2003, with fraudulent intent, he submitted an application for licensure as a veterinarian to the Division of Professional Licensing Services of the New York State Education Department in which he falsely represented that he was an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, and was thereafter granted a license to practice as a veterinarian in New York State on or about August 4, 2004, based on the aforesaid misrepresentation when, in truth and in fact, and as he well knew, he was not an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

Samuel P. Yancey, Croghan, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004642; Cal. No. 24341

Regents Action Date: May 19, 2009

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.

Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 3 counts of Forcible Touching.

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Last Updated: October 14, 2009