Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

May 17, 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Chiropractic - Clinical Laboratory Practitioner - Dentistry - Dietetics and Nutrition - Engineering and Land Surveying - Mental Health Practitioner - Nursing - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Luis Luistro Garcia, Wayne, NJ

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 016294; Cal. No. 25538

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in New Jersey.

Chiropractic

Christopher Gustaf Nelson, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 010995; Cal. No. 25547

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011 (see also May 2014)

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 splitting fees for chiropractic services with unlicensed persons.

Clinical Laboratory Practitioner

Barbara Scorcia-Turley, Bethpage, NY

Profession: Clinical Laboratory Technician; Cert. No. 007906; Cal. No. 25559

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a class B misdemeanor.

Dentistry

Mary Ann Lester, Rochester, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042195; Cal. No. 25522

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 Failure to Pay Personal Income Tax for 2007.

Gary Osmanoff, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044503; Cal. No. 25530

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 2 year stayed suspension, 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of a crime in the State of New Jersey.

Dietetics and Nutrition

Carol P. Pierce-Ellis, Coleman, FL and Teaneck, NJ

Profession: Dietitian/Nutritionist; Cert. No. 001531; Cal. No. 25297

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft from a Program Receiving Federal Funds, two counts of Theft from a Program Receiving Federal Funds, Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Andrew Steven Braum, Wantagh, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 077439; Cal. No. 24685

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 1 count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, a class C felony.

Mental Health Practitioner

Kimberly A. Swan, Newark, NY

Profession: Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Lic. No. 000211; Cal. No. 25283

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011 (See also December 2011)

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, a class D felony.

Nursing

Mark Alan Bertsch, New Castle, IN

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Cal. No. 25585; Lic. No. 411666

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted in Indiana of Child Molesting and Battery to a Child.

Leah M. Biggins, Churchville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 276230; Cal. No. 25462

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 Driving While Intoxicated on 2 occasions.

Patricia Lynn Bogue, Red Hook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 252710; Cal. No. 25485

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and Offering a False Instrument for filing in the 2nd Degree, both misdemeanors.

Kathleen Ann Collins, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 198413; Cal. No. 24320

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 months suspension, execution of last 6 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently and with negligence on more than one occasion based on her fraudulent recording that she had administered medication or treatment to patients, her failure to document on four other occasions that she had administered certain medications or treatment to patients and failure to properly document the medical records of the patients.

Wilber J. Maher, Lyons, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 246682; Cal. No. 25487

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 failed to adequately respond to a patient.

Bonnie Lorraine Oliver, Baldwinsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 243737; Cal. No. 25302

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Laurie A. Ramos a/k/a Laurie A. Vega, Buffalo, NY and Williamsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 240684, 540556; Cal. Nos. 24960, 24961

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, indefinite suspension until substance abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Susan M. Robisch, Lockport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 580307; Cal. No. 25366

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension commencing June 1, 2011 and terminating June 30, 2011, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Grand Larceny in the 4th degree.

Carrie A. Seadeek, Williamson, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 289932; Cal. No. 25571

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st Degree.

Mary Ella Syberg a/k/a Mary E. Sturm, Perry, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 164010, 501065; Cal. Nos. 25525, 25526

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted  to charges of having committed medication errors involving controlled substances and of having been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree, a misdemeanor.

Jack A. Walters, Jr., North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 487640; Cal. No. 25449

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until mentally fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Jessica G. Zabel, Phoenix, AZ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 548536; Cal. No. 25562

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of crimes in Arizona.

Physical Therapy

Denise Rae Price, Spencer, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 017794; Cal. No. 25411

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

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 as a misdemeanor.

Psychology

Sally Ann Wright, Alderson, WV

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 012791; Cal. No. 25545

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud and having been found guilty of professional misconduct in New Jersey.

Public Accountancy

Lawrence Stephen Fischer, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032015; Cal. No. 25452

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successfully complete course of retraining in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine payable within 5 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having committed errors during the audit of the financial statements of a client.

Michael A. Jacobson, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 034643; Cal. No. 25604

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successfully complete course of retraining in said certain area, upon termination of partial actual suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having committed errors while performing an audit of financial statements.

Veterinary Medicine

Burton D. Miller, Huntington, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004578; Cal. No. 25450

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011 (see also December 1998)

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to properly diagnose and treat or refer a dog to a specialist for treatment of glaucoma.

Ronald J. Peters, Greenwich, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003963; Cal. No. 25498

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011 (see also April 2001, October 2007 and October 2010)

Action: Application for reconsideration granted, as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.

Summary: Application for reconsideration was granted vacating the prior Board of Regents Vote and Order and charges were dismissed.

Ronald J. Peters, Greenwich, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003963; Cal. No. 25612

Regents Action Date: May 17, 2011 (see also April 2001, October 2007 and October 2010)

Action: Application for reconsideration granted, only to the extent of modification of penalty, as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.

Summary: Application for reconsideration was granted modifying the penalty and terms of probation.

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Last Updated: November 13, 2014