Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

May 2019

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Massage Therapy - Mental Health Practitioner - Midwifery - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Respiratory Therapy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Architecture

Arctone Architect, P.C.; Smithtown, NY
Profession: Architect; Cal. No. 30726
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $3,500 fine.
Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of filing thirty (30) job applications with the New York City Department of Buildings while its officer was not registered to practice as an architect in the State of New York.

Olusoji Reuben Ojeyemi; Smithtown, NY
Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 023388; Cal. No. 30727
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of filing thirty (30) job applications with the New York City Department of Buildings while not registered to practice as an architect in the State of New York.

 

Massage Therapy

David Graham Ireland; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 018042; Cal. No. 30566
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Forcible Touching.

Diego R. Velazco; Bayside, NY
Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 025168; Cal. No. 30929
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of massaging the breasts of two clients and failing to properly drape one of the clients when doing so.

 

Mental Health Practitioner

Stephen Slade Tien a/k/a Steven Slade Tien; Ithaca, NY
Profession: Psychoanalyst; Lic. No. 000693; Cal. No. 30454
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 years suspension, execution of suspension stayed, 3 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of one count of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor. 

 

Midwife

Buffalo Midwifery Services, PLLC; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Midwifery; Cal. No. 30538
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of delegating duties to an unqualified person, failing to appropriately administer antibiotics to a patient, permitting a pregnant patient to vaginally deliver a baby in breech position at registrant’s home, failing to document a patient’s vitals and failing to appropriately monitor the fetal heart rate of a patient’s baby and providing a false statement to the New York State Education Department.

Eileen Stewart a/k/a Eileen S. Ort; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Midwife; Lic. No. 000367; Cal. No. 29734
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 30 months actual suspension and until successful completion of specified course of retraining, 3 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of delegating duties to an unqualified person, failing to perform adequate assessment of a patient's ability to birth a baby in breech position, failing to appropriately administer antibiotics to a patient, permitting a pregnant patient to vaginally deliver a baby in breech position at licensee's home, failing to document a patient's vitals and failing to appropriately monitor the fetal heart rate of patient's baby and providing false statement to the New York State Education Department.

 

Nursing

Gbolabo O. Adetunji; Holly Springs, NC
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 302173; Cal. No. 31237
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of neglecting a patient under and in need of immediate professional care, without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care in North Carolina.

Julianne Alsante; Greenwich, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 370111; Cal. No. 30961
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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 violating Section 2803-d of the Public Health law.

Donna L. Ashline; Plattsburgh, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 283395; Cal. No. 30955
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of medication administration error and documentation errors.

Kathleen Kelley Becker a/k/a Kathleen Anne Kelley; Carson City, NV
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 089173, 242958; Cal. Nos. 31239, 31240
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Above the Legal Limit, a misdemeanor in the State of Nevada, and placing a pillow over a patient’s face and slapping said patient in the face.

Zachary Lawrence Benjamin a/k/a Zachary L. Benjamin; Fort Wayne, IN
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 659269; Cal. No. 31059
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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 the State of New York.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of Indiana diversion of drugs.

Leah M. Biggins; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 276230; Cal. No. 30851
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019 (See also May 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 2 months and until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Theft From a Motor Vehicle in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a misdemeanor in the 1st Degree which, if committed in New York State would constitute Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ericka Lee Brath; Williamsville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 196622, 482990; Cal. Nos. 30907, 30908
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having falsely altered patient record after administering an incorrect dose of medication.

Vivian Lee Chapek a/k/a Vivian Lee Henke; Concord, OH
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 609914; Cal. No. 31073
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been habitually drunk or being dependent on, or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having similar effects in Ohio.

James Edward Clapper; Bainbridge, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 303460; Cal. No. 29719
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jewdith Cullar; Bronx, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 299319; Cal. No. 30991
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records in that the administration of medications to ten residents was recorded in said residents’ medication administration records when said medications had not been administered.

Deborah A. Dauphinee; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 490878; Cal. No. 30822
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Darline Delmond; Philadelphia, PA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 305298; Cal. No. 30846
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 months actual suspension, 18 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to disclose criminal conviction on an application for nursing license.

Michael Terrence Fitzgerald; Richmond, KY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health); Lic. No. 517327, Cert. No. 333159; Cal. Nos. 31165, 31166
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license and to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records in the State of Kentucky.

Natasha Spring Freije; Noblesville, IN
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 628420; Cal. No. 31163
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of Indiana Conviction.

Jennifer M. Frost; Cortland, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 304393; Cal. No. 31158
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing oxycodone.

Sharon Elizabeth Gambrell; Lehigh Acres, FL
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 620767; Cal. No. 30886
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Fraud-False Statement for Public Aid 200 Dollars or More, a felony in the 3rd Degree in the State of Florida, which in New York State would constitute Welfare Fraud in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Trina L. Grimmer; Byron, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 591748; Cal. No. 30828
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of removing controlled substances from her employer without permission.

Edward Michael Grudus; Columbus, OH
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 422357; Cal. No. 30923
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing controlled substances for his own personal use in the State of California.

Bonnie Hoffman; Gilbertsville, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 194086, 448032; Cal. Nos. 30919, 30913
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspensions, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to confirm patient directives regarding medication intervention.

Craig Otto Horstmann; Buffalo, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 623540; Cal. No. 30890
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having administered Profolol to a patient without a physician's order.

Todd Cameron Justice; Parker, CO
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 701982; Cal. No. 31243
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of, in the State of Florida, removing the controlled substance Ativan, morphine sulfate, Versed, hydromorphone and Valium from a hospital’s medication dispensing system on more than 20 occasions, for at least 14 patients, some of whom did not have physician’s orders for the medication, and failing to document the administration or waste of said controlled substances and failing to disclose on his New York registration renewal application that he was disciplined by the States of Florida, Washington, Colorado, Georgia and California.

Gary Richard Kline; Montour Falls, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 359895; Cal. No. 30979
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree and Perjury in the 1st Degree.

Teona D. Martin; Geneva, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282960; Cal. No. 30867
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to document the administration and/or waste of medications.

Joan Cathleen Leonard; Mays Landing, NJ
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 259569, 582423; Cal. Nos. 31191, 31192
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to disclose previous criminal convictions on her initial application for licensed practical nursing and registered professional nursing licensure in the State of New York.

Denise Kathleen Lippold a/k/a Denise K. Lippold; Hamburg, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 568186; Cal. No. 29638
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted in March 2015, of Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, in May 2015, of Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, in October 2014, of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and in November 2014, of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Katharine E. McGough; Geneva, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 695664; Cal. No. 30873
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Madison Alease Napier; Lancaster, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 635686; Cal. No. 29686
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for 1 month and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny and medication administration errors.

Tammy M. Palumbo a/k/a Tammy Palumbo-Hairston; Apache Junction, AZ
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 155900, 355999; Cal. Nos. 30759, 30760
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019 (See also November 2015)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions for not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents.

Zulin Paretas; El Paso, TX
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 417070; Cal. No. 31155
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice was impaired by physical disability in the State of Texas.

Janet Phillips; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 666929; Cal. No. 30746
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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 documentation and medication administration errors.

Leah Pilossoph; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 618522; Cal. No. 30704
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to document wastage of controlled drugs and accurately record the time and administration of medications.

Kevin David Renaud; Franklin, MA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 582801; Cal. No. 30252
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts while impaired by the controlled substance Dilaudid and other narcotic drugs.

Nicoel L. Rinehart a/k/a Nicoel L. Cassidy; Castile, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 320798; Cal. No. 30208
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle in the 1st Degree, Driving While Ability Impaired by a Drug, Driving While Intoxicated and medication administration errors.

Ellen Mae Schneider; Eros, LA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 540097; Cal. No. 30940
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of a Louisiana criminal conviction.

Amanda Nicole Shook; Hudson, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 319146; Cal. No. 31075
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree.

Barbara Smoot; Albany, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 095640; Cal. No. 31174
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019 (See also January 2007)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of patient abuse.

Amanda Rose Solem-Deinzer; Collins, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 670077; Cal. No. 29457
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of medication administration errors.

Gigi Andree Spangler a/k/a Gigi Andree Honer a/k/a Gigi Andree Pollo; Citrus Heights, CA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 538123; Cal. No. 31122
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Driving, in the State of California, a misdemeanor, which in New York would constitute Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor.

Valerie Ann Symon; Poughkeepsie, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 688699; Cal. No. 30911
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Andrew Daniel Whiting; Memphis, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 538779; Cal. No. 30305
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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 medication administration errors.

Jennifer Lynn Winn; Canastota, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 307552; Cal. No. 29444
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 years suspension, execution of suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor; committing unprofessional conduct and filing a false report.

Christopher Young; Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 641824; Cal. No. 30898
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to have a witness to his wastage of a controlled substance.

Heather L. Zynda a/k/a Heather L. Cleversley a/k/a Heather Lynn Moppert; Collins, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232949; Cal. No. 31124
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019 (See also December 2016)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having practiced the profession of nursing while her license was suspended.

 

Pharmacy

Dustin Blaze Brandon a/k/a Dustin B. Brandon; South Hempstead, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 058175; Cal. No. 31236
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 1st Degree, a class D felony, Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, a class D felony and Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Ira J. Gross; Stormville, NY 12582-4000, Bay Shore, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032504; Cal. No. 29437
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree, a class B felony; Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions in the 1st Degree, a class C felony; Conspiracy in the 4th Degree, a class D felony; Attempted Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree a class D felony; three counts of Money Laundering in the 1st Degree, a class B felony; one count of Money Laundering in the 2nd Degree a class C felony; and one count of Commercial Bribery in the 1st Degree a class E felony.

 

Psychology

Stephen Slade Tien a/k/a Steven Slade Tien; Ithaca, NY
Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 009632; Cal. No. 30453
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 years suspension, execution of suspension stayed, 3 years probation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of one count of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor. 

 

Public Accountancy

Douglas Patrick Barton; Brownstown, PA
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 097005; Cal. No. 31238
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to comply with generally accepted auditing standards.

 

Respiratory Therapy

Victoria Rose Toomajian; Clifton Park, NY
Profession: Respiratory Therapist; Lic. No. 009682; Cal. No. 30847
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
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 Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree.

 

Social Work

Bethany Diane Burke; Livonia, NY 
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. Nos. 073965, 078141; Cal. Nos. 30789, 30790
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Vehicular Assault in the 2nd Degree and Driving While Intoxicated.

Lisa Marie Sokolowski; Cicero, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 083919; Cal. No. 30722
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of social work.

 

Veterinary Medicine

Alison Joy Abramson; Scarsdale, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 009372; Cal. No. 31072
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a felony.

Gerald J. Balonek; Rochester, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003657; Cal. No. 30950
Regents Action Date: May 7, 2019
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of permitting an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license to practice as a veterinary technician.

 

 

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Last Updated: November 18, 2019