Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
May 1994

Architecture - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy - Social Work

Architecture

Steven E. Homburger, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 020411; Cal. No. 14626
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Driving While Intoxicated.


Dentistry

Douglas P. Magner, West Nyack, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032397; Cal. No. 11464
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of submitting an insurance claim for services not rendered.

Rudy Robert Kasni, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030787; Cal. No. 12703
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

Ashfaq Mahmud, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040684; Cal. No. 12788
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest to charges of failing to make patient records available to the Department.

Natavarbhai M. Patel, Mount Vernon, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 034902; Cal. No. 13673
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years under various terms to commence immediately following probation period previously imposed under Order No. 12979.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of using obscene language, inappropriate touching, and soliciting sex while treating patients.

Marielle Jean-Baptiste, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039887; Cal. No. 14356
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to charges of submitting an insurance claim form which reflected a higher fee charged to the patient than the fee that was charged.


Engineering and Land Surveying

Roger Dale Harrower, Jamestown, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 050626; Cal. No. 14565
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of placing his seal on plans not prepared by him and failing to prepare and retain a written evaluation of the professional services represented by the plans.


Nursing

Jan Hamacher-Abraham, Utica, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 286685; Cal. No. 12532
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willfully abusing a patient verbally and refusing to administer pain medication to a patient.

Penny Renee Pancerev, Erie, PA

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 366773, 171570; Cal. Nos. 13769, 13770
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action:Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

John A. Honsinger, Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 174556; Cal. No. 13407
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 25 hours of public service.
Summary:License admitted to charges of noting the administration of medication in a patient's records when the medications had not been administered.

Jane Y. Turner, Palm Harbor, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 179453; Cal. No. 13873
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of writing a physician's order for the administration of a topical dermatological spray to a patient on her own initiative and without authorization from a physician.

Elizabeth J. Williams a/k/a Elizabeth J. Burlingame, South Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 068769, 273830; Cal. Nos. 14090, 14091
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Indefinite suspension until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Winifred Esther Downing, Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 393621; Cal. No. 14239
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Driving While Intoxicated.

Susan DeLeonardis, Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 432511; Cal. No. 14244
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of committing one medication administration error and two other errors.

Carol M. Bartelt, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 069541; Cal. No. 14250
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to willfully abusing a patient verbally and physically.

Michelle Lynn Nugent, Deposit, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 436096; Cal. No. 14274
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence if and when return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of scheming to Defraud in the First Degree, a Class E Felony; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Lisa Joy Skovran, Copiague, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 414299; Cal. No. 14294
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing various medication administration errors.

Gideon Alberts, Harefield, Middlesex, United Kingdom

Profession:Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 428643; Cal. No. 14336
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary:Licensee admitted to charges of administering the wrong medication, failing to document the administration of medication, administering a medication without a physician's order and altering a patient's records.

Thelma Blair a/k/a Thelma Jones, Westbury, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 253554; Cal. No. 14439
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Forgery in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Kristin M. Koch, Mastic, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 204885; Cal. No. 14497
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering the wrong dosage of medications to one patient and administering the wrong medication to another patient.

Lisa Marie Wood, South Glens Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 137284; Cal. No. 14594
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of practicing the profession of nursing beyond its authorized scope by calling in sixteen prescriptions for patients.

Diane M. Menard, Sauquoit, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 202731; Cal. No. 14607
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

Cheryl Lynne Beshures a/k/a Cheryl Lynne Toolan, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216719; Cal. No. 14589
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of willfully making false entries on a hospitals' controlled substance sign-out sheet, and stealing controlled and non-controlled substances from the stock of a hospital where she was employed.


Ophthalmic Dispensing

John Albert Becker, Williamsville, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 003370; Cal. No. 14188
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994 (see also February 2000)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor, and Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.


Pharmacy

Rivpen Pharmacy, Inc.; 566 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 018841; Cal. No. 12982
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Revocation, $15,000 fine.
Summary: Retail Pharmacy was found guilty of the charges of fraudulently displaying its pharmacy registration certificate at an unauthorized location, failing to surrender the certification of registration to the State Board of Pharmacy and failing to make appropriate arrangements for the disposal of prescription-required drugs.

Robert Scherl, Bayside, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037078; Cal. No. 14009
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994 (see also April 2002 and July 2010)
Action: 5 year suspension, execution of last 4 years of suspension stayed at which time probation for last 4 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of allowing two unlicensed persons to dispense medications.

Consolidated Midland Corporation d/b/a C.M.C., Wholesaler/Repacker of Drugs; 195 East Main Street, Brewster, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Lic. No. 202118; Cal. No. 12953
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 12 month suspension with leave to apply for termination upon certain conditions. Upon service or termination of suspension, probation 3 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a lack of sanitary conditions in licensee's warehouse and failure to conform to good manufacturing practices as prescribed by federal regulations.

Frank F. Deborah, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024924; Cal. No. 12954
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a lack of sanitary conditions in the warehouse of the drug repacker which he supervised and failure to conform to good manufacturing practices as prescribed by federal regulations.

Stuart Schreiber, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025393; Cal. No. 13898
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of selling a misbranded drug.

Farmacom, Inc. d/b/a Greystone Pharmacy, 2605 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Lic. No. 018287; Cal. No. 14334
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating pharmacy rules and regulations.

Fareed Thawer, Bronx, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035923; Cal. No. 14335
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violations of pharmacy rules and regulations.

Daniel M. Barr, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038692; Cal. No. 14453
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994 (see also November 1995)
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of errors in dispensing.

William Pedraita, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034877; Cal. No. 14568
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of filling and refilling prescriptions which lacked the original signature of the prescriber and signing a computer generated daily log of prescriptions filled and refilled on a day when he did not actually work at the pharmacy and which was not signed by the pharmacists who dispensed drugs on that date.


Physical Therapy

Alexander Abay, New Rochelle, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 003535; Cal. No. 14030
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of submitting records indicating false dates of treatment.


Podiatry

Anthony H. Mascioli, Newark, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002308; Cal. No. 11479
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 18 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of offering to treat a patient's hip pain, despite the fact he knew that the hip pain was unrelated to any podiatric condition.


Public Accountancy

Martin Bernard Hirsh, North Woodmere, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 020834; Cal. No. 14272
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension - Upon termination of suspension, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of conspiring to violate 15 USC 78 J(b) and 78 (ff) and Rule 10 b-5 of the Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

David Arnold Blide, West Webster, NY.

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 025505; Cal. No. 14303
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of Driving While Intoxicated.

Ira Jay Alechman, Port Washington, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 042597; Cal. No. 14603
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of late filing of a client's tax returns.


Social Work

Holly Gemme, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 030019; Cal. No. 14328
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $1,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of willful violation of the Public Health Law.

Leslie J. Hall, New York, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 018031; Cal. No. 14573
Regents Action Date: May 20, 1994
Action: 1 year suspension - upon service of suspension, probation 3 years under various terms, successfully complete certain course.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of offering to act as a client's sex surrogate.


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