Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
November 2000

Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Professional Engineer

Certified Public Accountancy

Reuben Robert Abrams a/k/a Robert Abrams a/k/a Reuben Abrams a/k/a John Fallon a/k/a David Jacobs, Lewisburg, PA

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 015869; Cal. No. 18804
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application to surrender certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of the federal crime involving Fraud and False Statements.


Certified Social Work

Catherine Nicolini, Plantation, FL

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 037038; Cal. No. 18455
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of undue influence.

Anthony Cox, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Certified Social Worker; Lic. No. 054940; Cal. No. 18922
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in the state of Colorado.


Chiropractic

Charles J. Fiscella, Wantagh, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002722; Cal. No. 18406
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Failure to File Income Tax Returns.


Dentistry

Gerald Paul Hirsch, Minersville, PA

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024017; Cal. No. 18939
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of six counts of Mail Fraud, a federal felony.


Land Surveying

Lawrence A. Pacanowski, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 049737; Cal. No. 17397
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also March 13, 1996 and July 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents, namely failing to take a required course in advanced land surveying.


Massage Therapy

Marcia Susan Payton, Brocktondale, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 006310; Cal. No. 18390
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Michele Marie Pecora, Churchville, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 005502; Cal. No. 18729
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.


Nursing

Patricia Venie, Delmar, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 082224, 366383; Cal. Nos. 17706, 17707
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to document the administration of controlled substances to patients.

James A. Nowik, Rhinebeck, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 313056; Cal. No. 18863
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also April 27, 1999)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to indicate on hospital record that he wasted the excess amount of a drawn controlled substance, in excess of the prescribed dosage for a patient, after administering the prescribed dosage.

Gerrilyn M. Reese, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 108018; Cal. No. 18900
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also November 6, 1998)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of violating a term of probation in failing to report the results of alcohol program reports.

Christina J. McGuiness a/k/a Christina J. Mooney, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 163154, 360584; Cal. Nos. 18948, 18949
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also June 8, 1999)
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession with an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bi-Polar Disorder.

Maryann Frey, Cortlandt Manor and Mahopac, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 158637, 379650; Cal. Nos. 18377, 18378
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Endangering The Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Helen Ugochukwu Ike, Rochester and Brockport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 455062; Cal. No. 18561
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Annette Leeming-Vick, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 241111, 483513; Cal. Nos. 18628, 18629
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, pursue a certain course as set forth in Regents Review Committee report.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a felony, and Attempted Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, a felony.

Brunilda Pagan, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 483798; Cal. No. 17832
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of one medication administration error.

Rayanne Alice Furlong a/k/a Rayanne A. Smith, Chittenango, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 137970, 361638; Cal. Nos. 17997, 17998
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of leaving a home care assignment prior to the end of her shift, making multiple medication administration errors, administering the wrong dosage of medicine to a patient, and creating a false physician's telephone order to cover the error.

Ella P. Jenkins, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 095160; Cal. No. 18234
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been found in violation of article thirty-three of the Public Health Law by having obtained five prescriptions of Tylenol with Codeine #3 for her personal use, pursuant to five prescriptions written in another patient's name and paid for by that patient's insurance.

Elizabeth Issac, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 245880, 490954; Cal. Nos. 18573, 18574
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of attempting to alter a patient's Medication Administration Record after incorrectly administering a medication to said patient.

John Joseph Rooney, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 416934; Cal. No. 18642
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having committed the crime of Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor.

Elizabeth Mair, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 141760, 330421; Cal. Nos. 18656, 18659
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for a stay of execution of any unserved portion of suspensions as set forth in consent order application - upon service or stay of execution of any unserved portion of the aforesaid suspensions, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully abusing a patient physically.

Rosario Sebastian Lopez, Bellport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 383482; Cal. No. 18663
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing two nursing practice errors.

Patrick Michael Byrne, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 462824; Cal. No. 18695
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing the crimes Driving While Intoxicated and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Lucinda Henderson Cooper a/k/a Lucinda Small, Yonkers, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 096251; Cal. No. 18730
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination, after service of first year of suspension, as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to monitor and assess a diabetic patient and failing to adequately document that patient's record.

Kelly A. Kelly a/k/a Kelly A. Coleman, Lindenhurst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191184; Cal. No. 18735
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Bonnie Lynn Myatt, Saranac Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 244316; Cal. No. 18744
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing eleven medication administration and documentation errors.

Sandra Ann Donaldson, North Tonawanda, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 209641, 434305; Cal. Nos. 18752, 18751
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Wendy Ann Vella, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 244113; Cal. No. 18753
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for minimum of 1 year and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, additional 6 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination as set forth in consent order application - upon service or early termination of the aforesaid additional 6 month suspension, probation 2 years terms to commence upon return to practice, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of a total of seven convictions for Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor and Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs in the First Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Micheline Fleurantin, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 210811; Cal. No. 18780
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also April 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 15 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Cherie Burak, Mineola, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 488977; Cal. No. 18814
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering oral potassium chloride intravenously to a patient.

Nancy Napierala, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 112568, 288710; Cal. Nos. 18887, 18728
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of theft of services.


Pharmacy

Kevin Clarke Hyland, Plainview, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036481; Cal. No. 18787
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of six criminal charges.

Dipak Amin, North Bergen, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035881; Cal. No. 18287
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of allowing prescription-required drugs to be dispensed without a prescription.

Biraj Pharmacy Corporation, 1280 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10033

Profession: Pharmacist; Reg. No. 022143; Cal. No. 18288
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $3,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of dispensing prescription-required drugs without a prescription.

Glendale Home Owned & Operated by Schenectady County Department of Social Services, 59 Hetcheltown Road, Scotia, NY 12302

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 016813; Cal. No. 18525
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of violating pharmacy laws and rules by its agents and employees, by holding outdated drugs, by failing to conduct prospective drug reviews, by failing to maintain patient profiles, by failing to maintain repackaging records, by failing to properly label medications, and by unlawfully delegating the dispensing of drugs.

Ronald F. Knapik, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 026662; Cal. No. 18526
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of violating pharmacy laws and regulations by failing to conduct prospective drug reviews, by failing to properly label medications, by distributing misbranded drugs, and by failing to maintain repackaging records.

James Henry Purcell, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036463; Cal. No. 18527
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of violating pharmacy laws and rules by holding outdated drugs, by failing to conduct prospective drug reviews, by failing to maintain patient profiles, by failing to maintain daily logs, by distributing misbranded drugs, by failing to maintain repackaging records, by failing to properly label medications, and by unlawfully delegating the dispensing of drugs.

Richard S. Metzger, Loudonville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030251; Cal. No. 18732
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000 (see also April 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,000 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of changing directions for use without physician's order and by dispensing medication manufactured by two different companies and failing to label the bottle to indicate two manufacturers.


Podiatry

Sean B. McGuinness, Farmingville, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 005167; Cal. No. 16423
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of allowing an application to a health maintenance organization to be submitted by his office wherein his board status was not accurately represented.


Professional Engineer

Peter Riberholt Brock, Fairfield, CT

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 067037; Cal. No. 18601
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Failure to Pay Child Support.

Carmine Procassini, Holmdel, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 040550; Cal. No. 17547
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of certifying the completion of work that was not done, and falsification of reports.

Ajay Kumar Rathi, Reston, VA

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 063333; Cal. No. 18673
Regents Action Date: November 10, 2000
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 42 month suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.


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