Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

November 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Public Accountancy -


Chiropractic

John Nicholas Heary, Lodi, OH

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009607; Cal. No. 25869

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Ohio.

Anthony Richard Latona, Woodhaven, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 003747; Cal. No. 25461

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Insurance Fraud in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Dentistry

Robert D. Carpenter, Saratoga Springs, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037897; Cal. No. 25432

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State, $5,000 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of verbal and physical abuse or harassment of a patient.

Henry Edward Karlin, St. Thomas, VI

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035584; Cal. No. 25868

Regents Action Date: November 14, 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 a crime in Virgin Islands.

Frank Hilton Richardson, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037684; Cal. No. 25743

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of cementing a three-unit bridge over a tooth with decay, and inserting an ill-fitting crown on a tooth.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Joseph P. Mutino, Port Chester, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 057114; Cal. No. 25511

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted, $1,000 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, a felony.

Massage Therapy

Boris Emil Bashkier, Farmingdale, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 022111; Cal. No. 25906

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Michelle Kate Gelardi a/k/a Michelle K. Gelardi, Monroe, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 019489; Cal. No. 25754

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal contempt in the 2nd Degree based on his violation of a court order of protection by telephoning the victim several times on March, 31, 2009.

Nursing

Margarita Aranbaev, Briarwood, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 469274; Cal. No. 25790

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of recording visits and home health care provided to elderly patients at times other than when the visits occurred.

Nora Ellen Conahey, Sag Harbor, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 334530; Cal. No. 25831

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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 of 2 counts of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Elizabeth A. Costello, Ovid, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 390680; Cal. No. 25856

Regents Action Date: November 14, 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.

Karen Elizabeth Craig a/k/a Karen E. Craig, Newburgh, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 565283; Cal. No. 25543

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, based on her unlawful operation of a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and her involvement in an accident with her child in the car.

Elizabeth Doherty, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Lic. Nos. 203110, 426089, Cert. No. 303236; Cal. Nos. 25665, 25666, 25667

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Andrea Leigh Farley, Kerhonkson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 534717; Cal. No. 25650

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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 charges of erroneously administering medication to the wrong patient and then failing to both note the error in the patient's chart and notify a supervisor of the error.

Beth N. Farnan, Redford, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 425008; Cal. No. 25415

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failure to provide adequate assessment on an inmate.

Dawn Marie Ferrigno, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 264036, 526164; Cal. Nos. 25857, 25858

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 30 days and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 3 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that, in order to obtain for herself a narcotic medication which had not been prescribed, she forged a physician’s blank prescription form for said medication and presented the prescription form to a pharmacy for dispensing.

Milagros Sierra Gallo, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 060942; Cal. No. 25588

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Willful Violation of Public Health Laws, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Daniel Hodson, Orchard Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 228522, 458457; Cal. Nos. 25798, 25799

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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 physically harassing a patient.

Sue A. Huling, Waterloo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 245754; Cal. No. 25728

Regents Action Date: November 14, 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 did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd Degree.

Gail E. Jensen, Penn Yan, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 118777; Cal. No. 25861

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of working while her ability to practice was impaired by ingestion of narcotics.

Tammy L. Marvin, Canandaigua, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 271251; Cal. No. 25796

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011 (See also February 2006)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Driving While Intoxicated.

Karen S. Potter a/k/a Karen S. Ferdinand, Ridge, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Lic. No. 425695, Cert. No. 303346; Cal. Nos. 25734, 25735
Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Connecticut Board of Examiners, and of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Basanda Shamalov a/k/a Basanda Ashurova Shamalov, Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 249790, 490500; Cal. Nos. 25791, 25792

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of recording visits and home health care provided to elderly patients at times other than when the visits occurred.

Richard Kevin Tucksmith, Chatham, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 473110; Cal. No. 25748

Regents Action Date: November 14, 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 Driving While Intoxicated.

Cynthia Weeks a/k/a Cynthia Fuoco, Red Hook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 139770, 342588; Cal. Nos. 25803, 25804

Regents Action Date: November 14, 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.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of withdrawing controlled substances but failing to document records.

Nicole Renate Wingen, Westtown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 605540; Cal. No. 25649

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence when and if return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Ophthalmic Dispensing

Andrew Martin Cullen, Oceanside, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 006356; Cal. No. 25595

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011 (See also February 2002)

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Sexual act in the 2nd Degree based on his conversing by computer with a girl he believed to be fourteen years old and then going to a location to engage in oral sex with that individual.

Pharmacy

Rite Aid of New York, Inc., 10785, 1222 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024057; Cal. No. 25697

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $10,000 fine payable within 2 months.

Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of failing to notify the State Board of Pharmacy of a change in the identity of the supervising pharmacist.

Donald D. Staiano, Manorville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 026875; Cal. No. 25855

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Podiatry

Imtiyaz Ismail Kapadwala, Hewlett, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 005412; Cal. No. 25546

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny based on stolen medical benefits which he obtained for his family after misrepresenting his income.

Public Accountancy

Sophia Marie Canahai, Lockport, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 053245; Cal. No. 25875

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree.

Steven E. Klig a/k/a Steven Klig a/k/a “robertgibbons1967”, Great Neck, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058828; Cal. No. 25624

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Fraud and Related Activity in connection with Computers based on unlawfully, knowingly and without permission or authorization, accessing a protected computer and obtaining contact information for a woman, from the servers of Google, from an unsecured private wireless network.

Dennis M. Pilotti a/k/a Dennis Pilotti a/k/a Dennis Pillotti, Fort Dix, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 041407; Cal. No. 25592

Regents Action Date: November 14, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Tax Evasion and Making False Statements on a Loan Application based on his evasion of paying large amounts of federal income tax by making improper expense deductions and by not reporting certain income.

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Last Updated: January 5, 2012