Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

November 2012

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Physical Therapy - Veterinary Medicine -


Chiropractic

Dipti R. Patel, Kings Park, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 010885; Cal. No. 26307

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.

Dentistry

Howard Eric Bloom, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038740; Cal. No. 25975

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 Failure to File a Return, Supply Information, or Supplying False Information, a class A misdemeanor, based on his failure to file his 2007 personal New York State/New York City income tax return.

Amy Lynn Vigod a/k/a Amy L. Phillips, Long Beach, NY

Profession: Dental Hygienist; Lic. No. 020641; Cal. No. 26016

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated With a Child, a class E felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Massage Therapy

Daniel J. Forte, Rochester, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 017984; Cal. No. 26258

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Mischief and Possession of Burglar Tools.

Nursing

Anissia M. Brown, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282583; Cal. No. 26264

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of  having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Victoria Anne Carpenter, Albany, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 593374; Cal. No. 26145

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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.

Virginia E. Crean, Caledonia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 275825; Cal. No. 26161

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, a felony.

Daniel J. Forte, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 304480; Cal. No. 26257

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 (1) having been convicted of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Possession of Burglar Tools and (2) diversion of medications.

Elizabeth Ann Griffin, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 597678; Cal. No. 26084

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of withdrawing excess dosages of controlled substances and failing to document the wasting of these substances.

Keri Michelle Jenkins, Greenwich, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 598476; Cal. No. 25982

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree.

Amy Lagergren, Webster, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 592850; Cal. No. 26293

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to be tolled until return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diversion of medications.

Teresa Anne Leanza, West Hampton Beach, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 254945, 500183; Cal. Nos. 25811, 25810

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Forgery in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Lynn Marie Lindaman, Grand Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 230285; Cal. No. 26249

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 1 year probation.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree.

Douglas A. Mealing, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 303297; Cal. No. 26250

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he  administered the wrong dose of a medicine.

Regina J. Murray a/k/a Regina J. Roberts, Batavia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 619868; Cal. No. 26241

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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 failing to adminster or document administration of medications.

Lilian Kanatochi Okwara a/k/a Lilian Kanayochi Okwara, Mansfield, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 241406, 476304; Cal. Nos. 24631, 24797

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 9 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in State of New York.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of permitting an unlicensed person to teach a certified nurse assistant course, and of committing patient neglect by failing to inform a supervisor and a resident's physician of a change in condition of the resident and failing to report the change in condition in the 24-Hour Daily Resident Report.

Julie Ann Stokley, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 265093, 580162; Cal. Nos. 26235, 26236

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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, 3 years probation to commence when and if return to practice.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted in 2010 of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor; and in 2012 of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Jacqueline D. Trask, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 567408; Cal. No. 26259

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest having been convicted of Unauthorized Use of a Computer.

Jane Vernita Weston a/k/a Jane Weston, Woodside, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 200446, 427692; Cal. Nos. 26356, 26357

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to properly respond to her patient’s abnormally low and potentially dangerous blood pressure readings in that, after obtaining two such readings, she failed to report the readings to the physician on call, and failed to then continue to monitor the patient’s blood pressure for any change.

Physical Therapy

Kieran Gerard Deneen, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 015188; Cal. No. 26314

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Health Care Fraud.

Veterinary Medicine

Alexandra Boucher a/k/a Alexandra S. Boucher, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Profession: Veterinary Technician; Lic. No. 005935; Cal. No. 25741

Regents Action Date: November 5, 2012

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within six months, 1 month minimum indefinite suspension until substance abuse-free and until fit to practice, subsequent to termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon actual return to practice.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Theft by Unlawful Taking in New Jersey which would constitute the crime of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor in New York State.

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Last Updated: February 12, 2013