Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

November 2016

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Engineering and Land Surveying - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine -


Chiropractic

Richard Seth Hurwitz a/k/a Richard S. Hurwitz; Woodmere, NY
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009834; Cal. No. 29191
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, a felony.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Michael Rabkin; Gouldsboro, PA
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 072225; Cal. No. 28907
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence following service of 12 month actual suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business records in the 1st Degree, a class E felony.

Russell Kenneth Teal; North Canton, OH
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 083679; Cal. No. 29243
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements to be registered to practice as a professional engineer.

Michael David Zimmerman; Sudbury, MA
Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 076087; Cal. 29242
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of practicing the profession of engineering with a lapsed license in the State of New Jersey and misrepresenting on a New York State registration renewal application that he had not been previously disciplined in any other jurisdiction.

Nursing

Cynthia Opuni Agyei a/k/a Cynthia Agyei Ohene a/k/a Cynthia Ohene; West Orange, NJ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 557686; Cal. No. 28831
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Housing Subsidy Fraud, a misdemeanor.

Noelle Lynne Anderson; Walled Lake, MI
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 595312; Cal. No. 29269
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Michigan, which conduct would be considered being habitually drunk or being dependent on, or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens or other drugs having similar effects, if committed in New York State.

Theresa Armstrong; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242303; Cal. No. 28948
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also March 2001)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing clonidine and hydroxyzine.

Patricia R. Beebe; Lyons, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 617846; Cal. No. 28868
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and 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 having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd  Degree.

Althenia Sherrie Bethel; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267477; Cal. No. 28312
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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, $250 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of documentation errors and practicing while suspended.

Kristie Michelle Buehler; Seneca Falls, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 323234; Cal. No. 28938
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to maintain accurate records.

Elizabeth J. Calabro; Marana, AZ
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 313537; Cal. No. 29270
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol following a motor vehicle accident and having been prescribed pain medications for chronic illness which may affect her ability to safely practice nursing, in violation of substantial provisions of Arizona law regarding the practice of nursing.

Lorraine Casiano a/k/a Lorraine Meoni; Setauket, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 144252, 439287; Cal. Nos. 28996, 28997
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also June 2007, January 2013 and January 2014)
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to follow proper procedure for the wasting of controlled substances and diverting Ativan tablets, a controlled substance, for her own use.

Magdala Celestin; Elmont, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 310672; Cal. No. 28785
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of licensed practical nursing beyond its authorized scope by providing nursing home care for a patient who was both ventilator and gastric feeding tube dependent and required constant monitoring and assessment of his physical condition and response to the ventilator and feeding tube.

Susan Clow; Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 129330, 358371; Cal. Nos. 29095, 29094
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and having lied on the registration.

Elizabeth DelBuono; Smithtown, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 282823; Cal. No. 27849
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, a class A misdemeanor.

Richard Leeroy Downs; Cape Coral, FL
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 290094; Cal. No. 29149
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of the State of Florida, where the conduct upon which the finding was based would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State.

Suzanne T. Francis; Farmington, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Lic. No. 518746, Cert. No. 304300; Cal. Nos. 29030, 29031
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspensions until fit to practice, upon termination of suspensions, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 3 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and felony Driving While Intoxicated and filing a false report.

Sarah Allison Frock; Athens, PA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 314047; Cal. No. 29238
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 having been convicted of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor; and with falsely stating on her application for licensure as a licensed practical nurse that she had never plead guilty to a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court.

Megan Teresa Hardgrove; North Babylon, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 660580; Cal. No. 28964
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 permitting a colleague to start an intravenous line on her, when there was no physician's order or other authorization.

Jennifer L. Hay; Manlius, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 302060; Cal. No. 28836
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Prohibited Acts.

William D. Kacinski Jr; Centereach, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 507857; Cal. No. 28921
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of falling asleep while on duty, on at least 2 occasions.

Pamela G. Kerr; Junction City, KS
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 247171; Cal. No. 29259
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Maine, which conduct would be considered failure to maintain accurate patient records, if committed in New York State.

Barbara Jean La Dore; Myrtle Beach, SC
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 377132; Cal. No. 29227
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice is impaired by carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant.

Eileen K. Leon a/k/a Eileen Katherine Leon; West Haverstraw, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 258025, 581823; Cal. Nos. 28582, 28583
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of failing to properly administer and document the administration of medications.

Manohar Masih Mattu; New Hyde Park, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 469788; Cal. No. 29248;
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 3 counts of Rape in the 3rd  Degree, a class E felony.

Jeffrey John Mitchelson; Amsterdam, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 293314; Cal. No. 28784
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 Offering a False Instrument for Filing; Attempted Possession of a Narcotic; and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

Shanntel Raquel Okafor; Jamaica, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 517893; Cal. No. 29074;
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 month actual suspension, 20 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsifying a patient’s narcotic sheet to cover up a serious medication error made by another nurse.

Beth Ann Ours; Utica, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 291583; Cal. No. 28245
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, upon service of Order and concurrent with actual suspension, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempted Forcible Touching, a class B misdemeanor.

Linda A. Panetta; Kennebunk, ME  
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 236152; Cal. No. 29249
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Maine, which conduct would be considered failure to maintain accurate patient records, if committed in New York State.

Michael Troy Richmond; Bernhards Bay, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 306795; Cal. No. 29039
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest the charge of having given a dose of Zyprexa without a physician's order

Mark C. Rivinus; West Roxbury, MA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 304867; Cal. No. 29223
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional misconduct in the State of Massachusetts, which conduct would be considered conduct in the profession which evidences moral unfitness, if committed in New York State.

Elizabeth Ann Rocklin; Canajoharie, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 233432, 612286; Cal. Nos. 28870, 28869
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 2nd Degree.

Amanda Diane Shaw; Gerry, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 687377; Cal. No. 28700
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of medication errors and record keeping errors.

Stephen Francis Skolny; Morris Run, PA
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 488144; Cal. No. 29234
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being unable to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients due to alcohol dependence.

Patricia A. Van Hoeven a/k/a Patricia Vanhoeven; Rome, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 273933; Cal. No. 28947
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having failed to change dressing and having failed to change medication patch.

Melissa S. Verdi a/k/a Melissa Verdi; Cheektowaga, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 297314; Cal. No. 28624
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 called in a prescription for a patient without a physician order.

Paul W. Waiting; Seaford, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 612316; Cal. No. 29056
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 being dependent on opiates.

Lauren M. Weaver; Rochester, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 613572; Cal. No. 27742
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also September 2013)
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 admitted to the charge of medication errors.

Shirlene Stephanie Williams; Conyers, GA
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 294818, 659813; Cal. Nos. 29008, 29009
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 11 month stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to document the circumstances surrounding a patient transfer to a hospital and incorrectly answering a question regarding facility discipline on her nursing re-registration renewal form.

Mathew H. Zarzycki; Putnam, CT
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 319715; Cal. No. 28949
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 committed medication administration error.

Occupational Therapy

Celeste Rolon; Huntington, NY
Profession: Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist; Auth. No. 005878, Lic. No. 012530; Cal. Nos. 29080, 29081
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of making false entries in patient records.

Pharmacy

Fauzia & Maher, Inc. d/b/a Rex Pharmacy; 119-01 Rockaway Boulevard, Ozone Park, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 016400; Cal. No. 28808
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also July 2012)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of being open when not under the immediate supervision and management of a licensed pharmacist.

Pharmacade Pharmacy Inc; 1049 East 163rd Street, Bronx, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 014782; Cal. No. 28922
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $25,000 fine payable by service of Order, 3 years probation.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of filling mail order prescriptions from a third party and not directly from the prescriber; placing back in stock prescription medications returned by patients; failing to label pre-packed vials; failing to supervise the prepacking; failing to maintain a prepack log including manufacturer, lot number and expiration date; failing to exercise professional judgment in the filling of electronic prescriptions; and permitting more than two unlicensed persons to assist in the dispensing of medications.

Point Pharmacy LLC; 900 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023294; Cal. No. 28936
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $25,000 fine payable by service of Order, 3 years probation.
Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of filling mail order prescriptions from a third party and not directly from the prescriber; placing back in stock prescription medications returned by patients, failing to label pre-packed vials; failing to supervise the prepacking; failing to maintain a pre-pack log including manufacturer, lot number and expiration date; failing to exercise professional judgment in the filling of electronic prescriptions, and, permitting more than two unlicensed persons to assist in the dispensing of medication.

Nisar Rehman; Garden City, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038486; Cal. No. 28807
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also July 2012)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy in that said pharmacy was open when there was no licensed pharmacist on duty.

William Spieler; Chestnut Ridge, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 032007; Cal. No. 28965
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also January 2011)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, following service of actual suspension, 3 years probation, $25,000 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of filling mail order prescriptions from a third party and not directly from the prescriber; placing back in stock prescription medications returned by patients; failing to label prepacked vials; failing to supervise the prepacking; failing to maintain a pre-pack log including manufacturer, lot number and expiration date; failing to exercise professional judgment in the filling of electronic prescriptions; and, permitting more than two unlicensed persons to assist in the dispensing of medication.

Physical Therapy

Laura Mary Flint; Murrells Inlet, SC
Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 006370; Cal. No. 29266
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of improperly delegating to an unlicensed aide functions requiring the professional judgment of a physical therapist, in South Carolina.

Psychology

Edward Michael Merski; Matawan, NJ
Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 008433; Cal. No. 29239
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $2,000 fine payable within 30 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge having been convicted of Insurance Fraud, a 3rd Degree offense, in the State of New Jersey.

Public Accountancy

Richard H. Dickinson; Saratoga Springs, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 039003; Cal. No. 29267
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also July 2008)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failure to notify the Department within 45 days of the 2010 disciplinary actions taken by the states of Vermont and Maine, revoking his license in each state.

Social Work

Jeffrey James Fudesco; Syracuse, NY 13210, Syracuse, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 062749; Cal. No. 28877
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, upon service of Order and concurrent with stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree.

Veterinary Medicine

Cassandra Fay Carvin; Herkimer, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 010048; Cal. No. 29041
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016
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 record keeping errors and allowing unlicensed persons to administer vaccines.

Christopher Louis Pedersen; East Moriches, NY
Profession: Veterinary Technician; Lic. No. 004533; Cal. No. 28911
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also September 2013)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 3 months and until successfully participate 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.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violating terms of probation imposed by the Board of Regents.

Ernest Vine a/k/a Ernest L. Vine; Atlantic Beach, NY
Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 003652; Cal. No. 28671
Regents Action Date: November 15, 2016 (see also January 2013)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of violating a term of probation or condition or limitation imposed by the Board of Regents.

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Last Updated: December 22, 2016