Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
November 1996

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Public Accountancy - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Gary John Gulickson, Albany, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 021996; Cal. No. 16130
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of an act constituting a crime under New York law (Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor).


Chiropractic

Alcide J. Plumbar, Jr., New York, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005977; Cal. No. 14364
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of submitting worker's compensation claim forms in which he falsely certified that chiropractic services had been provided to a patient.

Robert J. McComb, Jr., Harpursville, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 000899; Cal. No. 13197
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of diagnosing and offering to treat three patients for conditions that he was not authorized to treat, failure to maintain a patient record, making an unsubstantiated advertising claim and diagnosing a patient over the phone.


Dentistry

Irving P. Silverman, Bridgeton, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 031137; Cal. No. 16212
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to charges of filing false claims with Medicaid.


Massage

Michael Joseph Arnoff, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 004206; Cal. No. 15739
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that, during the course of administering therapy to a female client, he failed to properly drape the client and massaged her breasts.


Nursing

Norman G. Michael, Jr., Cazenovia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 350933; Cal. No. 12270
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 18 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 18 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of administering the non-controlled substance Kefzol to a patient in the emergency room when the physician's order required the administration of Kefzol when the patient was in the operating room, improperly labeling a blood sample drawn from one patient by inscribing the name of a different patient on the blood sample, and failing to sufficiently attend a patient who was exhibiting symptoms of hypoglycemia.

Patsy A. George-Lynch, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 209908; Cal. No. 13195
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of submitting false bills.

Katherine D. Doyle, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 313921; Cal. No. 13806
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, required to pursue and successfully complete certain course, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to follow the proper venipuncture procedure in disposal of a vacutainer holder when drawing blood from an AIDS patient.

Blair Buczkowski a/k/a Blair R Faatz, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 146846, 418167; Cal. Nos. 13874, 13758
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 22 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of making false entries on a patient's chart, submitting false information to the New York State Education Department on an application for registration, advising a co-worker that correct placement of a Dobhoff feeding tube inserted in a patient had been confirmed when licensee knew that correct placement had not been confirmed.

Ann Marie Truscio, Lockport, NY;

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 176091; Cal. No. 15781
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of committing acts constituting crimes under New York State law (Criminally Negligent Homicide, a Class E felony, and Assault in the First Degree a Class C felony).

Joan Springsteen a/k/a Joan B.Springsteen, Ridge, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 066565; Cal. No. 16071
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Suspension until successfully completes a course of treatment - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Michelle M. Ellis, Olean, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 188361; Cal. No. 16216
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Suspension of not less than 12 months and until successfully participates in and completes a course of treatment - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of committing an act constituting a crime under New York State law (Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Felony).

Kathleen Cook Smith, West Henrietta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 070942; Cal. No. 14273
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of being physically and/or verbally abusive to five patients.

Karen L. Penna a/k/a Karen L. Duerr, Depew, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 437521; Cal. No. 14744
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of making three transcription errors and four medication administration errors.

Virginia M. Carl, Youngstown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 194630; Cal. No. 14886
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of failing to properly document the evaluation and treatment of patients on nine occasions.

Susan M. Waters a/k/a Susan Marie Wood, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 212674; Cal. No. 15558
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to keep an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment of a patient and committing four medication errors/omissions.

Nancy Swientonioski a/k/a Nancy A. Robbins, Auburn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186629, 409356; Cal. Nos. 15565, 15564
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of incorrectly transcribing how often a medication was to be administered, discontinuing medications when there was no order to discontinue, administering Digoxin without checking a patient's Digoxin level, and when the Digoxin level was received, not reporting it to the patient's physician.

Ruperto C. De La Pena, Middletown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; R.N. Lic. No. 285661, N.P. Cert. No. 340004; Cal. Nos. 16222, 16230
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of committing an act constituting a crime under New York State law (Conviction for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, to wit: a prescription).

Donna Van Harken, Fairport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 195033, 410009; Cal. Nos. 16255, 16256
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: $500 fine, probationary period currently serving under Order Nos. 14901, 14902 be extended by one year from February 17, 1997 to February 17, 1998.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a charge of changing the daily dose of 2 medications for an elderly patient without a doctor's order.

Joan M. Isherwood, Wappingers Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 080646; Cal. No. 16260
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of committing an act constituting a crime under New York State law (Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor).

Rozina Shanaz Saint Joy, Uniondale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 233011; Cal. No. 16293
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction for Patient Abuse, an unclassified Misdemeanor.

Lydia Barbara Moran, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 167077; Cal. No. 16305
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: $500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of committing several medication errors including administering an incorrect medication and the wrong dosages of a medication.

Martine Micourt Williams a/k/a Martine M. Laguerre, Stony Point, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 181934, 381120; Cal. Nos. 16335, 15504
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication and/or treatment errors/omissions and failing to properly assess a patient.

Raymond T. Wheeler, Shoreham, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 115863, 294909; Cal. Nos. 16361, 16360
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, a Felony.

Donna Louise Nadeau a/k/a Donna Louise Stewart, Houston, TX

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 325629; Cal. No. 16382
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in another state.


Pharmacy

Vinoda J. Kudchadkar, Bayport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030519; Cal. No. 14205
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making billing errors.

Haven Drugs Inc., Medford, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Lic. No. 021047; Cal. No. 14206
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Retail pharmacy admitted to charges of making billing errors.

Joseph Maisel, New Port Richey, FL

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024634; Cal. No. 15941
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to committing an act constituting a Federal crime relating to the conviction of Knowing and Intentional Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III and IV Controlled Substances.

Jay M. Marcus, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 024189; Cal. No. 16306
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction for committing acts constituting a crime under Federal law for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, a Felony.

William H. Edelman d/b/a West End Pharmacy, 704 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 013472; Cal. No. 16467
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender registration granted.
Summary: Retail pharmacy did not contest charges of unauthorized substitution of prescribed drugs.


Physical Therapy

Janet Youker, Johnstown, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 006504; Cal. No. 14639
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to maintain six patient records which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of those patients.


Podiatry

Avram Mayer Shapiro, Bronx, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003658; Cal. No. 15888
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed at which time probation 23 months, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of engaging in sexual intercourse with a patient following treatment of the patient.

Bradley Seth Perry, East Meadow, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003788; Cal. No. 16228
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction for submitting false claims to Medicaid.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

George Kurosaka, Jr., Queensburg, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 035869; Cal. No. 13120
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to prepare and retain thorough written evaluations showing how lateral supports are to be provided or how horizonal reactions are to be sustained.


Public Accountancy

Emanuel M. Leaf, Fairfield, NJ

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 026459; Cal. No. 16048
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, upon service of suspension, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction for conspiring with another to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Arnold Friedman, East Hills, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 016615; Cal. No. 16310
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license (certificate) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction for aiding and abetting the filing of false corporate income tax returns.


Veterinary Medicine

Tobias Jungreis, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 002293; Cal. No. 15421
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996 (see also June 2002)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain adequate records and failing to adequately treat and diagnose two cats.

Michael John Allen, Hunt Road, Buskirk, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006438; Cal. No. 16316
Regents Action Date: November 8, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to adequately monitor a sick dog.

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