Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
November 1998

Certified Public Accountancy - Certified Social Work - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Ophthalmic Dispensing - Podiatry - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Psychology - Veterinary Medicine

Certified Public Accountancy


Bernard Miller, New Lebanon, NY

Profession: Public Accountant; Lic. (Enrollment) No. 001974; Cal. No. 17489
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license (enrollment) granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of Grand Larceny and Embezzlement from an Employee Benefit Plan.

Philip Greifeld, Conyers, GA

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058504; Cal. No. 17378
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to inquire during an audit, whether there was a relationship between the audit client and the accountant doing the field work on the audit.


Certified Social Work


Natasha Linda Shaw, East Northport, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 044435; Cal. No. 16711
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of revealing confidential information about a client and renting her garage to her client and could not provide any treatment records for her client.

Adinarayanan M. Iyer, Thiells, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 016710; Cal. No. 17409
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of submitting insurance claims to a health plan for psychotherapy rendered to someone who was no longer his patient.


Chiropractic


Ann C. De Gennaro, Newburgh, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 001725; Cal. No. 16391
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of billing an insurance company for treatments that were not rendered to a patient.

Eric Theodore Leader, Auburn, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 007334; Cal. No. 17179
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also December 2003)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely billing insurance companies for treatment when none was provided and failing to disclose a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated on his license application to practice chiropractic.

Charles J. Cancellieri, Melville, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004628; Cal. No. 17376
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also June 1997)
Action: 1 month suspension, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of advertising his services as chiropractor in violation of a term of probation imposed on him by the Board of Regents for the time period July 1, 1997 to September 30, 1997.


Dentistry


Fred Lipp, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024091; Cal. No. 15461
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of gross negligence in the preparation of a partial denture and in the preparation of a post and core for his patients.

Steven Alan Kollander, Ridgewood, NY

Profession: Dentist and Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 035132, Cert. No. 000387; Cal. Nos. 17057, 17058
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of offering to practice beyond the scope permitted by law by advertising he used laser surgery to remove wrinkles, moles and scars; performing surgery to remove wrinkles from around patients' eyes and performing inadequate osseous surgery.

James Jordan Simring, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Dentist and Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 037075, Cert. No. 000556; Cal. Nos. 17225, 17226
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.

Thomas Michael, Mount Vernon, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 032729; Cal. No. 17416
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime Prohibited Use of a Weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

Tatyana Kaminar, Elmhurst, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 045582; Cal. No. 17529
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of using radiographs that were not of diagnostic quality; fabricating bridges that lacked embrasure apace and had crowns that were overcontoured and recommended extraction of a tooth when it was not necessary.


Massage Therapy


Jacqui Pracella Bowman, Yorktown Heights, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 007192; Cal. No. 17430
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also December 1996)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.


Nursing


Marcelle Oliver Danton, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 063806; Cal. No. 17463
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, Unclassified Misdemeanors, on two occassions.

Dawn April Shine, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 442862; Cal. No. 17497
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering four doses of a controlled medication via the wrong route; failing to document the cancellation of an order for two tablets of controlled medication; failing to document the wastage of several tablets of a controlled medication; having several tablets of a controlled medication in her pocket and to allegation of diverting controlled substances for her own use.

Kellie L. Parsons, Phoenix, AZ

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 216743; Cal. No. 16818
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also May 2004)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 year suspension, execution of last 57 months of suspension stayed, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Criminal Sale of A Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.

Mary M. Kane a/k/a Mary M. Frank, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220111; Cal. No. 17052
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of five counts of Endangering The Welfare of A Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Marguerite Claire Faxon, Wading River, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 207551, 425028; Cal. Nos. 16826, 16827
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also February 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of diverting controlled drugs from her employer and replacing injectable drugs with normal saline.

Darlene Mackoy a/k/a Darlene Vanderkooi Fortune a/k/a Darlene R. Lescynski, Ashville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 075559, 308174; Cal. Nos. 17131, 17132
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
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 appropriating prescription blanks from her employer and forging the employer's signature on six prescriptions for Phentermine with the intent to have the prescriptions filled.

Donna C. Fellows, Oneida, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 065975; Cal. No. 17206
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charge of switching tubing, erroneously administering a medication, and administering medication at the wrong time.

Carmencita F. Sevilla Alhabsi, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 224752; Cal. No. 17234
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering medication without a physician's order and failing to maintain an accurate record of the medication administration in the patient's record.

Marie Gustin Charlot-Joseph, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 403775; Cal. No. 17283
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by claiming that the medications were for patients when in fact no such medications were ordered by the physicians.

Gerrilyn M. Reese, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 108018; Cal. No. 17287
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also 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 having been convicted of the crime Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, on two occasions.

Cynthia A. Ricci a/k/a Cynthia Ann McCloskey a/k/a Cynthia R. McCloskey, Spencerport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 278205; Cal. No. 17309
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of practicing beyond scope while not certified as a Nurse Practitioner and holding herself out as one.

Frank Paul Meroski, Warrensburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242576; Cal. No. 17363
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Seventh Degree, Falsifying Business Records Second Degree and Willful Violation of the Public Health Law and diverting quantities of his employer's stock of controlled substances for his own use.

Vincent Raymond Schiano, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 446798; Cal. No. 17364
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to having been convicted of the crime of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony and diverting controlled substances on numerous occasions from his employer.

Denise Michel, Middle Island, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 464757; Cal. No. 17373
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, following the service of the first 3 months of the period of suspension, probation 24 months to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of obtaining license fraudulently by not revealing a conviction on her application and diverting a controlled substance from her employer for personal use.

Sandra J. Lebowitz, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 335423; Cal. No. 17388
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of submitting false reports indicating that she had made home visits when she had not.

Janis Kae Kilpatrick, Canajoharie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 434793; Cal. No. 17393
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charge of administering the wrong dosage of medication to a patient.

Margaret Vallone Nassir a/k/a Margaret M. Vallone, Port Jefferson Station, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 192900, 399416; Cal. Nos. 17403, 17404
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
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 failing to notice that the wrong pain medication was infusing into a post-operative patient.

Lillian Jan Courten, East Northport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 214314; Cal. No. 17421
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
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 being dependent on or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens or other drugs having similar effects.

Kevin Cunneen, Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 454029; Cal. No. 17441
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of erroneously administering five times the prescribed dosage of a medication to a patient.

Rajesh K. Mehrotra, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 117395, 305874; Cal. Nos. 17457, 17458
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of administering the wrong amount of a medication and then administering the medication without a physician's order and administering a medication in the wrong method.

Eileen R. Meyer, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 115236, 293732; Cal. Nos. 17468, 17469
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of being dependent or a habitual user of narcotics.

Lavonne Marie Spencer, Rock Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195265; Cal. No. 17523
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of committing numerous medication administration/documentation errors.

Kathleen M. Liddle, Oneonta, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 166702; Cal. No. 17532
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
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, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing four patient care and/or documentation errors/omissions.


Opthalmic Dispensing


Alan Feldman, Merrick, NY

Profession: Ophthalmic Dispenser; Lic. No. 003918; Cal. No. 16952
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also November 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 5 year suspension, execution of last 3 years of suspension stayed, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of making a false statement and representation of material facts in connection with a Medicare application for benefits and payment.


Podiatry


Khadija Shakir, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003058; Cal. Nos. 15935, 14448
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998 (see also September 1994 and December 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension to be terminated upon payment of $10,000 fine provided respondent serves a minimum actual suspension of 1 year from the effective date of the service of the order, probation 5 years to be terminated upon payment of the $10,000 fine provided respondent serves a minimum 1 year probation (said periods of suspension and probation to be concurrent), the penalty and probation shall supercede and be in satisfaction of prior probation which therefore need not be served.
Summary: Licensee admitted charge of practicing the profession of podiatry while her license was suspended in 1994 and failed to pay a fine imposed by the Board of Regents.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying


Sol Schwartz, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 031442; Cal. No. 17361
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted charge that he falsely certified that certain electrical defects had been corrected.


Psychology


Philip Sturman, Huntington, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 007130; Cal. No. 17300
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite suspension of not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of having sexual relations with a patient, revealing confidential information about patients and having inadequate records for patients.


Veterinary Medicine


William Stack, Fayetteville, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 001976; Cal. No. 17031
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest a charge of gross negligence based on his performing spays on three dogs which caused injuries to said dogs.

Steven D. Sterman, Shenorock, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 004323; Cal. No. 17375
Regents Action Date: November 6, 1998
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charge of failing to correctly diagnose an animal's condition and refilling a prescription without seeing the animal.


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