Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
October 2002

Architecture - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Jin Woo Jang, Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 023528; Cal. No. 17988
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of willful failure to comply with substantial provisions of local laws governing the profession.


Dentistry

Michael Mastromarino, Fort Lee, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044455; Cal. No. 20083
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also July 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 year suspension, satisfy continuing education requirments.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession of dentistry in the State of New York while his license to practice was surrendered and his registration was in inactive status.

Stephen Jay Roth, Holbrook, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023726; Cal. No. 20294
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession of dentistry for approximately one year while not registered.

Kevin Edward Smith, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040872; Cal. No. 20265
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of submitting an insurance claim for work not performed and placing an incorrect abutment for an implant.


Massage Therapy

Patrick Mortimer McGee-Russell, Santa Fe, NM

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 007118; Cal. No. 20179
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of massaging the genital area of two undraped clients.


Nursing

Janet L. Bode, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 193342; Cal. No. 19419
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
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 charge of failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Tometa Castallano a/k/a Tometa Bonet a/k/a Tometa M. Gianvecchio, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 181507; Cal. No. 20480
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Edward John Cuthbertson, West Bloomfield, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242705; Cal. No. 20008
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing nine medication errors over a three day period in relation to one patient.

Susan Lynn D'Amico, Amherst, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 218034, 440262; Cal. Nos. 19892, 19891
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also November 1999)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension, for at least 1 year, and until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Yves B. Descorbeth, Springfield Gardens, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 238051, 503943; Cal. Nos. 19323, 20107
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also April 1999)
Action: Applications for consent orders granted; Penalties agreed upon: Licensed Practical Nurse - 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years; Registered Professional Nurse - Annulment of registered professional nurse license.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree and thereby obtained her license as a registered professional nurse based on false credentials.

Jeanne Eberle a/k/a Jeanne Waters-Eberle, Lynbrook, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 102429, 422969; Cal. Nos. 20131, 20130
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also July 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of diverting the controlled substance Demerol for her own use.

Sonia Carolyn-Annette Forde, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 252629; Cal. No. 19861
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 50 hours of public service, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor and misuse of food stamp benefits, a class A misdemeanor.

Magalie Israel, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221339; Cal. No. 19222
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of falsely representing her basic nursing education for the purpose of inducing the New York State Education Department to favorably review her qualifications for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York.

John Robert Lash, Newark, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 408264; Cal. No. 19660
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also June 2006)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Assault in the Second Degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Lueen Laufer, Deansboro, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 126306; Cal. No. 20255
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of medication administration errors and inaccurate record keeping.

Nyrva Mt Bois Legagneur, Queens Village, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 218562; Cal. No. 19121
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received an Associate Nursing Degree.

Gail Miller, Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 205398; Cal. No. 20154
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
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 charge of writing an abusive, harassing and intimidating letter to a patient in a geriatric center.

James David Murray, Bath, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 242900; Cal. No. 20230
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for minimum of six months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of diverting Morphine and Demerol for his personal use, failing to maintain accurate patient records, and moral unfitness to practice the profession.

Joanne M. Poore, Ogdensburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 126330; Cal. No. 20228
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of inaccurate record keeping.

Judy A. Roberts, Wynantskill, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 175598; Cal. No. 19620
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of falsely documenting the withdrawal of controlled substances and taking a controlled substance without authorization.

Michelle M. St. Louis, Mattydale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261967; Cal. No. 19828
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to two charges of medication errors and failure to maintain accurate patient records.

Deborah Ann Szafranski, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 187250; Cal. No. 20258
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also December 1999)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for minimum of three months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Marguerite L. Trombetta, Bronx, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 326392; Cal. No. 20187
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 5 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Loris Fay Vanhorne, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 172532; Cal. No. 20106
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial suspension in certain areas until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 5 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of committing medication and charting errors and omissions, failing to utilize proper techniques relating to infection control, and administering medications through gastrostomy tubes.

Deborah Zadorozny, New York, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 316050; Cal. No. 20085
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
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 obtaining medication under patient names, for self-administration.

Joshua John Zenger, Saranac Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 237232; Cal. No. 20262
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Arson.


Occupational Therapy

Marcella A. Nolan, Ithaca, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 001021; Cal. No. 19918
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 3 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing while impaired by depression and anxiety.


Pharmacy

Thomas Anthony Randazzo, North Massapequa, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040768; Cal. No. 19665
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last year of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of receiving in interstate commerce prescription drugs that were adulterated and misbranded, a felony.

John Santiago, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025054; Cal. No. 20086
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also February 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing prescription-required drugs without a prescription.

Superior Pharmacy, Inc., 78-14 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023066; Cal. No. 20087
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002 (see also June 1997)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of dispensing prescription-required drugs without a prescription.


Public Accountancy

James M. Broten, Norwich, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 059344; Cal. No. 20476
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Violate Federal Law.

John Edmund Gruninger, Jr., Camillus, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 072461; Cal. No. 20483
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of False Claims to the United States.


Social Work

Donald Donohoe, West Sayville, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 022477; Cal. No. 20259
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of providing counseling for a seventeen year old patient and, during counseling, crossing boundary lines.

Kenneth W. Sewell, Newbern, NC

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 041210; Cal. No. 20298
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of submitting alcohol abuse evaluations that were not based on thorough examination.

Elaine S. Vasilopoulos, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 035455; Cal. No. 18749
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Censure and Reprimand, probation 3 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of adding to a prescription written by a doctor "refill one time" without the consent or knowledge of the writing doctor. Respondent was not authorized by law or employer policy to write on a prescription as she did.


Veterinary Medicine

David Kenneth Trachtenberg, Ontario, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 006807; Cal. No. 20232
Regents Action Date: October 4, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of delegating professional responsibilities to a person or persons when he knew or had reason to know that such person or persons were not qualified by licensure to perform the acts.


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Last Updated: October 14, 2009