Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
October 2003

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Psychology

Chiropractic

Michael John DiMaio, Westbury, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 005596; Cal. No. 20541
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on his application for licensure and first registration.


Dentistry

Judd L. Lesser, Lawrence, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043688; Cal. No. 20432
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
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 the charges of having been convicted of Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor, and failing to properly construct two bridges for two patients, improperly placing a porcelain inlay, failing to take pre-operative x-rays, and failing to complete an adequate root canal.

Edmond Campbell McLane, Morrisonville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 021969; Dental Anesthesia Cert. No. 000255; Cal. Nos. 20759, 21168
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee/Certificate Holder admitted to the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records.

John Liagzhang Shi, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 048485; Cal. No. 20806
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to take x-rays sufficient in number and quality to support the dental diagnosis made, failing to take x-rays adequate for a proper evaluation of the teeth involved prior to commencing treatment of those teeth, and prescribing dental treatment not warranted by the patient's condition.

Jarrett Turk, Plainview, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042378; Cal. No. 20281
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003 (see also October 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing the profession of dentistry while his ability to practice was impaired by mental disability between 1999 and 2001.


Massage Therapy

Joseph Burden, New York, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 011106; Cal. No. 21109
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of engaging in conduct in the practice of the profession of massage therapy evidencing moral unfitness to practice.


Nursing

Yasmine Chery, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 240955; Cal. No. 20039
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
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 did not contest the charge of falsely indicating on her application for licensure as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York that she had received a basic nursing education at Simone O. Duvalier, Port au-Prince, Haiti.

Gina Maria Coghlan, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 175856; Cal. No. 20894
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for not less than 6 months and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Scheme to Defraud in the 2nd Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree.

Anthony Horatio Headlam, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 249797; Cal. No. 20854
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 22 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of directing a nurse's aide to apply a hot towel to a resident's leg when there was no physician's order, failing to report resident's burn and failing to record resident's condition in the medical record.

Rhonda Lee Henry, Montgomery, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 183360, 437390; Cal. Nos. 20943, 20944
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 1 year and until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon licensee's return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Lois Anne McGee, Burnt Hills, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 226928, 484218; Cal. Nos. 20888, 20889
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003 (see also March 2002)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of committing medication administration and documentation errors and violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents.

Joseph Meus, Hudson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 520949; Cal. No. 20734
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
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 the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 2nd Degree, a class D felony.

Rita Ann Millard, Endicott, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 469672; Cal. No. 20848
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree, a class E felony.

Deborah Lee Monteleone, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 320695; Cal. No. 20847
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 20 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of one count of Fraudulent Practices.

Jean Avril Thompson, Freeport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226507; Cal. No. 20463
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of patient abandonment resulting from leaving in the middle of a shift without making adequate coverage arrangements.


Pharmacy

Sharmila Jagi Chhugani, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 041661; Cal. No. 19883
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of holding outdated drugs for sale.

Daniel P. Christensen, Troy, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029458; Cal. No. 21007
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of gross negligence as a result of a dispensing error. Roxanol 20mg./ml. instead of Morphine Sulfate 5mg./ml. was dispensed.

Dana R. Gignac, Rochester, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039902; Cal. No. 20885
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003 (see also May 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $6,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of committing violations of pharmacy laws as a result of failing to offer complete counseling for home delivery including dosage information and rules and failing to provide documentation of continuing education.

Dana Rene Gignac d/b/a Saratoga Pharmacy, 192 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608

Profession: Pharmacist; Reg. No. 021387; Cal. No. 20886
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of violating pharmacy laws and rules.

JC Drug, Inc. d/b/a Queens Pharmacy, 97-30 64th Road, Rego Park, NY 11374

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 022289; Cal. No. 19882
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $250 fine.
Summary: Respondent was found guilty of holding outdated drugs for sale.

Patrick Okoye, Montgomery, AL

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 047214; Cal. No. 21134
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of conspiracy to engage in the Wholesale Distribution in Interstate Commerce of Prescription Drugs Without a License and Wire Fraud.

139 Pharmacy, Inc., 3415 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 015978; Cal. No. 20830
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of dispensing prescription-required medications without prescriptions.

Craig Arthur Ritchko, Otego, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 028119; Cal. No. 18517
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003 (see also February 1998)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 3 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: dispensing a prescription without the imprinted prescriber name for an institutional prescriber; dispensing a prescription for a controlled substance after the 30-day validity period had expired; dispensing a prescription on a date certain which contained a later date certain; dispensing a prescription more than 30 days after the date the prescription was written; dispensing prescriptions that lacked the address of the ultimate user; dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances where no dosages or strength were prescribed; dispensing prescriptions that did not contain the prescriber DEA number; failing to retain records for the last five years for his pharmacy, including purchases, drugs sold, DEA inventories, daily logs, patient profiles and logs documenting the refusal to accept counseling; and violating terms of probation based on the fact certain of these acts occurred during a period of time he was on probation for previous professional misconduct.

Vinay Walter, Manhasset Hills, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046640; Cal. No. 20829
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: While on duty as the supervising pharmacist, licensee admitted to the charge of failing to properly supervise a registered pharmacy, therefore, allowing an unlicensed pharmacy employee to dispense prescription-required medications without prescriptions.


Podiatry

Daniel W. Merk, Orchard Park, NY

Profession: Podiatry; Lic. No. 002755; Cal. No. 20890
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003 (see also July 2007)
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 the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor, and a second charge of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.


Psychology

Donald Laurence Schuman, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 003756; Cal. No. 20911
Regents Action Date: October 9, 2003
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 the charge of failing to maintain an accurate record of the evaluation and treatment of a patient.


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