Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
October 2005

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Psychology - Public Accountancy

Chiropractic

Michael Scott Manno, Lodi, NJ

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009219; Cal. No. 22357
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Ketamine.


Dentistry

David Stuart Hershkowitz, Bayside, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035378; Cal. No. 22069
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having failed to make available to a patient, upon her request, copies of her treatment records.

Stephen David Ingber, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044705; Cal. No. 21548
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of gaining excessive access into a patient’s tooth while performing a root canal and causing a perforation of the mesial wall.

Charles Howard Shmelzer, Hastings on Hudson, NY and Hartsdale, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 026626; Cal. No. 20626
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: failure to provide dental treatment and failure to make reasonable arrangements for the continued care of his patients by undertaking and commencing, but not completing treatment for three separate patients; failure to provide a denture and failure to make reasonable arrangements for the continuation of a patient’s dental care; abandoning two patients in need of immediate care without making reasonable arrangements for their continued care and failing to provide a denture and failing to make reasonable arrangements for the continuation of a patient’s dental care.


Nursing

Ellen Mary Amyot, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 490982; Cal. No. 20170

Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005 (see also March 2001)
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months stayed, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to adequately respond to a patient who was choking and in severe respiratory distress Specifically, after assessing the patient, licensee did not respond adequately by taking steps to alleviate the patient’s condition. When called to the room by other staff, licensee indicated that she needed to call someone else first, and left the patient with staff who were unable by licensure or policy, to adequately assist the patient.

Steven Bailey, Bellport, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 217083; Cal. No. 22262
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 12 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that while caring for an ill eight-year-old child, licensee fell asleep and woke to find the child unresponsive.

Timothy F. Jean Baptiste, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 138136, 319566; Cal. Nos. 22222, 22223
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to properly assess or monitor a psychiatric patient under his care.

Paula Jean Broad, Cheektowaga, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 439019; Cal. No. 21779
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005 (see also November 2009)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years upon return to practice, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully physically harassing a patient.

Sheila Vanessa Chatman a/k/a Sheila V. Hargett, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 138167, 380237; Cal. Nos. 22307, 22308
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted guilt to having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Maureen Marie Coleman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 268157; Cal. No. 22155
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite suspension of license until found fit to practice, probation 2 years upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Petit Larceny.

Brenda Lynn Doyle, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 217436; Cal. No. 21420
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of: leaving her place of employment without being relieved or waiting for coverage from another nurse and failing to dispense medications to multiple patients.

Ronald Flax, Palm Bay, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 318689; Cal. No. 22219
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 years suspension to be terminated after service of 6 months of suspension and upon completion of terms as set forth in the consent order application, $6,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he failed to notify a critical care patient’s physician that the patient’s oxygen saturation levels had been falling below normal levels for a period of at least two hours.

Odette Joseph, Pembroke Pines, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 131245; Cal. No. 19225
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 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 an Associate Nursing Degree.

Andrew J. Joss, Marilla, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 221666; Cal. No. 21780
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of willfully physically harassing a patient.

Lisa Marie Mitchell, Colonie, NY and Tupper Lake, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 237436; Cal. No. 20513
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 years suspension, execution of last 24 months stayed, probation 24 months, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to suction a patient’s tracheal tube and failing to report that the patient required assistance on three different dates.

Christine Helen Montelione, Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 084365; Cal. No. 21410
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 18 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 18 months.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willful physical abuse and willful verbal abuse of a patient.

Cheryl E. Pratt, Schenectady, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 249420; Cal. No. 22245
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of altering a physician’s order without authorization.

Jason Smolarsky, Plainview, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 482143; Cal. No. 22178
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005 (See also March 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing the profession of nursing while impaired by the non-controlled substance Fentanyl.

Rosemary Walsh, Armonk, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 140209, 327724; Cal. Nos. 22183, 22182
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, probation 2 years to run concurrently, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges that on four occasions she withdrew a drug from the hospital’s drug supply for a patient whose physician had not ordered said drug to be administered, and then failed to document what she did with that drug.

John Whelan, West Babylon, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 260187; Cal. No. 22088
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite suspension of license until fit to practice, probation 2 years upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain a record for a patient that accurately reflected the treatment of that patient.


Pharmacy

Kwaku Asante, Little Ferry, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040415; Cal. No. 22241
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of willfully failing to register from in or about September 2002 to April 2003.

Julie Ann English, Farmington, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046741; Cal. No. 22246
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of dispensing the wrong strength of a medication.

Lorena Stephanie Mena, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044234; Cal. No. 22190
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, probation 24 months, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charges that she erroneously dispensed the wrong medication to a patient and failed to counsel said patient’s authorized representative.


Psychology

Serge Edward Hadjolian, Douglaston, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 006521; Cal. No. 21860
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of offering to provide consulting services and advice for a period of six months for a non-refundable fee of $20,000 to an eighty-nine year old woman whom he determined was not in need of psychotherapy following a ninety minute psychotherapeutic session.


Public Accountancy

Robert E. Levine, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 023046; Cal. No. 22195
Regents Action Date: October 7, 2005
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of signing a report indicating that he had audited the financial statements of an entity when he had not audited said statements.


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Last Updated: April 8, 2010
April 8, 2010