Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

October 2009

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- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Public Accountancy - Social Work -


Chiropractic

Jason R. Kaplan, Newtown, PA
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 007462; Cal. No. 24594
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Wire Fraud; False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters; Health Care Fraud; and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; all felonies.

Christopher G. King, Goshen, NY
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 009461; Cal. No. 24775
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of 2 counts of Attempted Forcible Touching, a misdemeanor.

Thomas F. Miceli, Farmingville, NY
Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 002908; Cal. No. 24625
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Insurance Fraud, a class A misdemeanor.

Dentistry

Konstantin Grigoryevich Levin, Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 047174; Cal. No. 24659
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 1 count of Attempted Petit Larceny, a class B misdemeanor.

Kenneth John Raczka, Buffalo, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029663; Cal. No. 24614
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having violated  Article 33 of the Public Health Law.

Martin Jay Thaler, Monsey, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 037408; Cal. No. 24600
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of allowing non-certified dental assistants to remove bands and wires from orthodontic appliances and to place bands and ligature ties on patients, and of failing to use scientifically accepted infection prevention techniques appropriate to the practice of dentistry.

Jarrett Brian Turk, New York, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 042378; Cal. No. 23430
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009 (see also October 2003)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violating terms of probation imposed on him by the Board of Regents.

Robert Fred Winegarden, New York, NY
Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030351; Cal. No. 23304
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009 (see also February 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successfully complete certain course of retraining in said area, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of using compromised teeth as abutments in bridgework, failing to diagnose open margins in bridgework, and inaccurate recordkeeping.

Nursing

Margaret Jane Contro a/k/a Margaret Jane Calta, Windsor, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 479585; Cal. No. 24547
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted twice of Driving While Intoxicated.

Eleise A. Gordon, Mt. Vernon, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 248673; Cal. No. 24657
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of  submitting a fraudulent CPR certificate.

Aretha E. Hamlin-Hardy, Hempstead, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 593005; Cal. No. 24652
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering an incorrect medication to 3 patients.

Christopher W. Handy, Mt. Morris, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 241136, 480865; Cal. Nos. 24562, 24561
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 90 days.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted on 2 occasions in 2008 of Criminal Possession of a controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and of having withdrawn controlled substances for personal use.

Yvonne Hodge, South Ozone Park, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 170462, 464493; Cal. Nos. 24617, 24618
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to maintain a record which accurately reflects the treatment of a patient.

Patricia Ann Holohan, Elmhurst, NY
Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 486205; Cal. No. 24608
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of altering a physician’s order.

Dawn Marie Lowe, Medford, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 234445; Cal. No. 24782
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of administering medications to patients at times other than when ordered to be administered by said patients' physicians.

Starr L. Masten, Belmont, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 224091; Cal. No. 24557
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the 3rd Degree.

Gabrielle Pasquarelli, Jericho, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 090045; Cal. No. 24722
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 1 count of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony.

Wilma Enith Perez-Mallory a/k/a Wilma E. Perez-Mallory a/k/a Wilma E. Mallory a/k/a Wilma Perez-Mallory, Poughkeepsie, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226007; Cal. No. 24488
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of two counts of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Faye C. Thomas, Rochester, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 238856; Cal. No. 24811
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.

Kathleen A. Whalen, Buffalo, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 179923, 382457; Cal. Nos. 24312, 24313
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine payable within 6 months.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Kelly A. Wilkins a/k/a Kelly Ann Roach, Yonkers, NY
Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 255305, 503039; Cal. Nos. 24490, 24489
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.
Summary:  Licensee admitted to charges that, on 2 separate occasions, she diverted drugs from a hospital drug supply for her own use.

Pharmacy

3-9 Drugs, Inc. d/b/a Farmacia Central, 102 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 017397; Cal. No. 24679
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender registration granted.
Summary: Registrant admitted to charges of operating a pharmacy without a supervising pharmacist; dispensing prescription-required medications by an unlicensed person; and holding for sale expired drugs.

Denice A. Brady, Lake Placid, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034653; Cal. No. 24595
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that she took migraine medications for her personal use.

Steven Joseph Freifeld, Merrick, NY
Profession:  Lic. No. 041753; Cal. No. 24773
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Stolen Goods in Interstate Commerce, a felony.

Catherine Helioti, Rochester, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037144; Cal. No. 24641
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of medication dispensing errors involving Norco and Hydrocodone.

Sharon A. Leary, Hamburg, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029583; Cal. No. 24609
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of misbranding a drug.

Rite Aide of New York, Inc., 4046 Broadway, New York, NY
Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 024613; Cal. No. 24593
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine.
Summary: Registrant did not contest the charge of operating a pharmacy without a supervising pharmacist.

Mark S. Sherry, Brooklyn, NY
Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031354; Cal. No. 24624
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of knowingly filling a forged prescription for the controlled drug Vicodin 3 times.

Physical Therapy

Tige W. Jones, Quincy, IL
Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 021424; Cal. No. 24230
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year actual suspension, upon return to practice in New York State 3 years probation, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of moral unfitness.

Public Accountancy

Martin S. Bodner, Port Washington, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032590; Cal. No. 24682
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud, both felonies.

Michael Murphy Lowther a/k/a Michael Lowther, Houston, TX
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 076020; Cal. No. 24514
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he voluntarily consented to a suspension of his authority to appear or practice as an accountant before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Joseph Podhorcer, Nanuet, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 033093; Cal. No. 24390
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of issuing audit opinions that the financial statements of an entity were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), when several disclosures required by GAAP were not made.

Stephen H. Tarnofsky, Merrick, NY
Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 043316; Cal. No. 24638
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.
Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been  convicted of Attempted Promoting Gambling in the 1st Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Social Work

Anita Elizabeth Anderson, West Fulton, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 057763; Cal. No. 24673
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to the charge of moral unfitness in the practice of social work.

Nancy J. Hillsdon, Jericho, NY
Profession: Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 060854; Cal. No. 24506
Regents Action Date: October 19, 2009
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 2 years and until fit to practice, upon termination of indefinite suspension probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, a class B misdemeanor, Driving while Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor and  two counts of Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

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Last Updated: April 13, 2010