Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

October 2014

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Architecture - Athletic Training - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Optometry - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work -


Architecture

Frank D. Mileto; New York, NY

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 017370; Cal. No. 27512

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Amiel Savaldi; Woodsburgh, NY

Profession: Architecture; Lic. No. 016497; Cal. No. 26633

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $2,500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of receiving fees from a third party in connection with the performance of professional services.

Athletic Training

Brooke Michelle Fadness; Sound Beach, NY

Profession: Athletic Training; Cert. No. 001851; Cal. No. 26638

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months to run concurrently with period of suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Involving Personal Injury Without Reporting, a felony. 

Chiropractic

Chiropractic Specialties of New York, L.L.C.; New York, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Cal. No. 26970

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine to be paid within 6 months.

Summary: Respondent was found guilty of having been convicted of Enterprise Corruption; Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree; two counts of Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree; and Money Laundering in the 2nd Degree. 

Matthew Glen Keschner; New York, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 010185; Cal. No. 26825

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $10,000 fine to be paid within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Enterprise Corruption, Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the 1st Degree, Money Laundering in the 2nd  Degree, four counts of Insurance Fraud in the 4th Degree and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st  Degree.

Dentistry

William George Eliades; Astoria, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 037540; Cal. No. 27105

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014 (see also September 2000 and July 2004)

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of poorly performing root canal on a patient; poorly constructing a six unit bridge, improperly filling canals for root canal treatment, failing to suggest other treatment options, and poorly constructing crowns for a patient; and failing to maintain accurate patient records for a patient.

Joshua Mark Prensky; Jersey City, NJ

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 053301; Cal. No. 27556

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $5,000 fine, 100 hours public service.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Medicaid Fraud in the 3rd Degree in the State of New Jersey.

Queens Family Dental P.C.; Astoria, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Cal. No. 27104

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine, 2 years probation.

Summary: Registrant did not contest charges of   poorly performing root canal on a patient; poorly constructing a six unit bridge, improperly filling canals for root canal treatment, failing to suggest other treatment options, and poorly constructing crowns for a patient; and failing to maintain accurate patient records for a patient.

Marvin M. Rosenberg; Palm Beach, FL

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 022025; Cal. No. 27712

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of improperly placing implants in a patient’s mouth resulting in postoperative complications; failing to properly manage the postoperative complication of numbness and pain in said patient’s mouth; failing to explain to said patient the prognosis of the nerve injury; and failing to affirmatively identify the scope and source of the numbness and pain by failing to order a postoperative CT scan to affirmatively identify whether the implants caused the nerve damage by encroaching upon the nerve when they were being placed.

Keith Lloyd Rudolph; Fairfield, CT

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 036817; Cal. No. 27565

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,000 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of prescribing controlled substances to family members and office staff for non-dental purposes outside the scope of his dental practice in 2004.

Gregory L. Schultz; Bath, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 030045; Cal. No. 27540

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on a license renewal application.

Victor Paul Terranova; Ridgefield, CT

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 029974; Cal. No. 26616

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 properly perform bone graft and implant placement; administering collagen injections for cosmetic reasons; and administering intra-muscle injections without a permit.

William West; New York, NY

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 033970; Cal. No. 26037

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $2,500 fine, 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to complete the continuing education credits required for registration as a dentist in the State of New York during the period from January 2006 to December 2010.

Hamid Reza Zehtab, Lake Oswego, OR

Profession: Dentistry; Lic. No. 043905; Cal. No. 27728

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to sterilize bite blocks and film holders, reusing single use disposable impression trays, failing to clean and sterilize metal impression trays, reusing single use disposable “Isolite” suction attachments and failing to conduct weekly spore testing in the State of Oregon.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Carl Anthony Demeter; Littleton, CO

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 068577; Cal. No. 27568

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,500 fine payable within 90 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of affixing his Texas engineer seal and signature to design load calculations and design plans which were submitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for an entity with which he had no current employee relationship nor an affiliation, and when said entity was not registered as a business entity with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers nor had any Texas licensed engineers associated with it.

Massage Therapy

Johnathan Charles Horkheimer a/k/a John C. Horkheimer; Gowanda, NY

Profession: Massage Therapy; Lic. No. 014064; Cal. No. 27312

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, a felony.

Nursing

Flore Alabre; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285928; Cal. No. 27268

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 documenting the administration of eye drops which had not been administered.

Timothy Charles Atkins; Altona, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 272801, 552218; Cal. Nos. 27309, 27310

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree).

Mary Elizabeth Brusso; Elmira, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285669; Cal. No. 27198

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Menacing in the 2nd Degree.

Joseph P. Carelli; Marcellus, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 652414; Cal. No. 27535

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014 (see also February 2014)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing the profession of nursing with moral unfitness and of having been convicted of Criminal Sexual Act in the 3rd Degree.

Brandy Lee Daghita; Rome, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 289738; Cal. No. 27054

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 having committed medication errors.

Linda Ann Darin; Mamaroneck, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 157112, 355856; Cal. Nos. 27459, 27460

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 9 month actual suspension, 15 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $2,000 fine payable within 9 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of holding herself out in internet advertising as qualified to practice psychotherapy and marriage and family therapy, when she, in fact, did not hold the necessary professional licenses to provide such treatment.

Margaret Ann Donnelly; Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 349478; Cal. No. 27473

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Kimberly Edwards a/k/a Kimberly Peltier; Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186407, 391570; Cal. Nos. 27457, 27458

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Pamela Gelber; Fresh Meadows, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse;; Lic. No. 300718; Cal. No. 26993

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 12 month actual suspension, 12 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $2,500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of removing a patient in respiratory distress from a cardiac monitor when she was sent from the emergency department to two separate imaging departments and failing to accompany the patient to the aforementioned imaging studies or to assign another registered professional nurse to do so.

George F. Gibson; Frisco, TX

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 162131, 364840; Cal. Nos. 27608, 27611

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014 (see also October 2011)

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of violating terms of probation imposed by the Board of Regents by not providing proof of successful completion of continuing education coursework in ethics and in recordkeeping and by failing to provide proof of current registration.

Lynn Marie Grey; Anthem, AZ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 406109; Cal. No. 27476

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until drug abuse- and alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 24 months probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine payable within 30 days.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been disciplined in another jurisdiction for practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice is impaired by drugs.

Marie Amy Harris; Tucson, AZ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 347942; Cal. No. 27513

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional midsconduct by the Arizona State Board of Nursing for the pattern of using or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a similar substance to the extent that judgment may be impaired and nursing practice detrimentally affected, which if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct for practicing the profession of nursing while the ability to practice is impaired by alcohol or drugs in violation of section 6509(3) of the Education law.

Trasy L. Jalil; St. Augustin, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296325; Cal. No. 27647

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree and of Willful Violation of Health Laws.

Mario A. Jones; Delmar, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 296704; Cal. No. 27252

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd Degree and Stalking in the 3rd Degree.

Najla Kadri-Nielsen; Piscataway, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 467846; Cal. No. 27566

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Beverly D. Lagoe; Oswego, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 272632; Cal. No. 27327

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 1 year 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, as a felony.

Margaret McDaniel a/k/a Margaret Rose McDaniel; San Jose, CA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 345467; Cal. No. 27500

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area of not less than 6 months and until submit satisfactory written proof of successful completion of certain retraining in said certain area, 24 months probation to commence if and when return to practice in the State of New York.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of professional midsconduct by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Department of Consumer Affairs for committing gross negligence when failing to view the feeding pump volume displayed and visually check the amount of formula left in the syringe to ensure that it was infusing properly as required by hospital policy for a NCIU patient who required gavage feedings, which if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct for practicing the profession of nursing with gross negligence on a particular occasion in violation of section 6509(2) of the New York Education Law.

Agnieszka Pawelec; Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 474234; Cal. No. 27229

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having commited medication errors and having failed to maintain accurate records.

Kimberly Peltier a/k/a Kimberly Edwards; Clifton Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 186407, 391570; Cal. Nos. 27457, 27458

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

John Michael Robinson; Levittown, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 497688; Cal. No. 27529

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor, and, Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Daryl James Simpson; Lancaster, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 634812; Cal. No. 27517

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed 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 Vehicular Assault in the 1st Degree.

Patricia C. Smithmyer; Kingston, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 271884, 618701; Cal. Nos. 27664, 27665

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender licenses granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Willful Violation of Health Laws, a misdemeanor.

Heather Marie Waugh-Imbert; Selkirk, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 295502; Cal. No. 27226

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $250 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of erroneously administering one patient's medications to another patient.

Jennifer Weyant; Marlboro, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 573410; Cal. No. 27542

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of practicing the profession of nursing while impaired and failing to appropriately waste medications.

Optometry

Stuart Harvey Blankman; New York, NY

Profession: Optometry; New York, NY Lic. No. 002630; Cal. No. 27486

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of not less than 3 months and until mentally fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $3,000 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Harassment in the 1st Degree, a class B misdemeanor.

Pharmacy

Eva Marie Rodriguez; Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039755; Cal. No. 27670

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 month actual suspension, 21 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of knowingly submitting a fabricated prescription naming herself as patient to a pharmacy where she was then the pharmacist on duty in order to procure that medication.

Srinath Thoompally; Totowa, NJ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 049132; Cal. No. 26933

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Dispensing Misbranded Drugs, a misdemeanor.

Michael Philip Swanson; Bemus Point, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044250; Cal. No. 27508

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine payable within 6 months.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of removing medication from a pharmacy bottle for personal use and replacing it with the same kind of medication from another bottle.

Physical Therapy

David A. Cusick; Sanborn, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist Assistant; Cert. No. 008675; Cal. No. 27506

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

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 being a habitual user of cocaine.

Psychology

Stephen R. Rubin; Cambridge, NY

Profession: Psychology; Lic. No. 004829; Cal. No. 27195

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to properly treat, diagnose and provide care for a patient.

Public Accountancy

Daniel Patrick Healy a/k/a Daniel P. Healy; Rockville Centre, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 060040; Cal. No. 27516

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $1,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

Alan Ritter; Butner, NC

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032225; Cal. No. 27755

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Wire Fraud (3 counts), a felony.

Social Work

Brook Anne Heichel; Montour Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Lic. No. 047786; Cal. No. 27716

Regents Action Date: October 21, 2014

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having being convicted of Driving While Intoxicated. 

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Last Updated: January 22, 2015