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

Chiropractic - Dentistry - Dietetics and Nutrition - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying -Psychology - Public Accountancy - Social Work - Veterinary Medicine

Chiropractic

J. Michael McMahon, Esperance, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 003233; Cal. No. 20166
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of willful evasion of personal income tax liability.

Michael Joseph Renzulli a/k/a Michael Renzulli, Delray Beach, FL

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 006353; Cal. No. 18800
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 year suspension, following service of suspension, probation 2 years subject to being reduced from a 2 year period of probation to a 1 year period of probation as set forth in consent order application.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Mail Fraud.


Dentistry

Oran W. Atkinson, Bronx, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 033253; Cal. No. 20207
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of practicing the profession of dentistry fraudulently by submitting false insurance claim forms certifying that work was performed when it was not.

Todd M. Blinder, Delray Beach, FL

Profession: Dentist, Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 033783, Cert. No. 000454; Cal. Nos. 17617, 17618
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license to practice as a dentist and to surrender certificate to administer dental anesthesia granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges that he practiced dentistry and dental anesthesia while his practice was impaired by physical disability.

F. James Carberry, Queensbury, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043318; Cal. No. 20101
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 3 years to commence if and when return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of making false entries in a patient record.

Tamara L. Shvartsman, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 038084; Cal. No. 20153
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of not recording the fact that a patient informed her that a full-mouth series of x-rays were not necessary because the patient promised to deliver to her x-rays taken by a previous dentist.


Dietetics and Nutrition

Stella Yin, New York, NY

Profession: Dietetian and Nutritionist; Lic. No. 001789; Cal. No. 19937
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of one count of Petit Larceny, a Class A misdemeanor.


Massage Therapy

Michael Paul Sanders, Newton, NJ

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 010219; Cal. No. 20299
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.


Nursing

Stephen A. Anderson, Lockport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 383096; Cal. No. 20325
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of filing a fraudulent application for employment.

Anders Johnson Barlow, Kenmore, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 231498; Cal. No. 19946
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to disclose a criminal conviction on the application for licensure, and admitted to charge of having been convicted of possession of stolen property and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Theresa Bickell, Riverhead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 237771; Cal. No. 20011
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 failing to take the pulse of a patient before administering medication, administering medication to a patient without first taking his blood pressure, failing to note that an order had been changed to every other day instead of every day, and being dependent on alcohol.

Deanna L. Butler, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 258462; Cal. No. 19341
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of two counts of Rape in the Third Degree, a class E Felony.

Thomas John Carroll, Browns Mills, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 451961; Cal. No. 20221
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree.

Irene Olker Cashmore, Medford, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191051; Cal. No. 19700
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension until terminated as set forth in consent order application - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: While assigned to the private duty care of a quadriplegic patient in need of twenty-four hour nursing care, licensee admitted to charge of being unconscious for approximately thirty minutes.

Barbara Ruth Cherlin, New York, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 134569, 328288; Cal. Nos. 20081, 19904
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 admitted to charge of having been convicted of failing to file her New York State personal income tax return with the intent to evade her New York State personal tax liability, a class A misdemeanor.

Yolette Claude a/k/a Yolette Dessources a/k/a Yolette Olophrene, Amityville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 203702, 503784; Cal. Nos. 19210, 20082
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
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.

Linda Jane Cota a/k/a Linda Zolan Cota, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 059501, 459721; Cal. Nos. 20118, 20119
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 one medication administration error.

Carey Ann Creeden, Manhasset, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 379354; Cal. No. 18360
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of knowingly and intentionally submitting false certifications of New York State licensure registrations to her employer.

Karen Ann D'Angelo, Endicott, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 313905; Cal. No. 19902
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

Varnaie Keturah Ferguson, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 157353, 366941; Cal. Nos. 19506, 19505
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of committing one transcription error.

Ann M. Filkins, Pulteney, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226613; Cal. No. 20000
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.

Crystal Marie Folsom a/k/a Crystal Amo, Ogdensburg, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 479455; Cal. No. 18217
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Forgery in the Second Degree and Issuing Bad Checks, failing to disclose a criminal conviction on her application for licensure, and administering medications to patients and falsely charting the time of administration on patient medication records.

Shelly L. Garcia, Deming, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 206530; Cal. No. 20152
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 23 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 Petit Larceny.

Cecilia Barber Gettmann, Massena, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 072591; Cal. No. 20270
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.

Marie Louise Huther, Syracuse, NY and Oswego, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 401627; Cal. No. 19921
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Suspension for at least 3 months and until terminated as set forth in Regents Review Committee report - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when return to practice.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Antonia Jean-Paul a/k/a Antonia Morinville, Broooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 232513; Cal. No. 19129
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 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.

Claudette Laguerre, Rosedale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226062; Cal. No. 19128
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 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.

Joselyne Louissaint, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 150489; Cal. No. 19122
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 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.

Suzanne Carroll Mason, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 078940; Cal. No. 20164
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Joanne McMahon , Troy, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257990; Cal. No. 19986
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 failing to follow aseptic technique during the administration of vaccinations.

Jane Gobaton Menke, Valley Stream, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 475450; Cal. No. 20103
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of failing to infuse a Heparin drip at the correct rate, to follow a correct procedure for amending a patient record, and to correctly record the time intervals for administering medications.

Marie L. Montina, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 183716, 475754; Cal. Nos. 19743, 19742
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Licensed Practical Nurse - Censure and Reprimand, 2 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed; Registered Professional Nurse - No penalty be imposed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a misdemeanor.

Maria Denise Murphy, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 460670; Cal. No. 20102
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002 (see also October 2006)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension 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 medication administration errors and willfully or grossly negligently failing to comply with substantial provisions of New York State or federal law and regulations.

Judith Nussbaum, Kingston, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 151199; Cal. No. 20160
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 failing to appropriately supervise and maintaining inaccurate records.

Debra Lynn Panek, Lake View, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 308472; Cal. No. 20246
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 23 months of suspension stayed, partial suspension in certain area until terminated as set forth in consent order application, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of infusion of saline solution in strength greater than prescribed.

Pamela Jane Rathburn a/k/a Pamela Rathburn-Ray, Miller Place, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. Nos. 168447, 371749, Cert. No. 360369; Cal. Nos. 20226, 20227, 20068
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of using the prescription pad of a doctor to write prescriptions for herself during a time when she had no privileges to write prescriptions.

Richard D. Roll

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 222402; Cal. No. 20257
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges that he had been convicted of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, a New York class C felony and Sexual Exploitation of Children, a Federal class D felony.

Deborah Michelle Rollerson, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 255876; Cal. No. 20093
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 indicating on the Capillary Blood Glucose Records that she had performed glucose tests on four patients, when in fact, she had not performed the tests on the four patients.

Susan Anne Sherman, Troy, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 372266; Cal. No. 19053
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of willfully harassing, abusing and or intimidating a patient verbally and physically.

John Charles Simonelli, Rochester, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 462494; Cal. No. 19398
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Suspension for no less than 6 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 charges of making false entries in hospital records, moral unfitness and failure to comply with federal or state law.

Marilyn Wagner, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 290639, Cert. No. 380796; Cal. Nos. 19690, 20165
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to obtain blood sugar readings on a diabetic patient, a medication error, and failing to monitor a patient undergoing a radiographic procedure.

Diane Sarel Warner, Floral Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 372093; Cal. No. 20061
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 failing to maintain an accurate patient record, and abandoning patients under and in need of immediate care.

Ellamary Wyllie a/k/a Ella Mary Wyllie

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner; Lic. No. 113040, Cert. No. 360346; Cal. Nos. 20240, 20241
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges that she failed to adequately diagnose and treat a patient.


Pharmacy

Irina Abrams, New York, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 044648; Cal. No. 20213
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of permitting a person not licensed to practice as a pharmacist in New York State to hold himself out as being a licensed pharmacist.

Patricia Marie Inserra, East Syracuse, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038707; Cal. No. 19543
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine.
Summary: While the Executive Director of the pharmacy operated by NCS Healthcare of New York, Inc. in Syracuse, New York, licensee admitted to charge of failing to ensure that the prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form.

William George Jarzyna, Lakeview, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042887; Cal. No. 19538
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: While a Supervising Pharmacist, licensee admitted to charge of failing to ensure that the prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form.

McCann Drug Co. Inc., 166 Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 014729; Cal. No. 19969
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $2,500 fine, probation 3 years.
Summary: Respondent did not contest charge of holding outdated drugs for sale, dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances more than thirty days from the date of issuance, dispensing prescriptions which lacked information, failing to complete the required DEA biannual controlled inventory, failing to maintain or document the refusal of counseling, failing to have an adequate compounding and dispensing area, and permitting pharmacy technicians to perform the duties of a licensed pharmacist.

Richard K. McCann, Hudson Falls, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031434; Cal. No. 19968
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 3 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of holding outdated drugs for sale, dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances more than thirty days from the date of issuance, dispensing prescriptions which lacked information, failing to complete the required DEA biannual controlled inventory, failing to maintain or document the refusal of counseling, failing to have an adequate compounding and dispensing area, and permitting pharmacy technicians to perform the duties of a licensed pharmacist.

Diane R. Mussalli a/k/a Diane R. Miltakis, Auburndale, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 046158; Cal. No. 20233
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $1,500 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of dispensing the wrong medication to a patient on two occasions.

NCS Healthcare of New York, Inc. d/b/a NCS Healthcare, Buffalo, 2470 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14255

Profession: Pharmacist; Reg. No. 023590; Cal. No. 19949
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $15,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent failed to ensure that prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form as well as other required information, and that pharmacists entered required information in the daily log.

NCS Healthcare of New York, Inc. d/b/a NCS Healthcare, 4 British American Boulevard, Latham, NY 12110

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023595; Cal. No. 19551
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $30,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent failed to ensure that: prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form as well as other required information; pharmacists entered required information in the daily log, and that there was a system which provided adequate safeguards.

NCS Healthcare of New York, Inc. d/b/a NCS Healthcare, Hartford, 8378 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY 13413

Profession: Pharmacist; Reg. No. 023591; Cal. No. 19953
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $15,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent failed to ensure that prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form as well as other required information, and that pharmacists entered required information in the daily log.

NCS Healthcare of New York, Inc. d/b/a NCS Healthcare, Syracuse, 621 East Brighton Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13205

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 023592; Cal. No. 19950,
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $15,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent failed to ensure that prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form as well as other required information, and that pharmacists entered required information in the daily log.

Michael Anthony Panasci, Skaneateles, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 042328; Cal. No. 19542
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine.
Summary: While a Supervising Pharmacist, licensee admitted to charge of failing to ensure that the prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form.

Bart Robert Psaila, Pittsford, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021716; Cal. No. 20146
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 24 month suspension, execution of last 12 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.

Jeffrey D. Sears, Sauquoit, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 038919; Cal. No. 19951
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to ensure that the prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form.

Chettra B. Thapa, Fairport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037329; Cal. No. 19518
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: While a Supervising Pharmacist, licensee did not contest charge of pharmacists failing to sign prescriptions dispensed, failing to properly label drugs with the name of the dispensing professionals, and failing to enter required information in the daily log.

Arthur Melvyn Weinstein, McLean, VA

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 025686; Cal. No. 19842
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 month suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of Mail Fraud and Aiding and Abetting.

Robert Michael Wojton, Clarence, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040073; Cal. No. 19539
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: While Site Manager, licensee admitted to charge of failing to ensure that the prescriptions faxed by prescribers contained one drug on a form.


Podiatry

William R. Pennamacoor, Fort Plain, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003111; Cal. No. 19889
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of having been convicted of failure to file income tax returns.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Sheldon Lazan, Cranbury, NJ

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 042690; Cal. No. 20342
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charge of having been convicted of Attempted Offering of a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.

Frank Rapant, Jr., Schenectady, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor; Lic. Nos. 032135, 032135; Cal. Nos. 20051, 20052
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002 (see also December 2007)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,000 fine.
Summary: On three occasions, licensee did not contest charge of certifying inspection forms for which professional services were not properly performed and failing to maintain documents and records, and certifying a survey map and failing to adequately support the map from fieldwork and failing to maintain documents and records.

Zayer Abbas Rizvi, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 069846; Cal. No. 20098
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charge of filing an application and a reconsideration for renovation of premises in Manhattan with the New York City Department of Buildings that did not represent the true condition of the premises at the time of the filing of the aforesaid documents.

Neil B. Schmelkin, Great Neck, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 068259; Cal. No. 17881
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charge of routinely permitting others to proofread his reports and sign and affix his seal to said reports.


Psychology

Phyllis Malka Mendell, Huntington, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 009574; Cal. No. 19080
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of failing to stay within the boundaries of a professional relationship with a client, by having a sexual relationship with the client and failing to maintain records that accurately reflect the evaluation and treatment of the client.

Vera Ann Olson, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 010661; Cal. No. 20194
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002 (see also December 2000)
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month suspension, $5,000 fine, the Order to issued in this matter is independent of and shall not supersede Order No. 17855 as set forth in consent order application.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of practicing the profession of psychology in two facilities in New York State while her license was suspended.

Kenneth A. Weene, Scottsdale, AZ

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005492; Cal. No. 19912
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002 (see also December 1995)
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges of practicing the profession with negligence on more than one occasion as a result of boundary violations.


Public Accountancy

Lawrence Kalkstein, Montrose, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 040260; Cal. No. 20354
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admits to charges of being convicted of two counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and two counts of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

Sklar, Heyman & Company, LLP, Public Accountancy Partnership, 500 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710

Profession: Public Accountancy; Reg. No. 46249; Cal. No. 19927
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $10,000 fine.
Summary: Respondent admitted to charge of being in violation of Education Law due to the license to practice as a certified public accountant of one of its partners was suspended in the State of New York.


Social Work

Sharon Anne Delconte, North Syracuse, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 026379; Cal. No. 19770
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 inaccurate record keeping.

Kelly Ann Eulner, Lynbrook, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 049111; Cal. No. 20026
Regents Action Date: September 13, 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 conduct in the profession that evidences moral unfitness, to wit: becoming dependent on alcohol and engaging in a sexual relationship with a former client.

Norma J. Feldman, Hartsdale, NY

Profession: Social Worker; Lic. No. 020793; Cal. No. 20243
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee does not contest charges that she, on more than one occasion, made a statement that a client had a blockage because of a demonic entity that had entered her client's body several lifetimes ago, had treated a couple that despite the fact that one of them had been a prior client and student, as well as incorrectly listing on the bill for professional services the number and type of sessions, and finally, putting a diagnosis of adjustment disorder where no diagnosis had been made.


Veterinary Medicine

Michael J. Halstead, Stone Ridge, NY

Profession: Veterinarian; Lic. No. 006885; Cal. No. 20124
Regents Action Date: September 13, 2002
Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charge of failing to exercise appropriate supervision over lay assistants.


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