Summaries of Regents Actions
on Professional Misconduct and Discipline

September 2011

Terms under which this information is provided.



- Chiropractic - Dentistry - Engineering and Land Surveying - Massage Therapy - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Pharmacy - Public Accountancy - Social Work -


Chiropractic

Dominick Fiore, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 005174; Cal. No. 25567

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Respondent admitted to charges of having been convicted of Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, both misdemeanors.

Thomas Joseph Schuette, Hauppauge, NY

Profession: Chiropractic; Lic. No. 008267; Cal. No. 25356

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 18 month actual suspension, 6 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of 2 counts of Wire Fraud, 3 counts of Mail Fraud, and 1 count of Labor Bribery.

Dentistry

Sean Emerson Barnwell, Columbia, SC

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 052536; Cal. No. 25699

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine payable within 3 months. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in South Carolina.

Eufrocina Nicolas Caluag, Jamaica, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 046767; Cal. No. 25590

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of 1 count each of Welfare Fraud in the 3rd Degree, Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the 1st Degree.

Stanley Cohen, West Palm Beach, FL

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 023939; Cal. No. 25702

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Florida.

Joel Phillip Kurtz, Bethel, CT

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030933; Cal. No. 25753

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of inappropriately touching a patient.

Robert Pierre Louis, Baldwin, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 043350; Cal. No. 25694

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011 (see also April 1999)

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 in Alabama, Montgomery County Circuit Court, of Medicaid Fraud, a felony.

Judith Mori, Rhinebeck, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 039611; Cal. No. 25395

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in certain area until successfully complete course of retraining in said certain area, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine. 

Summary: Respondent did not contest charges of failing to maintain adequate patient records on 4 patients and performing too many procedures in one visit on each of 2 patients.

Engineering and Land Surveying

Laurence Michael Haynes, Syosset, NY

Profession: Land Surveyor; Lic. No. 050125; Cal. No. 25715

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of signing and sealing a survey of a parcel of land not prepared by him or by an employee under his direct supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said survey; and of receiving fees from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services.

James Allen Koppenhaver, Wyomissing, PA

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 077142; Cal. No. 25638

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of signing and sealing plans not prepared by him or by an employee under his supervision and failing to prepare and maintain a thorough written evaluation of the professional services represented by said plans; and of receiving fees from a third party in connection with his performance of professional services.

Faustino Prado, Tampa, FL

Profession:  Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 049342; Cal. No. 25701

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Florida.

Massage Therapy

Stephen M. Deshaw, Ballston Spa, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 012208; Cal. No. 25678

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree.

Nursing

David Opong Aboagye, Deer Park, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285151; Cal. No. 25288

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successful participation and completion of course of therapy and treatment, if needed, and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence if and when return to practice, $500 fine payable within 60 days. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, and Reckless Driving.

Melodee Armstrong, Bronx, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 243871, 496169; Cal. Nos. 25523, 25524

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she wrote a physician's telephone order for medication when she was not licensed or otherwise authorized to practice any profession whose members could lawfully write prescriptions.

Grace Oyinlola Ayorinde, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 220159; Cal. No. 24930

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 leaving a quadriplegic patient at home unattended while she ran an errand.

Sandra Joy Bell-Bernard, Hempstead, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 233610; Cal. No. 25512

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 2 month suspension.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Ericka L. Brown, Gloversville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 623329; Cal. No. 25722

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 5 month actual suspension, 19 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree.

Terri A. Brown, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 266321; Cal. No. 25788

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of 3 counts of Falsifying Business records in the 1st Degree.

Angela C. Burek, Attica, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 267305; Cal. No. 25481

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011 (see also April 2009)

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 6 months, indefinite suspension for a minimum period of 9 months and until substance abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.

Nicole A. Campo, Holtsville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 270888; Cal. No. 25518

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 month actual suspension, 22 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admited to the charge of having been convicted of Falsifying Business Records, a misdemeanor.

Jennifer S. Cenchitz, Galway, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261086; Cal. No. 25663

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $250 fine. 

Summary: Respondent admitted to charges of having committed medication administration errors.

Kimberly Y. Cole, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 294420; Cal. No. 25688

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 failing to maintain accurate patient records.

Lisa E. Comfort, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226487; Cal. No. 25527

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine. 

Summary: Respondent admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, as a misdemeanor and as a felony.

Leonard Finkelstein a/k/a Leonid Finkelshteyn, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 246203, 487886; Cal. Nos. 25552, 25551

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 24 months probation, $500 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having intentionally failed to include his most recent nursing employment in a resume he submitted as part of an application for nursing employment with a nursing registry.

Sylvester Oswald Foote, Glen Cove, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 511169; Cal. No. 25830

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, a class B misdemeanor.

Deborah Ann Geraci-Morgano, Wappingers Falls, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 253352; Cal. No. 25634

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of 2 misdemeanors for Driving While Intoxicated.

Christina M. Gufler, Roswell, GA

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 467285; Cal. No. 25712

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 in New York State.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that she had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in California.

Jillian Rose Kelly, Horseheads, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 285607; Cal. No. 25304

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, 1 year suspension, execution of last 11 months of suspension stayed; probation 1 year.

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor. 

Susan F. Knott, Latham, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 346675; Cal. No. 25334

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $500 fine. 

Summary: Respondent did not contest the charge of having been convicted of Misbranding a Drug.

Jennifer L. Lazar, Geneseo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 605337; Cal. No. 25686

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 failing to maintain accurate records.

Tracy Ann Niemi, Batavia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 297479; Cal. No. 25723

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine. 

Summary: Respondent did not contest allegations that she altered a prescription for Lortab by increasing the quantity prescribed from 15 tablets to 115 tablets and that she was arrested and criminally charged.

Blessing Arunsi Okuji, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 600624; Cal. No. 25212

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Christine Pelio Olsson, Lake Grove, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 205677; Cal. No. 25677

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of documenting that she had emptied 800 ccs of urine from a patient's leg bag when, in fact, and as she well knew, she had not.

Mary E. Papaleo, Wolcott, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 243534; Cal. No. 25834

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing a patient’s medications for her own personal use.

Lorraine Parente, Whitestone, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485510; Cal. No. 25614

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she failed to maintain a record for each patient which adequately reflected her evaluation and treatment of that patient.

Pamela Ann Reese a/k/a Pamela Pierce, Hogansburg, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 250929; Cal. No. 25732

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011 (see also July 2000)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Robbery in the 3rd Degree, Driving While Intoxicated as a felony, Welfare Fraud in the 4th Degree, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.

Tyrone Reid, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 269486; Cal. No. 25475

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine to be paid within 5 months, indefinite suspension until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, subsequent to termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence upon actual return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 1st Degree, a class E felony and to 2 counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle While in an Intoxicated Condition, both unclassified misdemeanors.

Alvin Rutherford, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 581100; Cal. No. 25209

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in New York State.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Stephenie H. Smith, Colchester, VT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 519264; Cal. No. 25823

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Vermont.

Maryjane Torres, Selkirk, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 257881; Cal. No. 25428

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 6 month actual suspension, 18 month stayed suspension, thereafter 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny on 2 occasions and of obtaining her license fraudulently by failing to reveal crimes.

Jaclyn Marie Torrey, East Yaphank, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 261929; Cal. No. 25800

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the allegation that, on or about January 8, 2011, while employed as a licensed practical nurse at Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation, Melville, New York, she stole the controlled substance Dilaudid from said facility.

Tanika H. Walker, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 287722; Cal. No. 25352

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Forgery in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the 1st Degree.

Sari Eileen Yates, East Windsor, NJ

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 417866; Cal. No. 25779

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in New Jersey.

Stacy L. Zambrano, Buchanan, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 485350; Cal. No. 25673

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of being a habitual user of a drug, Xanax, having a similar effect to a narcotic.

Occupational Therapy

Francis Cavaliere, Plainview, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapist; Lic. No. 009869; Cal. No. 25654

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Indefinite suspension until alcohol abuse-free and until fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor and Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony.

Pharmacy

Scott Burko, West Harrison, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 036863; Cal. No. 25860

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011 (see also September 2007)

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Conspiracy (1 count) and Dispensing Without Valid Prescriptions of Prescription Drugs Held for Sale After Shipment in Interstate Commerce (2 counts), all felonies.

Mario J. Caruso, Jr., Carmel, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 031536; Cal. No. 25859

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application to surrender license granted.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree, a felony.

Ivan Gene-Kee Lau, Phoenix, AZ

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 045295; Cal. No. 25685

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge that he had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct in Arizona.

Irene Maninakis, Beechurst, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 051831: Cal. No. 24866

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and Reprimand, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine. 

Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of putting incorrect instructions on a prescription label.

Matthew M. Peunic, Niagara Falls, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 030568; Cal. No. 25676

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $750 fine. 

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Assault in the 3rd Degree.

Ellen Scharaga, Melville, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035222; Cal. No. 25623

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: 3 month suspension. 

Summary: Licensee was found guilty of having been convicted of Attempting to Evade or Defeat Tax, a felony.

Public Accountancy

Andrew John Hugh MacIntyre Sims, Atlanta, GA

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 091385; Cal. No. 25534

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

Action: Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $10,000 fine.

Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge that he voluntarily consented to a revocation of his authority to appear or practice as an accountant before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after a disciplinary action was commenced by the SEC where the conduct charged resulting in the revocation would, if committed in New York State, constitute professional misconduct under the laws of New York State, namely a violation of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR) regarding auditor independence.

Social Work

Michael J. Chiappone, Port Jefferson, NY

Profession:  Licensed Master Social Worker; Lic. No. 069130; Cal. No. 25765

Regents Action Date: September 13, 2011

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 that he had been found guilty of improper professional practice or professional misconduct by the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

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Last Updated: January 5, 2012