Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
September 1995

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Nursing - Optometry - Pharmacy - Physical Therapy - Podiatry - Psychology - Public Accountancy

Architecture

Robert H. Barstow, North Tarrytown, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 016326; Cal. No. 15300
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of said suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a Class E Felony.


Chiropractic

Bernard Tyrka, Watervliet, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 001030; Cal. No. 14238
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain an accurate patient record.


Dentistry

Mark Benes, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 020125; Cal. No. 14198
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of failure to inform a patient that her tooth had been perforated and failure to record the perforation in the chart maintained for the patient.

Alan Jeffrey Chernick, New City, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 026857; Cal. No. 15249
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of said suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Carl Edward Cole, Granville, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035824; Cal. No. 15298
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Five years suspension, execution of last 4 years of said suspension stayed, probation 5 years, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.

Gail Eileen Cave, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040549; Cal. No. 14686
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $2,500 fine, probation 1 year under various terms to be terminated upon proof of successful completion of certain course work.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to adequately treat two teeth.

Lance Richard Van Drusen, Lewiston, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035958; Cal. No. 15215
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of prescribing controlled drugs for herself and family members for non-dental purposes and failing to maintain patient records, ordering controlled drugs at wholesale for non-dental purposes, failing to maintain records of controlled drugs received, failing to properly dispose of controlled drugs not dispensed to patient, failing to prepare and maintain biennial inventories of all controlled drugs possessed by him between 1987 and 1991; preparing and inserting an ill-fitting fixed bridge in the mouth of one patient and one ill-fitting denture into the mouth of another patient.

Brent L. Deuink, Clymer, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 035694; Cal. No. 15309
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Samuel Kassal, New York, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 014410; Cal. No. 15516
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 3 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 5 years, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of preparing and inserting an ill-fitting fixed bridge in the mouth of one patient and one ill-fitting denture into the mouth of another patient.


Nursing

Carol Ann Hammond, Huntington Station, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 131956, 349993; Cal. Nos. 12956, 12957
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of concealing medication administration errors, including the placement of medications into a container, the reporting to another nurse that she had disposed of medication when she had not, and the charting on the Narcotics Sheets that she had, when she had not and filing of a false report relating to the charting.

Shirley Ann Metera, Windsor, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 178758, 386024; Cal. Nos. 14636, 14635
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: No penalty be imposed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of wilfully altering a physician's order sheet.

Coreen D. Capasso, Miller Place, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 181064, 397853; Cal. Nos. 14282, 14283
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension with leave to apply for early termination upon satisfactory written proof of certain course work; Upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years under various terms, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication administration errors.

Candy L. Moulton, Cohoes, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 167095; Cal. No. 14433
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing five medication administration errors.

Andrea Ellen Garcia, Scotia, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 191380; Cal. No. 14755
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995 (see also April 1998)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of obtaining a license fraudulently and having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an Unclassified Misdemeanor.

Theresa G. Harzynski, West Islip, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 065819, 216698; Cal. Nos. 15069, 15070
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication errors and not properly assessing a patient.

Mary Dana White, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 447513; Cal. No. 15247
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Robert Hamilton Benn, Boynton Beach, FL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 423093; Cal. No. 15257
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon return to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing three medication administration errors and one charting error.

Susan Barbara Valentino, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 447444; Cal. No. 15269
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of administering a hyper-alimentation preparation at a rate of 999 cc/hour when the physician's order called for 80 cc/hour.

Rachelle B. Cambra, Blossvale, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 210671, 453835; Cal. Nos. 15277, 15278
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing nine medication administration and documentation errors.

Louise Hequet Baird, Patterson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 195529; Cal. No. 15283
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Indefinite suspension until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years under various terms.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of practicing while her ability to practice was impaired by drugs.

Judith A. Gessner, Lackawanna, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 181819; Cal. No. 15315
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree.

Doris Fallon Corrigan, East Northport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 113846; Cal. No. 15318
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed, probation 3 years under various terms, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

Bebe S. Topping, Port Jefferson, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 271992; Cal. No. 15388
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 24 months under various terms.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to accurately record the administration of medications to patients.

Patricia Byrk Studd, Olean, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 055000; Cal. No. 15460
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified Misdemeanor.

Patricia H. Fisk, Bennington, VT

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 337309; Cal. No. 15493
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of, on five different days, signing the name of a co-worker as having witnessed the wastage of controlled substances, when in fact, the co-worker had not witnessed the wastage.

Mary Ann Creeron Grostefon, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 150248; Cal. No. 15518
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing five documentation errors.

Sandra E. B. Cramer a/k/a Sandra Eileen Bernadette Aldrich, Whitesville, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Lic. Nos. 168838, 374807; Cal. Nos. 15527, 15528
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 25 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing medication administration and documentation errors.

Phyllis B. Rask, Waterloo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Lic. Nos. 056154, 392038; Cal. Nos. 15534, 15535
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of transcribing a physician's order incorrectly, applying a splint to the wrong leg of a patient, and permitting an unlicensed person to do rectal checks.

M. Rose-Margarett Pierre-Louis, Westbury, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 260236; Cal. No. 15536
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of starting a transfusion of the wrong blood into a hospital patient.

Susan Cabrillas, Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 196079, 406950; Cal. Nos. 15569, 15570
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing four medication administration and documentation errors.

Clarasue Kettenbeil, Southold, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 202328, 416095; Cal. Nos. 15623, 15624
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to transcribe a medication order, administering pre-operative medications after surgery, and not taking action to insure that a patient continued to receive oxygen after being informed by an aide that the patient's chest tube bottle was empty.

Rita Davey West, Norfolk, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 128611; Cal. No. 14484
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of falsifying hospital records and failing to notify a physician regarding a patient's condition.

Janice R. Dick, Jacksonville, FL

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 140805; Cal. No. 15637
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against charges of illegally obtaining a controlled substance by misappropriating a prescription blank and forging a physician's signature.


Optometry

John Bielinski, Hamburg, NY

Profession: Optometrist; Lic. No. 003165; Cal. No. 15364
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.


Pharmacy

Steven Brian Berkowitz, Babylon, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 034636; Cal. No. 13899
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of dispensing a prescription which lacked the date on which it was written and printed name of the prescriber, dispensing the wrong drug pursuant to the prescription, and mislabelling the container in which the drug was dispensed.

John Henry Sien, Sound Beach, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035207; Cal. No. 14671
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing dispensing errors and failing to file a prescription for retrieval.

Pharmacy Management Corp. d/b/a Lowen Pharmacy, 541 Sycamore Street, or 279 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10312.

Profession: Pharmacy; Reg. No. 020855; Cal. No. 15313
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: $500 fine.
Summary: Retail pharmacy admitted to charges of having a drug stock containing overfills; failure to identify generic products dispensed, and having a drug stock containing a misbranded drug.

Gary Stoltzenberg, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 039113; Cal. No. 15314
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of pharmacy violations on location where he was a supervisory pharmacist.

Owais A. Qureshi, New Hyde Park, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 037671; Cal. No. 15442
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having a drug stock containing two misbranded drugs lacking Pharmacopedia Dispensing Information, the pharmacy's registration not conspicuously displayed, and dispensing prescriptions which lacked a patient's age.

Rudy Licul, Whitestone, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 040314; Cal. No. 15650
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of substituting without authorization the non-controlled substance Fluphenazine 10 mg. Instead of Trifluoperazine 10 mg. as ordered by patient's physicians.


Physical Therapy

Laurence Steve, Bronx, NY

Profession: Physical Therapist; Lic. No. 001753; Cal. No. 14934
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of making a lewd remark to a patient.


Podiatry

Peter Hirschhorn, Muttontown, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003341; Cal. No. 14132
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $3,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges involving treatment of a diabetic patient in failing to perform proper pre-operative testing, performing sterile and non-sterile procedures at the same time, and failing to render proper post-operative care, and using a consent form which failed to indicate specific procedures to be performed.

Robert J. McDonald, Jackson Heights, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003774; Cal. No. 14819
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 5 year suspension, execution of last 2 years of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms to commence upon the stay of execution of the last 2 years of said suspension.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

Richard Steinberg, New York, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002898; Cal. No. 15265
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of willfully failing to register and submitting a false delayed registration application.

Jerard I. Bronfman, Pleasantville, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003539; Cal. No. 15465
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years under various terms, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of having been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Felony.


Psychology

Arnold Projansky, New Paltz, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 003574; Cal. No. 15238
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine, 100 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.


Public Accountancy

George Mendon Curtis a/k/a George M. Curtis, Roslyn Heights, NY

Profession: Public Accountant; Lic. (Enroll.) No. 002911; Cal. No. 14802
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Attempt to Commit the Crime of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Lewis Andrew Swartz a/k/a Lewis A. Swartz a/k/a Lewis Swartz, Syosset, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 032384; Cal. No. 15087
Regents Action Date: September 15, 1995 (see also October 2001)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation for last 18 months, 50 hours of public service.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of having been convicted of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor.


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