Summaries of Regents Actions
On Professional Misconduct and Discipline*
September 1996

Architecture - Chiropractic - Dentistry - Massage - Nursing - Occupational Therapy - Optometry - Pharmacy - Podiatry - Professional Engineering and Land Surveying - Psychology - Public Accountancy - Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology - Veterinary Medicine

Architecture

Lawrence K. Moss, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Architect; Lic. No. 015450; Cal. No. 15603
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of making errors in plans for a single family house.


Chiropractic

Yegues Schettini, Spring Valley, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 006555; Cal. No. 15797
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of simultaneously billing two insurance companies for treatment for the same or similar injury to one patient.

Alois J. Dlhopolsky, Lindenhurst, NY

Profession: Chiropractor; Lic. No. 004136; Cal. No. 16300
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Sexual Misconduct.


Dentistry

Mitchell Andy Cohen, Lake George, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 040361; Cal. No. 13951
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Revocation, execution of revocation stayed at which time probation 3 years to run consecutively with and commence upon licensee's completion of the entire period of probation imposed.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of fraudulently seeking payment for root planings in two patient cases and for acrylic fillings in three others.

Alan I. Newman, Rochester, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 030884; Cal. No. 16072
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed at which time probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree.

Cornelius James Lucey, Albany, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 024097; Cal. No. 15999
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 6 month suspension, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Otis L. Moore, Jr., Manlius, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 029635; Cal. No. 16111
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of negligently performing root canal therapy by placing a post through the tooth into the furcation, and not maintaining copies of x-rays.

Albino N. Ballini, Nesconset, NY

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 044155; Cal. No. 16148
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of inserting crowns in a patient's mouth without first referring patient for needed periodontal treatment.

Arthur Alan Calem, East Brunswick, NJ

Profession: Dentist; Lic. No. 027266; Cal. No. 16194
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of wilfully and falsely completing initial and follow up applications for dental employment.

Jack Traiger, Bronx, NY

Profession: Dentist, Dental Anesthesia; Lic. No. 022088, Cert. No. 000287; Cal. Nos. 16190, 16191
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license and certificate granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.


Massage

Kevin P. McCracken, New York, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 004947; Cal. No. 14893
Action: Revocation, $10,000 fine.
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of, during the course of providing massage therapy, engaging in sexual activities with clients and of failing to maintain adequate records.

Mickail Roitman, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Massage Therapist; Lic. No. 002083; cal. No. 15384
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of submitting false claims for reimbursement, engaging in false advertisement, violating probation, and wilfully filing a false form.


Nursing

Robert Augente, East Williston, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 158294; Cal. No. 13646
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of administering anesthesia to a patient without having first performed a pre-anesthetic assessment of the patient, failing to intubate patient prior to the commencement of an abortion, and failing to prepare a proper anesthetic record contemporaneously with his administration of anesthesia to the patient.

Joann Bedell a/k/a Joann Bedell Torres, Naubinway, MI

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 190723; Cal. No. 14385
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: License annulled upon the first specification and revoked upon the second specification solely in the event annulment is hereinafter set aside.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of fraudulently obtaining her license to practice and having been convicted of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree.

Melanie Kay Smith a/k/a Melanie Kay Riggs, Nesconset, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 120299, 345879; Cal. Nos. 14591, 14592
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found guilty of charges of submitting a resume and a pre-employment application form stating that she had obtained a bachelor of science in nursing degree from a recognized university when she knew that she had never obtained such a degree.

Kenneth P. Mason a/k/a Kenneth Peter Mason, Hancock, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 288151; Cal. No. 15738
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Revocation.
Summary: Licensee was found to have been convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and of Petit Larceny, and of having been found in violation of Article 33 of the Public Health Law.

Barbara T. Copanas, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 278601; Cal. No. 13406
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996 (see also April 2001)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering Demerol to an unassigned patient, failing to administer Demerol, and failing to accurately chart the administration of Demerol.

Jacqueline Wolfe, Evanston, IL

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 399739; Cal. No. 14402
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering an excessive dose of potassium phosphate.

Richard L. Markes, Albany, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 174002, 380750; Cal. Nos. 14758, 14759
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing eight medication administration and documentation errors.

Kimberly Kay Burns, Batavia, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 388721; Cal. No. 14873
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to question an inappropriate administration of potassium chloride to a patient.

Lyubov Kontorovich, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 445610; Cal. No. 14883
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing two medication administration errors.

Kimberly Elaine Parker, Buffalo, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 147821; Cal. No. 15140
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to change dressings, leaving a patient's home without ensuring that the relief nurse had arrived, failing to keep an accurate patient record, failing to respond to a communication from the New York State Education Department, and abandoning a patient.

Steven Saladon, Bellport, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 361368; Cal. No. 15223
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing three dialysis treatment administration errors.

Francine Cunningham, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 231119; Cal. No. 15224
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Misuse of Food Stamps.

Susan Faber VanMaarseveen, Liverpool, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 203128; Cal. No. 15237
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of reporting that a patient complained of having physical contact of a sexual nature with another patient, when in fact, the patient complained of having physical contact of a sexual nature with an employee of the facility.

Edmonia Saunders, St. Albans, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. B12825; Cal. No. 15274
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making errors with regard to the administration of intravenous fluids.

Tamera Lee Platt, Holland Patent, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 199693; Cal. No. 15427
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 month suspension with leave to apply for early termination of suspension upon submission of satisfactory proof of having successfully completed certain course and of being certified in certain area; upon service or early termination of suspension, probation 2 years to commence if and when licensee returns to practice.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to properly respond to an emergency situation.

Susan L. Higgins a/k/a /Susan Calderone a/k/a Susan Klingberg, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 207570; Cal. No. 15560
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of incorrectly charting with respect to medication administration, failing to administer medication, administering the wrong medication, and making incorrect entries in progress notes.

Bronwyn Whitbeck a/k/a Bronwyn Perez, Penn Yan, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 195158; Cal. No. 15568
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of three convictions for Issuing a Bad Check, and failing to report the convictions on two licensure renewal forms.

Deena Fenetre Blue, Westbury, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 213345; Cal. No. 15582
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing several medication administration errors.

Nadine Glenning Winter, Latham, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 393149; Cal. No. 15604
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering the wrong blood pack to a patient.

Debra M. Laumer a/k/a Debra L. McNichol, Lakewood, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 098716, 306394; Cal. Nos. 15767, 15768
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine, 50 hours of public service
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of convictions of Custodial Interference, Criminal Contempt, Criminal Trespass, Aggravated Harassment and Felonious Assault.

Mary D. Robinson a/k/a Mary Delores Robinson, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 133195; Cal. No. 15929
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree.

Cynthia Lisa Kolk, Goshen, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 445586; Cal. No. 16095
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 years suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 25 hours community service.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of diverting controlled substances.

Candice Mary Tucker, Frankfort, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 226106; Cal. No. 16109
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of making medication administration and charting errors.

Anna Marie Herrick, Canajoharie, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse; Lic. No. 218024; Cal. No. 16168
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year to commence upon return to practice, $250 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of being convicted of Forgery in the Third Degree for forging prescriptions.

Lorraine Joyce Bestram, Rochester, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 145035, 335718; Cal. Nos. 16173, 16174
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of misadministering allergy medication to six patients and making two transcription errors.

Catherine Caridi a/k/a Catherine McCarthy, Center Moriches, NY

Profession: Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. Nos. 126508, 365490; Cal Nos. 16239, 16238
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996 (see also July 16, 1999 and June 2003)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of administering an intravenous solution other than that ordered by the physician.

Barbara Bendas Napoli, Center Moriches, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 163947; Cal. No. 16249
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to discover that an incorrect intravenous solution was being administered to a patient resulting in a much more concentrated solution than was ordered by the physician.

Susan M. Neikens, Mastic Beach, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 371252; Cal. No. 16250
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $750.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to discover an incorrect intravenous solution and failing to discover a change in physician's orders for a patient.

Joyce Mills Hoerter; Oakdale, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 235444; Cal. No. 16251
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to discover that an incorrect intravenous solution, containing a much more concentrated solution than was ordered by the physician, was being administered to a patient.

Ellen Louise Kesselman, Rego Park, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 164822; Cal. No. 16258
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of submitting an intentionally false report to her nursing employer indicating that a patient visit had been made when she knew it had not been made.

June M. Farner, Perrysburg, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 285953; Cal. No. 14151
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee could not successfully defend against the charge of slapping an elderly nursing home patient.

Nanette Johnson London, Elizaville, NY

Profession: Registered Professional Nurse; Lic. No. 406460; Cal. No. 16248
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted charges of convictions of Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft by Controlling Stolen Property with a value of $1,500 or More, Aggravated Robbery, Kidnaping, and practicing the profession of nursing fraudulently by failing to reveal the convictions to the New York State Education Department.


Occupational Therapy

Mary D. Robinson a/k/a Mary Delores Robinson, Syracuse, NY

Profession: Occupational Therapy Assistant; Cert. No. 002116; Cal. No. 15930
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, 50 hours of public service, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.


Optometry

Burton Silver, Watertown, NY

Profession: Optometrist; Lic. No. 002330; Cal. No. 16147
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Suspension for not less than 4 months and until fit to practice - upon termination of suspension, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of grabbing the breast of a female employee and rubbing himself against the buttocks of two other female employees.


Pharmacy

Lawrence Broxmeyer, Bayside, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027388; Cal. No. 15877
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year Suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 21 months, $2, 500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to a conviction of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree.

Lynn Robbins, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033525; Cal. No. 15912
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of committing dispensing errors, labeling errors and pharmacy inspection violations that included holding for sale misbranded non-controlled substances, failing to have complete repacking records for non-controlled substances, failure of dispensing pharmacists to sign daily logs, failing to identify generic products dispensed pursuant to prescriptions for non-controlled substances, and failing to conspicuously display the official price poster.

Stanley Lepelstat, New York, NY; Boca Raton, FL

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 019744; Cal. No. 15940
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 24 month suspension, execution of last 18 months of suspension stayed, probation 24 months.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Filing False Statements with the Securities Exchange Commission and Attempting to Evade Federal income taxes.

Richard Miola, North Bellmore, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 033824; Cal. No. 16113;
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996 (see also July 2001)
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of billing for the brand name drug when the generic was dispensed, altering a patient signature log, and billing for medications that were never actually dispensed.

James K. Bacher, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 027661; Cal. No. 16139
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that he committed various violations of pharmacy regulations, such as failing to reduce oral orders to writing and failing to enter prescriber's address and DEA number.

Mitchell H. Goodman, Massapequa, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 029185; Cal. No. 16140
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: $2,500 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of falsely indicating in a Curriculum Vitae submitted to various institutions for purpose of seeking employment that a Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees were conferred upon him.

Judy W. Hertz, a/k/a Judy Won, East Northport, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 035889; Cal. No. 16151
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges that she committed various violations of pharmacy regulations relating to dispensing drugs.

C. Thomas Federico, Smithtown, NY

Profession: Pharmacist; Lic. No. 021921; Cal. No. 16142
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges that he was under investigation for committing acts constituting crimes: Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a Class C Felony; Criminal Possession of a Substance in the Fifth Degree, a Class D Felony; Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a Class E Felony; and Public Health Law misdemeanor violations.


Podiatry

Arthur D. Freiberg, New York, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002743; Cal. No. 14436
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: $3,000 fine, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of submitting fraudulent and/or incorrect insurance claims, failing to keep accurate patient records, relying on inadequate x-rays to make a diagnosis, violating a term of probation imposed by the Board of Regents, and circulating a misleading advertisement.

Alan Irwin Shulman, New York, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 003839; Cal. No. 15030
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: $1,000 fine, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of performing surgery on the right foot and left foot of a patient on successive days, failing to properly examine a patient pre-operatively or have adequate x-rays, performing inappropriate procedures and failing to correct patient's condition, failing to have adequate post-operative x-rays, failing to recognize and treat the complications of the surgery, and failing to maintain accurate records.

Arthur S. Kaufold, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Podiatrist; Lic. No. 002956; Cal. No. 15400
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 year, $1,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of prescribing orthopedic shoes to numerous patients before conducting appropriate tests.


Professional Engineering and Land Surveying

Peter Anthony Chiefari, Troy, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 050531; Cal. No. 15025
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $2,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest a charge of submitting a New York State Environmental Quality Review Full Environmental Assessment Form with information at substantial variance with actual conditions.

Jerome Martin Simins, Troy, NY

Profession: Professional Engineer; Lic. No. 048728; Cal. No. 16077
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension after which probation for 2 years.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction for Bribery of a Public Official.


Psychology

Bernard Mackler, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 003064; Cal. No. 10680
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996 (see also December 2002)
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $7,500 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to maintain records that accurately reflect the evaluation and treatment of four patients.

Donald T. Williams, New York, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005220; Cal. No. 15037
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, Probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of hugging and kissing a former patient.

Eric R. Lutker, Commack, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 005055; Cal. No. 16152
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Censure and Reprimand, probation 1 year, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of exercising undue influence on a patient by promoting a divorce mediation service.

David Kurzman, Nanuet, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No.007328; Cal. No. 16169
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of patting the buttocks of the mother of two young clients.

Thomas O.J. Morrow, Forest Hills, NY

Profession: Psychologist; Lic. No. 008436; Cal. No. 16290
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Application to surrender license granted.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of revealing personally identifiable facts obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the patient, and charges of moral unfitness in the practice of the profession.


Public Accountancy

Michael Stephen Shapiro, Dix Hills, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. (Cert.) No. 025337; Cal. No. 14268;
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 1 year.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of permitting an unlicensed person to share in the income of a firm practicing public accountancy.

Richard Kandel, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 031510; Cal. No. 16141
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of rendering a professional opinion about the financial condition of a client without conducting an appropriate audit.

Frank Philip Tramontano, City Island, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 058904; Cal. No. 16163
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 1 year suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $5,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a felony conviction for giving an item of value to a Federal public official for or because of an official act to be performed by the official.

Dominick Corvino, New York, NY

Profession: Certified Public Accountant; Lic. No. 044041; Cal. No. 16183
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 18 month suspension, thereafter probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of a conviction of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, Failure to File a Tax Return, and Subscribing a False Tax Return.


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Gary L. Dreifus, Brooklyn, NY

Profession: Audiologist; Lic. No. 000490; Cal. No. 13841
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of last 21 months of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $10,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of losing a hearing aid that had been returned for repair, and dispensing a hearing aid to a patient, when the same hearing aid had been previously dispensed to another patient.


Veterinary Medicine

John Lawrence Parks, Scarsdale, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 003356; Cal. No. 14976
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 2 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $500 fine.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of injecting a dog with the wrong medication.

Patricia O'Connor, Staten Island, NY

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 001309; Cal. No. 15855
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: Partial suspension in certain area until successfully completes certain course, probation 2 years.
Summary: Licensee did not contest charges of failing to render appropriate post-operative care to a cat resulting in the amputation of several toes.

Douglas Kappstatter, Jamesburg, NJ

Profession: Veterinary Medicine; Lic. No. 005740; Cal. No. 16213
Regents Action Date: September 20, 1996
Action: 1 year suspension, execution of suspension stayed, probation 2 years, $1,000 fine.
Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of failing to properly diagnose and treat a cat suffering from severe dehydration.


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