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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15, 2019
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JP O’Hare or Jeanne Beattie

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Regents Actions in 76 Professional Discipline Cases and 1 Restoration Petition

February 11, 2019 

     The Board of Regents announced disciplinary actions resulting in the revocation of 2 licenses, surrender of 18 licenses and 56 other disciplinary actions. The penalty indicated for each case relates solely to the misconduct set forth in that particular case.  In addition, the Board acted upon 1 restoration petition.

I. REVOCATIONS AND SURRENDERS

Architecture

Stephen Andre Schwartz a/k/a Stephen Schwartz; Architect; Lanham, MD 20706; Lic. No. 026566; Cal. No. 27864; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Chiropractic 

Eric Dominick Szatko; Chiropractor; Utica, NY 13502; Lic. No. 008520; Cal. No. 31103; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of falsifying records.

Dentistry

Martin A. Sorbero; Dentist; Fultonville, NY 12072; Lic. No. 037373; Cal. No. 30022; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Forgery, 2nd Degree.

Nursing

Michelle M. King; Licensed Practical Nurse; Castaic, CA 91380; Lic. No. 238161; Cal. No. 28766; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: Revocation.

Cinda Romano Ogden; Registered Professional Nurse; Geneva, NY 14456; Lic. No. 558534; Cal. No. 30673; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of violation of a condition of a Commissioner’s Order.

Colleen A. McGraw; Registered Professional Nurse; Liverpool, NY 13090; Lic. No. 538034; Cal. No. 30899; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 7th Degree and Petit Larceny.

Donna J. Dzienisiewski; Registered Professional Nurse; Middletown, NJ 07748-1421; Lic. No. 635330; Cal. No. 30906; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of submission of fraudulent health care claims to an insurance company which constituted the New Jersey crime of Health Care Claims Fraud in the 2nd Degree, a felony, which if committed in New York, would constitute the crime of Health Care Fraud in the 2nd Degree, a felony.

Shawn David Marsh; Licensed Practical Nurse; Smithfield, NC 27577; Lic. No. 301407; Cal. No. 30924; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of diverting controlled substances for his own use.

Erica Marie Larsen; Licensed Practical Nurse; Seaford, NY 11783-2946; Lic. No. 306684; Cal. No. 30932; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of stealing a prescription and forging the name of a doctor.

Christine Donofrio; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Freehold, NJ 07728; Lic. Nos. 214246, 434413; Cal. Nos. 30946, 30945; Application to surrender licenses granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Attempting to Elude Police, a crime of the 3rd Degree in the State of New Jersey, which if committed in the State of New York, would constitute Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Mi Young Sellers; Registered Professional Nurse; Mentor, OH 44060; Lic. No. 400032; Cal. No. 30984; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of finding of professional misconduct by the Ohio State Board of Nursing for failing to document an assessment and observations related to a patient, which if committed in New York State, would constitute professional misconduct for failing to maintain a record for a patient which accurately reflects the evaluation and treatment of the patient.

Suzette Helen Marengo; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Tacoma, WA 98405-4767; Lic. Nos. 152139, 445878; Cal. Nos. 31008, 31009; Application to surrender licenses granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of conduct in the profession which evidences moral unfitness by diverting the controlled substances morphine and Vicodin for her own personal, non-therapeutic use while employed as a registered nurse.

Billie Jo Caffo a/k/a Billie Freeman Caffo; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Wellsboro, PA 16901; Lic. Nos. 270267, 552635; Cal. Nos. 31020, 31022; Application to surrender licenses granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Unlicensed Possession of a Controlled Substance, an ungraded misdemeanor, which if committed within this state, would constitute Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Brenda Grace Doyle; Licensed Practical Nurse; Middletown, NY 10940; Lic. No. 093498; Cal. No. 31067; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of, while employed and on duty as a home care nurse, stealing money from a patient’s home.

Pharmacy

Nicholas Avicolli; Pharmacist; Bridgewater, NJ 08807; Lic. No. 039197; Cal. No. 30930; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy in that said pharmacy was open when there was no licensed pharmacist on duty.

Drug Store Two, Inc. d/b/a Victory Drugs; Pharmacy; Staten Island, NY 10314; Reg. No. 024721; Cal. No. 30931; Application to surrender registration granted. Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of being open when not under the immediate supervision and management of a licensed pharmacist.

Public Accountancy

Patricia Marie DeBenedictus; Certified Public Accountant; White Plains, NY 10605; Lic. No. 055721; Cal. No. 30959; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of failing to complete required continuing education credits.

II. OTHER REGENTS DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Architecture

William Henry Hall III; Architect; Vestal, NY 13850; Lic. No. 021064; Cal. No. 30025; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Dentistry

Samy Habib Abd-El-Messih; Dentist; Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852; Lic. No. 043053; Cal. No. 27681; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.

James Barry Draveck; Dentist; Syracuse, NY 13203; Lic. No. 042206; Cal. No. 30652; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Christopher Petrosino; Dentist; Newburgh, NY 12550; Lic. No. 041416; Cal. No. 30824; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Landscape Architecture

Gregory Allen Copeland; Landscape Architect; Akron, OH 44321-1315; Lic. No. 001783; Cal. No. 30748; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,500 fine.

Nursing

Patricia Ann Hegarty a/k/a Patricia A. Hegarty a/k/a Patricia Hegarty; Licensed Practical Nurse; Garner, NC 27529; Lic. No. 250464; Cal. No. 28550; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

 Gregory James Loomis a/k/a Gregory J. Loomis; Registered Professional Nurse; Niagara Falls, NY 14304-3530; Lic. No. 559261; Cal. No. 29258; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, indefinite suspension until alcohol abuse-free and fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Robin Ann Secor a/k/a Robin A. Secor; Licensed Practical Nurse; Albion, NY 14411-9399; Lic. No. 297232; Cal. No. 29809; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty: $500 fine, indefinite suspension until substance abuse-free and fit to practice, probation 2 years to commence subsequent to termination of suspension and upon actual return to practice.

Amanda Beth Kidder; Licensed Practical Nurse; Red Rock, AZ 85145-6010; Lic. No. 288377; Cal. No. 30315; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $250 fine.

Lorraine Vyverberg; Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health); Hilton, NY 14468; Lic. No. 458293, Cert. No. 333027; Cal. Nos. 30464, 30465; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Jessica R. Kyser; Registered Professional Nurse; Casselberry, FL 32707-2620; Lic. No. 613320; Cal. No. 30507; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for not less than 2 months and until successfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.

Regina Marie Pazzaglia; Registered Professional Nurse; Gloversville, NY 12078; Lic. No. 576892; Cal. No. 30568; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Jaclyn Susann Behling; Licensed Practical Nurse; Fulton, NY 13069; Lic. No. 299029; Cal. No. 30612; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Valerie Anne Bonavito; Registered Professional Nurse; Kingston, NY 12401; Lic. No. 730788; Cal. No. 30617; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Lori Ann Thurston; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Sodus, NY 14551; Lic. Nos. 164094, 496856; Cal. Nos. 30670, 30671; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Lorraine Elizabeth Sebring; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; N. Lawrence, NY 12967; Lic. Nos. 285327, 586367; Cal. Nos. 30684, 30685; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Kristian Vitu; Registered Professional Nurse; Rochester, NY 14620; Lic. No. 678206; Cal. No. 30688; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Joseph Gaspare Castellani; Registered Professional Nurse; Akron, NY 14001; Lic. No. 591430; Cal. No. 30699; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Immaculate Chinelo Ojibe; Licensed Practical Nurse; Union, NJ 07083-5301; Lic. No. 314222; Cal. No. 30701; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $250 fine.

Pamela Sue McMahon; Registered Professional Nurse; Parish, NY 13131; Lic. No. 688793; Cal. No. 30705; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Jeffrey S. O’Brien; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health); Mexico, NY 13114; Lic. Nos. 269702, 552107, Cert. No. 338746; Cal. Nos. 30708, 30709, 30710; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Catherine Elizabeth Dillingham; Registered Professional Nurse; Selden, NY 11784-3034; Lic. No. 676973; Cal. No. 30716; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Seth William Maxwell; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; New Hartford, NY 13413; Lic. Nos. 283805, 612510; Cal. Nos. 30719, 30720; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Angela Clarinda McPherson; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Moira, NY 12957; Lic. Nos. 268116, 543406; Cal. Nos. 30728, 30729; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Michelle Linda Murray; Licensed Practical Nurse; Rochester, NY 14619; Lic. No. 287990; Cal. No. 30732; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Kara Brown; Licensed Practical Nurse; Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567; Lic. No. 298936; Cal. No. 30736; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Patricia Ann Denton; Licensed Practical Nurse; Dade City, FL 33525; Lic. No. 256159; Cal. No. 30737; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York.

Raymond Scott; Licensed Practical Nurse; Rochester, NY 14609; Lic. No. 297136; Cal. No. 30738; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Noelle H. Wood; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Wilmington, NY 12997; Lic. Nos. 289523, 606557; Cal. Nos. 30752, 30751; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Rebecca R. Woodring a/k/a Rebecca Rose Woodring; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Waverly, NY 14892; Lic. Nos. 281519, 660575; Cal. Nos. 30753, 30754; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Tina Frances Kujawski a/k/a Tina F. Kujawski; Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Adult Health); Waxhaw, NC 28173; Lic. No. 397933, Cert. No. 301225; Cal. Nos. 30761, 30762; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $1,000 fine.

April Charlene Wood; Licensed Practical Nurse; North Bangor, NY 12966; Lic. No. 251907; Cal. No. 30765; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Wendi J. Oliver; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Barker, NY 14012; Lic. Nos. 275673, 567736; Cal. Nos. 30766, 30767; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1  year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $1,000 fine.

Theresa Jane Kelly; Registered Professional Nurse; Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520; Lic. No. 609361; Cal. No. 30797; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for a minimum of 1 month and until sucessfully participate in course of therapy and treatment and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Tammie Lynn Wilson; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Tioga, PA 16946; Lic. Nos. 257707, 673334; Cal. Nos. 30804, 30805; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice in the State of New York, $500 fine.

Thomas Njoroge Njuguna; Licensed Practical Nurse; Mineville, NY 12956-1100; Lic. No. 301938; Cal. No. 30808; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of not less than 3 months and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice, $500 fine.

Stacey L. Lloyd; Licensed Practical Nurse; Schuylerville, NY 12871; Lic. No. 319526; Cal. No. 30812; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Occupational Therapy

Ashlee Noelle Johnson; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Brownville, NY 13615; Lic. No. 008116; Cal. No. 30658; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Pharmacy

Salameh A. Farraj; Pharmacist; Yonkers, NY 10701-5326; Lic. No. 031113; Cal. No. 30277; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 month stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Ezzat A. Hanna; Pharmacist; North Haledon, NJ 07508; Lic. No. 038452; Cal. No. 30278; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Athenex Pharma Solutions, LLC; Manufacturer; Clarence, NY 14031; Reg. No. 035379; Cal. No. 30733; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $20,000 fine, 1 year probation.

Psychology

Leanh D. Nguyen; Psychologist; New York, NY 10001; Lic. No. 014749; Cal. No. 30691; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension of not less than 1 year and until fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

Public Accountancy

Gary Robert Purwin; Certified Public Accountant; Bronxville, NY 10708; Lic. No. 058563; Cal. No. 30694; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 year actual suspension, following service of suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Social Work

Daniel Joseph Turcich; Licensed Master Social Worker; Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; Lic. No. 100206; Cal. No. 30821; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 6 months and until mentally and physically fit to practice, upon termination of suspension, 2 years probation to commence upon return to practice.

III. RESTORATION

The Board of Regents voted on February 11, 2019 to deny the application for restoration of the chiropractic license of Christopher P. Fronczak, Victor, NY. Dr. Fronczak’s license was surrendered on June 19, 2012.

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