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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 23, 2022
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JP O’Hare or Jeanne Beattie

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Regents Actions in 50 Professional Discipline Cases

The Board of Regents announced disciplinary actions resulting in the revocation of 3 licenses, surrender of 9 licenses and 1 certificate, and 37 other disciplinary actions. The penalty indicated for each case relates solely to the misconduct set forth in that particular case.

 

I. REVOCATIONS AND SURRENDERS

Architecture

Warren Louis Schiffman; Architect; Oyster Bay, NY 11771-3909; Lic. No. 008666; Cal. No. 32939; Application to surrender license granted. Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of practicing as an architect while not registered or otherwise authorized to practice architecture.

Warren L. Schiffman Architect PC; Professional Service Corporation; Oyster Bay, NY 11771-3909; Cal. No. 32940; Application to surrender certificate granted. Summary: Registrant admitted to the charge of practicing architecture while not registered or otherwise authorized to practice architecture.

Dentistry

Tiberiu Valentin Sfintescu; Dentist; Williamsville, NY 14221; Lic. No. 041670; Cal. No. 33003; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee admitted to charges of attempting to touch both bare breasts of a female patient; and having been convicted of Attempted Forcible Touching, a misdemeanor.

Nursing

Ellen Jean Geiger; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Hamburg, NY 14075-1972; Lic. Nos. 257423, 549659; Cal. Nos. 31624, 31625; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty:  Revocation.

Allison Nicole Eriksen; Registered Professional Nurse; Syracuse, NY 13212-2245; Lic. No. 667154; Cal. No. 32881; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of in the State of California, diverting the controlled substance fentanyl from a patient.

Nancy L. Salzman; Registered Professional Nurse; Clifton Park, NY 12065; Lic. No. 362518; Cal. No. 32934; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee admitted to the charge of having been convicted of Racketeering Conspiracy, a felony.

James Francis Rogan; Registered Professional Nurse; Corpus Christi, TX 78418-6269; Lic. No. 367623; Cal. No. 33016; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of using unsafe handling and improper transfer and repositioning technique when transferring a patient to and from the bathtub, in the State of Texas.

Judith Lee Gerfin; Registered Professional Nurse; Las Cruces, NM 88012-0670; Lic. No. 434843; Cal. No. 33023; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of practicing as a registered professional nurse while impaired by alcohol, in the State of Maine.

Ronald Ray Bird; Registered Professional Nurse; Apison, TN 37302-9791; Lic. No. 525174; Cal. No. 33024; Application to surrender license granted.  Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of forging an advanced cardiovascular life support certification for filing, in the State of Tennessee.

Psychology

Emily Jane Kriegel Dearden; Psychologist; New York, NY 10025-6954; Lic. No. 016384; Cal. No. 31622; Found guilty of professional misconduct; Penalty:  Revocation.

Social Work

Cheryl Ann Weller; Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Sackel’s Harbor, NY 13685, Fairport, NY 14450; Lic. Nos. 077993, 078505; Cal. Nos. 32777, 32778; Application to surrender licenses granted.  Summary: Licensee did not contest the charge of having established and maintained personal and financial relationship with a former patient.

 

II. OTHER REGENTS DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Acupuncture

Tennille Anna Richards-Dyson; Acupuncturist; Pittsford, NY 14534; Lic. No. 003930; Cal. No. 32834; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $750 fine.

Architecture

Gerald J. Caliendo; Architect; Fresh Meadows, NY 11366; Lic. No. 020241; Cal. No. 32840; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $5,000 fine.

Gerald J Caliendo Architect PC; Professional Service Corporation; Briarwood, NY 11435; Cal. No. 32841; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: $5,000 fine.

Chiropractic

Michael Nabil Rouhana; Chiropractor; Johnson City, NY 13790; Lic. No. 011245; Cal. No. 32117; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.

Dentistry

Christine Martha Dursunian; Dental Hygienist; Ronkonkoma, NY 11779; Lic. No. 027484; Cal. No. 32588; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Thomas J. Fallon; Dentist, General Anesthesia; Liverpool, NY 13088-4816; Lic. No. 032133, Cert. No. 000170; Cal. Nos. 32919, 32920; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $3,000 fine.

Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology

Katia Duque; Professional Engineer; Glen Cove, NY 11542; Lic. No. 071488; Cal. No. 32832; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Nursing

Paula R. Reese; Registered Professional Nurse; Watertown, NY 13601; Lic. No. 620607; Cal. No. 32264; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Mary Katherine Ganey; Registered Professional Nurse; Auburn, NY 13021; Lic. No. 725608; Cal. No. 32752; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Ashley Nichole Jones; Licensed Practical Nurse; Jamestown, NY 14701; Lic. No. 333912, Cal. No. 32797; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

J Reed Tramposch; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Sound Beach, NY 11789; Lic. Nos. 233278, 484055; Cal. Nos. 32802, 32774; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Stacey Marie Hazzard; Licensed Practical Nurse; Nelliston, NY 13410; Lic. No. 273803; Cal. No. 32863; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Peter S. Novellino; Licensed Practical Nurse; Farmingdale, NY 11735-4417; Lic. No. 293492; Cal. No. 32880; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 1 month and until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Kelly Ann Layland a/k/a Kelly Ann Mott; Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Professional Nurse; Rochester, NY 14623; Lic. Nos. 232806, 514372; Cal. Nos. 32885, 32884; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $500 fine.

Stephen G. Ognibene; Registered Professional Nurse; Batavia, NY 14020; Lic. No. 520179; Cal. No. 32895; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon:  Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Nicole Ann Huber; Licensed Practical Nurse; Perkinsville, NY 14529; Lic. No. 318249; Cal. No. 32896; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Brittani Lynne Johnson; Licensed Practical Nurse; Farmington, NY 14425; Lic. No. 316584; Cal. No. 32907; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 4 months actual suspension, 20 months stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Carl James Miller; Licensed Practical Nurse; Stillwater, NY 12170; Lic. No. 287378; Cal. No. 32916; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Aleigha L. Clendening; Licensed Practical Nurse; Buffalo, NY 14206; Lic. No. 323004; Cal. No. 32917; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Sharon Denise Washington a/k/a Sharon Washington-Bhamre; Registered Professional Nurse, Nurse Practitioner (Family Health), Nurse Practitioner (Pediatrics); Roselle Park, NJ 07204; Lic. No. 447772, Cert. Nos. 340040, 381360; Cal. Nos. 32924, 32926, 32925; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension for no less than 3 years and until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation.

Sabrina Marie Morales a/k/a Sabrina Viscio; Licensed Practical Nurse; Shirley, NY 11967; Lic. No. 287763; Cal. No. 32928; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 months actual suspension, 22 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation.

Ebony Charelle Closure; Licensed Practical Nurse; Rochester, NY 14624; Lic. No. 333726; Cal. No. 32935; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Nicole L. Roberts; Licensed Practical Nurse; New Berlin, NY 13411; Lic. No. 273017; Cal. No. 32947; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Indefinite actual suspension until fit to practice, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Regina Kirisits; Registered Professional Nurse; Webster, NY 14480; Lic. No. 480457; Cal. No. 32957; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Occupational Therapy

Lauren Anne Argo; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Goldens Bridge, NY 10526-1141; Lic. No. 006830; Cal. No. 32810; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Perfusion

Anthony Michael Tarantino; Licensed Perfusionist; Westbury, NY 11590; Lic. No. 000327; Cal. No. 32829; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 2 years stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $500 fine.

Pharmacy

Iftikhar Q. Chughtai; Pharmacist; Glen Head, NY 11545; Lic. No. 028642; Cal. No. 32125; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 month actual suspension, 23 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc.; Pharmacy; Binghamton, NY 13905; Reg. No. 000726; Cal. No. 32376; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Censure and reprimand, $5,000 fine.

Joseph Kenneth Vieau, III; Pharmacist; Chittenango, NY 13037; Lic. No. 055905; Cal. No. 32661; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year stayed suspension, 1 year probation, $1,000 fine.

Podiatry

Avia Tyrell Jackson; Podiatrist; Somerset, NJ 08873-4833; Lic. No. 006459; Cal. No. 32455; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 3 months actual suspension, 21 months stayed suspension, 2 years probation, $250 fine.

Social Work

Todd Patrick Kennedy; Licensed Master Social Worker; Webster, NY 14580; Lic. No. 058568; Cal. No. 32923; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: 1 year actual suspension, 1 year stayed suspension, upon return to practice, 2 years probation, $1,000 fine.

Veterinary Medicine

Lori Beth Weinstock; Veterinarian; Brooklyn, NY 11234; Lic. No. 009667; Cal. No. 32408; Application for consent order granted; Penalty agreed upon: Partial actual suspension in the area of veterinary surgery for no less than 30 days, 2 years probation, $2,500 fine.