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State disciplines 18 professionals



A certified public accountant from Bellerose and pharmacists from Roslyn Heights and Woodmere were among the licensed professionals disciplined for misconduct this summer by state regulators.

Several nurses and dentists were also disciplined, as were an acupuncturist, a social worker and a respiratory therapist who was charged with running a “wholesaler/repacker” business without registering it with the state Board of Pharmacy.

The accountant, Norman Barabash, was found guilty of professional misconduct and had his license revoked after his conviction on a charge of first-degree identity theft, a felony.

Pharmacist Jay Kirshner, of Roslyn Heights, surrendered his license. He admitted to having submitted false insurance claims and getting paid for "nonexistent prescriptions" from 2006-2008, the state agency said.

Another pharmacist, Noah Fisch, of Woodmere, received a two-year stayed suspension, two years' probation and a $2,000 fine after he "admitted to charges of failing to provide adequate supervision of a pharmacy" and related misconduct.

Respiratory therapist Ronald Edward Krapf, of Huntington, got a two-year stayed suspension, two years' probation and a $10,000 fine after he "did not contest charges of delegating professional responsibilities to individuals who were not qualified by licensure to perform them and failing to register his business with the New York State Board of Pharmacy as a wholesaler-repacker of drugs and/or devices."

Licensed clinical social worker Louis William Cherry, of Nesconset, surrendered his license after he pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography.

The state accepted the license surrender of an acupuncturist, Jia Liu, who admitted to having been convicted of several counts of fraud and related federal felonies.

Dentist Rodney Rastegar, of Great Neck, was given a one-year stayed suspension and one year probation. He did not contest charges of extracting the wrong tooth and prescribing a medication to which the patient was allergic.

Dentist Tania Helen Saavedra, of Levittown, got a one-year stayed suspension and a $1,000 fine. She did not contest the charge that she "filled a patient's tooth 18, forming an overhang in the mesial interproximal space."

The following licensed and registered nurses were disciplined:

Olive Patricia Buckridge, of Baldwin, after a conviction on a petit larceny charge for false Medicaid claims;

Mary J. Colletta, a/k/a Mary Daleo, of Riverhead, based on a forgery conviction;
Donald Robert Finley, of East Moriches, after convictions on charges of falsifying business records and willful violation of health laws;

Elissa Donata Mantovani, of Hicksville, after she "miscounted lap pads after a surgical procedure, causing a pad to be left inside the patient, resulting in an additional surgery on the patient to remove said lap pad."

Carole Marie Augustin, of Hempstead, after she "did not contest charges of disconnecting a patient's dopamine drip without a physician's order to do so" and taking other actions that resulted in adverse health effects for the patient.

Demetria Latreic Johnson, of Hempstead, after she "did not contest charges of writing prescriptions without authority or permission to do so."

Gail Cynthia Mayo, of North Merrick, after she "did not contest the charge of directing a patient to a section of the emergency room not authorized by a physician."

Michele Jeanne McKee, of Hampton Bays, after she "admitted to charges of having been convicted of attempted possession of a controlled substance", a felony.
Barbara Ann O'Brien, of Seaford, after she "did not contest the charge of failing to document the administration of medication to patients."

Marsha Rothstein-Laino, of Bellmore, after she "did not contest charges of willfully harassing, abusing or intimidating a patient either physically or verbally."

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