July 25, 2007

The Division of Professional Licensure today announced its most recent disciplinary actions against licensees of several different Boards of Registration ("Board"). The following individuals were disciplined by their respective Boards:

Board of Registration of Architects

Stephen Livermore, Salem:

The Board and Mr. Livermore entered into a consent agreement in which Mr. Livermore acknowledges that the Board believes it has sufficient evidence that his conduct would warrant disciplinary action. Livermore agreed to pay a fine for the amount of $100 and also have his licensed placed on probation for a period of six months. His license was placed on probation effective February 1, 2007.

Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians

Claribel Brito, Lynn:The Board has fined Claribel Brito $750 for practicing as a dispensing optician without a license. Ms. Brito admitted that she had been practicing as an optician at Wal-Mart Vision Center in Lynn, her place of employment. She admitted routinely providing service to customers and she assisted an unlicensed individual in teaching another unlicensed individual to provide dispensing optician services.

Nancy Kane, Mansfield:

The Board has fined Ms. Kane for the amount of $750, effective June 21, 2007. Ms. Kane admitted to receiving orders for contact lenses and verifying prescriptions without a valid license.

Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Warner Goff, BerkleyBy order of Default, the Board has revoked the license of Mr. Goff for alleged multiple violations in a past project including failure to obtain approval of the local planning board before drafting and filing his subdivision plan. Goff failed to answer the Board's allegations and his license was revoked on June 12, 2007.

Board of Registration in Optometry

Joel Hayden, Mansfield:

The Board placed the license of Dr. Hayden on probation for one year effective June 21, 2007 for failure to obtain approval from the Food and Drug Administration when repackaging contact lenses. Hayden also admitted that he did not maintain required records and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine as well as complete 18-hours of continuing education.

John Murphy, Pembroke:

The Board has placed the license of Dr. Murphy on probation, effective March 21, 2007. Dr. Murphy tore up a patient's case record and failed to maintain a patient's case record for a period of not less than seven years from the date of the patient's last visit. He also agreed to pay a fine of $200.

Donald Paskarnis, Needham:

The Board has fined Dr. Paskarnis for the amount of $400 for failure to perform an examination of the peripheral fields on four different occasions during eye examinations.

Board of Registration in Podiatry

Michael Coby, Belchertown:

The Board has suspended the license of Dr. Coby for one year. The suspension will be immediately stayed but during the suspension period if the Board receives credible evidence that Dr. Coby violated either the agreement or Board statutes, Dr. Coby will be subject to summary suspension of his license. Dr. Coby agreed that he scheduled a patient for surgery without first examining the patient's medical history and later performed the incorrect surgical procedure. Also Dr. Coby was fined $500 for misrepresenting himself on his renewal application and must practice under supervision during the stayed suspension period effective March 8, 2007.

Board of Registration of Radio and Television Technicians

Dmitri Zaitsev, Needham:

The Board has fined the license of Mr. Zaitsev for the amount of $200 for failure to provide a license number on invoices given to consumers for TV repair work.

Peter Zaitsev, Needham:

The Board has fined Mr. Zaitsev $100 for failing to include a license number on his invoices and working with an expired license.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website and select the check a license option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 30 boards of registration.