June 3, 2009

The State Board in Allied Health Professionals (Board) announced today disciplinary action against the following licensees:

  • Deborah Gardner, Norton

The Board and Deborah Gardner, PTA, have entered into a consent agreement under which Gardner has agreed to a probationary period of six months and to complete six hours of continuing education coursework. Gardner admitted that she failed to maintain adequate records in violation of Principle 4.1(E) of the American Physical Therapy Association's Guide for Professional Conduct as adopted by Board regulations.

  • Jeanette Gould-Schmidt, East Falmouth

The Board fined Gould-Schmidt $250 for practicing physical therapy without a license - a result of her failure to timely submit a license renewal application and related fee - from January 5, 2008, to November 8, 2008.

  • Domenic Visocchi, Watertown

The Board placed Visocchi's license to practice as a physical therapist on probation for one year. The Board and Visocchi entered into a consent agreement whereby Visocchi admitted that he had failed to properly evaluate and/or modify the care and treatment of three patients by failing to progress adequately their physical therapy services and/or ensure such services were progressed by the physical therapist assistant. During the probationary period, Visocchi's practice will be monitored by a Board-approved monitor and he must complete six additional hours of continuing education.

  • Cheryl Garrity Mulholland, Seekonk

Massachusetts Occupational Therapist Cheryl Garrity Mulholland was disciplined by the Board, which placed her license on probation for a period of 18 months. Mulholland memorialized this action in a written consent agreement in which she admitted that, while working in May 2007 as an Occupational Therapist in Fall River, she falsified her timesheets and treatment documentation for various patients, including representing more hours of work than she actually performed and representing more patients, more services, and/or more treatment than she actually provided. Mulholland specifically admitted that her treatment documentation identified 13 patients that she did not in fact treat and multiple services that she did not in fact perform. Consequently, Mulholland admitted that the Board could find that her conduct violated several Massachusetts General Laws including but not limited to the following: engaging in deceit, malpractice, and/or gross misconduct; engaging in conduct that places into question her competence to practice the profession of occupational therapy; engaging in dishonesty, fraud, and/or deceit: for violating any law, rule, and/or regulation of the Board, and acting in a grossly negligent manner.

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