June 26, 2009

The Board of Registration of Dietitians and Nutritionists announces recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

Corinne Adler, Boston
Adler agreed to a formal reprimand of her license and a fine of $300 to resolve allegations that she (1) loaned over $2,000 to a patient and reflected the balance of the loan on bills for professional services rendered; and (2) failed to present a patient with a complete accounting of her bills.

The Board of Registration of Podiatrists announces recent enforcement action against:

David Tarr, Lowell
The Board has placed Tarr's license on probation for two years effective March 10, 2009. Tarr failed to establish and maintain an adequate treatment records for patients in accordance with accepted standards of podiatric practice. In addition, Tarr's practice shall be monitored by a Board-approved podiatrist during the two-year probation period. Tarr must also successfully complete 24 hours of continuing education in record-keeping and billing as well as three courses in doctor/patient relations.

The Board of Registration of Psychologists announces recent enforcement actions against:

Joseph F. Doherty, Cambridge
The Board has placed Doherty's license on probation for one year. Doherty faced allegations that he failed to conduct a proper client evaluation and failed to maintain adequate and accurate treatment records. In addition, Doherty's practice shall be reviewed by consulting psychologist duly licensed in Massachusetts during the one-year probation period.

Ellen Leigh, Arlington
The Board issued a civil administrative penalty against Leigh in the amount of $1,500 for engaging in unlicensed practice of psychology. Leigh performed the functions of a psychologist when the Board had not issued her a license. Leigh also agreed to complete a continuing education class in the area of ethics/risk management.

Mitchell Abblett, Newton
Under a Consent Agreement effective June 3, 2009, Abblett accepted imposition of a civil administrative penalty of $5,000. In the Agreement, Abblett acknowledged that in the course of his previous employment at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, he was assigned and had utilized the title "psychologist;" and that his use of that title prior to his licensure constitutes a basis for disciplinary action.

The State Board of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists announced today disciplinary action against the following licensee:

Laura Becker, Newton
Following an adjudicatory hearing on sanctions, the Board suspended Becker's speech-language pathologist license for at least 12 months. Prior to the hearing, the Board and Becker entered into a stipulation agreement whereby Becker admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct and/or negligence in the practice of speech-language pathology by failing to provide a speech evaluation of a child to that child's parents, despite repeated assurances that she would do so. Furthermore, Becker agreed that she had failed to respond to a written communication from the Board.

In addition to the suspension, the Board held that Becker's license shall not be reinstated until she has provided satisfactory documentation that she was in compliance with all Board rules and regulations during the period of suspension, and that she has submitted a properly completed application for renewal with all licensure fees that are owed. Finally, the Board held that Becker's license will be placed on probation for at least two years following reinstatement on conditions determined by the Board to ensure that she is able to practice in a safe and competent manner.

Arlene Casassa, Hopkinton
The Board has fined Arlene Casassa in the amount of $750.00. Casassa admitted that her license to practice as a speech-language pathologist lapsed on Nov. 7, 2001 due to her failure to pay the required licensure fee. The Board acknowledged that the licensee fulfilled all other mandated requirements set forth by the Board for licensure with the exception of paying said licensure fee. Casassa further admitted that in her Application for Reinstatement of Lapsed/Expired license, submitted to the Board on April 9, 2008, she acknowledged that she worked in her professional capacity for the Hopkinton Public Schools while her license was lapsed.

Ann Johnson, Peabody
The Board and Johnson entered into a consent agreement whereby Johnson admitted that from on or about Feb. 1, 2006, she practiced speech-language pathology at Billerica Public School System without a Board-certified license. As part of the consent agreement, Johnson agreed to pay a $1,000 administrative fine.

The Board of Registration of Radio and Television Technicians announces recent enforcement actions against the following licensees:

Dmitri Zaitsev, Needham
Zaitsev agreed to a two-year suspension and five-year probation of his license to practice as a radio and television technician in order to resolve allegations that he failed to properly repair a television, failed to include his license number on invoices and failed to respond to letters from the Board.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://www.mass.gov/dpl/ 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 31 boards of registration.