For Immediate Release - February 22, 2013

Massachusetts Dispensing Opticians Board Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

James E. Bennett, Kent, OH, and Aurora, CO:  The Board entered a Final Decision against Bennett revoking his license to practice as a dispensing optician in Massachusetts.  A review by the Board found that Bennett failed to submit sufficient documentation demonstrating his compliance with Board continuing education requirements.

William R. Coni, Plainville: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Coni, resolving allegations that he failed to submit written documentation of sufficient continuing education credits needed to renew his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Coni agreed to pay a $500 fine.

Lawrence P. Fitton, Jr., Shrewsbury:  The Board entered a Final Decision against Fitton revoking his right to renew his license to practice as a dispensing optician.  A review by the Board found that Fitton failed to submit sufficient documentation indicating his compliance with Board continuing education requirements.

Susan M. Gattuso, Pittsfield: The Board entered a Final Decision against Gattuso revoking her right to renew her license to practice as a dispensing optician. The revocation followed a review by the Board, which found that Gattuso failed to submit written documentation of continuing education credits sufficient for renewal of her license.

Lisa Heffner, Fitchburg:  The Board entered a Final Decision against Heffner revoking her right to renew her license to practice as a dispensing optician.  A review by the Board found that Heffner failed to submit sufficient documentation demonstrating her compliance with Board continuing education requirements.

Gail Loring, Largo, FL:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Loring, whereby she voluntarily surrendered her license to practice as a dispensing optician in Massachusetts.  The agreement resolved allegations that Loring failed to complete required continuing education requirements.

Patrick G. Pender, South Easton:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Pender, resolving allegations that he was operating his practice without sufficient supervision. During a routine inspection of his shop, Pearle Vision in Mansfield, investigators found that Pender had two unlicensed individuals providing dispensing optician services on the premises with no licensed dispensing opticians present. Under the terms of the agreement, Pender agreed to serve a six month probationary period and pay a $100 fine.

Alison K. Walsh, Kilcoole, Ireland: The Board entered a Final Decision against Walsh, revoking her right to renew her license to practice as a dispensing optician.  A review by the Board found that Walsh failed to submit sufficient documentation indicating her compliance with Board continuing education requirements.

Dispensing opticians fit and dispense prescription ophthalmic eyewear including eyeglasses and contact lenses.  Members of this profession measure and duplicate existing ophthalmic prescriptions and fabricate eyeglasses.  The Board of Registration of Dispensing Opticians protects the public through regulation of the practice by testing candidates and licensing those who are qualified, insuring compliance with state statutes and the Board’s rules and regulations, and conducting hearings and facilitating resolutions to consumer complaints.  The Board also manages apprenticeship training programs, approves educational standards for school-based optician programs, and monitors the continuing education requirements of licensees.  The Board currently licenses approximately 1,571 individuals to practice dispensing optician profession in Massachusetts.

The Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) 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 more than 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.  

Consumers are urged to visit the DPL’s website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

 

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