The Pennsylvania Department of State on Friday released the names of 218 licensed or commissioned professionals, including six from Luzerne County, who were disciplined recently for violating either state law or professional board regulations.
Actions taken include those by:
• The state Board of Chiropractic suspended Michael Joseph Spiccioli, of Kingston, for no less than 24 months immediately stayed in favor of probation subject to terms and conditions as set forth in the agreement. He was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $3,000 and had a public reprimand placed on his permanent board record because he was convicted of a misdemeanor related to his profession. He was charged with and pleaded no contest to theft, receiving stolen property and insurance claim fraud in 2010. He was sentenced to 23 months' probation.
• The state Board of Cosmetology levied a civil penalty of $500 against Patricia Lagana, Sharon Forte and Eva Pogash doing business as James Maurice Face Body and Fashion Spa in Hazleton. The board said they employed an unlicensed employee and aided and abetted in the unlicensed practice of aesthetics.
• The state Board of Medicine ordered Eric Evan Petterson, of Hazleton, to pay a $2,000 civil penalty and complete a total of 25 contact hours of remedial medical education activities addressing the subject of medical recordkeeping and documentation because his medical records did not include a specification of, or changes in, the symptoms observed and reported in diagnosis of the condition for which the controlled substance is being given and the directions given to the patient for the use of the controlled substance; He also did not record the date the medication was prescribed, administered or dispensed; and did not accurately, legibly and completely reflect the evaluation and treatment of the patient.
• The Secretary of the Commonwealth announced that Ann Renea Emerich, a notary public from Wilkes-Barre, permanently and voluntarily surrendered her notary commission because: she failed to know through personal knowledge or have satisfactory evidence that the signature on the document was that of the person described in the document, failed to be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public, failed to maintain an accurate chronological register of all official acts by that notary done by virtue of that notary's office and failed to be of good character, integrity and ability.
• The state Board of Pharmacy assessed a $5,000 civil penalty against George Michael Waschko, of Sugarloaf and suspended his license for three years, stayed in favor of three years probation, based on findings that he is guilty of gross negligence or other malpractice.
• The state Board of Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons suspended Joshua M. Zuder, of Wilkes-Barre, for three months retroactive to July 12, 2010, based upon pleading guilty to theft by deception, which is considered a crime of moral turpitude. He was sentenced to a year's probation.