Board of Ethics Decisions The ASHA Board of Ethics found the following individuals in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics. The listed violations refer to the version of the code and the specific rules and principles involved. Rahman PughSouth Euclid, Ohio Adam SortiniMerced, California Shelly WalkerOklahoma City, Oklahoma Yvonne CardenasNorth Richland Hills, Texas ASHA News
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Board of Ethics Decisions
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.21042016.60
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN6.21042016.60
The ASHA Board of Ethics found the following individuals in violation of the association’s Code of Ethics. The listed violations refer to the version of the code and the specific rules and principles involved.
Rahman PughSouth Euclid, Ohio
  • Rationale: This certified speech-language pathologist misrepresented material facts concerning his application for licensure in Tennessee. Among other things, the Tennessee Board of Communication Disorders and Sciences issued a 2012 Consent Order finding fraudulent misrepresentation of the dates of clinical fellowship.

  • Violations (2010): IV, IV-C, IV-E

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Jan. 22, 2016

Adam SortiniMerced, California
  • Rationale: This dually certified clinician was convicted of 17 counts of felony mail fraud and one count of health care fraud by a U.S. District. The California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board revoked his speech-language pathology, audiology and hearing aid dispensing licenses. He provided unnecessary hearing services and failed to fully comply with ASHA Board of Ethics policies by failing to respond to this complaint before adjudication.

  • Violations (2003): I, I-G, I-M; III, III-D; IV, IV-B, IV-J

  • Sanction: Revocation of membership and certification in speech-language pathology and audiology for life, effective Jan. 21, 2016

Shelly WalkerOklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Rationale: This certified SLP practiced without a valid Oklahoma license for one year and failed to comply with continuing education requirements for licensure.

  • Violations (2010): II, II-C; III, III-A

  • Sanction: Censure, effective Jan. 22, 2016

Yvonne CardenasNorth Richland Hills, Texas
  • Rationale: This certified SLP, owner and operator of Bilingual Pediatric Therapies, Inc., did not provide adequate supervision of speech-language pathology assistants as required by Oklahoma state law, allowing SLPs under her supervision to provide clinical services to one client while concurrently directly supervising a speech-language pathology assistant providing clinical services to a different client.

  • Violations (2010): I, I-F; IV, IV-B

  • Sanction: Suspension of membership and certification for one year, effective Jan. 15, 2016

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