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The Discipline Committee held a hearing on October 7, 2015, regarding allegations of professional misconduct made against Dr. Anthony J. Angelone.
1. The Discipline Committee found Dr. Anthony J. Angelone guilty of professional misconduct for failing to maintain the standards of practice of the profession as set out in paragraph 14 of section 1 of Ontario Regulation 119/94 made under the Optometry Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 35.
2. The Discipline Committee ordered as follows:
a. that Dr. Angelone be reprimanded;
b. that Dr. Angelone pay the College’s costs in the amount of $10,000 payable to the College of Optometrists of Ontario within six months of the date of the Order of the Discipline Committee;
c. that Dr. Angelone shall complete twenty hours of Continuing Education in pediatric optometry to be approved by the Registrar within twenty-four (24) months of the date of the Order of the Discipline Committee;
d. that a condition be imposed on Dr. Angelone’s certificate of registration that he not treat children eight years of age and under.
e. that in order to have the condition in paragraph d, above, removed from his certificate of registration Dr. Angelone must successfully complete the following mentoring program:
i. For a period of two months, one day per week, Dr. Angelone must attend the office of an optometrist whose practice has an emphasis in pediatric patients and approved by the Registrar;
ii. The mentoring will focus on how to evaluate eye health and the binocular vision assessment of children, the treatment and correction of amblyopia and strabismus, history taking and charting;
iii. Dr. Angelone will pay any expenses related to the mentoring including the mentor’s fees;
iv. At the conclusion of the mentorship the mentor will provide a report to the College providing an opinion about whether Dr. Angelone is capable of assessing and treating children eight years of age and under. If the mentor’s opinion is that he is capable of assessing and treating children eight years of age and under then the condition will be removed;
v. If the mentor’s opinion is that Dr. Angelone is not capable of assessing and treating children eight years of age and under then Dr. Angelone must complete additional two month mentorship(s) until such time as he obtains a positive report from the mentor. The same requirements would apply to each additional mentorship; and
vi. For a period of six months following the removal of the condition on Dr. Angelone’s certificate, the College will conduct unannounced practice inspections to ensure that he is maintaining the standard of practice of the profession with respect to the assessment and treatment of children eight years of age and younger. The practice inspections shall be at Dr. Angelone’s expense.
3. The Discipline Committee ordered that the terms of the above penalty shall be recorded in the Register and available to the public.
4. At the conclusion of the hearing, Dr. Angelone waived his right to appeal and the Discipline Committee delivered the reprimand.