CALEDONIA —Devastated community members are advocating for their doctor who closed her practice after recently being charged with Grand Larceny.
Ken Loughry, was a a patient of Tiffany Aiello’s and he credits her with saving his life, and hopes that it’s not to late for her to return to practice.
“She had 2,000 patients and 6 employees that don’t have a job or a doctor now because of an issue between two friends,” said Loughry, who stated that a week at the Mayo Clinic couldn’t solve his issues but Aiello could. “She was a good doctor to me, best doctor i’ve had in my 70 years.”
According to Loughry the issue was between two good friends, one of which is in the middle of a nasty divorce. Allegedly the woman was hiding her assets from her husband, and was stashing $20,000 in Aiello’s safe. According to a statement signed by Aiello she needed $9,000 of the money and left a post dated check in it’s place.
Loughry produced a letter apparently signed by Aiello’s banker stating that if the check had come through their bank he would have cleared it regardless of the funds in the account based on her credit history with the bank.
“I don’t know what to do now for a doctor,” Loughry said.
A few weeks ago Val Christiano delivered a cash payment in full to Anne Marie Wischmeyer, the woman who reported the money stolen to authorities.
“I delivered cash paying Wischmeyer in full and have an affidavit to support it,” said Val Christian, who has known Aiello for over 10 years. “She (Wischmeyer) teared up over the whole situation.”
Christian also stated that part of the issue is that when she began treating addicts six years ago.
“There is a substance abuse issue in Livingston County,” said Christian, who is retired research scientist. “Treating people with addiction issues brings with it a host of issues for the physician.”
Some patients have expressed frustration over the release of their medical records but according to the secretary at Dr. Aiello’s office medical records are available, but they need to go through proper procedure to be released.
“They need to call and leave a message, or they need to go to their new doctor and fill out the proper medical release forms and have them faxed to our office,” said Dedra, who asked her last name not be published. “If they would like the records themselves they need to mail us a written request filled out on the proper forms and copies will cost 75 cents a page.”