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Former Pignataro patient reacts to I-team investigation

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-18 17:24:38-04

Teri LaMarti doesn't doubt Anthony Pignataro is attempting to treat patients again under a new name.
“He doesn't care that he hurt more people. It's all about look at me. I can do this. It's not about what he does to you. It's all about him,” she said.

LaMarti was seen by Pignataro back in 1997 after receiving a gift certificate for liposuction from her husband. Initially she said Pignataro appeared confident and convincing. She said she felt like he could sell the Brooklyn Bridge.  But, on the day of her surgery she says there were multiple red flags that she was in real danger. “Dr. Pignataro came in, gets down on one knee, and he says Teri I'm going to put your IV in. He grabs my arm. He sticks the needle in, takes the needle out, stabs the vinyl pad and the two of them walked out of the room and left me in there. I'm thinking that shouldn't be there,” she explained.

LaMarti became critically ill and had to be hospitalized.

She later testified in front of a grand jury against Pignataro. But, the charges in her case were ultimately dropped so the state could focus on prosecuting him for the death of Sarah Smith.