Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Watch: Gainesville doctor has heated confrontation with patient

GAINESVILLE — A fiery video filmed inside a Gainesville doctor's office this week is making the rounds across the internet as a doctor is seen screaming and cursing at a patient.

The doctor, however, responded to the viral video on Wednesday, saying the woman threatened his staff and refused to leave the office.

Jessica Stipe initially posted the one-minute video on her Facebook page on Monday night after she said the doctor yelled at her when she complained she had been waiting at the Gainesville After Hours Clinic, 926 NW 13th St., for an hour and 15 minutes.

Stipe told CBS 4 Gainesville that she called police after Dr. Peter Gallogly grabbed her daughter's phone and "shoved her" when she tried to get it back.

As the video gained steam, Gallogly on Wednesday released a statement, along with statements from his staff and the police report.

According to the report, the officer who responded to the clinic watched the video and had no reason to believe that Gallogly struck or pushed Stipe's daughter.

"Ms. Stipe had been increasingly belligerent and abusive to the office staff, cursing and threatening them with violence, because she was unwell and had been waiting to see me for more than an hour," Gallogly says in his statement, according to CBS 4. He said that Stipe received her refund but still would not leave.

"I went to the front desk only because after Ms. Stipe received her refund, she refused to leave the office, and continued her abusive behavior towards staff. Despite repeated requests from the office staff, she repeatedly demanded to see me instead of leaving," according to the statement.

Gallogly also said the video is heavily edited and taken out of context.

Stipe responded to Gallogly's account, saying it's "absolutely not true."

In her initial Facebook post, Stipe wrote she was "severely sick" and had made a 6:30 p.m. appointment at the clinic. Stipe wrote that by 7:45, only a urine test had been taken and she was vomiting in a trash can.

That's when, she said, she asked for her co-pay back.

The video shows Stipe telling Gallogly that the staff should let patients know if they are not going to be seen in a timely manner.

"Are you kidding me?" Gallogly responds. " Do you know how many people ... I've got seven rooms back there. It's 7:45 and we've already been working on you. We've done a urine test on you, I've seen you."

They go back and forth for a few seconds until Stipe says she wants to leave.

"Then fine. Get the hell out," Gallogly says. "Get your money and get the hell out."

He goes on to say she would be waiting far longer if she had gone to another clinic or an emergency room.

Then, Stipe's daughter, recording the exchange, can be heard saying "Okay, you can get out of her face.

Gallogly tells Stipe to "Get the f*** out of my office. Now."

In his statement, Gallogly says his actions shown in the video were inappropriate.

"At the very end of the events, I most regrettably lost my temper, and spoke to the two women in a most unprofessional manner. I make no excuses for my unacceptable behavior," Gallogly wrote.

At one point, Stipe's daughter asks Gallogly's name. "You're recording this?" he says, and appears to grab the phone and walk down the hallway.

Stipe told CBS 4 that she believes he tried to delete the video and then threw the phone back at her.

Stipe said she has contacted an attorney, according to CBS 4.

A screen grab of the video posted on Jessica Stipe's Facebook page.

A screen grab of the video posted on Jessica Stipe's Facebook page.

Watch: Gainesville doctor has heated confrontation with patient 10/12/17 [Last modified: Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Study: When you die, your brain knows you're dead

    Health

    Have you ever wondered what happens after you die?

    According to a new study from NYU, researchers say that a person's brain may function after their death. [iStockPhoto]

  2. Gradebook podcast: On HB 7069, with Palm Beach schools superintendent Robert Avossa

    Blogs

    After months of discussion, several Florida school districts filed suit against the Legislature over the contentious HB 7069, calling parts of it unconstitutional. At the same time, some of them also sought grant funding established in the same measure. The Palm Beach County school district did both. Superintendent …

    Palm Beach superintendent Robert Avossa
  3. Tampa police schedule update at 11 a.m. on three Seminole Heights deaths

    Crime

    TAMPA — Tampa police have scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m. for an update on their investigation of three suspicious deaths in southeast Seminole Heights during the past two weeks.

    Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan addresses reporters about the latest suspicious death in southeast Seminole Heights Thursday night. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL | Times]
  4. Hooper: Jean Chatzky chats about the intersection of wealth, health

    Personal Finance

    Public safety officials can readily identify a city's most dangerous intersections.

    Personal finance adviser Jean Chatzky is one of several high profile speakers on the slate for the Women's Conference of Florida in Tampa next week. [Handout photo]
  5. Video: Buckhorn, Kriseman team up in Tampa Bay pitch to Amazon

    Economic Development

    Across the United States, cities and metro areas are in a frenzied bidding war to convince Amazon their regions are the best fit for its new headquarters, HQ2.

    The Tampa Bay area is no exception. …

    The first  video, rolled out on Oct. 19, 2017, features Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman welcoming Amazon and talking about why Tampa Bay would be a perfect fit for the second Amazon headquarters.