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Dentist's former patients will take the stand

Karen Dorn Steele (Staff Writer)

August 20, 2008

Judge's decision allows three to testify

A Spokane judge has ruled that three former patients of Dr. Patrick Collins will be allowed to testify this week about their negative experiences with the Spokane dentist.

They are expected to say during the rebuttal phase of Kimberly Kallestad's malpractice trial that the oral surgeon told them he'd be their "hero" and fix their jaws, but then called them "babies" or "drug-seekers" when they reported ongoing pain - and were told they were the only patients with bad results.

Kallestad, 29, has testified - and Collins has denied - that he made similar reassurances to her and then told her the disabling pain she experienced after surgery was "all in her head."

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