â€śI was feistier than he expected, and it rattled himâ€ť
The first red flag, said Alexis Rodriguez, was a Playboy magazine on Tyndallâ€™s office desk.
In 1995, the then-23-year-old had gone to the campus health clinic for treatment of vaginal pain. After she put her feet in the stirrups, Tyndall diagnosed her condition as a Bartholinâ€™s abscess. He said he needed to drain it, she recalled. She said he did not put on gloves or use an anesthetic.
â€śHe nicked me with the scalpel,â€ť she said; the pain was excruciating and she recoiled on the table.
She said that when Tyndall realized how upset she was, he told her that usually patients didnâ€™t mind the pain because of the immediate relief the lancing brought. He did not continue with the procedure and told her, â€śYou should go see someone else,â€ť she said.
â€śI was feistier than he expected, and it rattled him.â€ť
She had the abscess lanced by another USC physician outside the clinic under â€śtwilightâ€ť anesthesia. Months later, she returned to the clinic for a non-gynecological visit. She looked at her chart and started reading Tyndallâ€™s account of the visit.
She said heâ€™d written that she had refused treatment and was â€śdifficult.â€ť
â€śIt kinda bothered me that I was being called this hysterical woman,â€ť she said. â€śIt was a mischaracterization.â€ť
She complained to the doctor who was treating her that day and later filed a complaint with the clinic.
She mentioned the Playboy, the botched lancing and Tyndallâ€™s failure to use gloves.
â€śThis was â€™95. The AIDS thing was not that far in the past,â€ť she said.
Tyndall, in an interview with The Times, said that he always used gloves when examining patients.
No one from USC interviewed her, she said, but a clinic administrator wrote back and apologized, indicating that the â€śdifficultâ€ť wording would be removed from her file.
Rodriguez, 46, said she could not locate the original letter, but did provide The Times with one she wrote in 1995 praising the doctor who successfully treated her. In the letter, Rodriguez mentions the student health clinic and her â€śterrible experience with a doctor on staff there.â€ť
As a law enforcement officer, itâ€™s her opinion that â€śUSC should cooperate more than anyone has ever seen an entity cooperateâ€ť in any police investigation of Tyndall.