Former patient remembers beloved doctor, Teresa Sievers

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Dr. Teresa Sievers (Photo by Charlie McDonald Photography)

Remembering Teresa Sievers.

It’s been more than four years since her brutal murder and Tuesday’s verdict is triggering a lot of memories.

What happened in the Sievers’ Bonita Springs home has been at the center of headlines for the last roughly four years.

Now that a jury has recommended Mark Sievers die for having his wife killed, we sat down with one of her former patients.

For her, the emotion is still very raw for a woman killed so brutally.

Jen Lessinger, former patient of Dr. Teresa Sievers (WINK News)

“It’s good to know that there are people like Teresa Sievers in the world,” said Jen Lessinger in tears.

She was a woman full of spunk at only 4’11.

“She was not a big person, but she was small but mighty,” said Lessinger.

The news of the doctor’s death rocked Southwest Florida. Months later, deputies arrested her husband for planning his wife’s killing.

Now, more than four years later, as Lessinger learned a jury recommended Mark be put to death: “I cannot say that I’m a strong supporter of the death penalty,” she said, “but I am glad that the jury recognized that he needed to be punished to the full extent of the law and in this state, that’s the full punishment.”

After so much talk of Mark Sievers and his fate, this former patient can’t stop thinking of the doctor who fought so fiercely for her patients; The mother of two, killed brutally in the kitchen of her Bonita Springs home.

“I think it’s just the way she died and because I knew her, I could picture how she would respond and that has haunted me from the first day,” said Lessinger. “She was a helper. She was a good person who was doing her job on this planet to help others.”

Teresa’s sister said moments after the verdict that the death penalty for Mark feels like justice, but she has compassion for his family.

We also spoke briefly with Mark’s step-mother, who said right now, they are trying to get over the trauma.

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