Fired 'Candy Man' Tomah VA chief of staff to start own practice

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TOMAH - The wife of a veteran who died from an overdose at the Tomah VA was shocked to learn the former chief of staff, whom veterans nicknamed "Candy Man," may soon be prescribing drugs to others.
 
Dr. David Houlihan was fired last fall after an investigation into over-prescribing painkillers at the VA Medical Center.
 
WTMJ has learned Houlihan is soliciting new patients in LaCrosse while also being considered for a job at a practice in Minnesota.
 
"I am shocked," Heather Simcakoski told WTMJ.  Simcakoski's husband, Jason, died from an overdose in 2014.  "I am just shocked to know he would be able to open a practice."
 
 
Simcakoski urged people to research doctors before becoming patients.
 
"If you're going to receive care from someone, do your due diligence and look into their history," she said.
 
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