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Ow! Miami Chiropractor hurts,on so many levels. Caveat emptor, baby

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There were huge red flags flapping, waving, and snapping and she didn’t look up.

In dire pain, and far from home, Cassandra asked friends and sales clerks if they knew of a good chiropractor. The check out woman at Whole Foods raved about her “guy” and happily passed his phone humber to Cassandra – with the pain in her neck.

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First, she looked for his  “Yelp” reviews – nada. She Googled him- found only his phone and address and old references to membership in the South Florida Chiro Club.

She called the number – he answered the phone.

 It is Unusual for a Dr to answer phones and make appointments – but he did.

He had openings…when did she want to come in?

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She made an appointment for that day – and easily found the office tucked into an old house in Fort Lauderdale. He was sitting at the receptionist desk. (Hmmm, again)

He was wearing an old, wrinkled, white medical coat…who does that?

The office was large -a warren of many rooms – with a disheveled feel.

He led her into an Exam Room and did an “Intake” interview. The table tops and shelves were very dirty. He needed 409, Windex, Cleansers…a janitor. This gave her pause, again.

The penultimate gesture was to have her lie on her back – legs up – the yoga position: Happy Baby. Really?  Never in 12 years of Chiro Appointments had she been asked to assume this pose. Bizarro – and off-putting.

The ultimate: she knew the Quack was a Whack when he mentioned, “Foreplay must he rough.” What?! 

Who talks like that?

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 She tried to call the Better Business Bureau – it closed in Florida a long time ago – a nefarious Scam-ster bought the name – hooked up telephones and sells BBB Certificates to one and all.

She tired to Yelp the guy – you can’t do that in Miami – the Chiros take out YELP ads stating they are out of business….a YELP scam…

Be careful out there. Stop: When a Dr claims to have been a  Neurosurgeon and later  becomes a Chiropractor.

 

The top 8 best tips – finding a new dentist in Florida

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Top 8 tips for selecting a new dentist: beware the red flags

New in town and looking for a dentist? We all know the 1-800 ads on TV are a flim-flam-scam, right? Caveat Emptor. Statistically, 1000 people move to the perpetual Sunshine State of Florida every day.  Chances are they will be looking for a new complement of doctors – including a new dentist.

If you’re like me, you’ve had the same set of doctors for a couple of decades- tried and true, honest and then, bam! Here you are – starting anew.  How hard could it be to find a new DDS, right? It is a Herculean task. Get your head examined before this dental exam

 Pay close attention to these eight red flags when looking for new dentist in South Florida:

1.) Check out the dentist’s website – Is it full of flashing lights, long lists of potential procedures- lightening, brightening, Botox, Chemical Peels, braces? Does it look like a flashy boutique or a dental office? Is there a neon sign stating: Se habla español, French Canadian, and Urdu?

2.) If the office sends you a six-page questionnaire – pause.  Some South Florida dentist’s charge a whopping $90 consultation fee to review that questionnaire.  Fifteen minutes: $90? Go figure.

3.) Ka-ching! If the doctor owns his own building, is a solo practitioner, and has a private parking lot, wide-screen Tv’s in every room – I’ll let you guess who’s paying for that.

4.) There is no free…If you’re offered coffee or tea upon arrival in the office- guess who’s paying for that?

5.) Coming up roses? If after the procedure, you’re offered a long-stem pink rose… ask yourself that same nagging question.

6.) If after the procedure that Dr. says, “0h, by the way, now that I’m done, you might need a root canal on that tooth. How about a little bit of Botox? Pause. See those red flags?

7.) Hidden Fees? If you think that $90 consultation fee before the procedure is a little- shall we say, redundant and inappropriate – and you ask for it to be waived in light of the costly procedure and they say, “No.” Pay attention to that.

8.) Hit me again? If the nurse tells you that your next appointment will cost an additional $130, just to inspect your mouth – big Red flag.

An older, wiser, dentist commented that these extraneous charges and multiple bells and whistles are because that DDS is new and paying off his extraordinarily high tuition fees – or he has a new, second – or third wife.

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Beware of the sharks…

A bit of Botox while you get your teeth cleaned?

Mais oui! We do it all…Cavities and Chemical Peels- a deal!

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Dr Beri Beri