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Friday, March 13, 2009

Dr. Sales -fix THIS fire!

So I just had quite the MISERABLE experience with a CRAP Chiropractor here in Logan. I went by a referral who told me that she went to see him about 6 times in December?! That should have been my huge Red Flag #1, but the terrible pain I’ve been experiencing in my neck was enough to motivate me to make the appointment anyway.
I arrived to sign a TON of paperwork, one of which included the “missed appointment” policy, which MAY be common, but I don’t see it much –and it looks like an excuse to bill my insurance regardless. Red Flag #2.
I went in to the patient room (hadn’t been updated since the 70’s –Red Flag #3 (not a successful practice?), and waited for the Doctor. He came in and proceeded to ask me a million questions, which was fine, but time-consuming.
He went into a few different speeches, first making me feel like a terrible mother for taking TYLENOL (heaven forbid) because my liver will only take SO MUCH. The next speech was selling his business of Chiropractics and how important he was and how the body is electrical, and the spinal cord is the most precious thing to take care of, blah blah blah. “When the fire alarm is ringing, do you throw water (making the actual motion with his hands) on the ALARM, or on the FIRE???? Let’s fix the FIRE.”
Sales. Red Flag #3
He insisted on taking x-rays (even though I’d told him that I have had my neck out 2x in my life, and one adjustment fixed everything) which was Red Flag #4, because I’m PREGNANT.
Next, he performed some kind of muscle test, and sent in his massage therapist –before which I hinted that I didn’t have all day to be doing this. The therapist took maybe 4 minutes with my neck, then left.
When the Doctor came back in, he was talking about how he’ll be adjusting me next time, after he looks at my x-rays, Red Flag # 5 (WHAT? He didn’t look at them while this stupid massage therapist was “working” on me?) and how he wants me to ice my neck repeatedly, etc. I was amazed, yet, not surprised that he wasn’t going to do a damn thing to my neck and only worry about booking his next flipping appointment.
As I left, the receptionist did her best to schedule me for two days later, but I made up the “child care” excuse and told her I’d call her. I could tell she’d been coached to NOT let folks go without booking that appointment and she tried to schedule it anyway and have me call her later if it WOULDN’T work; Red Flag #6. I said “no thanks” and left with my $20.00 ice-pack. When I got in the van I cried.
To top it off with Red Flag #7, he CALLED ME at 9:00 last night and asked how I was?! What the *^&*??? I told him “no, I’m not feeling better” and when he asked what time my appointment was and I told him I didn’t have one, I got a shocked “Well, you better call first thing in the morning to make sure we can fit you in”. Seriously? How terrible is your business that you’re calling your patients at 9:00 at night to make sure you have something to do tomorrow? What a fine end to such a miserable experience. AARGH.

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12 comments:

Heidi said...

He does sound awful! I've seen many a chiropractor in my days and I think they teach them in school how to maximize profit by making you come back as much as possible. I usually get the "you will need at least 30 sessions to fix this problem" line. I learned fast to also say I would call them. But the doc calling at 9:00-that should be malpractice! I hope you feel better soon. Sorry you had such a bad time. There are some good chiropractors out there though; I hope you can find one that will help.

Unknown said...

Oh my! I will kick your trash if you go back to that dive! Run from that fire, don't worry about the water, just run like hell!

Rachael said...

What a joke!!!! I'm so sorry!

Lexy said...

I think I know what chiropractor you went to. I went to the same one. Does he look like a total red neck with moustache and beard? WIth ducks on the wall. Cause that is exactly what he did to me. After the second appointment he made things change but I didn't last very long going to him. He creeped me out all the time. He would touch me in places I didn't think was necessary to touch. EEEwww I am glad you didn't go back. I forgot his name though. I pretty sure it's the same guy though.

skipper said...

Wow! I'm really sorry you had such a terrible time! I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about chiropractors. My sister worked for one for awhile and he filled her head with the most amazing load of crap I've ever heard! I think if chiropractors would just stick to doing "adjustments" and quit thinking that they're medical doctors the world would be a much better place!

Lexy said...

I remember now was it Astle? or something like that?

Unknown said...

Beck, I'm so sorry! You should do a Get-Gephard or something on him. I hope you find one that knows how to do their job!

Teri said...

Eeww! I remember going to a chiro in Logan that wanted us to come back millions of times. After once or twice I decided I was done. Earl's cousin had a practice in Ogden, so we started with him instead. He didn't insist on the millions of visits and was always really great with us. Sorry this was so bad!

Mary said...

That's SOOO not cool. I saw Dr. Lefevre in North Logan right after my mission, and I actually really liked him. I don't know if he's still there (it was a few years ago), but he might be worth a shot. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Geez. What a waste of time. Sorry you went through it.

Anonymous said...

Nick went to the same doctor and had the same experience!!! I really like Dr. Lefevere. He is over kinda behind Wal-Mart on around 1800 N 150 E. Call me if you want his number

Colette and The Chickenwings said...

This describes like 1 out of every 2 new "doctors" / medical people I try...man, why does it have to be so hard??