The New York Post reports on Dr. Justin Bazan, a Park Slope eye doctor, who breaks out the beer and booze for patients on occasion. That’s legal, right? It’s like Mad Men era doctors smoking with their patients, right?
Heck, dilate our pupils and hang up a disco ball and we’ve got a party!
NYP: Patients are offered tea, snacks and craft brews on arrival. Most finish their libations in the lobby, but Bazan allows unfinished ales in the exam room, too.
One recent patient wanted to get pie-eyed after a hard day and asked for something stronger.
Bazan took out a bottle of Jack Daniel’s — left over from an art show held at the lens shop — and poured him Jack and Coke.
“The guy had a cocktail instead of a beer,” Bazan said. “He had three of them, actually.”
Not for nothin’ but it seems like Dr. Bazan is a regular Dr. Oz, what with the appearing on TV and the apparent hiring of a publicist (hey he got on WCBS-TV !):
Speaking of press, Business Insider called the good doc a “social media evangelist” who loves the Yelp (which….ahem… is mentioned in the NYP piece today) in a 2011 article.
Not all of Bazan’s Yelp reviews are great, as this excerpt shows:
Like at least one other reviewer, I also witnessed Dr. Bazan verbally berate his staff in front of customers, which is consistent with his hostility toward any critical reviewer on this page. (Take note, especially, of the instance where he responded by posting details of a customer’s medical care on Yelp, which needless to say is unethical behavior for a medical professional.)
I’m truly disappointed PSE turned out to have so much baggage – I was very happy with my treatment, and wish the rest of the experience had matched it.
Like any decent “social media evangelist”, Bazan engages his critics and responded:
Anyone who knows me ,knows I have a huge heart and my head is always in my patients shoes. We maintained a perfect 5 star rating for over 100 yelp reviews. However, when we reminded people that they owed money, the boo brigade began. Sometimes a little pruning is needed if you want to have a prize rose bush.
Love him or hate him you have to respect Bazan’s hustle!
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