Well, I was never really gone...just on a little blogging hiatus as the new office gets up and running.
It appears than many of my new and prospective patients are Googling me, and many seem to have questions about who, exactly, I am. Therefore, I figured I'd make a little Frequently Asked Questions list.
Q: How old am I?
A: Old enough. Seriously, though, I think people are really asking one of two questions: "Is she some wet-behind-the-ears-fresh-out-of-school newbie?" or "Is she as old as the hills and 6 months away from retirement?" This answer is that I'm neither. I'm firmly in the middle-aged category. I graduated from medical school in 2000. I finished residency and chief residency in 2004, and I practiced in New Hampshire for 11 years before moving here.
Q: Where did I come from? Why did I move here?
A: I grew up in New Jersey. I lived in New Hampshire for 11 years before moving to Florida. I moved here to be closer to family and to get away from the endless snow and cold of New England.
Q:Where did I go to school? Where did I do my residency? Am I board-certified?
A: I went to medical school at the University of Rochester. I did my residency (and stayed for an additional year as Chief Resident) at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. I am board-certified in Internal Medicine.
Q: Why is my schedule so open?
A: People say this like it's a bad thing! Don't you want to be able to get into see your doctor? We just opened about 2 1/2 months ago. If you want to get in quickly to see me, now's the time! However, even once I get really busy, I always leave openings in my schedule to see people the same day. If you can't get in to see your doctor when you're sick, what's the point?
Q: Will I have to wait forever in the waiting room?
A: No. I like to run a tight ship and stay on schedule. Patients can help me do this by making sure they arrive for their appointment on time.
Q: Will I listen to you? Or will I rush you out of the room and just push prescriptions at you?
A: I will listen to you. I am definitely not one to push prescriptions. When they're needed that's fine, but I like to emphasize lifestyle changes and healthy living.
Q: What hospital am I affiliated with?
A: I have privileges at Jupiter Medical Center.
Q: Can you call me Marni?
A: Sure. Call me whatever you want.
Q: What is "Marni" short for, anyway?
A: Nothing. That's my full name.
Q: What happens if you get sick when the office is closed?
A: Call my office and you'll get my answering service. I take my own calls, so they will patch you through to me, and we'll talk about what to do.
Q: You have a doctor up north. Do you need to see me, also?
A: If you're here for more than a couple of months, it's a good idea to have a local primary care doctor. You never know when you might need someone, and it's a good idea to have an existing relationship. I send copies of my office notes to your other primary care doctor.
Hopefully this answers your questions! If there's anything I haven't answered, feel free to write questions in the comments section!