I'm not much for doctor's visits -- even when I'm not feeling well, I tend to figure that it will blow over if I give it enough time. But as I start to get older, I'm warming up to the idea that a little prevention can go a long way to avoiding more serious difficulties down the road.
So when I moved back to Seattle, I set up appointments with a few general practicioners to establish a relationship with someone before I thought I'd need it. Dr. Dipboye is one of the first few docs I met with, and it didn't take too many more stops before I was sure he was the right choice for me.
Given my general crankiness of the subject of going to the doctor, Dr. Dipboye takes just the right approach: he gives very matter-of-fact advice, doesn't try to scare you with 'what-ifs', and strikes just the right balance between professionalism and personal interest. I find it a plus that he's close to my age and is physically active himself, so he understands and supports my goals not just to avoid sickness, but to maintain an active lifestyle. I haven't had any serious medical problems since I started working with Dr. Dipboye, so I can't say what he's like in that role, but if you're looking for a no-nonsense GP who also cares about your total health, I strongly recommend that you give him a try.