I have been lucky enough to be a patient of Doctor Zavodnick for some years now. There are many reasons that make him, in my mind at least, a great doctor.\r
He keeps a picture of his daughter on his desk, but not his wife. When I asked, he explained that some patients have issues with ""transference"". Me too, but in the fact that I wish he were my father! He is warm, attentive, caring, brilliant and invested.\r
It has taken me way too many years to find Doctor Z, but I am so thankful that I have. His talents lie in many areas. First, he listens well, without judging, without comment, without any wavering interest. He also uses visual cues, noticing shaky hands, the fact that one is reading a book, rather than staring, the expression and demeanor: How we present. He is up to date on the edge of medicine, but has made it clear to me that our goal is less, or no medication.\r
When I've asked him about the dismal business of listening to sick people all day, he responded with the fact that he gets great joy out people who are success stories. He is willing to prescribe meds that others won't. He gives samples for people like me on SSDI. He returns a phone call within TWO HOURS. Many of my friends, myself included, don't!\r
I have recommended Doctor Z to many people. I like the fact that we shoot the breeze when I visit. Even when I am so sick I find it hard to breathe, he engages me. I get tolerant to meds and have to switch often, so I'm pretty high maintenance. But he always makes me feel like it's a pleasure to see me. He is quite the gentleman!\r
Also, as he has moved to the Curtis Building, you have an opportunity of seeing a great work of art. On the East side of the building (6th Street), is the amazing Tiffany glass mural. Badly lit, but still beautiful, it's worth the trip, even if you don't need help from Doctor Z.
Pros: Rapid phone response, vast medicinal knowledge, warm, personal care.
Cons: Ugly waiting-room furniture!