I've seen Dr. Ali three times since last November and don't think th creepy comments are at all fair. I have had, and believe you can expect, the experience it is about him and not you. Each visit he has come into the room armed with a laptop. Not a bad thing, except it's symbolic of an impersonal, chilly, clinical, efficiency focused (vs patient focused) medical practice. I want my radiologist and surgeon to be technicians, but not my primary care doctor. Anyhow, after reading GQ and/or a sports car magazine in the waiting room (where there is no check-in privacy), you go by posed pictures of the doc and his staff. They're cute but look provided by an image consultant. The quote on his card, attributed to him (which is odd since he obviously endorses the idea if it's on his business card) also feels staged. It mentions the [monotonous business of medicine...etc]. It's a nice idea but if monotony is a hands-on, sincere/genuine (this is the main thing you probably won't experience) connection with a doc who is really interesting in understanding what's happening; I'll take it for a lifetime. Dr. Ali's practice feels like a business first- ahead of being a place for patient care.\r
I'm sure Dr. Ali is a great diagnostician and knows his stuff (I'm not qualified to judge this)- but you can get that from a good tele-medicine doctor in one of the metro areas (you get the same metro-spa feel Dr. Ali appears to be trying to capture) without spending a minute in the waiting room. Finally, I wasn't surprised to see the focus on dermatological remedies listed in his business description. I imagine they're a high profit, low-liability, non-complicated way of getting folks in and out, having them feel good, and making a more than healthy profit. I doubt the time to write this will be worthwhile, but maybe patients who are looking for what I am from an internist will benefit by the perspective. I will be sharing my thoughts directly with Dr. Ali since I have found another doc on my insurance and want to let him know why I'm switching. It's probably grandiose thinking on my part to assume my input will be useful to them- but I think it's the right thing to do. I think writing things about a person's character without explanation (like the ""creepy"" comments) is not the right thing to do.
Pros: central location and on my health care plan
Cons: see review