Setting the record straight

I am truly blessed!

I wanted to express my gratitude to all of my patients and colleagues who have taken the time to find me through their family, friends, neighbors, physicians, Google, my website and Facebook page!

I am so touched by your sincere messages of support. I miss seeing all of you and I am working on getting my practice re-established as quickly as possible.

Many of you have contacted me very concerned about my health and well-being due to my absence from the practice. Please be assured: I was not captured by aliens; I am not getting divorced; I am not pregnant and I am not moving!

I am staying right here in Winter Park; I am healthy; I am happily married; I am enjoying my kids and I continue to have privileges at Florida Hospital.

The circumstances surrounding my departure and subsequent speculation have been deeply disappointing. I understand that medicine is a business; however it takes very little to convey some level of humanity to carry out even the most difficult business decisions. We are human beings first; somehow that seems to have been lost in the shuffle. It is a basic need for human beings to seek answers when an interpersonal relationship is interrupted. Many of my patients and colleagues have been asking about my whereabouts and they tell me that they are either getting no answers or very erroneous and conflicting information. For that reason, I feel that I must set the record straight.

I did not make the decision to leave the practice, nor did I abandon my patients, my staff or my colleagues. My employer, Florida Hospital Medical Group (FHMG) chose to invoke a clause in our contract, to terminate that agreement (without cause) after I did not agree to their proposed amendment. This was purely a business decision on their part, and does not reflect on my competency, my professional skills as physician or the care that I give my patients. I had absolutely no control over the timing and manner in which the termination was effected. I also had no input with regards to the ensuing transition plans, including notifying patients and continuity of care. I was formally notified about the termination on Wednesday November 21, 2012, the day after a public notice was published in the Winter Park- Maitland Observer.

I believe that many of you have requested my contact details from the practice and FHMG headquarters, and nobody will (or can, even if they wanted to), provide that information to you. I understand that the only response you have received is similar to “We don’t know where she is and what happened”. Thankfully, Facebook and Google seem to have addressed that issue! Please feel free to forward my contact details to anybody who you think may want to get in touch with me.

I am in great spirits, after receiving this tremendous outpouring of support. I have received 300+ emails and Facebook posts and as many phone calls in the last week.

I truly enjoy taking care of people. As a child, my parents always encouraged me to follow my heart and to do what I loved. That freedom allowed me to become a Physician. It’s heartwarming to know that I picked the right profession. I am able to do what I love, and I can have a positive impact on the lives of so many wonderful and kind people.

This is an opportunity for me to practice medicine, the right way; how it used to be, and ought to be today.

I am indeed very fortunate to have all of you in my life. Thank you for your support!

55 thoughts on “Setting the record straight

  1. Barbara and Larry Keene
    November 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Dr. Doshi – we are disturbed by the letter received, and by the response we got when phoning your office (just as you described above – no idea where you are, and they report that they were “blindsided”).
    We wish to remain your patients, so please let us know when you have landed in your new location.
    Hopefully you won’t have any problem getting our medical records from the current facility.

  2. Carmen
    November 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    My heart sank when I got the letter fr Fl Hosp. I have searched for a great Dr for over 40 yrs and was not about ti go to someone else. I called the next day but of course they can’t give out any info. I am so happy we have google and Facebook. My next appt is not until Feb so I am sure you will be all ready by then. Glad to hear you are healthy. Happy holidays. See you next year. Carmen Roberts.

  3. Kristin Harmel
    November 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing you again once you get established somewhere new. What a shame that a business situation had to get in the way here. You’re a wonderful doctor, and I know that all of your grateful patients will be looking forward to seeing where you land, so we can book our next appointments. Best of luck with the search for a new location!

  4. Anne Perry
    November 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    We look forward to following you to your new practice. We’re happy to know you and your family are well and you have the courage to stand up for what you believe in!

  5. Leigh Norber
    November 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Dr. Doshi, I echo everyone’s sentiments above. You are a wonderful doctor and I hope you can find an office fast!

  6. Mikali Nicholas
    November 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    With my health condition I have been to many doctors, which you are aware and I can honestly say you are the most caring doctor I have ever had. The attention you give to your patients and their needs are at a higher standard than others in your field in this day and age. I know in my heart you will prosper in your new practice not just by operating it the way you choose and having such a large following but by karma returning good to you tenfold. …
    Ps. just to make you smile I’m never eating Chapati with Spicy Potato again…LOL

  7. Judy Heeter
    November 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Dr. Doshi,
    So glad to find this post!; I have not received a letter, but heard about it from a friend; You are a caring Dr. with a “common sense” (old fasioned, if you will) approach that I like very much; I really appreciate how kind and supportive you have been of my efforts to care for my 97 yr old Dad and disabled brother and myself!; I will be looking for news of your new practice and wish you luck with getting re-established soon!

  8. Amanda Vaughan
    November 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor. Please continue to keep us updated on your practice and we look forward to seeing you soon!
    Amanda and Joshua Vaughan

  9. Suzanne Salzman
    November 30, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Thank you for sharing. We are eagerly awaiting your new practice. Suzanne and Brieanne Salzman

  10. Stephanie Thomas
    November 30, 2012 at 12:38 am

    You are the first doctor that ever truly listened to me and genuinely seemed to care. It is so good to know that I do not have to start searching for another doctor. I am looking forward to seeing you in your new practice.
    Stephanie Thomas

  11. Becky McGonigle
    November 30, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I was so pleased to see this posting on my Facebook page. As so many others have expressed, you are such a caring person and talented doctor. I always felt like you took your time to understand and guide me in the many issues I was facing at this time.

  12. Cathy Lowe
    November 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Dr. Doshi,
    You are one of the few doctors who truly listened to what I was saying and did everything in your power to figure out my medical issues. I am excited for your new practice and I cannot wait to be your patient again.
    Cathy Lowe

  13. Holly Allport
    November 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Dr. Doshi,

    I am so grateful for your response. We did not get the letter but I just got a phone call from your old office. We support you and look forward to seeing you when you have set up your new office. We wish you well and we are proud of you for standing up for what you believe in.

    Your staunchest supporters, most grateful patients, and biggest fans,

    Peter, Holly and Peter Allport

  14. Patricia Forero Gay
    November 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Dr. Doshi,

    We didn’t get a letter, just a phone call today saying you are no longer at the office…they have two doctors taking appointments and do I want to keep my appointment with them….

    I was so concerned I actually drove to your office to be told the same thing “we don’t know where she is, what happened or how you can get in touch with her” I must say this is being handled poorly by FH.

    Please contact me at 407 XXX-XXXX, I want to know what to do regarding my follow up with you.

    All the best,

    Patricia & John Gay

  15. November 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Dear Dr. Doshi,
    I didn’t get a letter at all but Jim did and after seeing you just 2 weeks ago, I flipped out reading the letter that you “just left” for economic reasons.
    While at our visit you were, as always, “just You” with tthe big smile and the compassionate heart and asked me to set up Jim’s next appt. You gave no indication you were closing in 2 weeks, so yes, that “cold letter” was very upsetting.
    I cried thinking Jim and I lost thee best Doctor in Fla.
    Please. Please, keep us both on your list as patients and be sure to let us know, when and where you will be hanging your “New Shingle”
    You have been there for the both of us every step of the way and in no way, do we want to lose you as our Doctor.
    I am so glad I googled you and found out the truth. You are an amazing human being and very proud of You for standing up to what you believe in.
    We are also very happy to hear that nothing bad happened to you or your family.
    We are looking forward to seeing you again in yet another beautiful Office where you so creatively brought your culture into it, which warms onees heart when they come through the door.
    Thank you so much for your honest profound letter. You are the Best!
    Lorraine Lonardelli/Jim Carleton
    Happy Holidays to You and your Family

  16. june a evans
    December 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    We swish to remain your patients june & joe evans

  17. Benton & Diane Ebersole
    December 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Dear Dr. Doshi,
    We are glad that you plan to stay in our area. We have the upmost respect for
    you and value our relationship and how you guide our health concerns. Please let us
    hear from you as soon as you settle down. In the meantime, can you take care of
    prescriptions or should we try and go through the old office? Blessings to you and
    family going forward.

  18. Nancy Soucy
    December 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    So glad to hear you are “alright”…I DO want to know where you will practice next. I pray that you are taking this time to enjoy your family, and that the Lord has a “better plan” for your practice. I will be under FHHS insurance for 3-4yrs, so doubt I will be able to “follow you” immediately, but would love to know the particulars, so I can refer others, and to be able to go there when I change my insurance…Thank you for taking a stand in what you believe! BLESSINGS!!

  19. Melissa Gray
    December 2, 2012 at 2:01 am

    We are sorry to hear what happened but I do know that other doors of success will open for you. My mother was just so upset but definitely wants to know where your new practice will be and when you open she will be there. May you and your family have a blessed Holiday and the New Year will bring great things. Melissa and Glenda Gray

  20. Deborah Laatu-Boyle
    December 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    No, Dr. Doshi, we, your patients, are the “truly blessed!” to have you as our doctor. Deb Boyle

  21. lucile doyle
    December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Dr Doshi, I have been very pleased to be your patient for several years. Please notify me when you have “landed” in your new office. Good luck and happy holidays. Lucile Doyle

  22. valari
    December 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I will be ready and waiting when the new office is set up.

    Valari Canonico

  23. Andrea Sheldon
    December 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Dr. Doshi,

    I am so grateful that I found you. I was in shock when told that you are no longer with Fl. Hospital. I explained that I am not Florida Hospital’s patient – I am your patient. I went to your (former) office – all of your furniture is there! I demanded to know where you are. I was told that they do not know and that you are no longer with Florida Hospital. Thank goodness some of my friends are computer savvy and found you.

    Please let me know when and where you will be. I miss you already!

    Try to have a good holiday season and know that this new year will be a blessing for you and your family. You’ll be out of that bullying megalopolis. See, I feel better already!

    Sincerely,

    Andrea Sheldon

  24. Anita Lorenz
    December 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Dr. Doshi, I received your message today and was happy to hear you! Looking forward to seeing you as your patient again soon!

  25. Leslie Stern
    December 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I too was so glad to have a place of contact for you. I did receive the letter and made the phone call to the office and was told they did not know where you were. I would love to hear when you open your new practice and continue being one of your patients.

  26. Sue Massar
    December 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Dr Doshi,
    Sorry to hear the news, but glad you are doing well. I would definitely like to remain your patient…your are my favorite doctor. Hope to get an update on your new location soon! Blessings and love to you and your family, Sue Massar

  27. Diana Gallup
    December 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I was so relieved to find this page when I Googled your name. I had procrastinated all year and was finally going to call to make my annual appointment when I received The Letter. It was very unsettling, so I am so glad to hear that you and your family are well! Yes – I want to know as soon as your new practice opens. I have looked for years to find a doctor as caring and competent as you!

  28. Barbara Gros
    December 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Dr Doshi,
    I left my former doctor because of not feeling like I was a human being instead of a commodity, and came to you this past June. I knew that very day that I had made the right choice. If I can quote an old TV show, Dr Doshi you have spunk and I LIKE spunk. Best of luck in your search.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday season.
    I’ll see you at your new practice for sure.

    Barbara Gros

  29. Maria Gilda Rodrigues
    December 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Dear Dr. Doshi,
    I was utterly disappointed when the Florida Hospital called and said you will no longer be in the office and I will have to see another doctor, instead. After moving from Canada here and have just found you, I wasn’t prepared to look for another doctor. So relieved to know that you are around and cannot wait to see you at your new practice.

  30. December 5, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Dear Dr Doshi,
    I was shocked when I called to make an appointment and got their ususal response that they did not know where you were. They did this exact same thing to my supervisor on Oct 3rd without warning.It seems to be a FH culture!
    I found you after searching for a good doctor and have been pleased with you.Please let me know when and where you start as I was supposed to see you in December.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Lakshmi Shankar

  31. Lorraine
    December 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    OK All Dr. Doshi’s patients, we ALL have a job to do for our wonderful Doctor.

    Please everyone, take a minute of your time and do this and let your voice be heard.
    Please, please call FHMG (Florida Hospital Medical Group) and tell them how upset WE are about the whole situation with the letters we all received re: Dr. Doshi, so she will feel our pain. The more people that do it every day, the more they will understand the seriousness of what they orchestrated. The number is 407-200-2700. Lets share the misery with her.

    Thank you to all that do this.
    Lorraine (a patient of Dr. Doshi’s forever)

  32. Lorraine
    December 8, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Edit to the last post:

    OK, every one of Dr. Doshi’s patients: “Stand up and be heard” We ALL have a job to do for our wonderful Doctor. let your voice be heard.
    Please Please call “Nancy Christensen”at FHMG (Florida Hospital Medical Group) and tell her how upset WE are about the whole situation with the letters we all received re: Dr. Doshi, so she, “Nancy Christensen” will feel our pain. The more people that do it every day, the more she will understand the seriousness of what she orchestrated. The number is 407-200-2700. Lets share the misery with her.
    Thank you to all that do this.
    Lorraine (a patient of Dr. Doshi’s forever)

  33. Stephanie Hunziker
    December 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Dr. Doshi I am so happy to have found this page. I was very disappointed when I could not reach you after just seeing you a few weeks ago. I look forward to seeing you in your new office. You are a great Doctor – its taken me 10 years to find a Doctor I was comfortable with. See you soon!

  34. Linda Matson
    December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Dr. Doshi, I am so happy to have found you. I was sick when I received the letter that was sent. I hope to see you as soon as I can. I was so relieved when you said you and your family are fine. The unknown always seems to create dread. I will return when you have your practice located. I hope you stay in Winter Park! You are just the doctor I was looking for. It was love at first appointment! See you soon!

  35. Judy Mann
    December 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Thank goodness for google! We are so happy to have reached you and are eagerly awaiting your new and improved practice.

  36. Karen Rengel
    December 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you for this explanation and also the phone call. We were so concerned about your leaving the practice and we are glad to know that you will be re-establishing your practice in Winter Park. God bless you and best of luck getting set up. Please keep us posted.

  37. Mary Jo (jodi) Whitaker
    December 17, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Dear Dr. Doshi,
    I did not receive anything by mail about your leaving the practice; I just missed seeing you on Monday morning,Nov. 26th when I came in early to see you, feeling really bad and hoping you could fit me in. Tori took me back to a room and told me what was going on and told me to google you. You know I love and respect you soo much, and will track you down, no matter what!! My daughter is helping me get some competent help in the meantime, including Dr Albritton, who just did an outpatient procedure for me. My e-mail is not working, but my phone @ is 407-XXX-XXXX. I am not working—I welcome your call anytime.
    You are sooo loved
    Jodi Whitaker

  38. Luella Clausnitzer
    December 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Let me know when you open your new office. Luella Clausnitzer

  39. Peggy Moore
    December 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Dear Dr. Doshi,

    I was saddened and shocked to receive the letter from Florida Hospital. You are such an incredible doctor. The care and personal concern for your patients as well as your attention to details… you leave no stone unturned. You are personally responsible for improving my health as well as quality of life. I had serious issues in which no one could answer. You never gave up on me and as a result, found that I had a serious heart issue, which left untreated, would have surely resulted in me dropping dead one day. We tend to take the people for granted in our life that are always there. I wish I had the opportunity to personally thank you for everything you have done for me and I look forward to seeing you one day soon in your new practice so I can do just that.
    I expected nothing less than your positive attitude and know you will have your practice soon established. Merry Christmas and may 2013 bring you good health, happiness, prosperity and an excellent location for your new practice. 🙂
    God Bless You –
    Love,
    Peggy Moore

  40. Nicole Groom
    December 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I was shocked when I recieved the letter. When I called to inquire about where you are they reponded exactly as you described. Still I was the only one in my household that recieved the letter, both my parents never recieved one. They only found out through me. So as you can imagine my father was shocked. I’m happy to hear your doing well and can’t wait for you to get your new office. When I read the letter was very worried and thought the worst that my favorite doctor died. So happy everything is great.

  41. Bonnie Brooks
    December 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Dr. Doshi,
    What a surprise to call the office and find out that you are not there! Unlike some of your other patients, I have yet to receive a letter. I saw an interim doctor at your former office for a health matter and he told me the truthful circumstances about why you left. He was not sure where you would be and encouraged me to “Google” you. I still wish to remain your patient and look forward to hearing from you when you are established in your new facility.
    In the meantime, be well, enjoy whatever free time you have, and I’ll see you in the new year.

    Bonnie Brooks

  42. Elvira and David Gabbai
    December 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Dr. Doshi

    We have searched for many years for a Doctor who takes the time to treat their patients the way you do, compassionate and caring, but most importantly, listening to the patient. Your dedication to your patients is evident, you are an amazing doctor but more importantly a compasionate and caring person. We will follow you wherever you go, and we can’t wait to see you in your new office.

  43. Dona McNabb
    December 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Miss you. Anxiously awaiting to hear that you new practice is open.

  44. Alice Friedman
    January 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I don’t want to lose you. I didn’t get a letter and am searching the mailbox madly.
    Hope you land soon and I will see you.

  45. Meridith Malone
    January 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I was so upset to find out that my favorite doctor that I’ve ever had was no longer there and some guys I had never heard of were going to take her patients.I’m glad I tried to find out more info before I tried to find someone else! Dr Doshi, I am very sorry that you’ve had to go through this heartache. I’ve had a similar situation recently so I can empathize a little bit, but it certainly is nice to find that when challenges arise, so many people are there to back you and push you beyond the limits that you may have previously thought you had. I pray that you accomplish all that you’ve set out to do and may blessing fall to you for believing in yourself and standing for what you believe . I hope to see you soon in your new setting!
    ~Meridith Malone

  46. Bryan and Sharon Verhoef
    January 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Doctor Doshi,

    We are glad that you are well and planning to open a new practice! Bryan wants you as his Doctor and we will look forward to coming to your new location.

    Bryan and Sharon Verhoef

  47. Karen king
    January 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Dr Doshi I just found out when trying to make an appointment to see you that you are no longer there and yes the response was that you are no longer practicing there. I am so happy I found you through Google. You are an excellent physician please let me know when you have your new office. I need you as my physician even though I was not compliant in some of my return appointments, but I would have no other physician but you. Thank you and I await your return to your new location. Karen King

  48. Darlene and Chuck Turner
    January 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Thank God we found you, you made my day when I saw you on Google. We were so devastated when we got the letter saying you were gone and no one knew where you were. We thought we had found
    the Dr. for the rest of our lives and then you were gone! We are so happy and are looking forward to
    seeing you again. You are truly a wonderful Dr. and in our book we could not have found one any better
    than you.
    Most Sincerely with love,
    Charles(Chuck) and Darlene Turner

  49. January 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Dr. Doshi,

    I”m not your patient, but I want to be! I’ve heard nothing but outstanding reviews from my parents (your patients) and was so hoping I could make an initial appointment soon after the holidays. I need a PCP and just couldn’t get excited about finding one until I listened to mama and daddy go on about you! I’m more than willing to wait until you establish yourself in your new practice with “old” care. I know mama and daddy are thrilled to have found you…the peace that’s come over them since is very comforting for me to see.

    I’m a nurse and can appreciate the absolute mountains of challenges you’ve been faced with. Good for you for marching forward towards a goal that many may think about, but haven’t the courage to do anything about it. I will be thinking of you and sending lots of positive energy your way!

    Thank you for your reply to my mom…now my parents are encouraged again!

    It may be too early for you to know, but I hope you’ll take private insurance in your new practice as I doubt I’ll ever become a MC recipient…not with this economy. My biggest concern is for my parents..as long as you can take care of them, we’ll all be happy!

    I’m glad you are able to enjoy this time with your family…I know they must be so proud of you!

    Warmest regards,

    Melahn, Daughter of your loyal patients…Chuck and Darlene Turner

  50. John Evans
    January 18, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Hurry back Dr. Doshi.

    You are appreciated, needed, respected and admired.

    Take April with you. She is a keeper too.

    John F Evans

  51. Judy Mann
    January 23, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Ditto on April!!!

  52. January 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Dr Doshi, we have not met but we have many mutual patients. Your excellent reputation precedes itself. I very much appreciate your candor and the sophisticated methods you have utilized to locate your patients and reach out to them. I also appreciate how you have handled this unfortunate situation with grace and dignity. If I can assist you in any way, my door is always open. Wanita Patterson, MSN, ARNP, BC

  53. Juan Jose Lopez
    February 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I agreed with John Evans Hurry back Dr. Doshi.

    You are appreciated, needed, respected and admired.

    Take April with you. She is a keeper too.

  54. February 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Please let me know when you will have your new practice ready for us to invade! 🙂 I heard about your move from a friend that I had referred to you, and who had made an appointment only to have been treated to the above mentioned behavior; neither of us received letters advising of the situation. I wanted to give you time to de-stress and decompress first, because I know how unpleasant that type of thing is. I worked for the contracts folks at another business in years past, so I know very well.

    By the way, I immediately leaped to the conclusion that the contract mavens got you, because I knew that if it had been aliens, you would have had them pick me up, too! I would love to ride in a UFO and meet E.T.! 🙂 I confess I was worried that it was a health issue but my friend showed me this website and set my mind at rest on that point.

    Now that I hopefully have made you smile, I want you to know that I will remain your patient for as long as you want me. Please let me know when and where to find you when you’re ready to begin seeing patients again and I’ll be there with bells on. Until then, I will just try to behave myself and keep up what we’ve started. Thank you for everything, and I look forward to picking up where we left off!

    All my best,
    Peggy E. Davis

    I agree about April, too! 🙂

  55. dave palmer
    February 20, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    dr doshi, wilma & are looking forward to seeing you soon is our wish. we also wish you and the family all the best. i am holding out to see you mar. 19th. does the office have our records or will they be with you?

    thanks for caring,
    dave & wilma palmer

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