Thank you, but not goodbye |

Thank you, but not goodbye

Dear Editor:

It is hard to believe that I have been part of the medical community here for 10 years! Being able to combine my passion for practicing medicine, skiing, hiking and biking and enjoying all that our great community has to offer, has been nothing less then a dream for Shirley and me.

I remember my first days at Roaring Fork Dermatology like it was last week. It was in 2002 that I came to practice here with a bit of trepidation. The thought of having a practice in Basalt and one in south Florida was hard to imagine and I wasn’t quite sure how I could manage it, but I gave it a try. After only a few days of working in Basalt, I knew that I wanted to be part of this community.

Almost every patient has become a friend of mine. It is a wonderful feeling to see my patients skiing and hiking on the mountain, biking, shopping at the market, enjoying the restaurants, the movies and at the concerts in the park and on Fanny Hill. When I say that it has been an honor and a privilege to care for you, it sounds a bit trite. You have entrusted me over the years with your health and the health of your family. There are no words that can express how great you have made me feel each and every time that you have visited with me in the office.

My plan was to continue to work until the end of 2012, but like most plans, things didn’t work out exactly like I thought they would. I wanted the opportunity to let all of my patients know that I would be retiring from my Colorado practice and make it as smooth of a transition for my patients and for me. As the situation dictated, I will not be working in Basalt any longer.

Shirley and I will still be coming out to Colorado just as often, but we will not be staying quite as long each trip. While having two practices in two states was exciting and a wonderful life, I now need to create the time to spend with my two married children and their hopefully soon-to-be-expanding families, living in south Florida and New York City.

Most of my patients know that I have a serious issue remembering faces, so if I see you and I don’t stop to say hello, it is not intentional. Please stop me and say hi and let’s talk a little.

I want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity that you have extended to me over the past decade. I wish you good health and a wonderful holiday season.

Jay Gottlieb