In Coconut Grove, Florida, a very special dentist runs a very special practice.
Dr. Gaines has been known to break into song, for example, while he is finishing up your tooth, you might hear, "We are living, in a Material, a Material, World..."
He has pictures of his tigers that he used to keep as pets and that he used to bring in to the office when it was allowable. Now he just has cats... I think.
While waiting in one of the treatment rooms Friday, I overheard him say to another patient, "Well, that is his fucking loss!!!" and, "What do you know about this ho?" and "Well, let's get your resume over to..." "You know what, he did you a favor. He freed you up for a better life!" "I know it hurts to hear this right now, but he did you a favor." (he tells me later the schmuck left his wife after 11 years on her birthday...my favorite part is that he told her, "you are freed up for a better life." He said, "she can do anything she wants to now... she could go to school, be a pilot...anything she wants....)
Once when I went in, after doing a good bout of yoga, he said, "You look great, what have you been doing?" "Yoga, and paying attention to myself," I said. "Well, good, you have to do that before they put you in the ground," he said.
This is a dentist with some major personality, as you can see, and even more heart.
Oh, and he does great dental work, and often doesn't charge me for little fixes.
Sometimes a whole waiting room is sitting there, and we are thinking he is back there working on someone, and the door will open dramatically, and in he comes, with his sunglasses, a bemused look, as if surprised he is a dentist, and surprised this is where he works, and his gym backpack, and don't forget his cowboy (?) boots. We just smile. We love him. He makes us all happy. That is all there is to it.