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By: Brittni L.
Saint Clair Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
It's fine to be in a good mood, but when your conversation with a coworker continues while you have patients with open wounds and pins sticking out waiting to be seen, your jolly holiday bulls**t no longer matters. I have literally been in the treatment area for an hour waiting for the doctor. Ridiculous, since I have to be on time for an appointment but the doctor can take his sweet time. I should be getting paid for my valuable time too!
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By: Kathy P.
Saint Clair Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
These doctors in this entire group are the best Ortho doctors ever!I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone. They even did surgery on Red Wings and Detroit Tigers players. Love, love, love each and every one of them
By: sally.e.constance
Saint Clair Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Than)k You to Dr Schmanski for the great job you did on the mom my hip surgery (Jane). The time you took to speak with the family to discuss her needs. She is healing amazingly at the age of 91 years old..
By: Jill K.
Saint Clair Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Busy office, but well worth the wait. The doctors specialize in all areas, and the staff was extremely helpfil
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