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Mike Oppenheim

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Mike Oppenheim

In his regular column "The Life of a Hotel Doctor", Mike Oppenheim shares remarkable stories around visiting hotel guests as a doctor. When he began as a hotel doctor during the 1980s, only luxury hotels had a “house doctor,” usually a local practitioner who did it as a sideline. Nowadays, in a large city even the lowliest motel receives blandishments from a dozen individuals plus several agencies that send moonlighting doctors if they can find one. “Hotel” doctors often acquire hotels by dropping by to extol their virtues to front desk personnel, perhaps with the promise of a tip.

Insights by Mike Oppenheim (220)

A Sad Story - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

The caller was Chinese, and he wanted a medicine. That could mean anything. He gave the name which, through his thick accent, sounded like "desitin," an over-the-counter treatment for diaper rash.

Rashes are Easy, Part 2 - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

His client had developed redness over her eyelids. Could I come?

Rashes are Easy, Part 1 - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

A woman at a Sunset Strip hotel had seen a doctor for an allergic rash, and now she wasn't feeling right. Rashes are easy, and her symptoms were probably medication side-effects, so I expected no problem.

Googling a Hotel Doctor - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

If you get sick in a local hotel, you might google "hotel doctor" and the city. In Los Angeles my name turns up but only with links to my blog. I don't have a web site. Nor do my long-established competitors.

More Competition - The Life of a Hotel Doctor

A caller from the Airport Hilton asked how much I charged. This is often the first question I hear. If I answer immediately, the guest is likely to thank me and hang up. So my first response is that phone calls are free and might be all he or she needs.
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