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Just Like a Rose

Dear Dr Bartels,

On a recent medical visit, a new physician reviewed my medical history.   As she came upon the notation of the removal of an acoustic neuroma on my left balance and hearing nerve, she quickly looked up at my face.  The first thing she asked me was, "Who was your doctor?"  I smiled and told her that I was very fortunate to have been under your care in Tampa, FL.  This is not the first time I have been asked this question.

To update you, in 1998 and 1997, I had MRI's.  Both were negative for any tumor on the right side and any re-growth on the left side.  Over the years, I have managed to compensate for the lack of stereo hearing.  But after all these years, my right ear is now getting tired of doing the work of two.  I've tried a CROS aid and a digital hearing aid but caused more problems than assistance.

Twenty years ago, I woke up in ICU.  You asked me to smile.  When I did, you said, "Just like a rose!" That rose has continued to blossom and grow thanks to your skills as a surgeon.  I remarried and graduated from college ten years ago.  There is only one way to express my gratitude for giving me the rest of my life, thank you.

Sincerely yours,


Hearing Better

Hi Dr Danner,

I got your message and wanted to let you know I'm doing well.  I'm getting lots of rest and catered to by my boyfriend.

It may just be my imagination, but I think I could hear better when I woke up from the anesthesia.  I wasn't expecting that!  It truly is amazing to me that what I once believed to be impossible is possible through people like you.  Thank you so much for the work you do.  Incredible!

I look forward to seeing you again at the post op appointment.


Sharing Many More Milestones

Dear Dr Bartels,

I write to you today to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation that I feel for the acts that you have done for my husband J.A. and our family.  He's a loving father of three wonderful accomplishing daughters and a great grandfather.  And you have given him the opportunity to share many more milestones with them.  When other men of your education were seen by him, he was given little hope, but when he cam to you, you were the only one that gave him hope and longer life to live.  My sincerest of blessings and happiness to you and your family in the holidays to come.  Please remember that in our family you will always be seen as and angel and as a blessing to us all.

Thank you,



Good afternoon Dr Danner,

I wish to THANK YOU for taking the time from your busy schedule yesterday afternoon to clarify issues that impact a pending health care decision that I have under consideration.  Most especially, I wish to THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!



Safe Place

To my fantastic Dr Danner and every person who makes this practice a safe place for us patients,

Dear folks, this is not only to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy and Merry Christmas and super year, this is also to say thank you to each and every person for taking such awesome care of me and for working as such an awesome team.  You folks rock!

Peace and love to all,


Ear Noise

Dear Dr Bartels,

I'm sure most people come to see you because they can't hear, my mother came to you because she could hear something she didn't want to hear.  A unique swishing sound inside her head.  You in a span of thirty minute correct a devastating misdiagnosis from another doctor and proceeded to show what is so right and incredible with our medical profession today.  You brought us to Dr. E who you had confidence in and which subsequently was instilled in us after meeting him.  I'm sure he has informed you of the success he had embolizing the arterial malformation and eliminating the torturous sound beating in my mother's head.  To see her sleep peacefully after rarely sleeping for eleven months is beyond words.  I thank you for your dedication and want you to know that I challenge every doctor I come into contact with to be half the doctor you are. Your example has changed my expectations and I am grateful for all that you have done.  The hospital, the staff from receptionist down to transportation, even the cafeteria was great and in a time when society is still chasing the dollar it was great to see people placed first.  Thank you for helping my mother.



Excellent Care

Dr Bartels and Staff,

J. & I would like to thank all of you for your excellent care during J's surgery & office visits.  You & your staff kept us informed and everything went as predicted.  You all have made a difficult time in our life go much better.  Keep up the good work!


Loving Sound

Dear Dr Danner,

I'm still overwhelmed and can't thank you enough for your care and what you did.

The music at Church Sunday was amazing.  With the ladies singing along with the beautiful music it added to my appreciation of my new hearing.  I went home and listened to the HiFi until it was time to go back. Even the sound of traffic is wonderful.

I wish I had the words to express how much I love sounds.  The music I love to listen to already, brought me to real tears and cries of joy to what the Lord has done through His faithful servant.  Don't let me lose my wonder.

God bless you brother,