I met Dr. Peers yesterday for an initial consultation. Prior to scheduling the appointment, I had researched physician profiles and patient reviews for many orthopedic surgeons in the area. I chose Dr. Peers because of his academic and professional background, having graduated with honors and completed fellowships at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio - which is highly ranked as a leader in the country for orthopedic care. Even more so, I chose Dr. Peers because of how impressed I was with his patient reviews. And after my visit yesterday, I consider his Google Reviews spot on. Prior to meeting Dr. Peers, we had the pleasure of meeting Kat, his assistant. Kat was warm and cheerful, kind and personable. I told her how much we appreciated her kindness. It was evident, because of how warmly and cheerfully we were treated by everyone (or the tenor of the office) that the practice enjoys good leadership. Most importantly, Dr. Peers was as wonderful as his reviews described. He warmly greeted my husband and I. His smile was evident - even behind his COVID mask. He shared some humor in our introductions, which made us smile. He was warmly disarming. I’ve not met a doctor as personable. And that's uncommon with his qualifications. Dr. Peers was able to diagnose my condition with confidence, intelligence and professional, frank candor. He also has an uncommon ability to be perfectly professional and warmly personable at the same time. He treated us yesterday like we were the only patients he had to see. Dr. Peers asked about us personally and even took time to compliment my work as an addiction therapist. My husband - who also needs work on his shoulder - has met with three different orthopedic surgeons from Franklin, Indiana to Indianapolis, but he didn't feel comfortable choosing any to perform the surgery he needs. Until yesterday. He chose Dr. Peers. I haven't yet asked my husband what impressed him most. But I’d guess it's a combination of things. 1. The trust we have in Dr. Peer's educational excellence, exceptional fellowships at Cleveland Clinic, and testimonials/reviews of his professionalism and practice. 2. His knowledge and confidence put us at ease. 3. Although his intelligence is evident, he treated us with such humble grace. And warmth. And humor. And human kindness. Having had to have two painful injections yesterday (in my thumb and shoulder), Dr. Peers' humanity made my visit so much better than it could have been. In a world where people are busy and unconcerned, it warmed my heart to feel that Dr. Peers undoubtedly cared. I was so nervous about the thumb injection, I jerked before he even stuck me! And still, Dr. Peers so warmly apologized. And took a moment preparing me for the shot again. After my thumb injection, Dr. Peers offered me time - if I thought I needed it - to gather myself before he injected the shoulder. Few doctors do that. Being a health provider myself, I know that time spent with patients is often monitored, with efficiency being more important than courteous care. Perhaps the reason my husband chose Dr. Peers yesterday was because he sensed exactly what I felt: a high level of intelligence blended with patience. Dr. Peers answered every one our questions in a way we could clearly understand. And he shared advice he didn't have to. He showed genuine compassion, shared comforting assurance, a caring spirit and he provided some physical comfort as he injected my thumb and my shoulder. I've never had a doctor care as much. Whatever the reason my husband chose Dr. Peers going forward as his surgeon, I’m so thankful to have met Dr. Peers and I trust him wholeheartedly with my family's care.