This gently, unassuming man achieved the almost impossible. My best friend had huge aortic problems which called for extensive, life-threatening surgery. There was no choice because without the surgery he definitely would die.
We chose the surgery and Dr. Kokotos performed close to a miracle. The chances of my friend living through the surgery were close to zero, and if he lived, the chances he would not be a paraplegic were also close to zero.
As I am writing this, he is in the gym working out. He is fine except for some problems with his speech which we will be addressing next week.
Not only is Dr. Kokotos an amazing cardio-thorasic surgeon, he is a good man with a heart the size of Kansas. He is patient with his patients, answering questions as if he has all the time in the world.
I could not recommend him more highly.
As a psychologist, whenever I have a patient who needs medication and has a complicated medication profile, my referral of choice is Dr. Klein.
I know I am not alone. All my colleagues refer to Dr. Klein where they have patients who have complicated medication issues.
Dr. Klein is, IMHO and that of most of my colleagues, as good as they get.
I found Jason (Dun-Rite Gutters) in my local pennysaver. He was the only one who answered my message.
He came over a few days later to give me an estimate. It was beyond reasonable and he did the job on the spot. (He has the truck that extrudes the gutter material).
So far so good. I have had no problems and in the past I have had problems. So I have to assume that this is a really good job.
I was referred to Alana of Leaf Guard by a friend who was very pleased. She was referred by a friend who was also very pleased. It was nice to have a woman who can do this job as most others who do this are men.
When Alana came over she let me know that if she put the Leaf Guard Gutters on my home, which she could do, they would fail quickly because of the finish on the outside of my home.
I was very pleased with her being candid and not taking the job. She could have done it and then, in a few years when they would have failed, gotten paid to do it again. Instead she was very honest and referred me to someone else.
I am very impressed.
Repairing and refurbishing antiques is obviously a tricky business. At Antique Workshop they do it with precision.
They have repaired and refinished many pieces for me and I know the value added is huge. And most of all, I am now enjoying some antique pieces that I used to have hidden away.
Cutlers has been serving Great Neck and the surrounding communities for decades. They have a huge selection of lighting, ceiling fans, and shades.
They also repair lamps and about a year ago, totally refurbished an antique French chandelier that my now ex-husband spray painted white. They did a very nice job.
I was introduced to this delightful place by my interior designer. They just made some amazing silk lamp-shades for me. I am blown away by the craftsmanship.
When you are in the store you are delighted by all the wonderful lamps that surround you. The people are great too. And surprise - they have wonderful outdoor sculpture - all animals and all whimsical.
North Shore Stone and Mason Supply serves mainly building professionals. They have slab stone, tiles, grout, mud, and all the other things that masons need for everyday work.
Their slab stones are beautiful making this a good choice for designers to take clients who are looking for stone.
For the pro, Gregory is a great place to pick up a few needed supplies when on a nearby job. Even though they are considerably more expensive than the big box stores, their convenience makes them a bargain.
For locals, Gregory is the place to go to get lumber for small DIY projects, etc. They even cut it to size for us so it is really a great place for local non-pros.
I had used T F O'Brien & Co for years. I thought they were expensive but I felt comfortable leaving workers in my home if I had to be out, so that was a big plus.
Then about 2 years or so ago I needed a repair on one of my systems. I was told it was the thermostat. Fine. We replaced it. About 3 weeks later it was not working again. Then we replaced something else. And something else. And something else. Finally it seemed to be working.
Then about 9 months later the thermostat that they installed went on the fritz. They installed a new one and charged me a few hundred dollars! I know the thermostat the installed is only $49 in Home Depot. I complained about having to pay at all for a new thermostat when the old one was only 9 months old. They hemmed and hawed and were just obnoxious. So I paid because I wanted to be rid of them and it was easier.
Too bad for them because for the price of a thermostat, they lost a customer who was worth probably a thousand dollars a season, give or take (I have a large home with many zones).
I now use Systematic Control in Great Neck and am thrilled.