Biondollio and Martello – A Tale of Two Doctors

Mar 26, 2012 by

JaneAs the wife and I get settled into being home in NOLA again I find that there are no end of negative issues to write about – the sorry state of the NOPD, the brutal crime rate, and the ongoing push to substitute creationism for science in our schools come to mind – but I’m not going to do so. Not today.

Today I’m writing about the good stuff because it is so often obscured by the bad. No one writes about the good stuff it seems. So, today I’m going to write about two of the biggest reasons I’m overjoyed to be home, and both of them are doctors.

Shortly after moving back down to NOLA we suffered a one-two punch of medical expenses, starting with some severe dental issues on my part. (Yes, gentle readers, that is why it has been so quiet despite my return.) Thankfully Dr. Frank Martello is still going strong in his little practice on Amelia St. right across from August Moon restaurant.

Dr. Martello is the best dentist this city has seen since the passing of the legendary Russell Bond, and I do not say that lightly. His easy and friendly demeanor is counterpoised by his amazing expertise with his tools. Not only up to date on the best of the current technology he also defies the dentist stereotype by having pain prevention as one of his highest goals when working on your teeth.

I don’t know about you, but I have an incredible fear of both needles and dental work. Either one sends my pulse rocketing through the roof. At least I did. I discovered the Doc when I lived on Perrier St five years ago, and since then I refuse to let another dentist work on my mouth. It’s easy to forget the fear of dentists I had when laid back in his chair staring at the blue sky and clouds painted on the roof of his office.

Then came the second punch – a very sick cat – which brings us to  “Dr. B,” Rachele Biondolillo over at the Prytania Street Vet.

Shortly after returning Jane’s health seemed to be failing, common for a 16-year-old cat, especially one who has suffered through Katrina Evacuation, getting hit by a car, and numerous other trials. Dr. B, however, has once again brought her back from the brink with insightful diagnosis and effective treatment. A truly wonderful woman who dearly loves cats, she brings a level of professional expertise to the table that assures your pet will get the best treatment possible.

Even after being gone for two and half years she remembered Jane and was thrilled to see her. We, on the other had were set at ease knowing that our constant companion could not be in better hands.

In a city known for inadequate medical service it amazes me that the best dentist and the best vet I’ve ever run across both live and work here in NOLA. Counterintuitive as it may be that is the case. And, no, this is not a paid endorsement or anything like that (if it were it would be prominently labelled as such). It is simply an outpouring of affection for two doctors who have kept my little family healthy.

We can all write about the bad stuff. I would go so far as to say we need to, after all sunlight is the bet disinfectant. What gets lost in the shuffle is any sense of the positives. With that in mind I am going to attempt to make sure I blog about them both on a hopefully even basis.

Thanks to both doctors, you have both improved our circumstances immeasurably over the years. Thank you!