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Dear Patients, Friends, Relatives, and Colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my full retirement from the practice of clinical medicine effective June 30, 2017. This date will mark the culmination of my 40th year practicing family medicine.

I deeply cherish the experiences that I have had with you over the past 40 years. My wonderful mentor, Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, once told me: “a doctor derives 10% of his education from books, 20% from his professors, and 70% from his patients.” Therefore, I wanted to let you know that I sincerely appreciate the superior education that you have provided me with over the years!

My interests have been to practice natural medicine, respecting the power of healing that we all innately possess. I supported natural childbirth, breastfeeding, nutritional counseling, and bio-identical hormone balancing to establish basic optimal health for the families in my practice.

During the past 20 years medical care has become a big business. Insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and the government now intervene in the traditional doctor-patient relationship. The private practice of medicine has been dissipating as many doctors feel the pressure to join large hospitals, and big group practices operated by insurance company conglomerates. Meanwhile the current prevailing philosophy of primary care medicine has become dominated by computerized algorithms and a “one size fits all” approach.

Fortunately Dr. Joseph Starkman will carry on the traditions of practicing natural medicine and delivering medical care customized to the needs of each individual patient.  Dr. Starkman will retain your medical records and will continue his medical practice in the office on Park Avenue in Libertyville.

I ‘d like to say a sincere thank you and best wishes to all my patients, my medical staff, and my medical colleagues. My greatest thanks go to my family for putting up with my chaotic hours over the past 40 years. I wish Dr. Starkman great success and longevity in continuing to provide high quality medical care.


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