Dr. David Ores, or "Doctor Dave" as he's more commonly known, is not your average doctor. He doesn't subscribe to the traditional view of medicine, and he does things his own way.
Dr. Ores often serves uninsured and low-income patients — although his doors are open to anyone. He employs a pay-what-you-can philosophy, which he says emphasizes care over cost.
His office, now at 189 East Second St., is constantly buzzing with patients. His philosophy and personality draw in dozens of people a day. But Dr. Ores relies on only himself to run his office: He is the doctor, the nurse and the receptionist. He answers all his own phone calls and e-mails — which are seemingly never-ending.
He also runs several community programs aimed at helping specific groups of people. One of those programs in the Fresh Start program, in which Dr. Ores removes gang- or prison-related tattoos from patients' face, neck or hands free of charge.
Dr. Ores — who is tattooed himself — says these kinds of tattoos can often have many negative effects in a person's life.
"There are people out there who are willing to help them if they're willing to help themselves," he said.
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