Eh, Sarita, don't reign it in when you're an actual doctor. Wasn't it you who got a doctor who asked you if your pooper was broken and you about
hit the floor laughing? I know it was someone on this board who got that. My gyno (who has moved away now
) was always so casual with me and I felt so comfortable with her (well, as comfortable as one can feel in that situation, lol). The last time I saw her, she was talking about
seeing HER gyno while she was having her period and bleeding all over everything, then having the doctor come back in on her accidently while she was standing there naked, trying to clean up the table, lol. It's good to know that even doctors can be humiliated sometimes too.
I insist that you decorate your office in a weird, ecclectic manner, consisting of no less than one stuffed animal (heads only fine, although a stuffed deer's butt is better), some form of ancient weaponry (not sharp, of course) or suit of armor, some nautical or pirate decour (nets, wheels, etc.), at least one "stolen" road sign, a medical oddity (two-headed snake or something of that nature) and some form of live animal--parrots being better than fish.
The best doctor's office I have ever been to was actually my pediatrician-dentist's office. He had exotic tropical fish AND a talking parrot (a real one, mind you), a jukebox, playhouse, toys, a Nintendo, and chairs each in a different primary color. I always dreaded my mother harping on me mercilessly for having cavities, but I never dreaded Dr. Whitmire or the dentist office from kid-heaven. He'd sing to you and talk to you like he remembered you (may have been able to remember all of those kids--had a Dean at my college who could), and made you feel special.
I think you can NEVER go wrong with putting people at ease and make them feel special. So many doctor's offices are decorated like some expensive department store bathroom or office lobby; I feel like I'm going to a job interview, not to the doctor. Now, interactive computer displays on how your body works, that would be interesting. Layman's dictionaries to medical jargon would be better than Better Homes and Gardens magazine on the table. And if you could ever find a working model of a digestive tract that you can put food in, watch it churn through the guts, and get "poop" out, that would be THE ultimate in GI waiting room entertainment.
You're a patient; I expect you to design a patient's paradise waiting room!