I want to weigh in and say that IMHO there is no doc that is 'the best of the best'. Some are good with some patients. I knew after 2 visits that Dr.H couldn't help me. I need a good listener because my case/scenario is more complex than the average complex lyme case. Each of these docs, they have strengths and, y'know, areas they need to 'stretch' in. ;-) Intimidation is not something I wanted to deal with in an appointment- I knew I couldn't grow in that environment. So I switched and I feel much better. I was upset about it initially. I tried hard to convince myself that I don't need to 'like my doctor', just get better. Soon I learned though (the hard way) that just because someone sounds very knowlegable doesn't mean s/he is the right person to help me.
If we elevate these folks on such pedestals, we allow ourselves to be knocked down. Some doctors enjoy this position, while even preaching otherwise. I say, just be on the lookout for those who don't 'walk their talk'. Sorry I'm being a little ambiguous, some of you will know what I am referring to. I suppose I want to give support to people whom have gotten what I call "the buddhism talk". My point is this: It is not good for anyone to feel their doctor doesn't listen, pre-packages treatment, invalidates their experience, and talks just to be heard. We need to fight and to be able to advocate for ourselves. In my case, the decision was made for me in the end (I was given the boot after I tried to advocate).
I now have docs that listen to me, believe me (my symptoms and the severity). They are smart, they don't rush me or refuse to be my doctor, don't get intimidated easily. What's more, they are NICE, pleasant, uplifting. They are open-minded and look at me as an individual, not a 'lyme patient' with a pre-wrapped packet for treatment.
They do not communicate as well as JF & RH. That is one drawback. Like I said, each of these docs has different areas of strengths, it was a matter of me choosing what was most important to me and my path to better health. After a few years of pretty bad doc experiences, I am pretty content at this point. If we are all connected as a community, we can try to stay on top of treatments and testing. This makes me feel more comfortable about going / sticking with one doctor for some time.
My .02 + cents worth.