"Doctor" (of Nursing Practice) Secil Schodroski's The Health & Wellness Center in St. Louis, MO continues to operate unabated since we initially covered it in our original article in late October 2023.
Nurse practitioner Secil continues to perform liposuction, as evidenced by this later video posted to her Instagram on November 11, 2023 and later shared on the r/Noctor subreddit; her Instagram account (@drsecil1) now appears to be deactivated.
We can readily observe multiple questionable practices:
- Once again, possible exposure of NP Secil's right wrist
- Use of a loose, non-mounted power strip/extension cord(s) and multiple loose cables, which is likely noncompliant with established electrical safety standards for health care facilities, and in any case presents a significant trip hazard
- Multiple storage bins/containers and loose detritus of questionable/unknown sterility on the rear desktop
And to use terms like "gold and yellow" and "Liquid Gold" are just plain tacky and revolting. Is NP Secil referring to the byproducts of liposuction, or her income stream from her hapless customer-patients?
Equally fascinating are the recent developments with the physician supervision/medical directorship of Secil Schodroski's The Health & Wellness Center, which we did not cover in our first article. With the assistance of the devoted sleuths over at r/Noctor, we learned that up until recently (perhaps as recently as October 2023), the supervising physician/medical director of THWC was an OB/GYN by the name of Eboni January, MD, who markets herself online as a "Board-Certified physician/surgeon, author, and health coach".
We attempted to reach out to Dr. January on Instagram to inquire further about her relationship with THWC and NP Secil, but it looks she proceeded to block the MidlevelWTF Instagram account.
No matter, because according to the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Dr. January's primary practice address is the exact same as that of The Health & Wellness Center, right down to the suite number - 9717 Landmark Pkwy Dr Ste 115, St. Louis, MO 63127.
As we mentioned in our original article, Missouri requires midlevel nurse practitioners to have a supervising physician physically located within 75 miles of them. However, a keen-eyed Redditor stated that Dr. January may have moved out of Missouri to Texas two years ago. While we are unable to independently verify this, the fact that she maintains a practice in Texas - "M.D. January Wellness Center" - would lend credence to this claim.
Perhaps that's why, as of this writing, the "Our Team" page on the website of The Health & Wellness Center lists a new medical director, neurosurgeon Joseph Yazdi, MD.
The obvious question to ask would be "how in the fucking world is a neurosurgeon qualified to perform or supervise liposuction?", but honestly, that's pretty low-hanging fruit. The better question to ask would be, when the average neurosurgeon makes $788,313, why would a neurosurgeon - let alone one who has his own private practice - need to voluntarily fuck around with supervising a family nurse practitioner who has gone off the rails and whose scope of practice has nothing to do with neurosurgery? Well, as it turns out, Dr. Yazdi has a pretty colorful history when it comes to medical malpractice.
- When working at The Toledo Clinic in Toledo, OH, he was the defendant in at least two cases, one in which he was alleged to have "dropped a surgical instrument on [a] woman's open spinal cord", and another case in which he was alleged to have missed a diagnosis if stroke. Perhaps not so coincidentally, these 2008 malpractice claims occurred around the time of Dr. Yazdi's departure for the greater St. Louis area to work for HSHS Medical Group.
- In 2011, a patient sued his primary care physician and Dr. Yazdi for failing to timely diagnose cauda equina syndrome.
- In 2013, Dr. Yazdi was on the receiving end of not one, but two malpractice suits; he was alleged to prescribed an excessive dose of transdermal fentanyl, resulting in a patient's death. In the second case, he was sued by a patient who developed meningitis after a Chiari decompression and duraplasty.
- In 2014, Dr. Yazdi was sued by a male patient who alleged that Dr. Yazdi "carelessly performed two improper operations on him", resulting in "permanent pain and mental anguish, endured disability and disfigurement".
- In 2015, Dr. Yazdi was sued by a patient who alleged negligence after [sustaining] injury to her spinal cord and/or adjacent nerves and tissues."
- Also in 2015, Dr. Yazdi was sued by the estate of a patient who "died while undergoing a back operation performed by [Dr.] Yazdi at St. Elizabeth Hospital", reportedly after perforation of the iliac vein.
- In 2018, closing arguments for the 2011 cauda equina syndrome case were finally heard in court, which ultimately ruled in favor of Dr. Yazdi and the associated hospital. Nevertheless, this appears to coincide with the opening of Dr. Yazdi's private practice, Arch Neurosurgery.
While neurosurgery is admittedly a high-risk specialty, facing eight malpractice claims in almost as many years, let alone being sued for malpractice more than once a year surely raises some eyebrows, even taking into account the 19.1% annual risk of facing a malpractice claim by neurosurgeons. Nevertheless, we're 100% confident that NP Secil will receive direct, high-quality competent supervision of her decidedly non-neurosurgical procedures from an esteemed neurosurgeon such as Dr. Yazdi. Maybe she can start offering Botox injections for back pain, assuming a patient doesn't sue her and Dr. Yazdi first!