Dear Dr. La Via,

What can I say? You are FANTASTIC!!! Since the first time we met, I knew I was in good hands. Even more important than your surgical skills is your humor and your genuine concern and as my mother said, “She gets you!” You have helped me get through this, you have helped _____, and you have helped my parents. We are all so GRATEFUL to you!!

It has been quite a journey so far, and you have been an important part of it. You have made me laugh and kept me from going completely over the edge.

There are really no words adequate enough to express my thanks, but I hope you know how much you mean to me.

With love and gratitude,