Brooklyn resident Dr. Jay Parkinson is changing the scene for doctor visits. Now, when someone is sick and doesn’t feel like going to the doctor, they can e-mail or text in their symptoms to Parkinson.
Parkinson has founded Sherpaa, a startup Web site that serves as a virtual doctor’s office. He examines patients via e-mail and text message and so far clients include employees of Tumblr, Skillshare, General Assembly and Hard Candy Shell. He calls it “tech-savvy doctors” for “tech-savvy patients.”
Parkinson graduated from Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Manhattan Hospital and one in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He then moved to Brooklyn and started a blog on health issues relevant to the L train riders. Instead of setting up a standard practice, he decided to invite patients to contact him virtually or request a meetup at a coffee shop. He plans to work exclusively with companies and specialists to help save them money on healthcare for their employees.