We had a very unpleasant experience dealing with Dr. Patrick Vickers at the Advanced Gerson Clinic in Rosarito, Mexico. Turns out he has a very dark side and it really doesn't take much to trigger it, so beware. He actually stole $1,000 from us! Here is the story.
We had signed up and wired a $10,000 deposit in good faith around December 18, 2022, a few weeks prior to our visit around the January 10, 2023 timeframe. There was a delay after we sent the deposit of over a week where we heard nothing back from Patrick after having received immediate responses prior to having sent payment. That was a little unsettling. We emailed him and then he became somewhat curt, dismissive and chastising when we did hear back saying "he refused to disturb his team during their winter break" which of course we knew nothing about and hadn't ask him to disturb them, we just wanted an update.
When we finally heard back from Stephanie at the clinic around Jan 2nd or 3rd, barely a week prior to our scheduled departure, we were informed that we would need to bring $5000 IN CASH to be paid upon our arrival. My husband found that unusual, as all the other Gerson clinics we were talking to accepted payments by credit card, Paypal, etc...My hubby wasn't really comfortable with that and found it inconvenient and asked Stephanie if they would accept a cashier's check. She said she would ask Dr. Vickers if that was acceptable. Apparently, it was not, because the next thing that happened was we received an email from Dr. Vickers canceling our attendance and saying he doesn't accept patients with metastases. Well, there was no cancer metastases - my husband was recently diagnosed with local prostate cancer, and we had sent him all the medical records, so he was, or should have been, fully aware of that. During his discussion with Stephanie my husband had inquired about a first floor room because he had fallen skiing in late November and had injured his hip and after a month it still wasn't improving and he was having to use crutches to get around and was in quite a bit of pain with every move, let alone step. So Dr. Vickers said he would refund the money. Well, we got the check, but instead of it being $10,000 it was $9,000!! What!! We were in shock. When we got the check we were actually being treated at another Gerson Clinic and they were a dream to work with compared to Patrick. So my husband inquired about the missing $1,000 and Patrick Vickers laid into him calling him, and I quote directly, "a coward" (I guess for not wanting to carry $5k in cash?) and then told my husband that it was useless for him to attempt to get his $1,000 back because Patrick was "Very well connected" with the "government in Mexico" and "he couldn't be touched." Again, what??!! Is he bribing them or something. He then encouraged my husband to do whatever he was going to do quickly because "you don't have much time." For a man who claims to want to heal people what kind of a sick, mean statement is that?? This man is petty, vindictive and steals money from people who he thinks are sick and weak!!! He claims he has the right to withhold 10% based on his "policy of terms." But WE NEVER CANCELED, HE CANCELED US. He provided no service whatsoever to us. I am beyond dismayed and shocked that a man purporting to heal people would resort to these tactics. Apparently Patrick was angry that we asked if there was a possibility for a first floor room and claimed that back in December he had asked my husband if a 2nd floor room would be Ok. However, how were we to know two weeks later, my husband's hip would be no better. Also Patrick was angry because, due to the lack of communication from Patrick, my husband started getting uncomfortable with the silence so he completed an inquiry form on Patrick's website soon after we paid and used my name in a hope to gain more information through some kind of automated email follow up he thought might be in place. He was wrong, as Patrick say the website form fill and it confused him after he realized we were already signed up and had paid $10k. For some reason, this made Patrick extremely angry for which we believe he felt us worthy of punishment by canceling us and taking 10% of the $10,000 we had wired him in good faith! So as I said in the beginning of my post, let the buyer beware of dealing with Patrick Vickers. He is not an ethical man and unfortunately, we found out the hard way, that he is unstable and cannot be trusted. We will probably be reaching out to the American Embassy in Mexico about this, as well as taking other measures. I doubt he is well connected there.
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