is Alive and Well in Chicago
as Matchmakers Bring Health Care (and Other) Professionals Together
Written by John Fries
You're a successful physician, nurse or hospital administrator on
the fast track. You put in 10, 12, sometimes even 14-hour days. From
the time you roll out of bed in the morning until the time your head
hits the pillow at night, you're constantly working--making rounds,
attending meetings, taking business lunches, making phone calls, answering
e-mails, seeing patients, performing surgery, making decisions...and
the list goes on.
When you're not working, you're thinking about work. If you're married,
you probably don't spend much time with your spouse. If you're not
married and don't have a significant other, you may not have much
of a social life, or any social life at all.
How can you even get out and meet people, much less the right person,
when there just aren't enough hours in the day?
Fortunately, Cupid is alive and well in Chicago in the form of Annie
Alexander and Patti Feinstein. The enterprising women are professional
matchmakers who joined forces three years ago to build a business
catering to the social needs of doctors, nurses and other single professionals
who work long or erratic hours and for whom social activities can
be logistically challenging.
For a nominal fee, they can help you expand your social circle or
arrange introductions with members of the opposite sex, perhaps even
Mr. or Ms. Right.
Both have impressive credentials. Feinstein has been a matchmaker
for eleven years and has made over 20,000 introductions. She's also
a dating coach who provides singles with practical advice on how to
manage relationships, and who's been featured in such publications
as the Chicago Tribune, Men's Health and Playgirl.
Alexander has a background as a leader in the executive search industry,
matching people with corporate assignments, and before that, was an
officer with Chase Manhattan Bank. She's also the founder and organizer
of the Sterling Register, an upscale group for professional men and
women who are mainly age 38 and up, for which she plans a wide variety
of adventurous city events.
The group met when Feinstein did a seminar at one of Alexander's events.
A short time and a few collaborative efforts later, they realized
they wer--in a professional sens--a perfect match.
Alexander, founder of LeTwo in May of 2002 (formerly Matchmaking By
Annie), helps successful individuals who don't have time--or who are
frustrated with tryin--to meet that special someone. Both Feinstein
and Alexander were recently selected by Chicago Magazine as
two of Chicago's top matchmakers.
Health care professionals are prime clients. "Physicians, executives
and others who work in hospitals put in very long hours," said Feinstein.
"And when they're not at the hospital or in the office, they're on
call. Their pagers go off all the time and very few people will put
up with that on a regular basis."
Alexander concurs. "One doctor told me that the women he dates just
don't understand this. How we help is by arranging introductions for
them with other people who lead similar professional lives."
One solution: "We ask for the doctors' call schedules and arrange
the dates around that," said Feinstein.
An important component of matchmaking, according to Alexander and
Feinstein, is bringing together two people who appear to be highly
compatible, based on the information they provide about themselves,
their needs and wants. But that's just the beginning.
They stress to both parties that an introduction is just that. It
doesn't necessarily mean that marriage is around the corner. They
still have to find a comfort level and rapport, as in any relationship.
And, they said, just like everyone else, executives and physicians
still get butterflies before a date with a new person.
Doctors appreciate both the matchmaking and social opportunities provided
by LeTwo and the Sterling Registry. One specialist at a major Chicago
hospital, a divorcee interviewed for this article who said he works
very long hours, spoke in glowing terms of his involvement with both
services. He said he's been introduced to several terrific women (though
not yet a lifelong companion) and very much enjoys the social activities.
"I met Annie at another function, and found her to be wonderful and
charming. After getting to know her, I realized that she was ethical
and trustworthy, and decided to sign up with LeTwo and the Sterling
Register. ItŐs been a great experience."
He said that, because he keeps things professional in his life at
the hospital," it's great to be in a circle with like-minded people."
He added that it would be great if more medical professionals got
involved with the Sterling Register. "I think that my fellow physicians
would feel very comfortable at the events. It's also great for people
who are newcomers to Chicago, who are looking to meet new people,"
Both Alexander and Feinstein view their work as an innovative approach
to an age-old tradition. Now, as then, it's a viable and reliable
way to meet quality people whose personalities, values and interests
are simpatico with yours.
For information about upcoming social events, visit www.sterlingregister.com.
For details about how to meet your match, go to www.letwo.com.