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When Did the Doctor’s Office Start Looking Like This?

Waiting for a tetanus shot has become a highly Instagrammable experience.
Marble counters and brass fixtures are among the stylings found in medical start-ups like the Flatiron District’s WTHN acupuncture clinic.

ON A STRETCH of 18th Street near Fifth Avenue, between a SoulCycle and an Athleta store, sits Trellis, a storefront fertility center that could easily pass for a monstera-plant-adorned, natural-light-filled recycled-sneaker start-up. Or a monstera-plant-adorned, natural-light-filled on-the-go facial bar. Or a monstera-plant-adorned, natural-light-filled kickboxing gym. Trellis is not the first clinic of its kind. Over the past year, quite a number of medical start-ups resembling wellness studios have sprung up in New York: concierge doctors’ offices with white-oak floors instead of linoleum tiles, repackaged-for-2019 acupuncture clinics with vanity mirrors and bergamot spray in place of Buddha figurines and incense sticks, and a handful of places that serve as spa and doctor’s office both. This is happening, in part, thanks to the ever-ballooning wellness industry. But it’s also a direct result of New Yorkers’ getting more comfortable with the idea of pop-ping into CityMDs for a sore throat on their way to the grocery store, instead of making an appointment with their internist. These

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