I’m Interested in a Patient. What Do I Do?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:
I work at a dental office and I am very interested in one of the patients. He’s 34 and I’m 24. I really don’t know what to do. I know if I tell my office manager, she will spread the word and tell him I’m interested. I’m just so shy and scared about him knowing.
What do I do?
-Natasha (Massachusetts) 

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Natasha: If you’re too shy or it is inappropriate to flirt at the office, I’m all for using a foot soldier. If you trust this office manager and believe she has your best interests at heart, then let her play matchmaker. And if he’s not interested, you haven’t embarrassed yourself.

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