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"In his heart, Dr. Rosen's got to know he screwed up bad," Wilson says. "He called me after the police took his records and wondered if anything was wrong. I don't know what he's thinking about. I just want to see him stopped."
Scottsdale police obtained a warrant in mid-July to search the troubled clinic. During the search, detectives confiscated records they hoped would solidify a case against Naud for practicing without a license. Naud declined to speak with the police, and he retreated to Michigan for much of the next six weeks.
Then, last Labor Day weekend, Joe Naud died of a massive heart attack. Passers-by found him dead behind the wheel of his car. Marketing manager Sol Lewis adds another twist, saying that Naud died two days after telling Mrs. Naud he had fallen in love with a "consultant" at the Scottsdale clinic--not Sharon Mesa.
"I spoke to [Naud's] wife after he died," Lewis says. "From what she told me, two days prior to him dying he had told her that he had met a young girl and she was crazy about him and he was going to leave her. She [his wife] left him to go to Washington and the next day he died."
SUE HOLMES DIDN'T know about any of this when she showed up at the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Scottsdale to have her breasts lifted. "I don't know why no one had let the public know about that place," she says. "I certainly wouldn't have taken my business there if I had known what the hell was happening."
Holmes says another doctor has quoted her a $5,800 price for breast- reduction surgery. She doesn't have the money, and there's no telling if or when she'll get it. The fact that Rosen didn't have liability insurance for cosmetic surgery doesn't bode well for her, even if she prevails in her lawsuit.
"I've had to change half of my wardrobe because of my chest size," she says. "It's ridiculous. But it's not funny."
Sharon Mesa quit the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Scottsdale last October, shortly before it closed. She says, "I couldn't truthfully, honestly look another person in the eye and tell them that Dr. Rosen was a good doctor. I couldn't do it."
A month later, she went to work for Sol Lewis' latest venture, called Cosmetic Surgeons Marketing and Funding. Lewis says Mesa's job was to "talk to the people and that's it, try to get them financed. We didn't do no surgery, just a referral service."
But Mesa quit in March. "Her nerves were getting bad or something," Lewis says. "We would still get calls about Rosen, this and that."
Baruch Rosen continues to practice family medicine--not cosmetic surgery--at his office in Scottsdale. Many of his family-practice patients still swear by him. "He's a very fine, honest guy," one patient says, "a fine doctor in the old hometown sense, fixing bones, giving flu shots. I trust him on that level. I don't know why he ever got into that breast-job stuff."
Rosen says he has lost the business of "five or six" families since BOMEX's allegations against him surfaced months ago. "I'm a good doctor," he says. "This hurts. I care. I really do."
But Sue Holmes isn't in a forgiving mood.
"I'll bet there are some butchers out there who know more about cosmetic surgery than Dr. Rosen," she says. "He's godawful."
The clinic's senior partner had no license to practice medicine in Arizona. That's a felony. "I looked like Dolly Parton. I couldn't believe it. He had made me enormous. I was gargantuan."
"She was given a breast augmentation because he didn't know how to do an uplift."
About 250,000 American women will have their breasts surgically enlarged this year.
"I was all swollen up and it was really lopsided. I was all out of line and I didn't have a bellybutton."
"He's a fine doctor in the old hometown sense, fixing bones, giving flu shots. I don't know why he ever got into that breast-job stuff."
"I've had to change half of my wardrobe because of my chest size.