In 2017, two of the cats Dr. William Powers reared from kittens were named Guinness World Record holders. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers was the world’s tallest cat, while Cygnus Regulus Powers had the world’s longest cat tail (All his cats are named for stars). He had devised a diet for them that he believed would be optimal for a feline species. It was very synthetic and by no means natural, but he is a firm believer in science and evidence-based decisions, and he is fairly certain it transformed them both into giants.
They were booking TV shows and charity events because he was president of the Ferndale Cat Shelter at the time, and the cats celebrity helped them collect funds for Detroit rescue and street cats.
Dr. William Powers’s wife (who is also a doctor) left early on November 12th, 2017 to perform rounds at the hospital. He awoke an hour later to smoke alarms and a burning living room. He looked for the cats and tried to open as many escape routes as he could until he passed out from the smoke. He eventually made it to the basement, where he was rescued by emergency personnel. They lost everything, including their beloved cats Arcturus, Sirius, and Cygnus, when the house burned to the ground.
(So this is Dr. William Powers here on a random Tuesday with Hyperion, one of the resident therapy cats. Life is good, but it wasn’t always so.)
The event left him emotionally and physically distraught, and it took him over a year to heal. When Dr. William Powers was cleared to return to work, he made the decision that he didn’t want to live his life the same way he had before. He spent his twenties studying and training to become a doctor, but it was all for naught. Dr. William Powers thought that being happy and enjoying his life was far more valuable, so he founded Powers Family Medicine, a family medicine clinic.
He choose to base the practice on himself and his passions, which are primarily cats and video games. When Dr. William Powers informed some colleagues that he was planning to open a family clinic with therapy cats and video game decorations, they told that he was crazy and that it would be a complete flop since people prefer to seek medical care in a sterile, plain, professional-looking environment. Dr. William Powers went ahead and rented a tiny office space near the remains of his former house nevertheless (which is currently being rebuilt). They have had tremendous success, and they are now the highest-rated family practice in their state.
People with severe cat allergies are unaffected by the therapy cats, which are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva. They recently had a patient in the office who is so allergic to cats that she carries an epi-pen with her. She was able to pet Polaris and burst into tears because she adores cats but hasn’t been able to do so in nearly 30 years. The cats aren’t permitted in the sterile zones, but they have complete freedom around the office. (They are fully vaccinated and devoid of zoonotic viruses, so the office doorknob poses a greater risk to you than they do.)
The clinic is unique in that it welcomes everyone. They are welcoming and cater to the LGBT community, as well as a large number of alt/kink/BDSM, commercial sex workers, polyamorous patients, HIV+ patients (for whom he treat and prescribe PrEP), and others who feel they can’t be honest with their doctor. They also have a few middle-class families in our midst, all of whom are welcomed and treated with dignity! In short, they don’t care what others say; just tell them the truth, and they will do everything they can to keep you safe and well.
Dr. William Powers expected it would take him years to grow the profession, as 5-7 years is a common timeframe. They have been open for six months and are entirely full as of today.
Let’s check out the clinic tour!
“Hi! Welcome to the tour! I’m Dr. Powers, and this is my clinic!”
A full-size bespoke arcade machine in the main lobby claims to be a yet-to-be-released title called “The Drs. Powers And The Starcats.”
The cats have complete control over the office. In addition, every exam room contains a SNES classic to keep you entertained while you wait!
The resident Savannah cat, Phoenix Arcturus Powers, works Mondays and Thursdays. He is Arcturus Aldebaran Powers’ half brother, the world’s tallest cat.
Phoenix basks in the rainbow sunbeams.
Exam room 1, they have special prism film on the windows which produces rainbows when it’s sunny out.
At the clinic, you merely use your initials to check in. The Amiibo is subsequently allocated to you (if you don’t recognize the character, the name is printed on the bottom). Dr. William Powers’s MA will then say “Pikachu!” when it’s your turn to be called back, and you’ll return to the exam room. This manner, no matter who else is in the lobby at the same time as you, your privacy is protected to the fullest extent possible.
Phoenix likes to hang out at the nurses’ station and receive pets from patients passing by.
Phoenix is aggressively friendly, and is very demanding for pets and attention from anyone who approaches him.
They have a big screen TV out there that broadcasts different streaming services and also has a SNES Classic, so it’s a panoramic view of the lobby. Someone had queued up Sword Art Online from Crunchyroll on this particular day.
Surrounding the nurses’ station are nano leaf light panels that have an animated ever-flowing rainbow pattern.
Panoramic view of the lobby.
The cats tend to really like room 1 due to its warm spot near the windows.
There are many rainbows around the office.
When the therapy cats have had their fill of pets for the day, they may need to go to their heated bed.
A question block box sits behind Polaris on the counter. They didn’t need to spend money on advertising because the clinic was so popular right away, so when someone referred someone who established care, they put their name in the dumpster. Then, during the month, they choose names to give away prizes such as a Nintendo Switch or 3dsXL.
They have a community board where patients or their families can post up whatever they like. Polaroids of the art chalkboard from every month also get posted here.
Lobby big screen.
Front desk check-in. Dr. William Powers really into bitcoin and have been for a very long time, so they accept it at his clinic!
They have a chalkboard where patients can draw whatever they like. It gets erased on the 1st of every month.
The lobby and every exam room have multi-chargers in place for your convenience.
Another view of the main lobby.
The desk of the receptionist. She does, after all, have a gaming PC with razer hardware, such as her chroma keyboard.
The Guinness world record certificates for Dr. William Powers’s late cats, Arcturus Aldebaran Powers and Cygnus Regulus Powers.
The anatomy of Mario at weigh-in.
You’re liable to run into a big cat lounging on an exam table upon entering the room!
Close shot of the anatomy of Mario from Etsy: PipperilloStudios.
The back wall has x-rays of the various consoles and gaming controllers.
Close up shot of one of the x-rays.
Dr. William Powers, his MA, and whatever resident/med student he has rotating with him for the day all use Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptops with full chroma keyboards as their work laptops.
Exam room 1.
Chrono trigger shadowbox. The canisters on the shelf contain his tongue depressors and so on.
The wall in room 1.
Super Metroid menu outside exam room 2.
Exam room 2.
Legend of Zelda shadowbox art.
Similar canisters to room 1.
Rupee succulent planters from Etsy: HylianWords.
Exam room 3 (procedure room).
The countertop of exam room 3.
More exam room 3.
Another shot of the nano leaf setup around the nurses’ station.
When you refer a patient and they begin treatment, your name is written on a blank card and placed in this bin. Dr. William Powers draws a name once or twice a month, and that person receives a gaming system. Typically, a Nintendo Switch or 3dsXL is used.
Hyperion Procyon Powers enjoying the rainbow sunbeams.
Phoenix works Monday and Thursday, Hyperion Tuesday, and Polaris Wednesday. On Fridays, both Hyperion and Polaris come.
Sometimes over lunch he takes a little gaming break.
Laura, the excellent receptionist, and Stacy, the amazing medical assistant! Without them, Dr. William Powers would not have been able to get to this point.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look at this site! They are currently full, and anyone interested in becoming a new patient will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is based on first-come, first-served, therefore as patients move away, they get less busy, or they expand and hire another physician, they will remove people from the list.