Update (April 10): SavantCare officials claim they themselves were duped by online scammers using the website, awardedbest.org, that has forwarded them yearly email announcements of "best of" awards since 2015. A Better Business Bureau article of the same scam can be found here. According to the Los Altos-based firm, the only proactive action SavantCare and Dr. Sonia Parikh made was in 2015, when they paid $150 for a "best of" plaque that "Awardedbest" offered to them. The plaque claimed "Best of Los Altos."
SavantCare co-founder Vikas Kedia said: "In hindsight, we should have called the city manager and asked if this was a legitimate award."
Kedia said the SavantCare agrees with the story's assertion that "the company giving these awards is fake. It seems likely that their business model was to make money from doctors and lawyers by declaring a professional from each city as the best, then asking them to buy a placard. ... We have removed references to these fake awards from our website."
Kedia said that SavantCare officials responded to questions from the Town Crier on March 26, prior to the story's deadline. Town Crier staff asserts the company did not respond either by phone call or email. Kedia said he has hired a digital forensic evaluator to prove emails were sent.
Dr. Parikh is no longer a local resident, which the story indicated incorrectly. She moved to Redondo Beach last year.
A local psychiatrist has been touting an award on her clinic’s website that, according to the city of Los Altos, does not exist.
Dr. Sonia Parikh of SavantCare, described as a “high-tech community psychiatry clinic currently located in five cities across California,” claims online that she has won the “Best of Los Altos for Psychiatrist” honor every year since 2015.