Ordered that the appeal from the order entered October 31, 1990, is dismissed, as that order was superseded by the order entered March 5, 1991, made upon reargument; and it is further,
Ordered that the appeal from so much of the order entered March 5, 1991, as adhered to the original determination in the order entered October 31, 1990, granting the defendant Blum's cross motion, is dismissed, as that portion of the order was superseded by the order dated June 14, 1991, made upon renewal, and the order entered March 5, 1991, is otherwise affirmed insofar as appealed from; and it is further,
Ordered that the order dated June 14, 1991, is affirmed insofar as appealed from; and it is further,
Ordered that the respondent is awarded one bill of costs.
The plaintiff Leon Allen was under the treatment of the defendant Dr. Dwight C. Blum until July 29, 1987. On January 4, 1990, a summons was served on "Janine Doe", who was described by the plaintiffs' process server as the "managing agent" of a "professional corporation" to which Dr. Blum presumably had some connection. Although service was never properly made on Dr. Blum as an individual, he answered the complaint without raising a jurisdictional objection and thus waived any objection to lack of personal jurisdiction (see, CPLR 3211 [a] ; [e]; Naccarato v Kot, 124 A.D.2d 365). Dr. Blum's answer was served on or about January 31, 1990.
The plaintiffs' primary argument on appeal is that the action was nevertheless timely commenced because the running of the Statute of Limitations had been tolled pursuant to the continuous treatment doctrine until August 5, 1987, when Allen called Dr. Blum to cancel an appointment. We disagree. In order for the continuous treatment doctrine to apply, there must exist a relationship of continuing trust and confidence between the patient and the physician (see, Richardson v Orentreich, 64 N.Y.2d 896). That Allen telephoned Dr. Blum's office on August 5, 1987, to cancel his appointment, does not establish that the last day of treatment was the day the appointment was canceled. Rather, it is clear that the relationship of continuing trust and confidence between Allen and Dr. Blum terminated, at the latest, by July 30, 1987, when Allen commenced treatment and became the patient of a new physician, after a disagreement with Dr. Blum.
We have examined the respondent's remaining contentions and find them to be without merit.