Conventional medicine is frustrating for patients and clinicians.
I worked in conventional medicine for a long time and was frustrated with the brief visits and writing prescriptions to mask symptoms without investigating and addressing the underlying causes. Patients are frustrated with a lack of answers, and repeat visits that typically result in another prescription.
What you really want.
I’ve talked with hundreds of patients over the years, and their frustrations with modern medicine run deep. They don’t want 8-minute visits. They want a clinician that stays around, someone they can develop a relationship with and who knows them. They don’t want to be told that even though they don’t feel well that everything looks good. They’re tired of being prescribed medications to suppress symptoms. They want to feel better, and they want to get better.
What clinicians want.
I went into healthcare because I wanted to become an expert on health. I want to work for my clients, not for a medical system or insurance companies. I have no interest in prescribing medications, at higher doses over time, while the health of my clients declines. I want to guide my clients toward better health. I want to work with people who are ready to go on this journey with me.
There had to be a better way.
I left family practice six years ago to see if I could find a better way to do healthcare. Along the way, I discovered a love and appreciation for nutrition. I came to understand food can be a powerful medicine. I’ve learned how important proper digestion is to health. I came to appreciate the importance of movement, sleep, and addressing stress.
Creating health takes time.
I want to get to know my clients. I want to hear their story, their history, their concerns and their goals. I value taking the time to dig deep, to investigate, to review current medical literature, and to create a plan of care that is unique to each client.
Health is not about quick fixes.
We live in a culture that has come to expect quick fixes. Over the years I found that many patients want a prescription and to be on their way. But I have met those who don’t want another pill. People who want to know how to get better and are willing to make dietary and lifestyle changes.
It’s exciting to watch health transform.
In functional medicine, the possibilities for transformation are wonderful. It’s such an inspiration to see someone who has struggled with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis become vibrantly healthy and pain-free; or a child who was bouncing off the walls become happy, calm, and engaging. Or a child who has suffered from recurrent ear infections, allergies, and eczema become a picture of perfect health.
Health is in reach.
The answers to vibrant health are not found in a pill bottle, they’re found in how we nourish ourselves and our children, and in how we live our lives. This shouldn’t be a big mystery, but unfortunately, we’ve been looking in the wrong direction for so long, looking for quick fixes, that we have missed what is right before us.
Take charge of your health.
Learn how to nourish your body. Sleep well. Move more. Address the stressors in your life. And get help if you need to. Look for a functional medicine practitioner or health coach to help you get started. Vibrant health is in your reach.