Since the age of seven, I knew I wanted to become a doctor.
The doctor’s office always so scared me. Dr. T. never spoke to me directly—only to my mother—and each visit inevitably ended with a shot of penicillin in my bottom, administered with the care of one someone throwing a dart at a bullseye.
I disliked those visits so much because I didn’t feel like Dr. T. listened to me or—surprise surprise—cared that I didn’t want a shot. He didn’t attempt to form even the slightest connection with me, so I didn’t make any attempt either.
Now perhaps Dr. T’s way of communicating was more a sign of the times, but what seven-year-old knows or cares about that?
I vowed then and there, I would become a doctor and I would speak directly to the children. I would discuss the treatment options with them and give them a say in the plan if at all possible.
Getting to the root cause of illness
Getting to the very root of illness is what produces lasting results. Over the years, hundreds of families have come to me after having spent thousands of dollars on testing, x-rays, procedures, specialist visits, medications and even surgeries, to no avail.
First I help these families identify the underlying cause of their child’s symptoms and help them implement the strategies. Bonus: this not only significantly improves the child’s health, the entire family often gets healthier, too.
Once I started incorporating natural & nutritional therapies into my daily pediatric medical practice, I saw chronic childhood issues either melting away or improving significantly.
Why I left a traditional medical practice
Medical school trained me very well to recognize the symptoms of pediatric illnesses and to treat those symptoms. I could easily manage eczema, ear infections and constipation with daily medications, but what about addressing the root cause of the ailment? Isn’t that what we really want?
Unfortunately, the med school curriculum doesn’t include the fact that many childhood ailments can be prevented in the first place, or even reversed with simple dietary changes. Instead, I was trained to prescribe medications and refer to specialists for further medications or surgery.
Soon after my medical residency I went to work in a busy pediatric clinic, where I saw many children over and over again because their “common childhood illnesses” were not improving. It’s a familiar list:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Keratosis Pilaris (bumps on the back of the arms, cheeks, or thighs)
- Stomach Aches
- Chronic Runny Nose
The more frequently kids returned to my office unhealed after a prescription or procedure, the more frustrated everyone became, including me. Not only did I lack an understanding of basic nutrition, which is not part of the medical school curriculum, but with just 10-15 minutes allotted to each office visit, I realized that I had become a cog in the wheel of big-business disease management.
My job was to diagnose, prescribe and refer, not to heal.
So instead of trying to fit into the current medical system, I decided to create my own.
I studied integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. That’s where I learned how every aspect of our environment affects our immune system, from what we eat, how we live, and what we believe.
- Bachelor of Arts in Zoology: Miami University
- Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
- Fellowship: University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Become a Member of my Practice
I hopped off the treadmill and created a membership-based practice. This is how I can best provide structured support for families to make the often monumental shift needed to move toward true and lasting health.
I don’t ever want another child to feel like I did at the doctor’s office when I was young. I want to give them a voice. I want to explain to them what their body’s symptoms are saying, and I want to teach them and their parents how to become and stay healthy.
Healthy children grow up to be healthy adults and that is what my lifes’ work is all about.
Call 704.626.6771 to make your appointment today, or join me for one of my upcoming classes or webinars.