I want to welcome to our site. During my years as a medical oncologist, I learned that the patient is really the captain of the ship, not the doctor. As an oncologist, I viewed my role as mostly being an adviser to the patient. I would make my recommendations for a therapy, giving both the pros and the cons, as well as the costs involved – costs from a financial arena and emotional costs. Then the patient would choose which avenue to travel and it was my role to support that person in their choice.
This was over 6 years ago.
I see the same in functional medicine. My role is one of a mentor, or a coach. I am not the dictator who tells you what you should do.
Our folks come to us often not feeling well. There may be pain issues, or other health issues really getting in the way of them being functional and alive. Sometimes, they say, “Things just aren’t right, and I know there must be a better way!”
After we spend time coaching and helping our folks to get their vitality back, to lessen their physical and/or emotional pain, they experience a transformation. These people begin their health quest feeling small and confused, but at the end, they are confident, glowing, and in charge of their health.
This is so much fun to see people transform before your eyes in a relatively short period of time!