WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT A FOOT DOCTOR?
What made you interested in Holistic Medicine and becoming a Holistic Podiatrist?
About twenty years ago, I noticed a trend. A lot of my patients were dealing with complications from their surgeries. People kept limping, and they did not heal properly. I searched for answers, and then it became clear; these patients were sick, and they would not get better until they dealt with their underlying, chronic issues. Some of these patients were obese, some were on a lot of medication, others had emotional problems holding them back. And so, I started to approach my work from a holistic, or whole body, perspective.
Building on my formal education, I started researching many different disciplines of medicine, including Chinese, Indian, and American Indian. In a way, now, my patients are getting the best of both worlds. I still use drugs and surgery, which are standards of American treatment methods, but my approach is with a focus on the whole body, not just symptoms. The key to health is to find the root cause of a problem and work to heal it.
Now, before I begin any treatments, I ask my patient questions about their lifestyle. Are they drinking enough water? Are they resting and sleeping well? Are they eating properly? Are they thinking in a positive way? If there are any problems in these areas, I make sure we tend to them first. In addition to traditional medicine, I use herbal medicine too. I seek treatment methods that encourage the body to participate and heal itself. Now, after my years of research of Holistic medicine and practice, I have started writing books about nutrition, exercise, emotional and spiritual health.