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LFM Care Philosophy


1. Every person is unique.

2. The patient is always right.

3. De-escalation of pharmaceuticals


1. Every person is unique.

A scientist at heart, there are very few studies in which the intervention worked (or didn't work) for every single person in the study. There are almost always exceptions to the rule, and the devil is in the details. I am a big believer in personalized medicine, and I do not try to oversimplify my patients to just their age or their diagnoses. I understand their health in the context of where they came from, epigenetic influences, and current lifestyle. There are so many contributing factors to each issue, some of which we don't even know about. I combine existing knowledge with the latest research to come up with an evidence based treatment plan that makes the most sense for you individually.


2. The patient is always right.

Growing up with physician parents has many advantages. One of these includes being well-versed in the art of medicine. My parents are perfect role models for this. One thing I remember my father teaching me is that the patient is always right, and also the mother always knows their child the best. It is not necessary for a patient to have any medical knowledge, but if you listen to them thoroughly, then they will always give you the correct diagnosis. The more confusing the story, the more I listen. I enjoy this aspect of my job very much. I believe that it is also therapeutic for a patient to feel heard, sometimes for the first time in a medical setting. This requires time sometimes, but it is worth it.


3. De-escalation of pharmaceuticals

I am regularly taking care of patients who are on upwards of 20 different medications in the emergency department. While I believe in allopathic medications, I also believe in the power of lifestyle changes as medicine. There is great evidence that shows sometimes more benefits with these lifestyle changes than pharmaceutical agents. Furthermore, unlike pharmaceuticals, there are little to no side effects. It's a win-win. That said, I understand how hard change can be. I employ positive psychology, skill-power over willpower, and individualized health coaching techniques in order to help each person in their journey. A few more of my practice beliefs:


- Knowledge is power - I love it when patients want to know more about their health. Don't esitate to bring in anything you found online for me to decipher or explain further. I just ask that you try to identify the source as much as possible.


- Health happens all the time - With the depth that I go into with my patients.and their health issues, I often find that I can be the best resource for handling health emergencies. I will help as much as possible when you are in need.


- Doctor-patient relationship is key - You must find a physician whom you trust and respect. That may or may not be me, and that is okay. Please do your best to find someone whom you align with.


Have more questions? Please reach out! I am happy to answer them.

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