It Is Working

It Is Working

This crazy, jump off a cliff, risk taking adventure of starting my own clinic is working...

I Am On Your Side

I Am On Your Side

I look earnestly at the person across from me. Anger, frustration, desperation. I am intensely aware of all these tensions directed at me, at the clinic, at the medical system in general. I am also aware of the time. We have 15 minutes scheduled for this encounter. This patient is new to me, but the tension is all too familiar...

Limits

Limits

Pre-Covid I thought a lot about balance. “Life balance” - an oft quoted ideal was, and is, something I believe we should all strive for. Life balance means getting enough of all the things that you need to live your best possible life. It means getting enough exercise, it means getting enough rest, it means having time and resources to eat well, it means making time for personal relationships, and it means having a fulfilling Why to work towards. Work is an essential part of life balance. We cannot feel like whole people leading meaningful lives if we do not have a Why.

Move In Day

Move In Day

Friday, June 26th marked my last day of employment at PRHCN. Although the day was routine as far as clinic goes, there were some variances. I only saw patients for a "half day". This half day started at 8am and ended at 6:30. This half day included a rare lunch break in order to enjoy a going away potluck with beloved staff...

We Are Live!

We Are Live!

Six months ago I came home and told my husband I was planning to quit my stable, well paying job and open up my own direct primary care clinic. "That sounds great, honey. I've got some ideas", he said. And he did. We did. We had lots of ideas. Ideas that have been spinning non-stop in my brain since the inception...

This Is How I Do It

This Is How I Do It

I am hardly a wonder woman, but occasionally I have had a patient or a friend ask me “how do you do it?”. I got this question most often when my twins were babies and toddlers. I was a small town doc who continued to "do it all" while raising twin babies...

Like a Herd of Wildebeest

Like a Herd of Wildebeest

It's easy to feel alone in the healthcare system. Sometimes you just need to be reminded that you aren't.

First Do No Harm

First Do No Harm

Like all US medical students, I recited a Hippocratic oath at my medical school graduation. At the time, I considered only bodily or emotional harm that could be done to a patient. Today I know that doing harm can also include financial harm.