The year 2012, you may recall, was a leap year. It also was my year to take a major leap. The moment I turned in my resignation as an employee of a large health care system felt like a complete free-fall – a knot-in-the-pit-of-your-stomach, having-no-idea-where-the-bottom-is, and knowing-it-is-going-to-hurt-when-you-land kind of fall. After more than 20 years in health care, I wasn’t out to commit professional suicide; I simply felt forced to leave an environment where I was disheartened and felt I was making little difference as a doctor and a health care leader.
Now it’s 2016, a leap year, and I’m taking another leap! I recently realized that if I ever wanted to practice medicine the way I’ve dreamed of practicing, it was time to take the jump. I became a certified Functional Medicine physician – a 2-½ year process that expanded, shifted, and created my new mindset on health and illness. Through this training, my mind was reawakened to the power of prevention and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In Functional Medicine, I came to understand the value of an approach that examines and corrects imbalances and focuses on lifestyle. I finally felt like I was part of a collective wellness mindset – one that moves at the pace of science and is evidence-informed, one that embraces food as medicine, and one that upholds a healthy lifestyle as the foundation of living well. During this journey, I also came to recognize the insanity of medicine as I had previously known it, and as is well-illustrated by this quote:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again,
but expecting different results.“
This was exactly how I felt when I walked away from my position in a larger health care system. The system wasn’t going to change. So, I left to do things differently. I left to achieve results for my patients by finding new ways of thinking about health and wellness and by developing new strategies to help my patients live their best life. And interestingly, in the wake of the ruckus that was made by my first big leap out of conventional healthcare, I began to live my best life too. And I learned this:
If the only way is to make a ruckus, then so be it. Let’s make a ruckus!
Welcome to Ruckus Wellness.