Episode 40: Wellness and Preventative Health
Functional Medicine Providers: What You Will Learn:
- Why Dr. Scott made the transition from traditional medicine to functional medicine
- What functional medicine providers can do to help fix the broken medical system
- Dr. Scott’s approach to preventative healthcare in functional medicine
- Why traditional medicine tends to disregard the dysfunction of human beings
- “Sickcare” vs. healthcare in the United States
- Why it is difficult to run a successful FM practice if you are just in it for the money
- How non-medical practitioners should interact with difficult medical providers
- The importance of self-care and mental health as a functional medicine practitioner
Preventative Healthcare in Functional Medicine
Dr. Tara Scott is the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Summa Health in Akron, OH, and the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Revitalize Medical Group, a wellness practice. She has lived as a patient and seen the benefit of functional medicine providers finding answers to the core issues. Dr. Scott has over 20 years of experience practicing OB/GYN, and additional training in Integrative and Functional Medicine as well. She is triple board certified in OB/GYN, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. And in this episode of The FM Shift, Dr. Scott joins us to share a wealth of information about wellness and preventative health for patients.
From Clinical Physicians to Functional Medicine Providers
When interviewing functional medicine providers who made the transition from allopathic medicine to functional medicine, there is usually a profound arc in their journeys. Dr. Scott believes one of the reasons for this is because when clinically trained physicians learn how the system works, they begin to understand what is broken and why. Her brother passed away at the young age of thirty-eight after a heart attack associated with smoking, diabetes, stress, and a handful of other risk factors that were generally disregarded by traditional physicians. This inspired Dr. Scott to make a difference, and she shifted her focus to preventative health because she felt that her brother’s death was preventable and many other patients are in the same situation.
Getting to the Root Cause
Traditional medicine does not fully acknowledge the dysfunction of human beings, and as functional medicine providers, that has to be the root source of our treatment plans. What separates us from clinical physicians is that instead of treating a health issue based on the knowledge of body systems, logistics, and the absence of certain diseases, we treat health issues with the big picture in mind. Instead of being trained in algorithms and prescriptions, we are trained to identify imbalances in different body systems and design a long-term, sustainable treatment plan. We have the opportunity to make a significant impact on our patients’ lives, and it is important to understand how that level of trust affects the growth of our practices.
About Dr. Tara Scott
Dr. Scott has been in front of an audience since she was the president of the speech team in high school. This evolved in educating the community on hormone therapy, having taught doctors in five continents about an integrative approach. With over 20 years of experience practicing OB/GYN, and additional training in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Scott shares a wealth of information by lecturing around the community to raise awareness about wellness and preventative health for patients.
Having watched people suffer for years with little to no relief after countless visits to multiple healthcare providers, Dr. Scott knows how exhausting this can be. She has lived it as a patient and seen the benefit of finding answers to the core issues. Speaking helps her reach more people in less time, helping them conquer chronic health issues. Dr. Scott’s humor and analogies make complex health concepts easy for the audience to understand and put into action in order to enjoy optimal health.
In addition to being the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Summa Health in Akron, OH, she is also the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Revitalize Medical Group, a wellness practice. She is triple board certified in OB/GYN, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. She is a mother of 3 college-age children, enjoys running a half marathon in every state, traveling, and being active outside.