How I Became Interested in Integrative Medicine by Priya Patel, PA-C
After I finished my masters in physician assistant studies, I started my career in the urgent care. I gained a lot of knowledge and confidence in the urgent care but it was not the right fit for me. I did not feel fulfilled because I had the desire to spend more time with my patients to educate them and explain things in detail. Being in the urgent care where things are supposed to move fast, it was not the right environment for me. In addition, I wanted to investigate patient's cases further and find the underlying cause of their symptoms rather than treat them superficially with medications. Of course, medication is necessary at times to treat acute illness and traumas but it is not the answer to mask symptoms of chronic disease. At the same time, my husband and I were going through a health transformation of our own. We were eating healthier and cleaner, exercising more and educating ourselves on health and wellness. We paid more attention to our health and felt noticeably different. We had more energy, more mental clarity and a more positive outlook on life. We spread our wealth of knowledge to family members and friends because we wanted to help them feel just as amazing.
As I did more research, I learned about the world of integrative medicine and what it offered. I instantly knew that it was the type of medicine I was meant to practice. And when I walked through the doors at Tustin Longevity Center, I instantly knew I was meant to work here. After months of shadowing, I felt confident to see my own patients.
Now, working at TLC, I am able to further extend my knowledge to my patients with the same love and care that I offer my family and friends. It is a great feeling and I am excited to start my career in integrative medicine. I know I will be able positively change the lives of my patients as I guide them and inspire them to take control of their health.
- Priya Patel, PA-C