Shoutout LA! Spotlights Dr. Anita’s Inspiring Journey
Thank you to Shoutout LA! for featuring Dr. Anita.
We had the good fortune of connecting with Anita Wang MD, FACEP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anita, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Embarking on the entrepreneurial journey into functional medicine wasn’t just a business decision for me; it was a response to the growing challenges and frustrations I witnessed during my years working in the emergency department. The surge in chronic diseases and the palpable dissatisfaction among patients within the healthcare system fueled my determination to find a solution that went beyond acute care medicine.
My perspective took shape as I naively contemplated how my work could be more than just treating patients during critical moments than opening a business. I had many chronically ill patients that would present to the emergency department in acute distress. They would ask for me to be their primary physician. Their reasoning was that I knew them the best because I have seen them at their worst. Whereas the primary care would see them in follow up and refer to the multiple specialist. Unfortunately, in many cases the acute event was resolved and the chronic issue remained unresolved. I was not trained for the ongoing chronic care and the patients continued to come to the emergency department. I was concerned that about potentially creating an addict to narcotics to relive their suffering. The realization struck me that a shift towards seeing the patient before they present to the emergency department, focusing on preventive care and addressing the root causes of chronic illnesses could help these patients avoid the emergency department. It is personally satisfying to be able to work with patients with the goal of optimal health and longevity with vitality.
The philosophy of my practice is deeply rooted in the experiences of witnessing end-stage lives in the emergency department. It’s about recognizing the importance of maintaining muscle core strength to prevent falls, ensuring a strong pelvic floor for bladder function, and actively monitoring mitochondrial health to prevent oxidative stress. The goal is to keep individuals young, fit, and healthy throughout their lives, recognizing that the aging process may start but doesn’t have to define one’s well-being.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In the genesis of my entrepreneurial journey, my initial impetus was not to embark on the path of business but rather to extend a helping hand to patients failed by the current healthcare system of treating disease and compartmentalizing care. As I transited from emergency medicine to entrepreneurship, I devoted time to understand the nuances of running a business. The divergence between practicing medicine and operating a business became apparent as each demanded a distinct set of skill and perspective, yet there was an opportunity to blend the two seamlessly.
My experience in the emergency department forged the principles of my practice. Witnessing patients grappling with pain and navigating the challenges of aging compelled me to develop a philosophy rooted in vitality. Functional medicine and lifestyle medicine helped me to explore the realms of genetics, cellular makeup and biochemical function within the body. I became enamored with the belief that understanding these intricacies could unlock the secrets to perpetual youth, vitality and finding root causation of maladies.
Understanding that each person is unique. Knowing how each person’s mitochondrial is functioning and oxidative stress may be the key to stalling the relentless march of aging and key to the metaphorical fountain of youth. Armed with this philosophy my vision for by business crystalized to keep people young and fit forever optimizing their unique genetic cellular and biochemical function, maintaining muscle strength especially core and pelvic muscle,preventing incontinence, falls and reducing inflammation therefore reducing pain and disease.
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