Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM

Breaking down walls in the medical community

Dr. Wendy Warner expresses that the world of healthcare can be intimidating. At the end of the day, it’s being yourself that will bring you and your colleagues to the fullest potential.

The Interview

On a day-to-day clinical level I’m already kind of used to looking at things from more than one perspective. Because I work, and have for eleven years, worked with seven other practitioners who don’t do what I do.

What strikes me is how marginalized these other groups still feel. You know, my co-chair is an acupuncturist, the co-chair for the planning committee for the conference. And she works in a healthcare system; she’s the first person to say, “I have a very privileged job.” But she still feels like she has to prove herself. And I actually get this, because even as a holistic practitioner when I have to interact with my conventional colleagues.

At first, I used to have a real chip on my shoulder, because I felt like I had to prove myself. I knew I was a good doc and I knew that what I was doing was right, but I also knew that they thought I was crazy. So I had to present the science and I had to make sure that they got that this was all science based and evidence based. And at this point, because I’ve been in practice long enough in my community as a holistic practitioner, and everybody knows and sees the kind of work I’m doing, and I don’t feel like I have to defend myself anymore. So I’m past that point personally, but I can definitely understand where these other practitioners are coming from. Because if they’ve never worked in an environment where everybody works together they still feel they have to not just sit at the table and say, “Yeah this is who I am, but YES this is who I am.”

Change is hard, people don’t know how to handle each other, and so your first instinct is to be a little defensive. And that’s understandable but they can drop it, they don’t need to be defensive.

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