Wendy Warner, MD, ABIHM

Healthcare practitioners must work together to see change

Dr. Wendy Warner believes that healthcare practitioners of all backgrounds and specialties, working hard together, is THE way to make a difference for patient health.

The Interview

The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a new organization birthed out the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, the American Holistic Medical Association. Those were primarily MD DO centric membership organizations and board certifying bodies. We gave up the board certification for MDs and DOs and became a membership organization that includes all practitioners, all healing traditions. We’ve got one hundred years, two hundred years of not talking to each other, and so it’s taken a huge amount of work to learn to play in the same sandbox together.

It’s amazing to me to see that we’re all coming from the same place. We just want to change how healthcare is delivered, and how health is achieved in this country and around the world. And we’re all coming at it from different angles, but that’s what’s going to work, because when you’ve got everybody’s input it gets stronger. All the people that I’ve worked with to plan this committee, every single one is a practitioner. Every single one of us would get through our day, finish with our patients and then get on the phone for another couple of hours. It’s not going to happen unless you do the work. And what I love about the people that I’ve seen come together for this community is that everybody has so much passion and so much energy, and they really don’t mind putting in the time and work. Because they know it’s the only thing that’s going to make a difference.

Change takes a lot of sweat and tears. The group that I’m working with is passionate enough that they understand that it’s going to take that, which I’m really, really proud of.

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