We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Anya Temer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Anya, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
While I was getting my medical doctor education, I got disillusioned with the medical system. I didn’t see people truly getting healthy and getting better when they had chronic illness. I wanted to make a difference and help people get truly healthy. While in residency I was so close to quitting but decided to finish up my medical education. After soul searching and researching the medical field options I realized that the only way to be able to do what I know should be done, to help people truly get healthy by getting to the root cause of their chronic issues I needed to start my own practice. This is how Total Holistic Center was born. We are committed to a different standard of patient care, one where people get educated on how to improve their own health, what natural ways and lifestyle changes will help them change their lives and their health.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Total Holistic Center In-person and virtual Wellness practice Where we dig deep to find the root cause of chronic pain and illness using the latest scientific cutting edge technology to promote health, wellness and anti-aging. I am most proud and excited about the results our clients and patients are getting. When they had to see multiple doctors and be on multiple medications for years and years without much relief, even undergoing surgeries and painful injections and after our 360 Total Holistic Protocols they come in after only a few months experiencing relief from their symptoms and feeling so much better. Many are able to drop or highly reduce the amount of synthetic medications they are on, losing weight, able to finally be more active and participate in the daily activities of their friends, family and work. They are finally free to enjoy their life! Business aspect was and still is a challenge. As medical doctors we are not taught business aspects in medical school (we totally should be in my opinion!) So figuring out how to start and build a practice especially when our focus and philosophy is so unique has been an undertaking. The main thing I learned so far about business is that the most important thing is to treat our clients as family. To make sure they know we truly care, to make sure to answer any and all of their questions even if it takes our personal time, to make them feel comfortable, empowered and educated. There is nothing better for me than to have a patient come in with a bunch of printouts and questions. That means they are taking responsibility for their own results and are willing to learn! So far for over 3 years we have only run on word of mouth, with zero advertising! I discovered that when we put our clients first they are very happy to spread their word about us and lead their friends and family to us so we can take care of them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would show off the amazing nature of South Florida, the beaches, parks. National parks. I would take them paddle boarding or jet skiing as being on the water is the most amazing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to Shoutout to Dr. Andrew Weil of Andrew Weil Center of Integrative Medicine. As a Medical student while I was doing my rotations I was getting more and more disillusioned with medical education system and was getting more and more depressed about my options as a doctor. At that time I found Dr. Weil’s rotation for medical students and traveled to Arizona where I trained under his integrative medicine program for students. This finally gave me hope and showed me that another way to practice medicine is possible, that there is a way to still be a medical doctor but provide a more holistic care for the patient, to dig deeper into the root cause, to empower and educate them and show them that there is hope for getting truly healthy. During that time I also learned how important it was to walk your talk and practice what you preach and live a holististic lifestyle as a physician before I can guide my patients about it. Thank you so much, Dr. Weil for being a visionary, a pioneer and such an amazing role model!
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