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Doctor Becomes Patient: A Catalyst for Practicing Personalized Medicine

Jill Carnahan, MD relates the search she undertook for a more soul-satisfying way to honor her oath as a doctor

What happens when the doctor becomes the patient?

Jill Carnahan, MD

Jill Carnahan, MD walked away from a high-salary position as a director at a well-known medical facility to start her own personalized lifestyle medicine practice. Learn why she took this step, how she transitioned away from allopathic medicine smoothly, and how we can all support this emerging shift in medical care.

Jill Carnahan, MD was board certified in both Family Medicine in 2006-2016 and in Integrative Holistic Medicine in 2005. She founded the Methodist Center for Integrative Medicine in 2009 and worked there as Integrative Medical Director until October 2010. Dr. Carnahan moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2010, joining medical partner Dr. Robert Rountree. She recently opened her own practice, Flatiron Functional Medicine in Louisville, CO, to offer more services.

She completed her residency at the University of Illinois Program in Family Medicine at Methodist Medical Center and received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

In this podcast:

03:37 Dr. Carnahan shares her story and how she was able to pivot from a conventional allopathic medical practice to a personalized medicine practice

12:10 Dr. Carnahan explains how her diagnosis accelerated her desire to integrate all aspects of wellness into her practice, including spirituality, prayer, and intuition

13:06 Dr. Carnahan explains how she makes her health a priority while living a busy life

14:13 Dr. Carnahan talks about strategies she uses to ensure optimal sleep

14:35 Dr. Carnahan relates the importance of setting boundaries and how she aligns her decisions with her values

18:57 Dr. Carnahan offers advice for practitioners who are feeling stuck and overwhelmed in the conventional medical model


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Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a board-certified gynecologist and physician scientist. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco. Over the past two decades, Dr. Gottfried has seen more than 25,000 patients and specializes in identifying the underlying cause of her patients’ conditions to achieve true and lasting health transformations, not just symptom management.

Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker who practices evidence-based integrative, precision, and Functional Medicine. She recently published a new book, Brain Body Diet, and has also authored three New York Times bestselling books: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger.

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