I’ve never thought of going to the doctor – even for a check-up – as an enjoyable experience. Even though I’m super healthy there’s always a little anxiety involved with my annual visit. When , a concierge-style medical practice with six office in NYC, invited me in for a free visit, I thought the same would be true, but from the second I walked in the door, I was immediately relaxed. It’s not your typical doctors’ office.
The offices are bright and clean. The waiting area (and it was a short wait) offers water, decent magazines, good music and a cheerful staff. The good vibes didn’t end there. The doctor herself came out to greet me and led me to an exam room which doubled as her office. Before I so much as put on a gown, we sat down and talked about my medical history, why I was there and any concerns I had. She was thorough, listened and asked follow-up questions when appropriate. Most importantly, she was understanding about many of the choices I had made for my own health. For example, I choose not to get a flu shot. She offered one, but wasn’t pushy about it and was understanding when I opted out.
I was in and out of the appointment in 30 minutes but never felt rushed. In fact, if I’d needed an hour I’m sure she would have taken it. At the end, she even gave me her card so I could email her directly with any questions and results from my recent blood work. When have you ever had that kind of access to your doctor? I felt like I finally found a doctor who would actually act as a partner for my health care needs.
Since I’m a holistic health coach, people sometimes assume I shun traditional medicine. Not at all! I’m totally in favor of health coaches partnering with doctors, which is why I’m co-hosting a Healthy Happy Hour with One Medical Group on November 5.
I love a good happy hour but cheap wine and greasy bar food aren’t my thing. Because I’ve always wished for a place for a healthier Happy Hour in NYC , I’m creating one with One Medical Group. Come join me on November 5 for good food, healthier cocktails and a demo by a mixologist so you can create them for your next gathering and get a tour of the One Medical Office. Everyone who attends gets a free one-year membership to One Medical Group (a $199 value).