Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisey Anglow.
Daisey, before we jump into specific questions about your practice, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born on the east coast but I grew up in mostly French-speaking countries in West/North Africa, Europe, and Canada. I traveled throughout my youth and I grew up in a family that was very scientific and involved in charities. I thus fell in love with medicine from seeing the plight and the suffering of children. One of my aunts who is a physician was so compassionate in her care towards her patients that her dedication to her work inspired me.
I did not know then how or where I will be when I’d come to practice medicine but I knew this is the work I’d wanted to do since I was eight years old. I mean how many eight-year-olds ask their mom for a microscope for Christmas? I was just fascinated with the idea of living organisms that were not seen to the naked eye and how these organisms came to impact our health.
Living in West Africa and faced with civil political unrest I was forced to leave my family for boarding school in Canada at ten years old. Later, I attended school in France and finally ended up back where it all started for me, a small all-girls boarding school in Massachusetts. There, I learned that a woman can make a difference and that with hard work and dedication I could create the life I wanted and even change the world.
Has it been a smooth road?
Is there a smooth road to anything in life? My mother always says, “If it’s not hard, then it’s not worth it”. I did take two years off due to burnout after college. I was reconsidering this whole “dream” of mine. I mean I was eight when I fell in love with medicine. I had learned a lot more about life since then, and now in my twenties, I knew there was more to life than medicine. However, there was not more to my life ‘’but medicine”.
During my time off after college; I worked in research, volunteered for the cancer center in Boston and took late-night medical Spanish classes to get more medical experience for my resume. I sat for the MCAT and had a competitive enough score that allowed me to now apply for medical school.
As a black woman interested in the field of medicine, I knew that under-representation in medicine was a challenge I’d face. I understood it well but I never let my ethnicity be an obstacle in me achieving what I wanted. I saw it as the reason for me to push through, and work harder to help mitigate the healthcare disparities faced by minority populations.
Tell us more about your practice.
I enjoy working with patients with chronic autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s or rheumatoid arthritis and helping them heal by working on their gut health and nutrition. With a nutrition and dietetics background and training in naturopathic weight loss therapies, I have made weight-loss (which I prefer to call “lifestyle changes”) a big part of my patient care. I believe that feeling good in their skin encourages my patients to want to address other aspects of their health on a deeper level.
Since I work with patients who often suffer from chronic pain, I found acupuncture to be a staple in helping my patients get better. I excel in taking the time to educate my patients on how nutrition can improve their health and the way simple lifestyle changes can create long term wellness for them and their families.
Have you seen the health trends changing over the last decade even?
I love the impact social media has had when it comes to this health revolution we are all experiencing. With Naturopathic Medicine and Eastern Medicine especially, there has been tremendous growth and a revival of embracing the healing powers of nature and staying as much as possible away from overmedication.
More and more young men and women are taking back their health through natural healing processes. I am in a growing industry, where knowledge and medical advances are limitless. I do believe that with Naturopathic Medicine especially, patients that I see are those who have not seen their health necessarily improve with conventional medications and are looking for an alternative or even better, an adjunctive care to their current health regimen.
The possibilities in Naturopathic Medicine are endless. The research is ever-evolving and the integrative approach of medical practices will set our patients up for optimal health.
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