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Meet Dr. Robin Terranella and Dr. Christy Cline of Southwest Integrative Medicine in Northeast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Robin Terranella and Dr. Christy Cline.

Dr. Cline and Dr. Terranella were both drawn to holistic and integrative medicine from a shared interest. They both launched their passion for this medicine with their training in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. This is where they met beginning their personal and professional relationship. During this time they cultivated and discussed their approach to medicine, health, and helping people (and their relationship). Eager to start helping people with the integrative and natural therapies they learned in medical school, this husband and wife team opened a clinic after their training. It was only shortly after starting their practice over 10 years ago that they realized how vital it is to “know the person you are treating” rather than “the treatment for the person.”

Since the clinic opening a lot has changed……. in equipment, inventory, support staff, etc. Through this time one thing has stayed the same and guided our practice………….. Finding ways to really improve the health of those in need. Putting our own interests aside for the person in front of us. In its most pure sense this is what we stand for as people, as doctors, and as a business. When we started our practice, we decided the approach should be about helping people using Integrative Care. Now the approach we use is less important than the amount of “Care” and “Health” that results.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Every business faces management issues as they grow. Our struggle came from not being clear with the type of people we wanted to have in our office helping our patients. Once we got clear on this we were able to find help that fit our philosophy and shared enthusiasm to see people get better.

As our business expanded we had to make more financial commitments to equipment, office space, and payroll. Initially these decisions were difficult and uncertain.

Please tell us about Southwest Integrative Medicine.
Our clinic specializes in looking at you as a whole and ringing the source of your health issues. To do this we start by getting a fresh perspective on what is truly bothering you, your symptoms, your complaints, and connecting them back to a common source. Once identified this source becomes the focus of your treatment.

We take pride in offering personalized care to our patients by treating each person who comes through the door as a human being with a full story, and not just a number with a symptom.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Dr Terranella-spending time outdoors playing in the woods with friends and family, finding herbs, and exploring nature.

Dr Cline- spending time at family cabin lake house.

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