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FAMILY WELLNESS CLINICS - BHAVNA VAIDYA-TANK, MD

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Bhavna Vaidya-Tank, MD
FAMILY WELLNESS CLINIC - CLAYTON
2076 NC Highway 42, Suite 230 Clayton, NC 27520

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FAMILY WELLNESS CLINIC - RALEIGH & REGENESIS MD
8020 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Telephone: (919) 322-2844
www.regenesismd.com
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The New Refrain: “First We Must Listen”

“There are so many ways that people go about this process of healing,” says Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank, founder of Family Wellness Clinics & Regenesis MD in Clayton and Raleigh. “The most important question—the place where all medical care must begin—is this: What is the best path to healing for this patient?”

Dr. Vaidya-Tank counsels a patient about treatment options suggested by genetic testing.

Dr. Vaidya-Tank says she approaches each patient as a unique challenge, regardless of how common their medical concerns may appear to be. “Many people, for example, have diabetes, but that doesn’t mean there is one perfect approach to treatment that will work best for all diabetic patients.

“It’s equally important to remember,” she says, “that you never know what a person is going through—physically, mentally, and emotionally—until you talk to them, until you really listen, and they become more willing to share. ‘Beth’ (an assumed name for a real patient) was a great example of this. I met her at a social event before she came in to see me. Seeing her in that setting, the way she presented herself, she was the model of composure, beautiful and fit. She was very involved with her children and with volunteering at their school. And underneath this presentation, she was struggling.”

Beth continued to see Dr. Vaidya-Tank, and it was then that the doctor began to understand how much stress her new patient was experiencing in her life. “This very socially active, busy woman was coming unglued,” she remembers. “Her hormones were like a train wreck waiting to happen. Her daughter was having some medical issues that no one seemed able to address—causing stress and worry for her mother. All of her time was spent caring for her family, and none of her time was spent caring for herself.”

Path to Healing

Ultimately, this last piece—self-care—was a major part of Beth’s personal path to healing. Dr. Vaidya-Tank effectively addressed the hormonal issues and was able to treat Beth’s daughter by taking the time to understand the dynamics of the family and compose a comprehensive picture of the issues making her ill. “The daughter had been shuffled between so many doctors for so long, and her problems persisted. It was important for someone to really listen. As I worked with her daughter and she began to heal, her mother began to heal, as well.

“In this practice, we convey the honest concept that we want to hear you, to listen to you, and to help you,” Dr. Vaidya-Tank says. “I think the most important thing I did for Beth was to help her understand the importance of self-care. Through our Regenesis MD clinic she began getting some fillers, and as the hormone imbalance was corrected she began sleeping better and having more energy. Recently she even went on a beach trip with some girlfriends —something she wouldn’t have even considered a year ago. She is at a place in her life where she is able to find balance again. This is a healing experience on many different levels.”

The Power of
Genetic Testing

Notes Dr. Vaidya-Tank: “Genetic testing has changed the face of medicine and how we are able to approach and individualize patient care. We are now doing genetic testing for mental illness, to identify risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and to evaluate which medications are metabolized faster or slower for a particular patient. Genetic testing helps us identify patients who are more at risk for clotting disorders. And now we are having excellent results with a genetic test related to weight management. Genetic testing introduces a new, powerful tool in our continuing pursuit of superior health, inside and out.”

A Challenging
Personality

Unlike the busy and social Beth, Rita (also an assumed name) was simply rude, notes Dr. Vaidya-Tank “She was rude to the staff and was a generally difficult patient to work with. But like Beth, you just don’t know what someone is dealing with until you sit down and ask. The thing about Rita,” Dr. Vaidya-Tank remembers, “is underneath the difficult mood was a person who just wanted to be well. She was putting up really obstructive defenses because she had so many health problems and was in a good deal of pain.”

Notes the doctor, Rita had pain from old injuries and fibromyalgia. She had autoimmune thyroiditis, and she was seeing three different physicians to treat her hormonal issues. “When she came to me her testosterone was through the roof,” Dr. Vaidya-Tank recalls. “It was no wonder she had an aggressive attitude and was so high strung. She also had a medication list that was three pages long. So where do you even begin with a patient like this—someone who is being treated by so many people for so many things, and is such a challenge?”

The answer to that query, Dr. Vaidya-Tank says, is in how you approach the patient from the start. “The important first step is to develop a trusting relationship, a connection of caring. Once that is established, healing can begin. Everyone needs someone to hear the details of their journey, and at least try to empathize with their experience. Beyond that, we spend time and energy adjusting medications and running tests. When a patient will put in the time and give me their trust, I will truly do all I can to help them find their path to healing.”

Rita began IV nutritional treatments with Dr. Vaidya-Tank, and for the first time she found her pain lessening each day. Her hormones were rebalanced, and she became a much less difficult patient to work with. “She’s not yet at 100 percent,” notes the doctor, “but she’s now at a point where she can function quite well. She is working in a positive way, she has lost weight, she’s sleeping soundly, and she’s in a stable relationship. Really, she has come a very long way.”

From the Outside In

In addition to being a family medical practice, Dr. Vaidya-Tank offers cosmetic rejuvenation services—making Family Wellness Clinics a true center for health, inside and out. But, she points out, her office is not just a place to get your Botox. “We are a medical facility and medical spa,” she says, “and when you come in for a skin treatment and, in the course of our conversation, I discover there may be an underlying medical issue going on, we are most certainly going to make sure to address that as well.”

So, when Susan (another patient with an assumed name) came in for fillers, Dr. Vaidya-Tank noticed she had traces of rosacea. “Rosacea is an inflammatory condition,” she explains, “and conditions that cause inflammation often do not occur in isolation. I discovered that Susan’s thyroid was also enlarged, and that the thyroid medication she had been taking was one made with gluten—contributing to inflammation within the thyroid.”

With further testing, Dr. Vaidya-Tank discovered Susan had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where the body makes antibodies that attack the thyroid. “The medication she was on was contributing to the problem,” notes the doctor. “We did her fillers. But we also changed her thyroid medication, put her on an anti-inflammatory diet, and gave her some herbs that help decrease inflammation. Not only is her rosacea now better controlled, but she’s been able to lose weight, is sleeping better, and has seen her energy level increase.

“The reason I created a clinic where we focus on both wellness and aesthetics,” Dr. Vaidya-Tank explains, “is because it’s an important combination. When you feel better, you want to look better. And when you look better, you tend to feel better. It’s a very synergistic combination.”