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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

Telephone: (919) 553-5711
www.claytonclinic.com


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

Telephone: (919) 322-2844
www.regenesismd.com
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The Trauma of Childbirth:
Drink some wine. You’ll be fine.”

“A major trauma of life that few of us talk about is the trauma of childbirth,” says Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank, mother of two and founder and medical director of the Family Wellness Clinics in Raleigh and Clayton.

Dr. Vaidya-Tank

“When a woman goes through childbirth, it truly is a traumatic event for her entire body and her entire self—physically, mentally, emotionally, hormonally, spiritually: the female goes through an amazing process of change.  The hormonal ups and downs often lead to depression and urinary incontinence as a result of the physical assault of birth, as well as sexual dysfunction—these are all consequences that are not uncommon following childbirth. It often takes years following birth for a woman to feel like her normal self again.”

And, Dr. Vaidya-Tank continues, dealing effectively with these issues is the express reason that she includes sexual health as an important part of her practice. “Nobody wants to talk about these issues because childbirth is supposed to be nothing but a wonderful, joyful time. So you go to the gynecologist or speak with your friends and everyone says, ‘Don’t worry about it. Drink some wine. You’ll be fine.’ We are, perhaps, made to feel ashamed, as though it makes one a bad mother to acknowledge the traumatic toll this event can have on the body and mind, or the way it perhaps negatively impacts your relationship with the father of your child.”

To help her patients through the aftermath of childbirth, Dr. Vaidya-Tank guides women on a path that often includes such issues as improving quality of sleep, healthy diet, exercise, and development of a meditation program. “Of most importance,” she says, “is simply listening and making sure these women involved in the amazing experience of bearing and delivering a child don’t feel crazy. The experience is not crazy. It’s real. It’s very real and it can be very challenging.”

The Subtleties of Trauma

“And we should realize that trauma isn’t always a singular, obvious event,” Dr. Vaidya-Tank points out. “There are an endless number of traumatic events in our lives, what I think of as quieter forms of trauma. “You may not even recognize the event as traumatic or especially difficult when it happens, or remember it later, but the consequences still take their toll.”

As a practitioner of functional medicine, Dr. Vaidya-Tank has a unique perspective on what can often be a subtle event causing not so subtle consequences for the body and mind.

Health and Preventive Care for
Ages Six and Up

The Family Wellness Clinics— now in both Raleigh and Clayton— provide care for patients from ages 6 and up with an emphasis on functional medicine, wellness, and prevention. Regenesis MD focuses on the most advanced treatment of medical aesthetics and weight loss.

“Our unique practice,” says founder Bhavna Vaidya-Tank, MD, “focuses on primary care and functional medicine, which in-volves treating the entire indivi-dual—not just the illness. We accomplish this by cultivating a relationship with each patient. We are accepting new patients in both locations, and strive to provide services and hours that meet their needs.”

Among the services provided:

  • Wellness visits/Physicals/Pap smears/Sports Physicals/DOT Physicals
  • Chronic conditions such as Diabetes/Hypertension
  • Thyroid Disorders/Hormonal Issues
  • Advanced Cardiac/Cholesterol Testing
  • Joint Injections/trigger point injections
  • Office Dermatology including mole removal/biopsies
  • Chemical Peels/Micro-needling for acne/sun damage
  • Family Planning/Mirena insertions and removals
  • Weight Management/Genetic Testing
  • Women’s Health/Men’s Health/ Testosterone Therapy/ED

Judy, a 16 year-old patient, was a good example of this kind of trauma. “Judy was having a bad year at school,” the doctor notes. “While she had been a very good student in the past, her grades began to fall, and she had become depressed. It wasn’t clear which had come first—the depression or the change in her academic performance—and then she started talking about hurting herself.”

Judy was seeing the school counselor who became increasingly concerned about Judy’s well-being and safety, and soon this youngster became a patient of Dr. Tank’s. “This young girl began saying things like ‘I just don’t see the point of living. I feel terrible about myself,’ notes the doctor. It was fortunate that she had a very loving and supportive family—and still she continued to spiral downward.

“Judy described feeling depressed and exhausted all the time. She said every part of her body hurt. She couldn’t sleep properly, and emotionally was in a very fragile place. Following a basic physical workup, Judy appeared to be an ordinary, healthy, teenage girl. Her basic labs were normal, and she was slightly overweight.

“We continued to test, and discovered this young lady actually had autoimmune thyroiditis. This is a condition where, when you do the basic lab work looking at the TSH levels—which is the hormone produced by the thyroid—it shows up as within the normal range. This is because with thyroiditis, the thyroid is not failing or suppressed, it is inflamed.”

Dr. Vaidya-Tank referred Judy to Dr. Mona Gupta, a psychiatrist with whom she works closely, to assist Judy with her feelings of depression while she continued to work on correcting the thyroiditis. “We felt her condition was triggered by a traumatic event, likely also coupled with a simultaneous viral infection, which weakened the body’s defenses to the assault of a stress or a trauma,” says Dr. Vaidya-Tank.  We were not certain of the nature of the trauma, though it was likely something at school where there is a lot of bullying, emotional highs and lows, and stress on these teenagers.

“We put Judy on an anti-inflammatory diet, and supplements to help reduce the inflammation.  Before long, she was off of all the anti-depressant medication she had been taking, had regained her energy, and was completely back to normal.”

The Trauma of Trauma

Another aspect of trauma that often goes unrecognized, Dr. Vaidya-Tank notes, follows a surgical event. “We rarely talk about the consequences of a procedure such as prostate surgery,” she says. “We think of the surgery as the fix to the trauma of prostate cancer, for example, but there’s often more to be dealt with. After prostate surgery, men are often left incontinent, struggling with erectile dysfunction, frightened, and feeling like less of a man.”

The same is true, she continues, for something like heart surgery, which often necessarily embraces a total lifestyle change. “Yes, the heart may be repaired by the surgery, but then the patient is left with questions: ‘How will I manage all these medications I must now take?  How can I manage this pain?’ These and many other questions are best discussed openly in a process of finding the best healing path forward.”