Scripps Clinic Family Medicine Physician Samar Rashid, DO

As a DO, I practice
osteopathic therapy, and it’s a huge part of my practice
and what it is that I do. My philosophy when it comes to
patient care is really about finding the root cause
before the disease. It’s about optimizing and balancing
people’s health, rather than putting superficial
Band-Aids towards their different diseases,
and only then are we able to kind of get to a place of
permanent change when it comes to people’s health. I chose to become a family
medicine doctor because I wanted to be a part of birth to death, and every single
day I get to see that. I get to grow with my patients, and there is nothing more
rewarding than being a part of that. And it’s really hard to really get to the
root of someone’s health without kind of knowing who they are
from the beginning. I also fell in love with
culinary medicine. So I use food as a form of
prescriptive medicine. Culinary medicine
is the bridge between food and the creation of that food,
the science of that food, towards that of health and
overall balance. I think it’s important for someone
to have a primary care physician because it’s really important for a person
to have that point person for them, to have that advocate,
to have that home base, and most importantly to have someone
that knows them inside and out. And with subspecialists it’s so easy
for things to get lost or fragmented, but with family medicine
and primary care in general you have this person that looks at you
as a whole person. The question I am asked the most is,
“How do I feel better?” And that can mean so many
different things for so many different people. It can mean how do I sleep better,
how do I exercise better, how do I just feel happier. And if we can really get to
the point of, “OK, where can we start
from scratch, and how do we get from a place
of health?” Then, you know, that’s really
where the journey for health begins. The most satisfying part
of my job is definitely when patients come in
and they get better, right? And it’s an easy thing for us to say,
but not only are they getting better, but they’re feeling more
empowered, right? They’re finding their voice.
They’re becoming their own advocates. And there’s just nothing
more rewarding than that. I think the benefit of finding me
as their primary care doctor within Scripps is really about
finding a voice. If I could point to one thing
that patients feel the most frustrated by
in the health care system I think it’s that they don’t
feel listened to. And from the first moment
that a patient walks into my clinic and into the patient room,
I want them to feel heard. And that means
listening to our patients, hearing them and
validating them. I think what I want
my patients to know about me is that I rarely recommend
lifestyle changes, dietary changes, just health
recommendations in general that I don’t try to live myself.

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