I am the President of Functional Endocrinology of Ohio (FEO) and I thought I’d write our first blog post. Because the goal of this blog is to be informative, entertaining and inspirational, I want to write about my personal story in hopes that it will inspire you. It is never too late to make a change in your life and there are NO boundaries.
I am an attorney, or at least that was how I identified myself, until 2010. So many of us identify ourselves by our careers, education, or training. That’s not a bad thing if you are passionate about your career. I was not. I went through the motions doing what a lawyer should do (good law school, federal judicial clerkship, good law firm, etc.). I had an amazing daughter, nice house, nice car and nice clothes. My family and friends were proud of me and respected me for all that I had accomplished. But I was not fulfilled. I went to work every day without a purpose – except to maintain the persona that I had created. I was also dealing with some health issues, which in this case was a blessing because of the evolution my life would take as I attempted to resolve them.
In 2009, I met Dr. Keith Ungar. He is one of the fortunate few who knew what he wanted to do with his life from the age of 8 and has been passionately pursuing his goals ever since. Dr. Ungar is a functional medicine practitioner (more on functional medicine in another blog post). As he helped me address my health issues in a way no other doctor ever had, I watched him, his staff, and his patients doggedly pursue their personal, professional and health goals with a determination that I had only seen from my Bernese Mountain Dog, Monty, when he was trying to find the “perfect” snow pile on which to take his nap. And they were achieving their goals! They were healthy, joyful people who happily came to work or their doctor’s office knowing that they were in the right place for the right reason for them. I wanted that.
As I went through the process of getting well (which I did), I realized that just “moving through the process” was what I was already doing. I needed to be engaged in the process. But how? I started reading books, going to seminars, and talking to those that had achieved similar goals. I went full throttle into figuring out how to live my life with passion, purpose and joy. I set my mind on these goals and knew that opportunities would present themselves, which would allow me to live the life I should live.
And, that is how FEO was born. Dr. Ungar, a passionate and brilliant health practitioner, needed an equally passionate person to help him introduce his brand of functional medicine to the world, starting in Northern Ohio. I quit practicing law and jumped right in! I knew in my heart that this was what I should do. Did my family and friends question it? Of course. Did I sometimes question it myself? Rarely. Now I am one of those people who come to work everyday with joy and purpose. What a blessing.
We all have our own journeys to take. This is mine (so far).
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road,Suite 100, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330)644-5488
Independence: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd.,Suite 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216)236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians