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Private practice with lifestyle focus

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My dream would be starting my own pp and working with people who are interested in nutritional and lifestyle interventions as well as psychotherapy. I would not be opposed to prescribing medications but it would not be my focus. I’m employed right now and I don’t see a demand for this from my patient population. This makes me question the feasibility of actually doing this. Any input appreciated.
 

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Move to an affluent place with lots of health-conscious professionals. I'm sure tons of people would be lining up. Hell, you can start a whole partial program and fill the morning with exercise classes, yoga, nutrition/cooking followed by an hour of group therapy.

Why doesn't this already exist??
 
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It's practically the business model of Natropathic doctors, except they are also doing miracle infusions, too. Your competition will be largely ND, and DC, and the occasional FM/IM who has such a clinic.

In my area I've even seen a group of nothing but ARNP/FNP, with NDs.
 
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It's practically the business model of Natropathic doctors, expect they are also doing miracle infusions, too. Your competition will be largely ND, and DC, and the occasional FM/IM who has such a clinic.

In my area I've even seen a group of nothing but ARNP/FNP, with NDs.
I wouldn’t be doing testing of hormones/heavy metals/nutrients that naturopaths do. I would be offering psychiatric services that emphasize nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy but utilize medications.
 

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Move to an affluent place with lots of health-conscious professionals. I'm sure tons of people would be lining up. Hell, you can start a whole partial program and fill the morning with exercise classes, yoga, nutrition/cooking followed by an hour of group therapy.

Why doesn't this already exist??
Yeah my patient population is definitely not affluent.
 

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I wouldn’t be doing testing of hormones/heavy metals/nutrients that naturopaths do. I would be offering psychiatric services that emphasize nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy but utilize medications.

Huge demand. We do this in our residency clinic that has a 2 month wait. Seems like your employer is about the low hanging high volume, which makes sense since they have to pay themselves and you.
 

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Tell us more. What does this vision look like? The nutrition emphasize, the exercise, and therapy approach? Help me understand how this practice will be different than a simple private practice?
This wouldn’t be radically different than a simple private practice. I would be incorporating dietary approaches (keto, elimination, anti-inflammatory) as well as focusing on incorporating exercise as a treatment or preventative. Someday I would love to study yoga myself and incorporate that.
 
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