Health, like anything we do in life, is the accumulation of a bunch of small everyday decisions. When you make the choice to be healthy, you are committing to a lifestyle rather than a short cut. This doesn’t mean your life has to be overly restrictive and you can’t have cheat days, it just means we all should try our best to make health-conscious decisions more often than not. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, the current health care system is broken and many of the treatment options being provided are masking illnesses rather than addressing the root cause. Secondly, many of the medical conditions that are prevalent today can be prevented and even reversed with diet and lifestyle changes. After you understand the basics, being healthy can be simple and fun. Read More
Jessica Graduated Magna Cum Lade from the University of Miami and is a board certified FNP. While in school she worked at a cardiac clinic where she served as the head research liaison on a pacemaker and coronary artery study, also assisting in the OR with various procedures.
As a medical provider Jessica has worked in a wide range of specialties including primary care, epidemiology, cardiac surgery, ENT, occupational health, and longevity. She has also held management positions as the clinical coordinator of an epidemiology practice that focused on global health and collaborated with UCLA on their Monkey pox study. Most recently she works part time as the medical director at one of the top entertainment companies where she treats employees, oversees the operations, and creates educational content. Outside the clinic, she practices concierge medicine and consults for various health startup companies.
Jessica has a passion for education and bridging the gap between health and modern day living. Creating and implementing educational programs for students and employees, Jessica has guest lectured at various campuses and places of employment.
I was called to healthcare rather early in life when I went undiagnosed with Hashimotos hypothyroidism my Junior and Senior year of high school. Having an under-active thyroid resulted in me adding 15 pounds to my previously (naturally) slim frame in just 3 months.
My 16 year old self did not understand what was going on with my body nor how to handle the stress. For two years, I was moody, tired, depressed, and totally unaware of the cause. In addition, I ended up developing an eating disorder to drop the weight and maintain a body the beauty magazines would approve of. Which, at the time, felt as important and difficult as passing AP calculus.
My mom, who is a psychologist, was eventually the one to put the pieces together and diagnose me. My primary care doctor had missed the low thyroid results on my blood work. Clearly disappointed in her lack of attention she later explained "you didn't fit the profile, so I didn't look as close as I should have."
My journey to health did not end there of course. While the medications I was prescribed helped to balance my thyroid levels and improved my energy as well as metabolism, it would take years of readings and experimenting to get my body fully back to what I consider normal. By this point I was a little older and not worried about my weight as much as my health and stamina.
It would take going to one the top endocrine doctors in the country, followed by the top eastern medicine doctor in the city, and then eventually combining a slew of recommendations from countless sources (many of which contradicted each other) to fit my body's needs. There is a huge difference between "normal" on a lab sheet and normal in quality of life.
From this experience I learned the importance of education and self advocacy. It is my strong belief that we are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next, so finding a medical provider who is open and willing to experiment with you is very important.
Taking time to answer questions and inform patients on aspects of health is one of my greatest passions. My other great love is helping others discover their best self. We all deserve to live happy and healthy lives, all of usRead Less