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The value of holistic healthcare

Husband and wife business owners look to treat ‘lifestyle diseases’
  • Dr. Stephen Truszkowski (right) and his wife Dr. Vanessa Ingraham.

Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Sep 13, 2013

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As Bahamians become increasingly frustrated with popping pills to treat their conditions, they are looking for a more natural holistic approach to healthcare.

As a result, a group of doctors have opened a unique and intimate medical facility in western New Providence that is designed to focus on medicating one symptom at a time.

Dr. Stephen Truszkowski and his wife Dr. Vanessa Ingraham revealed in this week’s edition of Da Plunge that they, along with their partner Dr. Sy Pierre, made the decision to open up the Blake Integrative Medical Clinic three months ago with the intention of integrating exercise, activity and healthy nutrition into their patients’ lives.

While the response to the business, located in the Bahamas Medical Center on Blake Road, has been good so far, the husband and wife duo admitted that owning and operating a medicine-based business is extremely hard to do.

Dr. Vanessa Ingraham, a licensed naturopathic physician and certified yoga instructor, stressed that doctors are trained to help people but receive very little business training.

“I think becoming businessmen and entrepreneurs would be the weakest point for doctors.  I think most physicians will do business courses, and learn about accounting and billing, after they are done with their extensive residency,” she said.

Her husband, Dr. Stephen Truszkowski, a trained sports-based chiropractor and contemporary medical acupuncturist, said the couple has also been challenged with getting more Bahamians to see the value in what they do at the Blake Road facility.

“A lot of people seem to think chiropractors just deal with the neck and the lower back.  At least in terms of my practice, that’s not true.  I deal with any muscle, soft joint and tissue in the body, whether it’s nerve entrapments, osteoarthritis, or joint sprains.  I help address the acute issue,” he said.

“Then we work with you to strengthen, prepare and prevent any future reoccurrences.  That’s usually based on exercise and movement since I am a movement-based chiropractor.”

“Part of the challenge has been that I practice differently from other chiropractors and finding the proper avenues to advertise what it is that we do is a challenge.  Coming in from a different country, I am still learning the culture and how to navigate.  This is in addition to starting a new business.”

The Blake Integrative Medical currently has two employees, in addition to its three partners.

“In the next three to five years, preferably we would like to be in a standalone building that we own with an expansion of services.  I’m big on movement so I see us having a gym space and a space really where we can show how to integrate exercise with activity into our patients’ lives,” said Truszkowski.

“In this country, there are a lot issues with lifestyle diseases like diabetes and hypertension.  We are looking to come at those problem from five different ways.”

At the Blake Road facility, the focus is on prevention and looking at each patient holistically.  It is opened on Monday through Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., and Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 15:05

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