I believe that regardless of our situation, we can find ways to enhance our wellbeing and enrich our lives.
My name is Joanna Garritano and I am a physician who believes in the importance of each of us actively taking a role in our health and wellness. I have spent the majority of my career immersed in conventional medicine as an Emergency Physician. There is no question that modern medical practice brings some incredible technologies, devices, procedures and medications. And yet, despite our advances in treatment and technology, we continue to see an increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, and dementia to name just a few. Many people with health challenges, need vastly more than our current health care system is presently set up to deliver.
So what can we do to feel better?
Focus on Wellness.
Just as we can provide the conditions to nurture the potential in a seed to grow, we can provide the proper conditions to nurture health and wellness in our bodies. But we must plant the seeds of wellness and let them take root and grow.
When we nurture our bodies with the proper conditions, we are better able to enhance and reclaim our health.
I have had the great privilege of offering multiple wellness workshops and programs to empower people in the lifestyle changes that can help them make significant and meaningful improvements in their health. Focusing on wellness, helps each of us better support and enhance recovery, renewal and healing in our bodies. I am not presently offering workshops, but because I know personally what it is like to contend with a health challenge, I am happy to provide you with the wellness materials that I developed for the workshops and programs.
May the wellness materials offered help you better support your body, enhance your healing, and experience greater wellbeing.
My professional background:
I attended medical school at Loyola, Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois, graduating in 1999. I went on to pursue specialty training in emergency medicine at Bellevue Hospital and New York University in the heart of New York City. I completed residency training in 2003 and have spent a number of years actively practicing as a board certified, licensed emergency physician.
I established Nurture Healing to inspire, educate, and empower people in their wellness and health recovery. I have spent years pouring through the medical literature, attending professional trainings, and meeting with experts from around the world to discover the science behind recovery, resilience, and healing. What I have found is that by actively focusing on wellness, we can make a significant positive impact on our health and wellbeing. Sometimes the impact looks an improvement in symptoms. Sometimes it looks like recovery and remission. And sometimes we find that wellness work is about simply making peace with a health condition and living our best lives in the face of it. Certainly none of us can control every outcome of what will or will not happen in our bodies, but by practicing wellness in our lives, we can dramatically shift the tide in favor of health and wellbeing.
I also work as a staff facilitator at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, Washington where we provide healing retreats for patients affected by cancer.
I am passionate about a wholistic, lifestyle, and functional medicine approach to health where we look at more than just treatment of symptoms. Instead, I am most interested in finding whole systems approaches that can positively impact and improve health and wellness. I am currently an active member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.