Regardless of our situation, we can find ways to enhance our wellbeing and enrich our lives.
Hello. My name is Joanna Garritano. I am a physician who believes in the importance providing education to people so they can better support their health. My goal is to empower people with tangible skills they can use to prevent illness or, if faced with illness, to improve in their health.
Despite recent advances in treatment and technology, there continues to be an increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression (to name just a few). I believe that educating individuals about important lifestyle factors - especially nutrition, stress reduction, exercise, and mindfulness - can help reduce the burden of many of these lifestyle related illnesses.
After spending years immersed in medical practice and seeing the often devastating effects that illness can have, I decided to offer community based workshops and talks focused on the key areas of nutrition, stress reduction, and mindfulness. I have enjoyed speaking with both large and small groups in the community and I have had the privilege of speaking with young people in my local school system. I firmly believe that education empowers people to make choices that can promote health and wellness in their lives.
If you are interested in having me as a speaker for your event or class, you are welcome to contact me here.
For those individuals who would like direct and immediate information on nutrition, mindfulness, relaxation, movement and stress reduction, you are welcome to receive these free wellness materials that I created for a series of wellness oriented workshops.
My background is as a licensed and board certified Emergency Physician. I currently work as a physician with Kaiser Permanente Washington in Silverdale, Washington. I am an active member of the American College of Emergency Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
In addition to offering nutrition and wellness talks in the community and at local schools, I am also a staff facilitator at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, Washington. At Harmony Hill, we provide healing retreats for patients affected by cancer.