August 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up on Practice Building

Comment on Clements/Gignac The Practitioner’s Journey: The Path to Success for Holistic, Alternative and Integrative Health Professionals

Many moons ago, a review copy arrived of the soft-cover The Practitioner’s Journey: The Path to Success for Holistic, Alternative and Integrative Health Professionals. The book is by the author-practitioner team of Dan Clements and Tara Gignac, ND. The book sat on my back desk until I recently gave it to a close colleague, Jeana Kimball, ND, MPH, who is about to reenter practice after 10 years away, most recently as an administrator in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Kimball had previously worked clinically for 10 years, first as a cash-based fee for service clinician, then for six years as the owner of the West Seattle Natural Medicine Clinic which then housed a multidisciplinary group of tenant (NDs, LAcs, massage, psychologist) in which she practiced as a primary care physician embedded in the mainstream payment system.

Kimball reports of her experience with the book: “I am re-entering practice. The book helped me clarify and re-focus how I want to practice. Their approach is philosophically-based so it helps you your reflect on and figure out how to guide you to your own practice. It is a guide, not a cookie cutter plan. It is good read, well written and practical. It feels very authentic. They know what they are talking about.”

Comment: Some of you will recognized Dr. Kimball as the present author’s spouse. We have in common with the Clements-Gignac team the experience of sabbatical abroad, ours described here and theirs in their prior book, Escape 101. All I can add to Jeana’s review is that she has referred directly to it multiple times as we think into our next steps here. She also thought it sufficiently valuable that she loaned it out to a close colleague.