Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with medical professionals who get my lifestyle. In 2009 when I made the decision to eat Paleo for one year, my general physician cited the immense amount of nutrient-dense foods in the protocol (not the higher amount of fat compared to the typical western recommendation). In 2012 when I became pregnant with our first daughter, my OBGYN supported the continuation of my exercise program and thought it was OK if I continued to squat with weight. In 2014 when I fractured my wrist as a combined result of wrist-intensive workouts from the 2014 Regionals and a bad mountain bike spill, my orthopedic surgeon gave me a brace and said to avoid using it at CrossFit for the next 6 weeks – but to definitely keep going to CrossFit. And finally, in 2015 when we conveyed our family’s nutritional practices to our kids’ pediatrician, she said, “I think that’s a great diet for a kid.”
But not everyone has had the same great experiences interweaving their lifestyle choices with medical practice or recommendations. It’s not uncommon for athletes to express frustration to me that their doctor just doesn’t get their lifestyle or health beliefs in relation to the type of care they want to pursue. At Roots, we believe in the pursuit of long-term health and while we know that exercise plays a key role in this, we also know that professional medical advice is a key piece of the puzzle. In the same way coaches work intricately with their athletes to improve fitness, what if there was a way for doctors to play an intricate role in the improvement of their patients’ health?

In the same way coaches work intricately with their athletes to improve fitness, what if there was a way for doctors to play an intricate role in the improvement of their patients’ health?

On Saturday, December 9th, we invite you to join us at Roots for a talk with Dr. Dani Urcuyo to learn about a new vision for healthcare that combines technology, functional medicine, and personalized online healthcare. One of our goals at Roots has been to work toward building a network of care – an environment where your coach, PT, massage therapist, and doctors – integrate to bring you the best approach to your health. We’re already fortunate to work closely with nutritionists, orthopedic surgeons, and PTs to help support big-picture health on the gym floor.
Dani and I met seven years ago at a CrossFit gym in Ann Arbor, Michigan and over the years our paths have crossed numerous times. I’ve enjoyed learning about Dani’s take on medicine in the current healthcare space and his vision for how physicians can provide more comprehensive and personalized care that takes lifestyle into account. In the past year, Dani has partnered with a cutting-edge organization called SteadyMD which utilizes

A doctor who is available via secure text, video chat, or phone call provides a new platform for patients to communicate with their network of care.

technology to increase patient communication and service.
SteadyMD enables personalized online healthcare for doctors who want to take the time to get to know their patients on a deeper level beyond basic medical concerns and illness. Available via secure text messaging, video chat or phone call, SteadyMD looks to bring patients closer to their doctors. Longer visits (30-60 min) also allow doctors to get to the root cause of your symptoms and optimize the way your body functions to prevent future disease.
Whether you’re curious about functional medicine, integrating health and fitness at a deeper level, or the technology behind SteadyMD we invite you to attend this talk.

You can learn more about SteadyMD and Dr. Urcuyo HERE.

Sign-up to attend the talk. 

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