Many women ask, “Why be?”
It’s a fair question because it’s an unusual name for a doctor’s office.
After spending time in “corporate” medicine, I didn’t feel I could practice medicine the way I wanted – the way most women wanted. Preventive medical care was scoffed and medicine was all about “shares,” “relative value units” and seeing more people while seemingly doing less for them. Have a question about your bill or insurance? Great, call an office 70 miles away. Need to talk to a nurse? Yep, leave a message through a vast network of phones and hope you get a response sometime that week.
I wanted to put a stop to it. Driving home one day from a long day at work, daydreaming about the way I’d like to run a medical practice if I could, a familiar old song from the 70s came on the radio: “Let It Be.” And then it came to me. We, as medical providers, should encourage women to be themselves; be strong; be confident; be healthy. And I realized, this whole project was just meant to be.
A patient once asked if I named my practice “be” because my patients call me “Dr. B.” Sure! Why not?
Someone else astutely realized that “be” encompassed mine and Mary’s last initials. True that!
Mary and I wanted to create a village for women’s health where women – regardless of age – could feel their health was supported and their health goals were cherished.
Be natural? Check.
Be respected? Yes!
Be yourself? Absolutely.
Welcome, and let it be.