Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Sirchio-Lotus.
Gina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I opened my clinic with a strong base in rehab and nutrition. I really enjoyed the idea of helping patients not only out of their acute pain stage but with a view of establishing long-term best health. Upon more nutritional and functional medicine education, I really fell in love with working to help patients through complicated systemic health issues.
So many health issues today are chronic and auto-immune in nature, without learning of a new way to try and maintain a level of wellness, there are many people suffering from a multitude of symptoms. While having 4 children over the past 9 years has reduced my number of hours in the clinic, it also helped me to really focus on these complicated patient cases, even if the overall number of patients I can see has changed.
I am also very passionate about women’s health and specifically how it can be better addressed. A real lack of patient education and resources greatly influences how women make decisions for themselves. This was brought to my attention after I hosted a few small classes on pregnancy and postpartum. The mass of questions that followed moved me to develop The Women’s Health Series, a 10-course post-graduate seminar series directed at practitioners. Better education has to start at the top if we are to offer our best to our female patients.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Never a smooth road! Owning my own practice was difficult enough, but then having 4 babies and needing the time for my pregnancy and to maintain a healthy postpartum window… that was a major challenge. With each baby, I planned better and my experience helped, but essentially I have started my practice 5 times- I wish that upon no one!
LG Institute of Health – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My practice is functional medicine based. My patients are primarily based on referrals and I see anyone from the patient struggling with fatigue and unwanted weight to couples struggling with infertility to complex overlapping auto-immune diseases.
I am always working with the patient to get the cause of the symptoms as best as possible, this often requires specific lab testing- far beyond the annual blood test. It is of major importance to me that I educate my patients along the way, it is imperative that they understand what is happening with their body and what is within their control to address and change. Lifestyle changes have a huge impact on health, but they are very difficult to undertake. It is part of my job to explain why diet/exercise/stress changes may be so important- and to give resources, tips, and support to help along the way.
I am most known for referrals of patients where everything else has failed. It is not uncommon for me to have patients see me after a trip to Mayo clinic. While it can be a daunting challenge to then look for something Mayo has not been able to address, it can be hugely rewarding to offer a patient some symptom resolution. I am most proud of the education I offer my patients, I don’t own their health but I do hope to show them a healing path.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success. Helping more patients in better ways is certainly one avenue. Financial can be another. After 4 maternity leaves, I would now probably define success as the continued practice growth without having any more major changes along the way, simply to allow growth to occur unimpeded!
- New patient $250
- return visits $150-200
- advanced lab work Some covered by insurance, some $200-$1500
- Prenatal/Postpartum fitness training $200 for 6 sessions
- Address: 430 W Erie Street #603
Chicago, IL 60654
- Website: www.lgihealth.com
- Phone: 3122558810
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @drsirchiolotus @womenshealthseries
- Facebook: Women’s Health Series LG Institute of Health