Smita Ohri, MD: In traditional medicine, we have an algorithm for every disease, and there is always sickness care rather than actually looking preventive, and actually really making patients healthy so that the diseases vanish. So I went through my own hormone changes, and I was really feeling not well.
And even though I had a background in OB-GYN and family medicine, I didn’t know how powerful the hormones are to maintain your brain, your skin, your energy, sleep, mood. So I chanced on the bioidentical hormones. It totally changed my life. The hospital would have nothing to do with it. So I started my own practice eight years ago. Then did my fellowship in integrative and functional medicine and anti-aging. It’s been a really, really great ride, and I really feel that it really changes people’s lives, and this was the best decision of my life.
Now as I continue doing this, I notice people feeling really well inside, but outside, because my average age of my patients is about 50, 55, and they were asking me to do… because they had a lot of confidence in me and my abilities in that way. They said, “Do you do anything else for my skin? Can you do something for how I look? I don’t like these jowls. I don’t like the quality of my skin.”
So I started with dipping my toe into aesthetics. That was about five, six years ago. But I’m very careful so I was just keeping the overhead low, and I was doing fillers and Botox and some good creams and maybe some PRP procedures.