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Exploring Life and Business with Dr. Deepa Verma of Synergistiq Integrative Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Deepa Verma. 

Hi Dr. Verma, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a double-board certified MD, in family and integrative/anti-aging medicine. I completed med school at Rutgers Medical School (formerly Robert Wood Johnson) in NJ. I settled in FL in 2006 and eventually joined Morton Plant Mease Primary Care as their first part-time female physician. I have always been proactive and preventative in the type of medicine I practice, and I eventually got jaded by the fractured healthcare system. I founded Synergistiq in 2013 during some challenging times in my life. My father had unexpectedly passed away from an unfortunate side effect from a medication he should not have been on as he was healthy, and I was also going through a divorce. These were never obstacles for me, instead they served as stepping stones to greater ambitions. I was an independent mother of three young boys learning how to become a savvy businesswoman all the while being the best physician I could be to spread the wealth of health. My passion is to help patients create a healthier and happier version of their existence by guiding them on their journey to wellness of the mind-body-spirit.

Synergistiq has two locations, in Clearwater and South Tampa. Services are varied and include gut health, plant-based nutrition, hormones, detox, in-depth labs, IV therapy, CVAC pod, medical marijuana, face & body aesthetics, fitness and more. In essence, I like to say I am a medical biohacker, wherein I am unlocking the secrets to longevity while empowering patients to take control of their health and wellness destiny. I practice what I preach and preach what I practice because I want to be the best role model I can to everyone. If I do not exemplify the life I preach about, then patients will not place their trust in me and be compliant with my recommendations.

I am passionate about spreading the wealth of health and enjoy being a keynote speaker for many platforms including the esteemed American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), AMMG, AMMPA, Cutera, Vibrant America and more. I have appeared on NBC, ABC, Bay News 9 to report on current and relevant health topics and I blog for different publications, with most current one being Clean Plates.

The exponential growth of Synergistiq foreshadowed the increasing popularity in integrative/functional medicine which is a direct reflection of Ayurveda, arguably one of the world’s most intricate and ancient medicinal systems. Being first-generation Eastern Indian, I grew up bridging two cultures. I watched my parents do yoga and follow a plant-based diet and incorporate intermittent fasting as part of their lifestyle, decades before this all became popular in the Western World. I was born in Queens, NY and grew up in NJ, completing all my schooling there, including my medical residency. Transplanting to FL was an exciting move because I am able to embrace a healthier lifestyle here due to the beautiful weather all year round.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing great is ever achieved without struggles and roadblocks, and I firmly believe that failures and obstacles serve a bigger purpose. Much like an arrow is drawn back to gather momentum, it prepares itself to be propelled forward with focus and determination to hit its target. I always keep my eyes on the prize. Synergistiq was a rebirth of my soul. She was born from tragedy in my life, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. She was my savior. My visions came to life with hard work. I tirelessly and endlessly worked, and I still do. There are never enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want to, but having grand goals fuels my ambition even more. My advice to anyone is to always have faith and positive vibes. Never doubt yourself. The sky is not the limit, your mind is.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am the physician and founder of Synergistiq, established in 2013. I am known for my integrative/anti-aging practice throughout the country, as over 1/3 of my patient base are scattered in different states. What sets Synergistiq apart from other practices is that I look at my practice as a one-stop shop. I have a potpourri practice that attracts men and women, children and the elderly. People are sick and tired of feeling tired and sick. They are looking to find the root causes of ailments, not just temporarily put a bandage on it. Unfortunately, we are taught to be reactive in healthcare, but I teach patients to be proactive. Why wait for something to happen? Take the bull by its horns and control your destiny as best as you can.

In the South Tampa location, we have a beautiful yoga studio. I planned that space during my build-out to create a unique environment where a patient comes in and experiences the greatness of mind-body-spirit medicine. The list of my services is so varied, there is something for everyone. What I am most proud of is that I am self-taught in everything and mentor others to create a practice like mine.

Pay it forward and spread the wealth of health.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The popularity of integrative/anti-aging medicine is only growing and becoming more mainstream as people are searching for ways to improve their longevity and be disease-free. The exponential growth in this field over the past decade has been tremendous and is very exciting, especially as I started at a time where it was not fully embraced or practiced. My patients are looking for ways to feel good mentally and physically without relying on pharmaceuticals, because they want to find the root cause of what is going on with them. Genetics is not to entirely blame for what happens to us. In fact, only 25% of what happens to us is dictated by our genes. The other 75% is due to our lifestyle. I teach my patients that we have four pillars of a healthy lifestyle. These include following a clean diet, promoting restorative sleep, engaging in exercise/activity and managing stress.

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