Junise, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I have always had a desire to help people. So, it is no surprise that I became a nurse. After years of working in a hospital, I decided that I needed more and I wanted to make more of an impact on my patients. So, I went back to school and became a nurse practitioner. I loved what I did. I loved the difference I was able to make in someone’s life. It was not the ability to prescribe treatment for their disease or give a diagnosis to bring peace of mind. It was the ability to listen, to bring healing with touch, and to care. Unfortunately, that love and fulfillment slowly began to fade. I started to hate going to work. I hated being asked to do things that I thought were not ethical. I hated being rushed from patient to patient. But even more so, I hated that my patients were seen as nothing but numbers. This experience in our healthcare system changed me not only as a provider, but as a mother and a wife. I was no longer present. Work overshadowed every aspect of my life. I was working 24/7. I was yelling at my children. I was depressed. I was anxious and I was bitter. What happened to the love? Thinking that I was burnt out with my current job, I changed jobs frequently. It took several years for me to realize that the problem really was that I had been trying to live my dream life in someone else’s dream. When I gave up the desire to live for others and started to live for me and my family, I rediscovered the love I always had. It was still there but had been forgotten and buried deep below the disappointment and disgust with today’s healthcare system. It was then that I remembered my vision years ago of having my own mobile practice, spending as much time as I wanted with my patients, and being in charge of my destiny. That love fueled me to start my own practice, Bay Area Mobile Clinic. I cannot be happier. I have a sense of freedom that I cannot explain. With this, I remember the words of Mother Theresa who said it best, “Work without love is slavery”.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, it has not. I have worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and one of the biggest challenges is educating and helping people to believe that there are options when it comes to their health. One of these includes having to break through the traditional concept of what healthcare looks like. You do not have to sit in a waiting room for hours, or fight traffic, or run to the emergency room for minor or chronic issues. Home visits/house calls are not new concepts. In fact, technology has made it easier, but bringing it into a new generation has been difficult. If you can get it done in a clinic, we can do the same in your home. Minor procedures such as biopsies, abscess drainage, X-rays, medication delivery, suturing and even writing prescriptions can all be done in the home. Another challenge is helping individuals realize the cost benefits of paying cash for healthcare services and reserving their insurance for emergencies. These cost savings are usually up to 80%. This option is especially beneficial for those who have high deductibles or even want to lower their premiums. In our experience, many deductibles are not met during the course of the year.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Bay Area Mobile Clinic offers quality healthcare to individuals in their homes and healthcare to business owners for their uninsured or under-insured employees. We are dedicated to providing our patients with comprehensive services to benefit their health and well-being. By providing visits in the home or office, we have more time to focus on helping patients find treatments to feel better, and connecting them with resources to help them stay that way. We specialize in bringing convenience and cost-effective care to individuals, businesses, and families. We take pride in being able to provide individualized, holistic care and treating our patients like our loved ones. Our greatest achievement would have to be earning the trust of our patients enough for them to refer their friends and family. We stand by the idea that people are not clothes, there is no one size fits all in healthcare.
Can you tell us how you think about risk?
Quitting my clinical job and going against the mainstream idea of healthcare was a huge risk. I am not a risk taker, but I believe that we miss out on a lot of opportunities by living within our safety nets. Taking risks challenges us, propels us further, and allows us to grow.
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