Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine with Dr. Danett Bean (Doctor of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine), who is affectionately called Dr. Danett. She is a caring and compassionate healer who began studying health in the early nineties. Since then, she has become certified, licensed, and skilled in a variety of health disciplines and has administered thousands of treatments to assist people toward achieving better health. Though Dr. Danett’s clinical experience is vast, her biggest health lesson came after having her son. Dr. Danett battled health conditions for years that almost took her life, but she survived victoriously and became passionate about spreading awareness on postnatal depletion. This resulted in the authoring of her book, A Taste of Our Own Medicine: 3 Vital Keys to Ending Postnatal Depletion, Nurturing Mothers and Improving Our Communities.
Through a series of thoughtful questions, we wanted to get a closer look into Dr. Danett Bean’s influence in the world of wellness. Continue reading to discover where she started, challenges she’s faced, and what inspires her. Often times we don’t’ get to see the story behind the face of those within the wellness industry. So let’s start right at the beginning!
Please tell me about yourself and your business…
Women’s health and integrative medicine provides in-person and virtual consultations, natural remedies (herbs, acupuncture, nutrition etc.) and informational resources. An emphasis is placed on preventive care, especially to women 35 and up with fertility, mothers in preventing postnatal depletion, the menopausal/postmenopausal and aging population.
What was the light bulb moment that allowed you to see monetary value in your calling?
After making the commitment and dedicating the majority of my time to Asian medical school and working in the clinic, there was no other choice. It’s how I make my living and has been so for the past 14 years.
If you had one piece of advice that you could give to an individual looking to transform their life to a lifestyle of wellness, what would it be?
Become very conscious of what you surrounding yourself with (food, environment, etc.).
Where do you pull inspiration from in order to provide others the motivation that they need to make lasting lifestyle changes?
I have witnessed and thoroughly believe in the human ability to heal. That is enough for me.
How has your ethnicity and sexual identity impacted your work? Provide insight on any challenges that you may have faced in your industry.
Racism has impacted my own health and those that I have had the opportunity to treat. This is even more so when combined with a lack of adequate resources. I’ve seen the effect of oppression on health in transitional housing sites and programs that I’ve worked at, as well as in my private practice. As a woman over my lifetime, I’ve dealt with a lot of inappropriate sexual advances. I’ve also dealt with white people not wanting to be treated by me once they saw the color of my skin (in clinics and prior to the popular use of the internet where you could see what someone looked like in advance).
How do you implement wellness into your personal life on a daily basis when you are not providing support to others?
Working to drink the full amount of water that my body needs and getting out in nature as much as possible.
What is one alternative remedy that you cannot live without?
What have you learned from mistakes made when first starting your wellness business?
That even when you love doing something, you have to charge what your full fee is. It is very important for the practitioner and the patient for many reasons, but particularly karmically.
What is one life memory you recall most that has affected your career path?
Receiving my first acupuncture session and having an amazing dream while on the table and things improving with my health that I didn’t realize was off.
What was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make with regard to wellness?
Pushing past what comes up when you try to be consistent.
How do you navigate the Guru syndrome to empower clients to see that they are the masters of their destiny and to not look to you for ALL the answers?
I let them know that all of the information that I’m using to treat them is derived from them and that their body has its own natural intelligence which is what directs our work together.
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