For those of you that I haven’t met already, I joined the team at CentreSpringMD in the beginning of 2017. After taking some time off to move to Georgia from upstate NY and having my second child, Elliana, I was excited to get back to engaging with patients and practicing functional medicine.
Tell us about your background, and what made you become a doctor.
If someone asked me why I went into medicine, I would say my father played a huge role. My father was a pediatrician and an amazing role model for me as a child. Everywhere we went people seemed to know him and I was often in awe of how respected he was in our community. When I started practicing as a young doctor in the same town, my patients would ask “are you related to Dr. Lehine?” They would then proceed to share stories about how my father had touched their lives in some way. I have always wanted to be “that kind of doctor”.
What do you want to accomplish through patient care at the Centre?
As a part of CentreSpringMD I hope to make each patient I interact with feel heard and respected. I want to create real change in their lives, listening to what’s important to them and guiding them on a journey towards improved health and wellness.
What’s one health tip for women that you think every woman show know?
One health tip I would like to share with every woman is that your emotions matter! So many times women are categorized as “moody” or “hormonal” when we express our emotions. However, our emotions are created from a place deep within us. When life becomes too busy or stressful, we bury our emotions and ultimately lose a sense of who we really are. Instead of paying attention to how and why we feel the way we do, we disconnect from our bodies and our true authentic selves. This can lead to chronic stress within the body that is often overlooked and can contribute to a variety of symptoms and diseases.
To prevent this, one suggestion is to practice heart-centered meditation daily as well as simply asking yourself “how do I feel?” When you name the feeling you shift your focus from the back of the brain which is more reactionary into the frontal cortex which reduces the stress response.
How do you spend your time when you’re not at the Center?
When I am not at the Brookhaven or John’s Creek office I enjoy reading books on spirituality and personal growth, listening to lectures on functional/integrative medicine, running outdoors, playing competitive tennis, laughing and talking with my kids, as well as enjoying quiet time with my husband.