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Welcome to The Catalyst, the podcast where we explore creative ideas to spark innovation in an unhealthy healthcare system.

Join your host Dr. Lara Salyer, a physician and mom of three, who suffered burnout, resigned and is re-imagining the way she practices medicine. After training with the Institute for Functional Medicine and Flow Research Collective, Lara now teaches patients and practitioners how to optimize flow to catalyze their own revolution in healing.

Tune in for candid conversations with leading experts in conventional and holistic healthcare, who dare to believe a better future is possible for all of us. We’ll cover topics from organizational efficiency to creative technology to proven methods to think differently about the practice of independent medicine.

Life is made up of tiny, catalytic moments of immense impact. When strung together, the transformation is magical. Join us, and let’s color outside the lines!

The Catalyst: Sparking Creative Transformation in Healthcare Dr. Lara Salyer

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Welcome to The Catalyst, the podcast where we explore creative ideas to spark innovation in an unhealthy healthcare system.

Join your host Dr. Lara Salyer, a physician and mom of three, who suffered burnout, resigned and is re-imagining the way she practices medicine. After training with the Institute for Functional Medicine and Flow Research Collective, Lara now teaches patients and practitioners how to optimize flow to catalyze their own revolution in healing.

Tune in for candid conversations with leading experts in conventional and holistic healthcare, who dare to believe a better future is possible for all of us. We’ll cover topics from organizational efficiency to creative technology to proven methods to think differently about the practice of independent medicine.

Life is made up of tiny, catalytic moments of immense impact. When strung together, the transformation is magical. Join us, and let’s color outside the lines!

    When You Have No Words, Prescribe Creativity

    When You Have No Words, Prescribe Creativity

    “Creativity gets pooh-poohed a lot, but it's just a different way to process. Some people don't have words,” explains Cheryl Paswater, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Functional Wellness Practitioner. Cheryl knew she wanted to be an artist from early in her childhood, and her creative mind opened her up to seeing the world differently. When she became sick, she realized that none of her doctors were thinking outside the box or trying anything new. Instead, she was being prescribed more and more medications, and she knew there had to be a better way. This led her down the path of functional medicine and fermentation. 

     

    Cheryl saw the healing power of creativity first hand while working as a resident artist at a hospital helping patients to recapture the ability to play and overcome their fears of making mistakes. It is not always easy for people to find the right words to process their emotions. Creativity provides endless possibilities for expressing those hard to process emotions. Often people are anxious about trying art because they think it needs to look a certain way in the end, but Cheryl helps her clients be more open to the creative process by first teaching them to open their minds to trying new things. She draws parallels between the processes of creating and healing and explains that neither process belongs in a box. 

     

    Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to learn more about the healing power of creativity, how to process difficult emotions through art, and why practitioners need to think outside the box regarding patient care. 

     

    Quotes

    • “Our world would be better if we all were curious, open minded, and learned how to prioritize play and creativity as the way to process emotions and feelings when we can't find the words.” (1:19-1:30 | Lara)

    • “Nobody was trying any other way of helping me get better. They're just putting me on more inhalers, and more antibiotics, and more steroids.” (7:07-7:17 | Cheryl)

    • “I was so committed to getting well that I was willing to give up my housing because I couldn't afford to do both.” (11:30-11:39 | Cheryl)

    • “We have completely ventured away from the process, the willingness to touch, the willingness to make mistakes, and the willingness to actually play. When do we just get the enjoyment of doing something without having to be like the outcome is X, Y and Z?” (19:29-19:53 | Cheryl)

    • “You will get people who will say no to you. Every day or every week, for a year and a half. And then all of a sudden, one day it's a yes because they see you working with other people.” (24:46-25:04 | Cheryl)

    • “Do something every day that scares the shit out of you.” (36:13-36:15 | Cheryl)

     

    Links

    Connect with Cheryl:

    Websites: 

    www.cherylpaswaterfunctionalmed.com 

    www.contrabandferments.com

     

    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

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    • 46 min
    The Physician Who’s Conquering the Online Space, and Bringing Colleagues Along

    The Physician Who’s Conquering the Online Space, and Bringing Colleagues Along

    “One person can't make a difference, but many can. And so what I'm doing is I'm trying to not only give doctors a voice, but I'm trying to give them the fuel they need to feel empowered to continue building up their brand,” explains Dana Corriel, MD. Dana is the founder and CEO of SoMeDocs, a social media hub for physicians to get recognized and hired for their talents outside of healthcare through mediums like podcasting, writing, speaking, educating, and coaching. She is a former board certified internist who realized that while she could not fix things in the healthcare system alone,  having a network of colleagues could make all the difference in the world. 

     

    Healthcare workers often work within an overarching organization and do not get as recognized for their individual talents. If they shift hospitals or careers, their reputation may not follow them since it is strictly attached to the organization. Through social media marketing, physicians can make a name for themselves as individuals by creating content and building a brand that they can take with them into any new job. When doctors recognize their talents and have the opportunity to foster them, it can lead to amazing opportunities working in fields outside of healthcare.

     

    Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to learn more about SoMeDocs, why social media marketing is so important for physicians, and what types of side gigs doctors can excel in with their current expertise and talents. 

     

    Quotes

    • “One person can't make a difference, but many can. And so what I'm doing is I'm trying to give doctors not only a voice, but I'm trying to give them amplification fuel, so that they can feel empowered, and they can continue to build up their brand. So all of us can individually make a difference.” (7:12-7:34 | Dana)

    • “You're a representative of the system, but you're still an individual.” (10:55-10:58 | Dana) 

    • “I am for physician individuality. The health experts themselves need to create content and take that content with them where they go. And they need to consider themselves as individuals or individual micro celebrities that then take all of the branding and the content that they've built, and they take it with them to the next job.” (11:19-11:42 | Dana)

    • “Opportunities were coming my way at the beginning, like heavily coming my way. At which point I said, Well, I not only can't do this myself, but why don't they come to my colleagues? Let me make it easier for them to get to my colleagues by building a categorized website that's beautiful, but that splits us up according to our niches and our specialties, where we practice, etc, etc.” (13:38-14:01 | Dana)

    • “I think physicians not only are multitalented, I think they don't always recognize that they have talents in different things. And it takes this newfound discovery that we should be doing other things in today's world because healthcare isn't perfect to recognize that you have a talent in something.” (17:40-17:59 | Dana)

     

    Links

    Doctors of Social Website: www.doctorsonsocialmedia.com

    Dr. Dana Corriel Website:  www.drcorriel.com





    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

    Podcast production and show notes provided by HiveCast.fm

    • 26 min
    The Community Cure

    The Community Cure

    “Not only do you solve loneliness in the groups, but you actually create a structure whereby new behaviors can be implemented as a norm within the group,” shares James Maskell, Creator of The Functional Forum and Author of The Community Cure. James created a community system for functional medicine practitioners and patients with chronic diseases that is virtual, accessible, and provides group-based care. James realized that groups were necessary for treating chronic disease because people are more successful when they have a support system backing them and because the real healing happens in between doctor’s appointments during day to day life. 

     

    Many people who suffer with chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, do not believe they can be cured. Having a group around them that is supportive and truly believes they can reverse their disease is pivotal for patients’ mindsets. Loneliness is linked to worse health outcomes, so a group setting can help by reducing loneliness in chronically ill patients. It is also useful for creating structure and reinforcing healthy behaviors that may not be as easy to stick with individually. 

     

    Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to learn more about the community care model of functional medicine and the incredible success rate these programs have for treating and reversing chronic diseases. 

     

    Quotes

    • “The first question that I asked is, ‘Is chronic disease reversible?’ And I think that has to be the foundation question. Because if chronic disease is going up like this, and the cost of chronic disease is going up like this, then ultimately, we have to really understand what is chronic disease? Where does it come from? How is it different from acute disease? And how do we get people out of it?” (3:59-4:19 | James) 

    • “Not only do you solve loneliness in the groups, but you actually create a structure where new behaviors can be implemented as a norm within the group.” (13:20-13:29 | James)

    • “If you create a whole episode of care that uses Zooms and allows people to connect in between the Zooms, that whole episode can be more effective than coming to a location every week. And the reason for that is that in between the Zooms, is where health happens.” (14:52-15:09 | James)

    • “You can create new profit centers on insurance and reduce burnout by taking the time element that's needed for behavior change, put it on the group, so you can focus on your precision work.” (44:39-44:52 | James)

     

    Links

    HealCommunity Website: www.healcommunity.com

     

    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

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    • 49 min
    A Uniquely Colorful Psychiatric Medical Career That’s Beyond “Paint by Number”

    A Uniquely Colorful Psychiatric Medical Career That’s Beyond “Paint by Number”

    “We need to remember to leave room for the magic,” shares Dr. Holly MacKenna, board certified psychiatrist. Dr. MacKenna has 20 years of experience working as an integrative trauma-informed psychiatrist in New Orleans helping patients through a mixture of traditional Western practices and Eastern influences like reiki and acupuncture. She formed her approach through learning about integrative medicine and gaining access to other female healers that she did not have exposure to during her time in medical school. 

     

    Western medicine tends to place too much emphasis on data, the subsequent results of that data, insurance companies, and the exchange of money which leads to a disconnect between providers and patients. By giving herself permission to be human and take a more integrative approach to the body and mind connection, Dr. MacKenna is able to form a deeper relationship with her patients. She brings together practices like mindfulness, prayer or spirituality, reiki, acupuncture, and traditional Western medicine to form a more comprehensive package of psychiatric care. By opening up to that connectivity with the universe and one another, Dr. MacKenna helps her patients explore both the masculine and feminine energies within themselves to reach a more robust state of healing. 

     

    Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to hear more about integrative psychiatry and how it differs from traditional Western practices. 

     

    Quotes

    • “We need to remember to leave room for the magic.” (14:48-14:50 | Holly)

    • “What often happens in western medicine, especially in that organizational kind of insurance driven model, is that masculine side, that data, that collecting money, that needing to justify to the insurance company, that takes over in a way that doesn't allow for the magic. And it gets away from the relationship between the provider, physician, therapists, whomever and the patient who this is all supposed to be about.” (17:14-17:49 | Holly)

    • “There's some power in allowing myself to be a human in the room and to really be a partner with the patient.” (25:28-25:33 | Holly)

    • “The beauty of my  journey with integrative medicine is that it's really allowed me to find what I didn't realize I was missing, which is female mentors and a lot of female healers. I just didn't have that in medical school and in my traditional training so much. It just shows how important representation is.” (36:58-37:18 | Holly)

    • “When we allow ourselves to heal as healers, and we allow ourselves to really explore our own source, our own connectivity to the planet and universe, that is going to naturally allow us to evolve in a way that's going to be beneficial to those that we are trying to help.” (40:25-40:43 | Holly)

     

    Links 

    Dara Wellness website: http://www.darawellnessnola.com/

     

    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

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    • 42 min
    Thriving After Loss With Grief Wellness

    Thriving After Loss With Grief Wellness

    “What I learned after being in these trauma classes is how much it is a massage for the nervous system, through muscle tissue,” explains Marelda Rodrigues, Certified NeuroMuscular Therapist and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. Marelda is a massage therapist and wellness educator and the founder of Grief Massage and Wellness. She created the grief massage after a client came to her for help with the grief she had been experiencing since the death of her daughter. 

     

    Grief has a profound effect on the human body, particularly in the central nervous system. Our nervous system is designed to look for and recognize threats and respond in a way that protects us. However, experiencing trauma causes the nervous system to feel like there is always a threat and this keeps our bodies on high alert. The more trauma and grief build up with consecutive losses, the more unregulated the nervous system becomes. A grief massage serves as a way to release the tension from the nervous system and help people process their emotions. 

     

    Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to hear more about how massage therapy can be used to heal the central nervous system after experiencing grief. 

     

    Quotes

    • “Part of me has been trained through all the years of self development to be the participant and the observer of my experiences. And so I put myself in that mode, was able to take enough notes to figure out what I was doing, and from there, came grief massage.” (6:16-6:33 | Marelda)

    • “Trauma has an element of grief, but not all grief is trauma. While not all grief is trauma, if you have had a background in trauma, and it hasn't been correctly regulated, it will come and clash with a grief that may not have trauma in it.” (11:58-12:22 | Marelda)

    • “I say this is what emotional release is because I think sometimes people are very threatened by the fact that they may be just sobbing and crying in this massage session. So I let them know that the best thing they can do is come in with the emotion of curiosity. And to stay curious because there is no way to predict that it's only going to be crying.” (19:28-19:53 | Marelda)

     

    Links

    Connect with Marelda Rodrigues:

    Website: https://mareldarodrigues.com/

     

    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

    Podcast production and show notes provided by HiveCast.fm

    • 36 min
    Awakening a New Paradigm of Medical Care

    Awakening a New Paradigm of Medical Care

    “I realized that with functional medicine, a lot of this truly is an educational experience for the patient. As opposed to a pill that I give you, it's an education,” explains Amy Drab, MPAS, PA-C. Amy is a Physician’s Assistant turned Functional Medicine Practitioner with her own practice, Awaken Functional Medicine. She adds value to her practice by including educational programming for her clients through Awaken Academy. 

     

    Amy became interested in functional medicine after seeing how it helped her own children with their health issues. One of her daughters was struggling with asthma and was on four medications while the other had colic. When she made the switch to functional medicine, both of her daughters’ health improved and her daughter with asthma was able to get off medication entirely. Amy realized that a lot of functional medicine comes down to educating patients so that they understand why certain lifestyle changes and supplements are important and are empowered to make the right choices. She combined her experience working in family practice with her experience working as a college professor and found that they were a perfect combination for effectively educating clients about functional medicine.

     

     Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst to hear more about the importance of education in functional medicine and the role it plays in creating more successful health outcomes for patients. 

     

    Quotes

    • “Sometimes you feel like you're on a path. And you are convinced this is where you're supposed to be. And it doesn't turn out. It's not what you thought it would be. And it ultimately ends up giving you the information, the knowledge, the wisdom, the understanding, the courage, whatever it is, to actually move forward and actually do what you were born to do.” (7:54-8:18 | Amy)

    • “I was starting to get burnout anyway because I was in family practice at that moment in time. And you're just seeing patients for 10 minutes, throwing medication at them, and running out the door. And I thought to myself, that's not healing.” (10:52-11:03 | Amy)

    • “I realized that with functional medicine, a lot of this truly is an educational experience for the patient. As opposed to a pill that I give you, it's an education.” (15:21-15:31 | Amy)

    • “When you're with a patient, I think it's important to do three things: educate, inspire, and empower.” (20:13-20:21 | Amy)

     

    Links

    Connect with Amy Drab:

    Website: https://awakenfm.net/

     

    Connect with Lara: 

    Website: https://drlarasalyer.com

    Instagram: @drlarasalyer

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drlarasalyer

    Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlarasalyer/

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/c/DrLaraSalyer

    TikTok: @Creativity.Doctor

     

    Podcast production and show notes provided by HiveCast.fm

    • 48 min

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This podcasts rejuvenates your Right brain and heals your soul

Laura Salyer has been an inspiration on my journey. I was surprised and delighted to find she has a podcast. This woman is a magician. She is gifted at so many levels. But mostly she uses the latest Neuro science and creative art skills to heal and transform you. She gives you just the right info at the right time. I am a long time fan and so happy that i can now listen in. When I’m tired of my clinical duties and can’t absorb any more of the latest medical research, this podcast will make my right brain dance.

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