Emman Hussny MD is a primary care physician who incorporates wellness coaching into her practice. Dr. Hussny knew that she wanted to be a doctor since she was in high school. She grew up with the example set by her father, a hard working and well-respected immigrant obstetrician and gynecologist, who was happy in his busy career of taking care of patients.
A competitive student, she graduated from Cornell University before going to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. After completing her family practice residency, she joined a group practice in Virginia. Over the years, as an employed physician, she saw her allotted time with patients shrink. But she was also convinced that patients needed more than 15 minutes of her time, and that a number of their medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and diet. She knew that many of her patients would be in better health if she took the time to counsel them on how to improve their health rather than quickly writing a prescription.
When she finally decided that she had to practice medicine in the way that was best for her and her patients, she took a huge leap and opened her own solo practice in Virginia. With two young kids and a supportive husband, she worked hard to find office space, buy equipment, and hire staff.
Dr. Hussny remained driven to educate herself about the latest developments in medicine. She attended a conference called ‘Food is Medicine,’ which detailed the evidence-based impact of diet on health, and increased her motivation to teach her patients how to prevent illness through healthy living. In her new practice, she gave herself the time to schedule patients so that she could listen to their concerns, talk to them about their daily lives, and help them with dietary strategies to improve their health.
In 2015, she was invited to an Arbonne party. Although skincare and makeup were not her thing, she was intrigued. She had been looking for a program to help support her patients outside the office, but she was having a hard time finding the right program. It seemed like a good fit. With her rigorous academic background, she carefully studied the ingredients of the products and examined the research studies. Once she was convinced of the products’ safety and efficacy, she decided to try the program herself.
Dr. Hussny was drawn to the program because the philosophy was based on the same functional and integrative principals she was teaching her patients in the office. She says that it is based on an elimination diet and clean eating, gut and liver healing-focused, and that all of the supplements are plant based. She had a strong feeling that she had found something valuable that she could offer her patients.
She also felt that it was a good business opportunity for her. With worsening insurance reimbursements and an environment not very supportive of solo practitioners, Dr. Hussny had been looking for a plan B that would allow her to continue to provide her patients adequate time during office visits; she did not want to reduce the time patients received during office visits to increase patient volume and generate more money, nor did she want to sell her practice because no one will provide her patients the same level of care.
Dr. Hussny was already very busy with her practice and her plate was very full at the time with a litigation attorney husband and two boys playing travel soccer. However, she explains that the assistance she received from Arbonne was amazing. She explains that because her initial investment was minimal, she felt comfortable knowing that it was not going to cost her much financially if it did not work out. Her investment was less than $100; she did not need to keep inventory, it’s all internet-based. As she explains, this initial investment included her own virtual store, where she can send your clients to purchase products they are already buying at other retailers. “All of Arbonne’s products are formulated in Switzerland, and thus abide by the European Union’s strict ingredient policy, plus they are third party certified gluten free, vegan, Non-GMO, Lowglycemic index, and PETA friendly just to name a few,” she says.
Currently Dr. Hussny has a thriving and busy practice and enjoys her time with her husband and two growing boys. She herself uses the products and creates wellness videos to teach patients and friends about clean eating, balance in their diets and ways to avoid lifelong illness caused by nutritional problems. And she is seeing that many of her patients have had great success with weight loss, lowered blood sugar, cholesterol, health improvement, and an overall sense of well being. Dr. Hussney says that she is "building an asset, something that will generate money even when I'm not working." She says that the website was already built for her when she started and that Arbonne gave her a ".com" to ship from. She adds that "each consultant may create their own business page in Facebook."
She considers this aspect of her practice an extension of her vision of teaching people about a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and products that people are already using. She loves that she can help others outside her office live a fuller life, because they are in better health and have the energy to be limitless. Dr. Hussny feels that she is building a business that will allow her the time and financial freedom to participate in her other passions, like providing health care and coaching healthy living to people who cannot afford medical care. Dr. Hussny says that it will be so rewarding to her to have that kind of positive impact on society.
You can contact Dr. Hussney at Emmanhussny@comcast.net
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