A Mindful Medical Practice; Ambassadors of Change

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A Mindful Medical Practice; Ambassadors of Change

For the past several years I have been watching, and following the infamous ZDOGGMD aka Dr. Damania of Turntable Health.  This past month at the AMSA event (American Medical Students Association) I had the pleasure of meeting him in person. I was an exhibitor at this epic event in Washington DC, launching my micro-study app Scrub Ninjas®; for the MCAT, NCLEX and High School AP.

I was anxious moments before the Keynote, the room filled with pre-med and med students, physicians and educators.  A giddy crowd wall to wall with eager eyes and ears for the Med-Rock Jedi known as ZDOGGMD. The room was shifting with coffee jittered students and giggles from the past nights adventures in the city.  I was uncertain of what I was about to experience. I thought I would just leave with a belly ache, new tag words and med hashtags for that evenings twitter posts. But I was wrong.  My experience of Dr. Damania, and the infamous ZDOGGMD went from a raging fan, to a colleague within the world of mindful medicine and business strategies.  I was in shock. And also experienced a deep feeling of gratitude and humility.

He opens the sacred talk with a story of his struggles, walking the path of a doctor, but living a life full of emptiness and lack of a true body-mind-healing practice with his patients.  He spoke of the intuitive healing his father gave his patients as he was a young man working along-side him.  How his father used his hands and intuition to listen to the patients body, mind and soul.  A common Eastern practice that I was used to. I am not going to deny that I was fighting the tears and the sting in the back of my throat, because I myself have been witness to the challenge of bridging the East and the West with an immigrant father. It was an awesome moment, and I felt the transformation.

ZDOGGMD spoke to all of us, I glanced across the crowd and saw a sea of enlightened faces. Although he uses humor as a hook, the anchor was compassion.  I have been blessed to work with and be of service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to work with Dr. Arun Gandhi and many more mindful practitioners in medicine and wellness.  I had struggled with my own thoughts of branding and awareness in this industry, and was kindly reminded of the ways of the world and the need for change. And that living a life of compassion and service should be, and can be automatic if you choose it.  After the public talk by Dr. Damania,  Dr. Isaac Yang, a neurosurgeon from UCLA Medical Center, came by my booth and told me that being different in my ways of education is powerful and spiritually led. He spoke of compassion, empathy and mindfulness in educating the youth, as well as being a lasting change for the future of medicine.  Dr. Yang opened for Dr. Damania, and that is where the stillness and spirit reckoning began; for me that is.  Dr. Yang warmed my heart and spirit in that moment. His deep kindness, and love for humanity was shining brightly within.  His smile is infectious. The stereotype that sometimes is associated with surgeons melted. Dr. Yang spoke of his love of God and his belief in humanity. He spoke his truth, without fear, with conviction. I felt blessed to be witness, and grateful that he practices mindfulness in medicine and life. His mantra; ‘Be Different’ meaning, go against the stream for the greater good.

“Thank you Dr. Yang, for who and what you are to all of us”

The event was a spiritual and emotional roller coaster of joy, regret and inspiration.  Feelings that many may not experience in one hour, let alone a life time.  As ZDOGGMD wooed the crowd with his Med-Rock Hip-Hop, the students burst out with laughter, the talk ended with his call to action, a call to support a membership-based primary care and wellness ecosystem focused on everything that keeps you healthy. The mission for his clinic TURNTABLE HEALTH a local, and hopefully global initiative for mindful primary care. Dr. Damania extended a personal invitation to join his crusade and study this model at TURNTABLE HEALTH.

I wrap this up with a gratitude and knowingness that moving forward with compassionate minded strategies for business, education and community is becoming viral.  Although I live between the East and the West, and these two incredible men happen to be men of color, I feel that the West is being led more so by the heart and mind.  I see America as a sacred mix of culture, religion and purpose.  We all have greatness, and I feel grateful to be part of this change. As a midwife, as an instructional designer, wife and most importantly as a mother. My desire to teach through gamification was born out of my son’s struggle to succeed in our society living within the Autism spectrum.  He shines, as we all do when education is served to us in new vibrant ways.

As Gandhi said;

You Must Be The Change You Want To See In The World.

In conclusion, be that change.  Make a lasting difference in a life of another, be of service to others without resistance. Being of service can be as simple as a thought of kindness to another who suffers. Being of service to others and living a path of mindfulness creates a sense of success and well-being in our own hearts…

Thank you Dr. Damania and Dr. Yang for the light you shine unto others, within the community and the world.



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Digital Nomads Edu., Founder


  1. Roslyn Tanner Evans July 3, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You had an extraordinary opportunity and experience. Thank ou for sharing it with us. It is always special when we have to opportunity to be treated by a holistic practitioner. I do believe more and more westerners are accepting the practices the east can provide.

  2. Beverley Golden July 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    What an incredible experience you shared with us all. I’ve been walking this path for myself for many years and have been fortunate to have attracted a wide array of health and medical practitioners who are working from the spiritual plane down to the physical plane. My primary doctor works out of Anthroposophy (Rudolph Steiner’s Spiritual Science) and all the personal work I’ve done to heal in the last 15 years, has been spirit based using both medicine (alternative only for me now) and art. Lovely when you find your tribe who speak the same language and also are sharing this in powerful ways with the world.

  3. Liz Benoit Cozby July 6, 2015 at 3:45 am - Reply

    I love ZDOGGMD, and I love your style of writing. Great tribute to two wonderful men, with a hint of why they have inspired you so much. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Coach Natalie Palombi July 6, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Wow, it sounds like quite an event and that you came away with a lot of inspiration and FIRE to move forward! 🙂
    Gandhi’s “Be the change…” quote is one of my favorites and is probably something that I would get tattooed onto myself if I were ever of a mind to get inked (lol).
    So glad it was a successful event and I hope you got your information about your app into the hands of lots of new people!

  5. Jackie Harder July 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great event. So glad you went and had such a wonderful time.

  6. Beth July 7, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    It sounds like you had a life changing experience and these doctors are totally in line with your beliefs. I hope you continue on your path with amazing mentors and role models like Dr Damania and Dr Yang that lead to great success for your product.

  7. Lorii Abela July 8, 2015 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Dr. Damania and Dr. Isaac have dedicated their lives for the welfare of others. They are passionate above up to the present. They have aspired and committed to achieving success. They have made things happen in the lives of others without compromising the essence of a medical practice considered as ambassadors of change. Thanks for sharing!

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