Why Dr. Dean and Ricki Mitchell Call Themselves "The 10th Doctor"

How many doctors would you say you have seen for your medical symptoms?

One? Two - a second opinion? More than that? At Mitchell Medical Group in NYC, Dr. Ricki and I half-jokingly refer to ourselves as The 10 th doctors as it is not uncommon for our patients to have seen at least ten doctors before coming to see us.

Why is this the case? The reason we believe this is true is the following: we see patients with complicated medical histories and we devote 60 minutes for the evaluation of each patients (something many physicians can’t do with their schedules)

The other main reason has to do with conventional medicine as it currently exists: medicine has become too specialized with doctors only focusing on the narrow area of their specialties and not seeing the overall picture . As holistic doctors, we have confidence that your illness most likely came from your environment - meaning the stress in your life, your diet and the medications you were treated with over the years. These can all have profound effects on your health!

What Doctors Come Before Us

The list of doctors that have seen our patients before they come to see us is quite long. Our practice sees all types of patients with gastrointestinal issues, joint and muscle pains, skin rashes and respiratory problems. We also successfully treat Candida patients which many conventional doctors don’t even acknowledge as a health issue.

So, who are the doctors that come before us - the holistic doctors?

  1. gastroenterologists
  2. rheumatologists
  3. neurologists
  4. orthopedists
  5. chiropractors
  6. dermatologists
  7. allergists
  8. gynecologists - our female patients obviously
  9. usually some alternative type of practioner such as an acupuncturist

And that leaves us at number 10.

The problem with the first 9 doctors is that they are very focused on their area of expertise.

Gastroenterologists are looking for ulcers, reflux, cancers - when the patient mentions constipation, bloating or excess gas not much attention is paid to it.

Rheumatologists are looking for those autoimmune diseases that can present with severe joint pain and damage; and they have powerful new medicines to stop inflammation but also lower a person’s immunity.

Neurologists are looking for a range of diseases where the nerves are injured or inflamed: i.e. Multiple sclerosis, neuropathies due to injuries or diseases like diabetes.

Orthopedists and chiropractors are looking at your bones and joints seeing if something is anatomically out of place.

Dermatologists and allergists are looking at your rashes hoping it has something to do with what you eat, touch or breath - but focusing on the skin.

Gynecologists are typically the only doctor a young female ever sees, so a lot falls on their plate- but again, not where their interest lies.

Acupuncturists, many of which are very talented, unfortunately, can’t do the vital laboratory assessments needed to evaluate a complicated medical case.

A holistic practice like ours uses the best of Western and Eastern medicine to make a medical diagnosis but to provide safe and effective treatments as well.

What We Do Differently dr dean mitchell holistic doctor nyc

Our training as holistic doctors focuses on a detailed history of what circumstances in life may have brought about your illness. Yes, it’s true that a stressful job, a bad marriage or divorce or the loss of a loved one can trigger the downward spiral of medical problems. Understandably, as patients we run to the doctor that we believe will give us the fastest relief. However, without getting at the root of what brought about this change can result in the “Band-Aid” effect; meaning, a short fix but not a lasting one.

As holistic doctors, we have learned that so many illnesses derive from the gut (the stomach and the intestines) and their interaction with the nervous system (your brain and spine). By providing our patients with a program of dietary changes, breathing exercises, lifestyle changes along with key supplements, we have seen people’s lives change (please check out some of our patient testimonials showcasing our results). We don’t claim to cure everyone but we sure to seem to help a lot of patients get their lives back!

So, next time you are searching for help for a medical problem that has eluded your regular physicians, consider a holistic doctor maybe even the Dr. Dean Mitchell and Dr. Ricki Mitchell and skip doctors 2 through 9.

- Dr. Dean Mitchell
Mitchell Medical Group in NYC and Long Island


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