Physician Theresa Fisher is the quintessential “professional woman” of our time, but it’s important to know that she’s not one of those professional women who only speaks her mind.
In fact, she is an accomplished speaker who is an advocate for women’s rights and health.
In this exclusive interview, Fisher shares with us her journey from being the “pro-life” activist to the first female physician.
Her book, The Physicians Handbook, has been hailed as a groundbreaking guide to gender equality.
Now, she’s speaking at a special event at the University of California at Berkeley.
We asked Fisher, who also is the author of a new book, to share what you need to know to become a practicing clinician.
We also asked her what it takes to become an advocate and advocate for reproductive health.
Let’s dive in.
What are you doing now?
I am currently working as a physiotherapist in the United States.
My specialty is treating patients with severe and persistent pain.
I’m a full-time physician and have been for 25 years.
I started out doing medical care and worked in hospitals and clinics.
I’ve been doing this for 25-years, so I have a deep understanding of how the body works and what it’s doing.
What does that mean to you?
Well, I believe in the power of the body to heal itself.
I feel that the body is really the most powerful organ on the planet, and it does that by constantly making changes in the way it is being utilized.
It can heal itself if it has a proper, effective, safe way to do that.
So the body can heal its own internal injuries.
That’s really what I’m focused on, because I feel like my job is to heal.
How do you do that?
Well, the body makes itself feel so good, and then it works itself up into a frenzy and it can do all sorts of crazy things.
I have people who come in with severe, chronic pain.
They’re like, “Oh, I’m so glad you’ve brought my pain to the surface,” and then they start feeling good, but they’re also really, really stressed out, because their life is very stressful, and they’re having a lot of other issues.
They start having a harder time with their relationships, and when they do that, they’re so stressed out that they have a hard time sleeping, and so they’re feeling a lot less happy and they have trouble getting out of bed, and everything is going really, REALLY badly.
So I try to just remind them that it’s really good to just get better, and to not let it be a burden on you.
What is your practice like?
I do a lot.
I do everything from physical therapy to chiropractic, and I do things like acupuncture, massage, etc. My goal is to help people feel better, but I also like to teach myself things like how to make the body feel better.
I teach myself about nutrition and exercise, and how to get good nutrition.
I also have a lot in the classroom, like a little program that I teach at home that’s all about healing.
And that’s how I got into practicing.
What’s your most challenging experience?
I would say it’s getting to know patients, but especially the more difficult part is the time it takes me to be able to do it.
It takes me three to four hours to do one session, and that’s the only time I can actually teach a patient how to do their body well.
What do you think about the current state of health care in the U.S.?
I think we’re really under-trained.
I think there are a lot more women in this country than men.
I mean, there are so many more women doctors than men and so much less female doctors, but that doesn’t mean we’re not being trained.
I know it’s a very long time ago, but we’ve been training women for 30 years, so there’s a lot to be learned.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned about women in your field?
I think that we’re taught a lot that if you don’t have a uterus, you’re worthless, and women are the ones who have the uterus.
And the reason why we think that is because women are considered less intelligent and less capable.
It’s because women don’t understand the science.
It really is that simple.
What kind of advice do you have for practicing women in medicine?
I really, truly believe that we can all do it if we really just want to.
And I would tell them to take their medicine, because they’re really valuable and very important, and not just in the world of medicine, but also in the worlds of sports, business, and anything else that they can do in their lives.
Do you think that a lot is still being done in women’s health? I’m hoping