Focus on: Dr Sandy Eun, Integrative GP
Dr Sandy Eun is an Integrative General Practitioner who combines conventional and complementary medicine to provide the best possible care to her patients.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery at the University of New South Wales, she completed her Fellowship in General Practice gaining experience in a wide range of medical conditions. She has also had additional training nutritional, environmental and functional medicine and applies these principles in her practice. Sandy completed post graduate training with the Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC) and utilises acupuncture as a treatment modality where appropriate.
Sandy’s aim is to assist people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness in a holistic way. This is achieved through longer consultations which strive to understand the root causes of the health concerns and exploring the underlying biochemical and functional imbalance. Individualised treatments may include lifestyle modification (i.e. diet, exercise, sleep), nutritional supplements, herbs, acupuncture, pharmaceutical agents and addressing stress and other psychosocial factors.
What is integrative medicine to you?
Integrative medicine to me is treating the whole person focusing on individualised care. There are more treatment options available to patients as it also integrates the best of conventional medicine with other therapies such as diet and lifestyle changes, natural supplements, herbs, mind-body medicine and other modalities such as acupuncture.
What are your areas of interest?
Digestive issues, fertility and women’s health, antenatal care, mental health.
What are your core beliefs about health care?
My core belief is to focus on treatments that will address the underlying cause, and not just the symptoms. A lot of people have symptoms that don’t necessarily fit into a particular medical diagnosis but their symptoms are an indication of underlying imbalance. In conventional medicine, we wait until they develop enough severe symptoms to fit a diagnosis before treating but I prefer to implement strategies to keep people well, before they develop more serious diseases. I also believe that treatments need to be individualised, taking into account their genetic susceptibility and their response to the environment. Two people may be suffering from the same disease, but the cause may be completely different. For example, one person may have migraines due to hormonal imbalances but another may be due to food intolerances.
What is the most difficult thing for patients to address and why?
For people to become truly healthy they need to have the motivation to make changes to eat healthier, exercise and find time for stress management. It is not about taking a bunch of supplements or medications. There are no quick fixes and require time and effort to change. I find that people have very busy lives and often have difficulty implementing these lifestyle changes and changing bad habits.
What led you to Elevate?
I have always enjoyed working with like minded health practitioners and seeing motivated patients who want a holistic approach to their health. Elevate is an amazing clinic in a great location and fits the bill perfectly.
To book a consultation with Dr Sandy Eun, call Elevate on 9252 2225.