I recently was interviewed by Meddebate, a blog for medical students:
Dr Sohère Roked is a General Practitioner with a specialist interest in Integrative medicine. Her passion is to help empower patients to take control of their healthcare, using a range of tools to achieve this.
Born in England and brought up in Wales, she studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 2003. She has worked across hospitals in England and Wales, in the specialities of A&E, general medicine and surgery, women’s health, otolaryngology, and spent 3 years working as a psychiatrist before becoming a GP. It was this broad knowledge of medicine that made her realise that the current conventional medical practise is far from complete.
1. Could you tell us a bit about your background and why you decided to become a doctor?
I’m from South Wales and always wanted to be a doctor so I could help people. My dad is a GP and I grew up watching him be a valued and respected member of the community and I wanted to emulate this.
2. Could you explain what integrative medicine is and when it was first introduced?
Integrative medicine involves looking at a person as a ‘whole’ and using the best of conventional and alternative therapies that have scientific evidence. The main principles are that the practitioner and patient work as partners to achieve the healing process. All aspects are considered to achieve good health, such as the mind, spirit, social factors as well as the body. Both conventional or alternative medicine should be considered to help stimulate the body’s innate healing response, and wherever possible natural options that work in synergy with the body should be used. These principles have been around for years but integrative medicine was first introduced into clinical practice in the 90′s.
3. How has your prior experience in psychiatry influenced your current practice?
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