This blog is by Dr. Tanya Gold, MD, a holistic medical doctor in Tampa, FL, and owner of Dr. Gold's Optimal Living Institute. She is board certified in Family Medicine, a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Certified Laughter Leader, and is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Dr. Gold's philosophy focuses on getting her clients to their optimal level of health.
My name is
Dr. Tanya Gold, MD. I am board-certified in both family medicine and holistic
medicine. I earned my medical degree from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and did my Family Medicine Residency in Galveston, Texas. I have
been in practice since 2003 and opened my own integrative medical practice, Dr.
Gold’s Optimal Living Institute, aka D’Goli in 2014.
I was tired
of rushing patients through a visit and treating their symptoms primarily with drugs.
Realizing most headaches are NOT due to Tylenol deficiency, I wanted to find out
the root cause of their ailments, and
get patients well long term. This was
challenging, in a busy traditional medical office. Now I have the time to spend
with my patients, and hear their stories without thinking whether another
patient is waiting, because I get to make the schedule.
How I Practice Medicine
integrative physician, I have not abandoned traditional medicine. Quite the
opposite, I have added to it. Today, I use a variety of modalities, including
prescription medications, evidence-based herbs and supplements, and specialized
testing to remove the guesswork out of treating a patient. I work to find out a
personalized treatment plan for my patients.
In fact, I have been successful in getting my patients off medicationsor reducing their pill
load, and using more natural evidence-based approaches with minimal side
Health is a Gift
home personally, when I got sick, from working long hours, with little rest,
and letting myself get stressed out.
What I Learned
I hit rock bottom, and realized I couldn’t help anyone else (and do a great
job), if I didn’t help myself first! This
meant creating a healthy balance in my life. I love to work hard, but that also
meant setting aside time to play.
Work, Work, Work!
used most of my vacation time for training seminars, and would leave the all day lectures exhausted. I
now take more relaxing vacations, without work.
I also work
out regularly with a trainer, powerlift, play pickleball, and practice daily
meditation, laughter and yoga. I feel
more grounded and excited about what I do, and have more energy for learning.
My Ultimate Goal
sound silly, but my goal is to go out of business, because I have too many healthy patients! I am honored when my
patients don’t need to come in as often, because they are feeling better, and staying
forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
Reverse Arthritis Naturally? My Story No one told me there was an alternative to surgery. I hurt bad and
my doctor recommended immediate surgery. In fact, without even consulting
me, he told his MA to schedule surgery for me early the following week. I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my neck with bulging
discs (no car accidents or specific trauma). Baffled and then crushed when the
neurosurgeon told me I would never run again. Not words an avid runner wants to
hear. Running was my life. It’s where I met my friends, where I could
burn off all of the calories I ate, and also where I let go of stress. I could always
just ‘run it off!’ After this diagnosis, I had to stop running because every time I
ran it hurt. My arm went numb and felt heavy. One place I found respite was in
the swimming pool. There I could run without any pain (check out pool running). My doctors did their best, but all they could do was recommend
prescription pain medicines which tore up my stomach (from the anti…
Growing up I dreaded getting old! It all stemmed from the idea that getting old meant I would
become demented and frail. At a young age, my grandma told me over and over again
that she was old – she was only 50 years old. Please know, my loving grandma appeared healthy and
fit at that time, however, as time progressed she stopped taking proper care of
herself. She stopped eating properly and dropped her exercise routine at the
local JCC. Soon after, she unfortunately developed dementia and
became very weak. It was difficult for me to witness, as I noticed she began to
give up more and more in the following weeks after her diagnosis. It seemed as
if she was spending more of her time and energy visiting different doctors and
taking a plethora of different medications. Looking back, I wish she took better care of herself
in the process of her medical treatment. As I currently approach that age, I
realize that does not have to be my fate. I have made the concrete decision to