Providing Telehealth Services for Patients, with Tommy Breedlove
Special guest Tommy Breedlove joins us to talk about how functional medicine practitioners can provide telehealth services for patients while creating a welcoming virtual environment and how to pivot in the field during and after COVID-19. He shares: Insights into telehealth services for patients How to adapt your practice for COVID Why telehealth is here to stay How FM practitioners can better connect with patients Why self-care and self-love are important for FM practitioners How to evolve your practice to stay relevant Leading by Example Tommy Breedlove is a best-selling author of Legendary and business, relationship, and mindset coach, as well as an international keynote speaker. His business is guiding people to live their dreams. Everything Tommy teaches, he practices in his everyday life. From meditation to affirmations, Tommy is happy to be on the right side of karma and help people find their true calling. Today, on the FM Shift, Tommy joins us to share with functional medicine practitioners how their own self-care is essential for their patients. He also gives us insights into staying relevant in a world that’s constantly changing, even walking us through the details of the future of telehealth and how it can allow us to serve more people and make more money. Don’t Become a Dinosaur During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world changed. Suddenly business trips, school, offices, and many other in-person functions were canceled. Luckily, thanks to technology, many businesses didn’t miss a beat. But that doesn’t mean businesses didn’t struggle. As functional medicine practitioners, we had to get creative with how we served our patients. That meant entering new territory for many of us and creating telehealth services for patients. While many doctors nationwide offered telehealth services before COVID, suddenly all patients were seen virtually. As we inch nearer to the pandemic’s end, it’s easy to think that the market will return to the old way, and many of us are looking forward to getting back into the office. But before we make that jump, take a moment to think about the benefits of telehealth for your patients. Virtual visits mean they can attend their appointments without the hassle of driving across town and taking time off work. And, as you know, time is money. Speaking of which, when patients are able to spend 15-30 minutes on a virtual call with you, instead of an hour or two to see you in person, you will be able to serve more patients every day. Additionally, you will be able to serve a wider range of clientele. After all, when your practice is virtual, you can help patients from all over your state, not just your local area. When the pandemic is over, don’t think that just because you can have in-person appointments means face-to-face is best. Don’t lose patients to a competitor simply because they continue their telehealth and you don’t. Make Space for Your Patients Did you know that functional medicine is more than serving your patients? When you’re a healer, it is your job to make sure your patient has what he or she needs to heal. However, you cannot heal someone when you still have wounds. That’s why it’s so important for you to practice self-care, self-love, self-respect, and more. Healing is more than understanding the root cause of an illness and healing it. It’s also about making sure the mind is healthy. For doctors, it can be difficult to make space for your patient to recover if you’re still feeling the pain of your own traumas, especially when providing telehealth services for patients, it can be challenging to create a warm and empathetic environment. But, if your mindset is clear and healthy, you can make yourself more available to your patients. This means that you will be able to serve your patients better and reach a wider population. As your mindset heals from your past traumas, you will notice that you start to let go of negativity, fear, and pain, opening yourself up to take on more than you ever thought possible. About Tommy Breedlove Tommy Breedlove is the author of the best-selling book Legendary. But before he was featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Tommy spent 20 years at one of the largest financial consulting firms in the world, where he eventually became a shareholder, the International Practice Leader, and a board of directors member for one of the largest accounting firms in the Southeast. But, at the height of his career, Tommy walked away from the corporate life to help people follow their dreams. He shows his clients how to live with meaning and balance while obtaining financial freedom and working in their zone of genius. How to Connect with Tommy Breedlove: Website: www.tommybreedlove.com/gifts Book: https://tommybreedlove.com/get-inspired/book-legendary LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/legendarybook/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/tommy-breedlove/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/tommybreedlovelegendary Twitter: @TommyBreedlove If you’re looking for better ways to provide telehealth services for patients, be sure to also check out Episode #8 of The FM Shift, Move Your FM Practice into the Online Space, with Sandra Haseley. In this episode, Sandra talks to us about how FM practices can create a thriving virtual practice that meets all your patient needs. About The FM Shift What if functional medicine became as profitable, rewarding, and stress-free as you expected it to be? The business side of functional medicine doesn’t have to be a GRIND. We can help you discover functional medicine sales mastery and make maximum money without patient resistance. The FM Shift shows you how to easily attract patients who want what you offer and are willing to pay you what you’re worth without waiting for your practice to magically mature. Get more details here.