GoInspireGo.com made an appointment with Dr. Shah to find out what inspired her to gift healthcare, how she sustains the clinic and how she pays her bills without a paycheck or hidden savings.
Dr. Shah is Naturopathic Doctor (using natural remedies to heal). She received her Naturopathic Medicine Degree and her Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and got her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rutgers University. Even though she excelled in the pre-med program at Rutgers, Dr. Shah found her calling through Naturopathy because it connects the mind, body, and spirit.
The concept is simple: “We wish to give the gift of healthcare,” she said. “Our current healthcare system is broken and is in shambles, the reform really doesn’t address the root cause. Even with the at-best option for single payer, the healthcare system would not address the problem of disconnectedness that people so commonly feel from their practitioners.”
Dr. Shah believes that the universe will sustain the cost operating the clinic and her basic needs. “All I need is food and shelter,” she said with another smile. Anonymous donations have miraculously sustained her since the clinic opened its doors.
Oh, and I must mention, the quality of time spent with patients. After they make an appointment online, Dr. Shah sends patients a long, in depth questionnaire, with questions that reach deep within, such as the patient’s perspective on life and their responsibility to heal, before she meets with them. The first appointment is about two hours long. Along with no payment due at the end of the visit, patients don’t have to wait in line and get a unique one-on-one medical experience that has many patients leaving transformed – with a renewed outlook on their health and their lives. On top of the deep connection, the attention and quality time with Dr. Shah, patients leave with the gift of a smile card that reminds you to “smile” and pay this gift forward in an anonymous way – a gift, a shift and an experience that money can’t buy.
This experiment is about to face its biggest test yet – Dr. Shah’s medical school loans will be due next month. Still, she trusts that if the loans need to be paid, the money will come. The universe will provide.
When I tell people about Karma Clinic and explain what Dr. Shah is doing, I could literally see people’s minds churning – People ask how could this be? How does she pay her bills? What? Blank and discombobulated facial expressions ensue.
Some people I’ve come across while producing this story have called me credulous, others were skeptical of Naturopathy and exactly how and why Dr. Shah does what she does. I’m not insinuating that naturopathy will work for you; everyone has the right to think and choose the path of healing they believe in.
Whether you’re a skeptic or a supporter, I hope this story inspires you to think about what you can do for others.
Through our work at Go Inspire Go, we hope to help people discover and use their “power” to help others. Through our videos, we hope that you will discover your power (resources, talents, gifts) to give back. You don’t have to take drastic measures, sell your home or quit your job — I hope to inspire you to think about what you’re capable of doing to help others, in your scope, in your comfort level, on your own time.
When I think about my Aunt Hong, who died in her 40’s and everyone who is battling illnesses and insurance companies, I can’t help but think about what Dr. Shah said that will always continue to resonate and inspire me: “We give the patients the respect that they deserve, regardless of whether they have money or not, because they’re human beings.” Isn’t that the way healthcare should be? Isn’t this the way we should treat others, no matter what resources or gifts we have to offer? No matter how much you have in your bank account, what title you do or do not have, I truly believe that everyone has the power to help others.
What Can YOU do?