I saw Dr. Smith for the first time in 2007. I was 53 years old and had been to several doctors trying to find relief from perimenopausal symptoms. These symptoms had lasted for nearly 10 years. Heavy menstrual bleeding, heart palpitations, extreme mood swings, waking up at night with high levels of anxiety, dry eyes, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, etc. I saw several doctors during this time and was never taken seriously even by the female gynecologist I kept using. I was told several things by the doctors: no need to check hormone levels because there is nothing we can do about them anyway (female internist), to help with heavy menstrual bedding which became so bad I wouldn’t leave the house on certain days of the month, I was told to start taking Ibuprofen 3-5 days before my period started to control the bleeding (female gynecologist), heart palpitations couldn’t be a result of hormonal imbalance (female internist). I could go on and on about not being taken seriously by other doctors.
I feel like Dr. Smith is the first doctor that actually listens to me. Since starting the natural hormone replacement, I feel better than I have in years. Dr. Smith recognizes that everyone’s body is different. She doesn’t offer a “one size fits all” recipe for health. It is definitely a partnership between Dr. Smith and the patient. It is the best investment I’ve ever made in myself. I’ve told several friends about Dr. Smith and some say they can’t afford the services. I tell them they can’t afford not to take control of their own health. We say we can’t afford to take care of ourselves all the while we are buying expensive clothes, taking expensive vacations, etc. I say skip the clothes and some other luxuries and invest in your health.