Lisa Dougherty is on a mission to help people with chronic illness and medical conditions connect with allied healthcare professionals through the Medical Fitness Network to find the extra services they need. Lisa’s father is a cancer survivor, 4 times over. He inspired her pursue a career that involved helping others and promoting wellness. As a result of this experience, she became one of the founders of the Medical Fitness Network – a free, volunteer-driven network of allied health professionals with special training and certifications for patients with chronic illness and medical illness as well as pregnancy. Service a wide-variety of conditions the MFN offers including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Mental Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Pre & Postnatal Care, Respiratory Disease and Stroke.
The MFN is an online resource for locating well-trained fitness & healthcare professionals that include: acupuncturists, chiropractors, dietitians, fitness, health & wellness coaches, massage therapists, physical therapists, psychologists and yoga professionals, creating a truly unprecedented multidisciplinary network. This team approach, facilitated through the Medical Fitness Network, will positively impact the care of many individuals with chronic disease.
Listen to our conversation or drop in at the time stamps below:
00:40 What is the Medical Fitness Network?
[03:27] Pre & Post Natal services
[04:41] How many are in the MFN
[05:21] Using the internet to connect patients and specialists
[06:13] Membership dues in the SMHN
[08:30] Types of health conditions served by MFN
[09:00] Cancer Exercise Institute
[10:00] A little about Lisa’s background
[13:00] Exercising to help cancer patients
16:35 Matt Cavallo – MFN Advisory Board
17:00 MS Fitness Challenge – David Lyons
[18:30] Screening the health professionals
[18:54] What professional services are offered?
[19:38] It’s all about wellness
[20:51] How to reach more professionals
[22:48] HIPAA or Privacy issues?
[29:37] Family impacts decision to serve
[26:36] Specific exercises for specific conditions
[29:40] Facebook promotion
32:10 Social Media Tip: Susan Woolner – Use Buffer to manage publishing content
The Medical Fitness Network was founded by Lisa Dougherty, Dr. John Heydt & Dr. David Kruse and has over 60 volunteers serving on its Advisory Board, representing all the health categories listed above.
They have over 100 national business partners that promote and support the network by offering members discounts on products, services and continuing education courses. The MHN offers free full page advertising for businesses in exchange for these discounts for our members and the willingness to promote our network and help with our membership drive.
MFN is collaborating with medical and health organizations as their resource network for fitness & healthcare professionals. MFN donates all services and provides a managed database of qualified health and fitness providers, promotes the organization and its work, and offers fundraising platforms from partners like fitRaise.
The network is FREE to the community, FREE for medical & health organizations and FREE for the businesses that support it.
There is nominal fee for professionals ($99) and facilities ($199) who want to be listed as a provider in the professional’s directory and receive member discounts. All monies paid for dues are invested back into the network for continued growth and allow us to donate our services to medical & health organizations.
The Medical Fitness Network is about everyone coming together to serve the greater good… click to get involved!