Medical Fitness Network

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:

Lisa Dougherty & Lucky 00:00 Introduction
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!

The Yoga Nurse Annette Tersigni

It’s not often you’ll hear the expression “I felt a calling” when someone tells you why they became a medical practitioner. In the case of Annette Tersigni, it happened when she was in a yoga class for health professionals. After participating in a class with stressed out, overworked nurses, she realized she needed to share her knowledge of yoga with them – by becoming a nurse herself. At age 48 she attended nursing school and in 2005 launched The Yoga Nurse program.

What is Yoga Nursing? Yoga Nursing® is a new brand, trend & movement in health care, nursing and yoga created by Annette Tersigni, holistic RN, stress relief, back safety expert and medical yoga therapist. Yoga Nursing unites the ancient wisdom of yoga with the modern science of nursing. Its mission is to train and create a global army of modern nightingales, yoga nurses, who will learn and teach the Yoga Nursing Sacred Remedy— in order to enlighten the ailing health care system and relieve stress, anxiety, pain and suffering for both nurses and their patients.

The Yoga NurseListen in to the conversation or jump into the conversation at the time stamps below.

00:00 Introduction
00:40 Meet Annette Tersigni
01:08 Yoga, Yoga, Yoga
02:15 A Calling for Yoga Nursing
02:45 5,000 year of yoga
04:10 (we really did mention Yoda!)
04:32 Taking a class from Deepak Chopra
05:19 Which came first – the Yoga or the Nursing?
06:50 The marriage of yoga & nursing
08:45 Taught 5,000 sessions
09:28 Foot behind head is not required
10:25 What is Yoga Nursing like in the clinical setting?
13:20 Duke Cardiologist – Dr. Mitchell Krucoff TEDxRTP Speaker & the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences
15:09 Energy in the room
17:10 A movement whose time has come
20:20 Evangelizing Yoga Nursing
22:25 Approved by AANC
24:50 Carry on plan?
Certified Yoga Nurses26:30 “The Yoda of Yoga Nursing”
28:00 When should Yoga be used?
32:00 “Quantified Self” – Dr. Bertalan Meskó & Yoga. Are they compatible?
35:00 Social Media Tip: Jackie Ryder, “Good Content drives action”

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