Scott A. Wasserman, M.D.
20201 N. Scottsdale Healthcare Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Dr. Scott Wasserman runs a successful private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona where he specializes in what he calls “quality of life” medicine. He works extensively with women of all ages. Some of whom find themselves in the throes of hormonal upheaval to the point of desperation. His approach is well rounded with a heavy emphasis in education, attitude, initiative, nutrition, and emotional well being. His real expertise is in making sense of symptoms as they relate to the subtle and not so subtle expression of hormone imbalance.
Dr. Wasserman grew up in New York. He attended medical school in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Sackler School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein/Jacobi Hospital in Bronx, New York. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He a member of the North American Menopause Society as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He is a sponsored triathlete who has completed multiple Ironman Triathlons.
Sometimes considered more of a health coach. Dr. Wasserman is an educational and motivational speaker who talks frequently on topics relating to women’s health. He sees himself on the frontier of a new kind of medicine. One, which he hopes to educate other physicians about as well as patients.
There, There, Dearie
“There, there, dearie. It’s just menopause. Everyone goes through it. Why are you so upset?” Meanwhile the sleepless nights continue, your energy seems to have suddenly disappeared, fatigue becomes overpowering and you feel like you are dragging through quicksand. Your memory seems less sharp, joints ache, muscles hurt, your eyes are dry, tempers flare and crying spells hit out of the blue.
“There, there, dearie!”
I think women are getting short changed about their hormones. Apart from heart disease and osteoporosis, they affect your mind and sense of well being. They affect interpersonal relationships, business relationships and general quality of life. There’s a lot of unnecessary suffering going on because of this oversight.
I am a physician who specializes in working with women (and loves doing so). As such I am terribly saddened by the degree of confusion and disempowerment that has been marketed into women’s consciousness. Are all diabetics prescribed the same dose or type of insulin? So why should women accept a one size fits all approach.
Take Susan whose journey began about one and half years prior to coming to see me. In that time she began to experience joint aches, migraines, palpitations, insomnia, anxiety and irregular periods (just to name a few). By the time she showed up at my door she had been placed on Celebrex, Fioricet, Inderal, Ambien, Paxil and birth control pills. Now she had a whole new set of complaints: a 40-pound weight gain, depression, failing marriage and a profound sense of desperation.
“There, there, dearie!”
In our first meeting she made the comment: “I don’t know who I am anymore”. I understood completely. I didn’t see Susan as a “whacked out” middle aged woman on painkillers, tranquilizers and antidepressants (after all this couldn’t be hormonal –she was still having periods!). I saw a woman whose not so subtle peri-menopausal hormone fluctuations led to symptoms which forced the medical community to cram her into the only treatment model they knew. A symptom relief based approach, which had virtually destroyed this person. An all too common recurring theme I’m afraid to say I see on a daily basis.
The story does have a happy ending though. It didn’t take long to fine tune Susan’s hormones and her health as well as restore her sense of perspective. Through education as well a little art and science Susan was made to feel powerful and in control again. Not to mention medication free. And I quote “ I feel like I have my life back again”. Sadly, for many women who never get that chance, it was not that difficult for us to do either.
All women deserve balanced information, proper education, and compassionate assistance in sorting out their priorities and values for their health. Distilling the very essence of life down to “diseases” and symptoms has truly wreaked havoc on our values.
The journey through the healthcare maze trying to find answers can be very destructive. It’s all a matter of attitude and perspective.
“There, there, dearie!!”