Revitalizing Healthcare

Creating the Practice that Aligns with Your Values: Drs. Paasch & Barrett

December 13, 2022 Season 2 Episode 5
Creating the Practice that Aligns with Your Values: Drs. Paasch & Barrett
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Revitalizing Healthcare
Creating the Practice that Aligns with Your Values: Drs. Paasch & Barrett
Dec 13, 2022 Season 2 Episode 5

In this episode, host Dr. Andrea Austin interviews the co-founders of Mana Wellness, Dr. Maria Paasch and Dr. Anna Barrett. They have been caring for the health of women for a combined 30-plus years. They grew up in a family surrounded by strong women and therefore, found themselves drawn to women’s health without hesitation. Their women’s health training took them from the deep South to the South Pacific, giving them the opportunity to work with women across the continent and from varied backgrounds. Through their training in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in their practice, they have found deep satisfaction in the connections formed with women while helping them through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Working with women through some of their most intense and life-changing moments, they created intimacy and a bond with their patients that are unique to women’s health and not often found in other areas of medicine.

"Taking care of women and their families year after year is an honor and a privilege. It is also revealing of the shortcomings of our medical system." 

While they sincerely value their OB/GYN training, they recognize that true preventive medicine and the art of cultivating and maintaining wellness are largely lacking both in allopathic training and in traditional medical practice. They consistently find it difficult and frustrating to help women achieve true wellness in a system that is not designed for this purpose. At the same time, they realized that they had not been fully attending to their own health. Juggling demanding careers and families of their own, Super Mom Syndrome (as they call it) had left them burned out and depleted, less than truly well. They found themselves at a crossroads, both personally and professionally. 

After a decade or so into their careers, this crossroads led them to Functional Medicine. They understood instantly that it was not only the solution to

Are you a healthcare professional looking to empower yourself and advance in your field? Then, you won’t want to miss the transformational Women in Medicine Summit, September 13-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This event is a powerhouse of inspiration designed to elevate and celebrate women in medicine.

Dr. Austin, host of this podcast will be there and hopes you will be too!


MicroSkills is built on one core, easy-to-learn principle: every big goal, complicated task, healthy habit, and, yes, even what we think of as character traits, can be broken down into small, learnable, skills that can be practiced, and incorporated real-time. Pre-order wherever you buy your books or on Amazon; launches Apr 16.

Support the Show.

  • Connect with Andrea on Instagram (@revitalizingdoc) or LinkedIn about the show and more, or visit her website www.andreaaustinmd.com.
  • Sign up for her newsletter, “Revitalizing Healthcare.” It is your go-to source for insightful content on transforming the healthcare landscape and staying well while changemaking.
  • Join this list to keep up to date on the launch of her forthcoming book, Revitalized: A guidebook to rediscovering your heartline. This book provides a beacon for channeling emotional intelligence not only to survive but thrive in medicine.
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In this episode, host Dr. Andrea Austin interviews the co-founders of Mana Wellness, Dr. Maria Paasch and Dr. Anna Barrett. They have been caring for the health of women for a combined 30-plus years. They grew up in a family surrounded by strong women and therefore, found themselves drawn to women’s health without hesitation. Their women’s health training took them from the deep South to the South Pacific, giving them the opportunity to work with women across the continent and from varied backgrounds. Through their training in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in their practice, they have found deep satisfaction in the connections formed with women while helping them through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Working with women through some of their most intense and life-changing moments, they created intimacy and a bond with their patients that are unique to women’s health and not often found in other areas of medicine.

"Taking care of women and their families year after year is an honor and a privilege. It is also revealing of the shortcomings of our medical system." 

While they sincerely value their OB/GYN training, they recognize that true preventive medicine and the art of cultivating and maintaining wellness are largely lacking both in allopathic training and in traditional medical practice. They consistently find it difficult and frustrating to help women achieve true wellness in a system that is not designed for this purpose. At the same time, they realized that they had not been fully attending to their own health. Juggling demanding careers and families of their own, Super Mom Syndrome (as they call it) had left them burned out and depleted, less than truly well. They found themselves at a crossroads, both personally and professionally. 

After a decade or so into their careers, this crossroads led them to Functional Medicine. They understood instantly that it was not only the solution to

Are you a healthcare professional looking to empower yourself and advance in your field? Then, you won’t want to miss the transformational Women in Medicine Summit, September 13-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This event is a powerhouse of inspiration designed to elevate and celebrate women in medicine.

Dr. Austin, host of this podcast will be there and hopes you will be too!


MicroSkills is built on one core, easy-to-learn principle: every big goal, complicated task, healthy habit, and, yes, even what we think of as character traits, can be broken down into small, learnable, skills that can be practiced, and incorporated real-time. Pre-order wherever you buy your books or on Amazon; launches Apr 16.

Support the Show.

  • Connect with Andrea on Instagram (@revitalizingdoc) or LinkedIn about the show and more, or visit her website www.andreaaustinmd.com.
  • Sign up for her newsletter, “Revitalizing Healthcare.” It is your go-to source for insightful content on transforming the healthcare landscape and staying well while changemaking.
  • Join this list to keep up to date on the launch of her forthcoming book, Revitalized: A guidebook to rediscovering your heartline. This book provides a beacon for channeling emotional intelligence not only to survive but thrive in medicine.