A little something extra about your provider:
1. Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing
2. Favorite get-away: Faria Beach (California) or the mountains.
3. Favorite souvenir: The Christmas ornament picked out with my husband
while on vacation each year.
4. Favorite collection: Flattened pennies from the museums and travel sites
with my kids.
5. Favorite part of my professional day: Getting an infant or toddler to giggle.
6. Interests outside of medicine: Hiking, knitting, and archery.
7. Advice to parents: Make it a priority to share family meals together
everyday. Everyone needs to eat, but it is far more than nutrition that
you share when you visit around the table.
Dr. Lombard’s “Purls”
As an avid knitter with a silly sense of humor, it is only appropriate
to refer to some of my personal philosophies as “purls” rather
than “pearls.” Every knitting project – from simple
coffee table coasters to intricate sweaters – consists of only two
basic stitches: a knit and a purl.
Our lives can be thought of in much the same way, where simple, consistently-applied
inputs can yield beautiful results.
Purls for Patient Care
As an osteopathic physician, I believe that healing derives from the balance
of the mind, body and spirit. Modern medicines, procedures, and advances
in technology play critical roles in patient care, but we can’t
lose sight of the importance of healthy habits and lifestyles on one’s
well-being. These include regular aerobic activity, healthy nutrition,
adequate and consistent sleep, participation in enjoyable hobbies (“fun!”),
and preventative medical care, such as well-checks, dental care, and immunizations/vaccinations.
I find that the most conservative approach – identifying and treating
the condition, not just the symptoms – is the best first step in
the healing process.
Purls for Work
I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of patient care settings,
from teaching clinics with residents to busy private practices. I’ve
also engaged with a broad spectrum of community clinics: walk-ins, school-based,
newborn follow-up, crisis nurseries, and mobile adolescent vans.
I’ve seen luxurious offices stocked with every conceivable supply
to meagerly stocked mobile clinics.
Based on my experiences, the clinic setting and availability of resources
are secondary factors to providing exceptional patient care. First and
foremost, exceptional patient care requires a tight knit team that’s
unified around a consistent, shared vision. Care providers cannot succeed
in a vacuum.
Purls for Home
Family dinners are priceless: Studies show that breaking bread together is good for grades, communication,
enhancing nutrition, limiting risky behaviors, and most of all, it is
good for the soul. Whether your family unit is 2 or 12, make it a priority
to gather around the dinner table without the distractions of TV or electronics.
You’ll be amazed by how rewarding this time can be and how much
you enjoy it.
Everyone contributes: Every family member plays a role in keeping the team in winning form.
Even a young child can learn the value of personal responsibility and
cooperation by setting the table, dusting, feeding and watering pets and
plants, and general household pickup.
Unplug: We live in a connected world where digital devices can, at times, become
all encompassing. Make it a habit to put smartphones, tablets, and video
games away from time to time, especially during meals and at bedtime.
Your dining companions will appreciate your undivided attention and you’ll
appreciate more restful, restorative sleep.
Recognize the good: The world is full of negative messages that we absorb consciously and
unconsciously throughout the day. To counteract the effects, make it a
point to tell each person in your family at least 1 positive thing about
themselves. Let them know that you love them each and every day. Family
dinner time is a great time to share positive messages.
Purls for Life
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
and affection of children; to learn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find
the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know
even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have
succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson