As the battle is waged on the scientific front, it is with great joy that I am able to announce that we will begin to see patients at the WPI on August 1. It will close the circle necessary to be a true translational research center with synergy between disciplines.
Dr. Chitra Bhakta is a Family Practitioner with a private practice in Orange County where she treats ME/CFS and autism. She brings medical insight, scientific literacy and compassion for the patients. Dr. Bhakta will continue to be available to her Orange County patients during this transition.
Dr. Robert Fredericks is an Endocrinologist in private practice in Reno. His special interests include the endocrinology of neuroimmune illnesses and he is an expert in bone metabolism. He has decided to join us and is in the process of moving his practice into the clinic, thus providing us with our first specialist.
There are a very large number of patients asking to be seen. We will only be able to accommodate a few in the beginning. We have other interested doctors, but Nevada’s licensure process for new physicians coming into the state is long and can be convoluted. Dr. Bhakta has had a Nevada license since her residency at the University of Nevada, allowing her to begin without a delay. Our goal is to create a group of like-minded physicians. I tried active recruiting hoping to accommodate the volume of patients at the outset, but it will have to happen more organically, as we find the right doctors with passion for the project.
It’s a start. The need is enormous. We will get our systems in place, fill in the gaps with respect to pathophysiology, and approach treatment with the benefit of the perspective of our scientists. The seeds are sown. We will water and care for this unique garden, growing our knowledge for the day when we can harvest in the form of clinical results.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.