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Episode 080: “Living Centered and the Mind-Body Connection”

Featuring Dr. Sara Bomar

This week Lindsey and Mickenzie sat down to hear the incredible story of Functional Medicine Doctor, Sara Bomar. Dr. Bomar shares how her journey as a patient, seeking a diagnosis and spending 14 years in a wheelchair, helped her become a better doctor and changed the way she approaches the mind/body connection for herself, her patients, and the clients of Milestones.

Meet this episode’s expert

Dr. Bomar scored in the top 7% of all physicians in the nation on her medical boards upon her graduation from Meharry Medical College while a wife, mom to a toddler, and stepmom of three. She was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha in her junior year, and received multiple departmental awards. She went on to complete her internship in Internal Medicine at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and then completed two years of Radiology residency and 7 months of Nuclear Medicine residency at Vanderbilt Hospital.

While working as a resident physician in a highly competitive residency at Vanderbilt Hospital, Dr. Bomar developed a back injury that was expected to respond to fairly routine surgery. Rather than recovering, she became more and more debilitated, was prescribed a motorized reclining wheelchair and walker for mobility, and suffered intractable pain. As a shadow of her former self, her role as a patient was hard to accept. It would take eight years to receive a correct diagnosis and yet six more years for a treatment that would allow her to walk again and live with significantly less pain.

Along the way it was the support of faith, family, and friends, as well as the fruits of her research and the efforts of some innovative health providers that maintained her health even in the hardest of times. She is thankful to be on this side of the journey. But the journey itself was valuable in that it would forever change the way she would practice medicine.

Dr. Sara grew up in Shelbyville, TN and is the sister of Milestones’ favorite psychiatrist, Dr. Neil Bomar. They love collaborating in patient care. Dr. Sara loves cooking for big family get-togethers, hiking in state and national parks, and traveling just about anywhere with her husband George who is a psychologist and an attorney. 

A word nerd, she us crazy for word games and solving cryptoquotes. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she was Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and received numerous other academic and student leadership awards at the University of Tennessee.

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