Thrive Medical, Inc.
Thrive Medical is a wellness center that helps clients optimize their health with services such as IV vitamin, mineral and amino acid replenishment, and testos-terone replacement therapy. Owner H. Jeff Nazar, DO, started Thrive Medical in January. After graduating from medical school in 2009, he trained medical students nationwide for licensing exams utilizing an online platform that he built. His company grew to provide training for various high-stakes examinations that physicians must pass before they are licensed. Over the years his team has trained more than 80,000 physicians.
Tell us about your practice.
“Our clinic has two sides. One specializes in providing vitamin replacement therapy, IV therapy, infusion therapy and cosmetic procedures. The other specializes in treating men who have low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, male pattern hair loss and other conditions. We have an in-house, CLIA-certified laboratory to provide lab results within minutes, and we also dispense the most popular medications at our clinic so patients won’t need to wait on outside laboratories and pharmacies to get the treatment they need.”
How has your practice adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic?
“We’ve increased our inventory of IV vitamins and minerals because a lot of research has been published about the effectiveness of zinc and vitamins on the immune system, making the demand very high. We have been taking extra measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, maintaining sanitary conditions, taking appropriate screening measures and spacing out appointments in order to provide social distancing for patients. We’ve also started doing house calls for patients who feel most comfortable receiving treatment at home.”
What are you especially grateful for today?
“We have the tremendous privilege as health care professionals to provide support to our patients when they are going through some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. So I am especially grateful for the continued support and trust that our patients place in us.”
Tell us about your team.
“Our team members make us special. We follow a simple set of core values: Grow Together (support each other’s growth and acknowledge every team member’s ideas, contributions and hard work in order to facilitate an environment all members are proud to be part of); Respect (value every bit of detail our patients tell us); Accountability (deliver on promises with no excuses); Desire to Improve (each time, improve something and be open to new ideas and change); Honesty (be sincere and completely free of deceit); Compassion (be conscious of what others are going through and have a desire to alleviate it); Collaborate (we work together to ensure our patients have the best experience); Communication (open dialogue and transparency are critical across the board).
This allows all of our staff to be on the same page with the ultimate goal of providing the absolute best, individualized care possible in a compassionate and cutting-edge manner. Patients regularly comment on how great their experience with my staff is.”
What are the most common symptoms of low testosterone that you see in your clinic?
“The most common complaint is low sex drive. This seems to be the last straw before our patients seek treatment since it affects their relationship. Along with this, patients also experience fatigue, irritability, depression, erectile dysfunction, increased body fat and reduced lean muscle mass. The good news is that all of this can be reversed and continue to improve over time with replacement therapy.”
What drew you to this industry in the first place?
“New research suggests that 1 in 4 men over age 30 have low testosterone. Unfortunately, many men remain undiagnosed because physicians aren’t checking testosterone levels frequently. Their symptoms are instead blamed on something else like depression, and they’re prescribed an antidepressant when their symptoms could be easily resolved with bioidentical testosterone. Treatment also requires close monitoring of labs—easy for us to perform due to our in-house lab. I opened this clinic to get my patients feeling like their younger selves again—conveniently and efficiently.”
Share with us your thoughts on work-life balance.
“Work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. Maintaining work-life balance helps reduce stress and helps prevent burnout. I pride myself on giving 100% of my attention to the task at hand—at work, at home or on vacation. I’ve found that allows me to recharge so I can give my all during the workweek without burning out.”
What’s most rewarding about your work?
“Many of my patients experience life-changing transformations. Seeing and hearing about the progress directly from my patients at each visit makes my work extremely gratifying.”