We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Tanya Carroccio, DNP and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Tanya, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This question is so meaningful to me in so many ways. I am a Gen X-er and I have been a registered nurse since I was 20 years old. I was also a single teen mom at the age of 17. In my mind, at that time, I had to be so successful that I could somehow make up for the fact that my son was born a statistic. No stable father, teen mom, rural America. This drive to ensure my son had what a stable family could offer pushed me to work too much, climb the corporate ladder and eventually lose my health. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the experiences, knowledge, and financial stability I gained along the way. But, because I did not practice a work-life balance, not only did my health suffer, but now I am trying to help my son try to find balance in his life. I hurt myself, but even worse, I unintentionally trained my son on what it was like to not have a healthy or effective work-life balance. It really was not until the pandemic hit that I realized that I no longer wanted to miss out on life by putting work first. So, in July of 2020, I gave up my hospital executive position and started working on the dream I had for a few years to open a clinic that focuses on the whole person and helps individuals reach their health goals. That is where Benehealth was born, a functional medicine and regenerative aesthetics clinic. How do I think about the balance is a great question. As mentioned, I used to never think about it, but now it is on the top of my to-do list every day. I am very mindful of the work-life balance, and fortunately, the clinic, although certainly requires work, is not the same type of work. This is a passion. Getting people to feel their best through optimal health is amazing and I feel obligated to practice what I preach!
What should our readers know about your business?
Benehealth. Because good health is everything. This is our business name and slogan. As a nurse practitioner, I have witnessed first-hand how a person suffering from mediocre or poor health affects almost every aspect of their life. Even worse, how often conventional medicine “fixes” symptoms or disease with a prescription, before trying to get to the root cause of the concern. Medication prescribed without addressing the underlying issues often leads to side effects, more issues and more medicine. We have all seen the ads on TV, pharmaceuticals are not the cure for most ailments. They may alleviate symptoms temporarily, but usually at a significant cost to our cellular structures, which leads to further health issues. The cycle continues and becomes a chronic disease, of which six in 10 Americans suffer from…and that number increases every year. What we do at Benehealth is deep dive into every aspect of an individual’s make-up to find those underlying causes, we start at the root. We look at epigenetics, nutrigenomics, history since conception, comprehensive full-body physical, and the list goes on. What I am trying to say is, we don’t settle for a diagnosis. We pursue until we can find an answer to the cause of a person’s health issue. That is what I am excited about…helping someone feel their best. Benehealth’s approach to healthcare is whole-person, integrative and comprehensive. We have regenerative aesthetics which follow the same principles. A person’s skin health reflects their overall health. If your underlying health is not being addressed, then it won’t matter how many aesthetic treatments you get…your skin will react favorably or unfavorably based on internal factors. Essentially, we do not separate out the parts of a person. That makes no sense. Treatment of the whole body/mind is not just a wave of the future, it’s a tsunami and we plan to be at the forefront, leading the way with other functional medicine practitioners. Getting to this point was both easy and incredibly hard for me. I was a statistic when it came to my health. As a previous hospital executive, I was continually under stress and had a very poor work/life balance. My diet was consistent with the Standard American Diet (SAD), which included too many processed foods and sugars. Over a course of a decade, I had gained 80 pounds and had the chronic diseases that came with weight, poor diet, lack of sleep, and stress. I was put on prescription medication for severe heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, and pre-diabetes. Not to mention, I had terrible brain fog, poor memory and required my gall bladder to be removed due to stones and a hysterectomy due to severe fibroids. To say I was a hot mess in my early to mid-’40s is an understatement. Before opening, while we were working on the program concepts of Benehealth, we created a program, now called Benehealth Restore. I followed the program specifics. I lost 35 pounds almost immediately and was able to stop all my medication. I had gained amazing energy, mental clarity, and motivation that I had not had for several years. The lessons learned. Good health really is everything. I got my life back when I started focusing on my individual needs for health and wellness. That is what I am passionate about. I want everyone to enjoy life’s moments and not have to waste any time being sick from a preventative chronic disease.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
That is a great question! I would (and have) start them at our clinic for an amazing organic facial treatment or one of many regenerative aesthetic treatments we offer. My friends do love that Benehealth has a MedSpa side to the business. Next, I would definitely take them hiking to one of the many amazing trails around the valley. My favorites are White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Estrella Mountain Regional Park, and the Superstitions. I don’t eat out very often, but when I do Picazzo’s Italian Kitchen offers some amazingly healthy dishes, e.g. non-GMO and gluten-free. So, this would be a great stop after a fun hike. I live in a golf community, so golf and pool time are Arizona must-do’s for R&R. Shopping is at Kierland or old town Glendale for some antiquing. For some real fun and talent, we would head on over to Illusions The Drag Queen Show in Phoenix. Also, I would check on the events happening on Eventbrite and pick one of many events usually happening around Phoenix metropolitan area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be the person I am had I not had the opportunity to grow up on a farm and living with both a dad and a bonus dad that were incredibly driven, each in their own way. The life lessons were many, but I am thankful for having them both plant the seed early on that my potential is only limited by me. I was taught not to place my value on other people’s opinions or agendas. Most importantly, I was taught to be kind, considerate, and stand up for what I believe to be important. Even though they have both passed on, I know both my dads would be very proud of me for following my passion for changing the way practitioners approach health and wellness for all. A book that was very foundational to my passion, and I feel everyone should read, is The Disease Delusion, by Dr. Jeffrey Bland. It opened my eyes to the way we should be practicing medicine and allowed for me to really expand the dream of owning a functional medicine practice. Finally, a big shout out to my colleague and business partner, Dr. Lauren Bachman, as her brilliance in functional medicine and biochemistry is incredible and has allowed me to have an amazing vision as to where we can take health and wellness in the future.