We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristy Lamb, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first graduated from medical residency (after five years of training in family medicine and psychiatry after medical school), I was working in a number of different environments practicing both general medicine and psychiatry from a concierge clinic to a homeless shelter and even in the jails. I had a passion for serving underserved and marginalized populations, but wanted to expose myself to all different clinical environments to see how things worked. It was clear that the medical system in the US creates a great chasm between the haves and the have nots. In the county clinics I had less than 15 minutes to see a patient and taking extra time to do any type of therapy was frowned upon because the system was so impacted. However, in the concierge, pay-for-service model I could spend as much time as I needed with people and as you’d expect those patients got better, faster. So I set out to start a private practice in order to have the time and space to hone my skills in psychotherapy, and eventually to build a full service program for addiction and primary mental health where I could provide exceptional care and perform research. The goal has been to show the long-term cost-effectiveness of medication management in conjunction with psychotherapy, so we could bring the model back to the community setting – which is where we are now, starting to spread the BOLD Method to other programs.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
BOLD Health is a full spectrum psychiatric clinic where patients can access medication management, individual/group/couples/family therapy, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programing for mental health and substance use disorders. Our entire staff is trained in intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy and we have weekly supervision with world expert, Jon Frederickson who co-authored our unique and innovative curriculum. We use a team approach and meet multiple times during the week for collaboration, clinical consultation and continuing education. We are clinician owned which means that the patient always comes first and the business comes second.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live up in North County in Encinitas and as a business owner and mother of 2 young kids – I’m not very exciting, but do absolutely love San Diego County. I usually take visitors to hike at Torrey Pines, for a surf lesson at South Ponto Beach, and if kids are in tow – the Safari Park and Lego Land. If we can get away I love taking my visiting friends for a spa afternoon at the Hyatt at Aviara. SATURDAY: Breakfast at Chandler’s in Carlsbad Lunch at Local Greens in Solana Beach Dinner at West in Carlsbad SUNDAY: Breakfast Donuts at VG’s in Cardiff Late Brunch at Beach Plum in Carlsbad Dinner at Sushi on the Rock in La Jolla
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank all of my incredible teachers and mentors, starting with Kai MacDonald, MD who so generously met with me every Wednesday morning at 6:30am to provide supervision for 5 years of psychotherapy training without whom I would never have known about intensive short term dynamic psychotherapy and my life’s passion. Patricia Coughlin, PhD, Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD and Jon Frederickson, MSW all of whom have all helped hone my skills and teach me not only how to skillfully interact with patients but have as importantly taught me so much about myself and what it means to be a human being. Finally, my husband William Lamb, without whom, none of this would be possible. He is the rock behind BOLD Health – my best friend, unofficial therapist, advisor, personal trainer, chef and the most amazing father to our 2 girls.
Instagram: @boldhealthinc, @kristylambmd