We had the good fortune of connecting with Peter Lecke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peter, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
There are so many habits that go into being successful, starting with avoiding the bad habit of viewing success only as financial rewards. For me the following habits are key to how I view my successes in life. I make a habit of being happy, inspired, and fulfilled, and of changing or eliminating those things that don’t add to at least one of these three things. I make a habit of sleeping well and exercising/being active. I make a habit of respecting myself and others – this way when challenges come along, I and those around me feel loved and supported so we can rise to meet them together. I make it a habit to wake early enough to ease into my day and enjoy my morning. This starts my day in a good frame of mind and helps avoid a hectic, “put out the fire” mindset. I make it a habit to maintain work-life balance and put time on my calendar that is for leisure, family and friends, and schedule time just for me – and I stick to it! I make a habit of scheduling my most important tasks in the first four hours of my day – this is most often my most productive time. I make it a habit to identify my priorities by understanding which things most move me toward my goals; obviously there are some time sensitive tasks I have to honor, but otherwise my time is best spent on top priorities. I make it a habit to avoid generic “todo” lists – I prioritize and schedule tasks, and I break large tasks into small, achievable tasks.. I make it a habit to remember my strengths, and weaknesses, and to delegate or get help from experts. Finally, I make a habit of reminding myself that things will not go according to the schedule or plan and to be adaptable throughout the day. This helps me remember that things will ebb and flow, but having a positive mindset and accepting challenges with grace will consistently win the day.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I specialize in treating people with autoimmune and complex medical conditions, as well as mold and other environmental toxicity. This is a challenging focus, and has required a lot of time and effort be dedicated to learning and keeping up with new knowledge and treatment approaches. Unfortunately, this emphasis sets me apart from a lot of other practices because there are just not enough practitioners out there with this type of focus. Another one of the things that set me apart is that I have a number of different tools with which to work, and I constantly work to add more skills to my skillset to help figure out the more difficult and complex cases. I practice acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, traditional Chinese medicine (natural medicinals), and use nutrition and lifestyle coaching. I also take a modern medical approach with functional medical evaluations using lab work and modern diagnostic tools and use modern supplements. This creates a hybrid of both a traditional and a modern medical approach that allows me to drill down to the root cause(s) of people’s illnesses and tailor an individual treatment plan and adapt it as needed as we work toward health and wellbeing. My next step is to become a Naturopathic Doctor – I begin the program in the Fall of 2021. This will be a four to five year commitment, and I’m sure going to medical school and maintaining my practice will be difficult, but worth the effort as it will further enhance my skills to better meet the needs of my patients and is fulfilling to me personally as well. This challenge aligns with one of my most important life lessons – success comes from doing what I love, fulfilling my passions, and getting help from people around me when the going gets tough…
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For the past 20 years, I have watched NFL football on Sundays with a really close group of friend at McGregor’s every Sunday during the season. I am a HUGE Eagles fan, so if it’s a football Sunday, that’s what we’re doing. Otherwise, there are a TON of great things to do in San Diego and I enjoy things like the zoo, hiking, the beach, and other outdoor activities. If I had a friend in town for a few days, I’d actually prefer to try out some new things, and explore together. There are also a lot of good restaurants to explore, and I’m always up to try something new or visit an old favorite – North Park, University Heights, and Banker’s Hill have so many amazing options, but there are hidden gems to be discovered everywhere… If we’re using San Diego as a base camp and then going on a trip for a week or so, I’d love to go to Yosemite and Sequoia for camping and hiking…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is no way I would be here at this point in my career and life without the support of a lot of people. Most importantly are my patients – I am so privileged to know them, and I learn from and am rewarded by them every single day of my life. I have had several mentors, too many to name here, but these are some of the key mentors and influencers both in my life and career: Adrian Bean, Rick Gold, Warren Sheir, Mohammed Javaharian, and Yuan Wang. Mori West taught me about the insurance industry and billing insurance, and I would have been hopelessly lost without her guidance. I could not have done any of this without the support of my friends and family: my son Ryan Forte, my mother Nancy Tichenor, Tiffany Sun, my brothers and sisters, Megumi Sueda, so many of my classmates at PCOM and more… Of course, all of the acupuncturists in the USA who have been the vanguard of bringing this amazing specialty to the awareness of the public and the medical community over the past 40 years – without these pioneers, none of what I am able to do today would be possible.