Merigian Studios

History

"It takes great work for patients to transform themselves from illness to health, many times facing great odds against their success"

In January 2000, The University of Tennessee Medical Group (UTMG) was making it difficult for Doc to provide individualized, holistic, comprehensive care which included nutritional, bio-identical, allopathic, homeopathic, Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and nutriceuticals to his patients.

UTMG's model for their multispecialty approach to patient care was to use Doc, as an air traffic controller, to feed the specialists for disease management on a specialty oriented model. UTMG wanted him to refer every patient to as many specialists as possible, thereby fragmenting care and complicating therapeutic approaches, but the University’s physician group would feed their plethora of specialists.

Doc was admonished for directing all of his patients’ care, and desiring to assess any consultants’ opinions, weighing therapeutic risk-benefit on the patient’s entire health, instead of allowing multiple physician to dictate numerous disconnected treatment plans that many times interfered with each other.

In April 2000, Doc incorporated The Stone Institute. The clinic name came after he recognized that he helped people transform their state of illness into a state of health, not unlike the ancient alchemists who attempted to transform lead to gold. To the alchemist, the stone was the foundation of the “great work”. It takes great work for patients to transform themselves from illness to health, many times facing great odds against their success.

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