Patient Story

Alejandra’s Story

“For years, I was so sad it actually hurt. I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to for help. I didn’t think there was a cure for my anxiety and pain. Then, I went to Venice Family Clinic and everything changed.

I know what it’s like to feel helpless and want to give up.

“When I went to Venice Family Clinic to see my doctor, Dr. Spar asked me if I had been feeling down lately. No one had ever asked me that before and I was surprised because I was only there for a check-up. I told him I was sad a lot and never felt like going outside to play with my kids anymore. I was worried and anxious all the time.

“Dr. Spar introduced me to Diane, a therapist that was there at VFC. I didn’t have to schedule an appointment for later; Diane came to talk to me right away while I was still in the exam room. It was such a relief to talk to someone that I made another appointment with Diane for that Friday.

I didn’t feel hopeless and alone anymore.

“Working with Diane changed everything. She helped me regain control over my life. Diane didn’t just help me deal with my depression and anxiety, she noticed that my stress was making my whole body tense and causing my severe neck and back pain.

“I laughed when Diane told me I should go to yoga therapy at VFC. I didn’t think that kind of thing was for me! I had never done anything like yoga before. My house is too noisy to concentrate on reading a book – it never crossed my mind to concentrate on my breathing!

VFC changed my life. I feel like a new person!

“I loved every minute of yoga. I learned about posture, movement, and how to breathe correctly. Thanks to Diane and yoga therapy, my pain level went from eight to zero. Venice Family Clinic was a miracle for me.

“It’s so much more than a doctor’s office at Venice Family Clinic. They take care of you, they care about you, and they go the extra mile to make sure you feel better.”


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