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PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 15, 2012 By Mike Etzkin Associate Editor There were times that Sheila Scott wondered if she had made the right decision. After all, she was 51 when she decided to go into the field of medicine. This would be her third career--fourth if we consider her taking off to be a mother. She was wondering if she would be up for it because there would be years of studying. It would cost lots of money, plus she had a job and would likely have to leave it or go part-time. What kept her going were encouraging words from her mentor (who would later be- come her husband). But wail I'm getting ahead of the story. Lets go back to when the high school cheerleader from little Lemont, IlL--south- west of Chicagomtook off for college. She picked up an associate degree from Lincoln College, and then for her junior year she followed her boyfriend to Louisiana State University, where she majored in elemen- tary education with a minor in music, The couple moved to Or- lando, where Scott finished her degree at tl e University of Central Florida. "My first teaching job was in 1976," says Scott, "but 2 ½ years later, I was pregnant." She helped raise three children while living in Lake Mary. Now Courtney Rosen- thai is 33, Rachel Celinski is 31 and Zachery Scott is 28. Each one is a college graduate, Sheila Scott has opened up her own clinic as part of Longwood Wellness Center. and each one became a bar or bat mitzvah at Congregation Ohev Shalom. And ifthatwere not enough, there is step-son Josh Wieder, 27. "I went back to part-time teaching when Zach was in the fifth grade, and I subbed at the Hebrew day school and in the Seminole County public schools," Scott says. "I was driving car pool all the time. I called that time my lost'80s." Itwas about that time when she went back to school... again. This time it was to get her master's of science in managerial leadership. "I was just thinking, I have my second degree, what should I do with this. "Then I got this crazy good job that combined teaching and architecture." Scottbecame an education- al programmer for AECOM, a professional technical and management support service. "I worked for two architects Kolin Group who worked for Orange Coun- ty. The program listed schools that would get renovated dur- ing a five-year plan. We had to meet with the teachers, jani- tors, librariansmeveryone. I would talk to them about what their space requirements were and I would bring this information to the architects." The job was short-lived. In a year-and-a-half her direct supervisor left, and she found herself out of a job. • However, about a year be- fore she got the AECOM job, Scottwas reading through an issue of the Heritage Florida Jewish News, when she saw a personal ad that sounded intriguing. She made the call. The man on the other end of the line was Dr. Neal Wieder. "It was a good conversation," is the way she summed up the call. A few months after she lost her job, Wieder offered her employment. "I saw what acu- puncture did for his patients, and I saw how the therapies helped patients," says Scott. "Integrated medicine is de- signed to treat the person, not just the disease. I saw what acupuncture did for Dr. Wie- der's patients. I saw how they helped the patients. I saw him working with a team: I saw all this and wanted to do that." So here she goes again: career number four. From teacher to parent to edu- cational programmer to medicine. Wieder encouraged heI to go to acupuncture school. This was a big decision be- cause it would mean she would need to cut back to part-time II pore OW Sheila Scott inserts a needle for treatment of carpal tun- nel syndrome. work, while becoming a part- "I was determined and I had time student, the passion," she says. She thought at first her She received encourage- problem would be focusing ment from Wieder who, by on studying."Although I'm a this time, had gone from lifelong learner, the older you friend to mentor to coach to get the harder it is."husband. "He kept me going," Scottweighedthepositives Scott says. "As my coach, he and the negatives and decided would tell me nothing comes to go for it. easy in life." Going to school three days All the effort was worth it aweek, andworkingwasquRe as she started to add abbre- a load for her. "Because I was viations after her name. Cur- older, it was difficult for me to rently she is Sheila L. Scott, make the transition of study- AP, MSOM. The AP stands for ing, tests, notes, o ganization Acupuncture Physician, and andthentherewasthe'clinical MSOM is Master of Science, part of it. There were 25 to 30 Oriental Medicine. hours of clinic each week," She obtained her Master says Scott."I had to pull these of Acupuncture degree, while all-nighterS and after you are also obtaining her Bachelor of 50 it is more difficult. Professional Sciences degree "The trainingwas rigorous, from the Florida College of In- I didn't think I'd ever see the tegrative Medicine in Orlando. light at the end of the tunnel." She is also certified in Chinese But she had the resolute- herbal medicine and injection ness to keep on going. She therapy using homeopathic knew she had picked the right medicine, and she completed field of medicine. "In all the separateclinicalinternshipsfor world of natural medicine, all each modality--acupuncture, things are connected--the injection therapy and Chinese body, themindandthespirit.., herbs. She is board certified andwearemirrorsoftheinner in Chinese medicine by the and outer states that make up National Certification Corn- the whole of whowe are. mission for Acupuncture and your passion Oriental Medicine and is an ac- tive member of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. Scott isalso a State of Flor- ida registered chiropractic physician assistant, and has completed hundreds of hours of post-graduate studies in the field of chiropractic assisting. Scott works with her hus- band, Neal Wieder, at Long- wood Wellness Center in Longwood. There are some real advantages of working with your spouse, says Scott. "We share patients. I'm there as part of a team. I see them understand their injuries and • how a patient relates to them. "The only disadvantage is we tend not to turn it off at night. We discuss our pa- tients. But it is always good to have two heads, because we might see things differently." So, would she do it again? "I definitely would do it again," she says. "Even though I was at the age I was, you are never too old to learn." And she has advice for those who want to follow in her footsteps and change careers in their 50s. "Yes, you will have student loans. That's a given, but the price of education in Chinese medicine is about one -third the cost of Western medicine. I can do anything a medical doctor can do, but prescribe drugs. "My advice would be: Make sure it's your passion, and make sure you choose a career in which you will be able to make money." Dr. Sheila Scott has opened her own clinic, Pure Acupunc- ture & Natural Medicines, as part of the Longwood Wellness Center. The address for the clinic is 2139 S.R. 434, suite 102, Longwood, FL32779. She can be reached by phone at 407- 682-3632 or online at www. Irving S. Kolin, M.D.,she did she was told, "Your D.L.F.A.P.A.,EA.C.Psych. medical tests are normal, you have good health, a Carole, a 35-year-old,wonderful family and job. married accountant andJust snap out of it." mother of three children "Just snap out of it" in- was referred to my office by tensified Carole's feelings of her family doctor after an guilt and helplessness. exhaustive medical workup • Friends failed to under- failed to find cause for her stand that although depres- complaints, of headaches, sion is a universal emotion back pain, stomach cramps experiencedattimesofstress and fatigue, or loss, it is normally self She was tearful as she limited. Depression, when acknowledged her mood accompanied by prolonged had been depressed mostfeelingsofguiltandinability days over the past two to experience pleasure as months. She derived little well as insomnia, decreased pleasure from activities she energy, concentration and once loved. She no longer appetite is indicative Of exercised, accepted social Major Depressive Disorder invitations or phone calls. (MDDalsoknownasClinical She became irritable with 'Depression). her family. MDD is a major health Worryaboutminorthings problem in the U.S. and oftenkeptherawak atnight, around the world. For rea- On many days she had tosons not well undersl ood, push herself to get out of depressive episodes occur bed, get the children ready twiceasfrequentlyinwomen for school and herself ready asin men. The chance ofhav- for work. ing a MDD episode within a Appetite was decreased,yearintheU.S.isthreetofive She lost more than 10 percent for men and eight to l~ounds of weight. Food lost ten percent for women. its taste. The World Health Orga- She hadlittle sexdrive. Re: nization notes depression as lationshipwith her husband the fourth leading cause of was distant and strained. •disabilitY worldwide. She experienced difficulty Left untreated, depression with memory, concentration can become severe. There and making decisions. She is also a four fold increase feltguiltyfornotperforming in the death rate of people at her usual level. Over 55 who suffer MDD. Carole rarely shared feel- Thoughts of being tired of ings with friends. Whenlife, no longer wanting to live and development of sui- cidal plans may occur. MDD left untreated may result in death. Approximately 15 percent of people who suffer severe MDD die by suicide. Fortunately psychiatric research over the past several decades has given physicians effective tools for diagnoses and treatment of MDD. Current treatment options for MDD include psycho- therapies, cognitive thera- pies and antidepressant medications. Education and greater understanding of the biological underpinnings of depressive disorders has led to a decrease in stigma historically related to psy- chiatric disorders, The effectiveness of cur- rent antidepressants such as - Prozac®, Paxil®, Zoloft®, Celexa®, Lexapro®, Effexor®, Pristiq®, Cymbalta®, Vi- ibryd® - (based on the regula- tion of brain neurotransmitter systems) has made it possible for millions of people around the world to regain their abil- ity to function in life. Although the majority of "patients treated improve, only 25 to 30 percent achieve full remission of symptoms. Lack of sufficient response remains a significant chal- lenge in treatment of our -patients with MDD. Ongoing research is vital if we are to continue •our fight to better understand and defeat MDD.