We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Bartos, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Our conventional healthcare system isn’t set up to serve women. Not just because most doctors have 10-minute windows of time to talk to every patient – which means they’re often treating symptoms, instead of a deeper cause – or because there’s a mountain of health info out there via Instagram or “Dr. Google. By far, the biggest obstacle women face in the system is not knowing what our unique brand of “healthy” looks like. I decided I wanted to be a doctor when I was in my late 20s. I was working in PR at the time and after a bunch of cool projects with Texas Children’s Hospital, I was hooked and knew I wanted to be doing the work, not just writing press releases about it. After med school and serving as a doctor in the Navy, I went into corporate medicine and knew I had to change how we do things. As a physician, I craved more time with my patients. I wanted to help them get to the deeper cause of their symptoms, and I wanted to care for them, mind, body & soul. Before long, I took off on my own and opened be. Women’s Health & Wellness– a place where you can get seen by the best medical providers AND get access to everything else you need for your mental and spiritual health too—like yoga, wellness workshops, meditation, and more.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
be. Women’s Health & Wellness truly is a village for women’s healthcare. Our providers offer traditional OB-Gyn services, functional medicine, hormone replacement therapy, midwifery, sexual health services for women and men, aesthetics, and more. We also run prenatal classes for our expectant patients, yoga classes, meditation and wellness workshops. They’ve been moved to online formats during the pandemic, but we’re still going strong! I’ve also been so fortunate to launch my new podcast—The ME Spot—that allows women around the world access to edutainment on women’s health, sexuality and more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a physician, I’m super conscious about the pandemic, so right now, we’d be spending a lot of time chilling with my horses and sweet donkey, sitting outside with a glass of wine, and grilling out. Texas can be so wonderful outside during the right times of year. Pre- and post-pandemic, I’d take them to Uchi, my favorite sushi restaurant, and a few of the many incredible museums in DFW: The Perot, The Kimbell… And a visit to the Dallas Arboretum is a must, especially with a picnic with some delicious Eataly. Of course, Texas weather permitting!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to send a shoutout to a group of wonderful women. We lovingly refer to ourselves as The Women About Town…in acronym form (wink, wink). It started out as Three Women About Town – a group of three friends who support each other in life, work, relationships, creativity, and more, and has grown to be a nurturing group across every demographic who all have one thing in common: lifting women up in every area of life. Here’s to you, T.W.A.T.S!!!