Dr. Jeff Semel, D.C., a graduate of Life University, has been helping patients in many areas of health and prevention for the past 17 years. Dr. Semel says he is realizing his vision for health and wellness by offering advanced anti-aging medicine at Atlanta Medical Institute. Among his areas of focus are medical weight loss, anti-aging and bio-identical hormone replacement, biofeedback/stress reduction, nutrition and exercise physiology, and phamaceutical/nutraceutical supplements supporting spinal health. Dr. Semel is one of the first physicians in Georgia to receive his fellowship in anti-aging medicine and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biomedicine and anti-aging.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Helping patients who are very sick, who have been to other physicians and haven’t gotten well. I enjoy taking patients from sickness to health through nutrition and hormone balancing.
Your least favorite?
Seeing patients who are very, very sick and who are on a cycle of pharmaceutical medications that are making them sicker.
What special challenges do you face as a health and fitness professional?
Helping patients realize that there’s an alternative to what their doctors are telling them when it comes to taking pharmaceutical medications. And helping them realize that there is a possibility to live a healthy, preventive lifestyle, rather than a lifestyle of disease and sickness.
How and why did you choose your area of specialty?
By working with other physicians like myself who think outside the box of healthcare, I’m able to establish the true meaning of what health should be all about. I realized that the health profession exists in a box of old techniques—that there are alternatives to what we are taught in our various institutions and what we believe is the answer to true health.
What do you see as the keys to being your “best self”?
The keys to being my best self as a physician are to listen to my patients and their complaints, to have compassion for those complaints, and to realize that the patient is the key to unlocking the true healing mechanisms that lie within us all.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?
The hardest lesson I’ve ever learned is that the more I learn, the less I know.
What’s your greatest achievement?
My two beautiful daughters.
What one piece of advice/wisdom would you give someone trying to change his or her life for the better?
That it’s never too late to realize your goals and dreams.
Name five “desert island” foods/beverages/things you could not live without.
1. Pure, clean water
2. Pure-whey protein shakes
3. Any antioxidant formula with Acai
4. Fresh-squeezed fruits
5. A veggie juicer
6. Protein from fish (omega-3 essential fatty acids)
What’s your No. 1 health secret?
The realization that stress is only a story in our minds. We all have it, and it can be very dangerous to our health if not dealt with through means which can help us alleviate and diminish its effects.
What activities do you most enjoy doing when you’re away from the office?
Spending time with my children and doing physical exercise.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
HRT: The Answers. A Concise Guide for Solving the Hormone Replacement Therapy Puzzle by Pamela Smith, M.D.