Category Archives: WELLNESS

Purlisse x Look Good Feel Better

December 13, 2017

pūr~lisse is proud to have created a Limited Edition Holiday ‘Skin Survival’ Kit in celebration of the brave women that Look Good Feel Better supports: Cancer patients and survivors

100% of the proceeds from this kit will go to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation to benefit Look Good Feel Better.

“Look Good Feel Better is a charitable program that we at pūr~lisse feel very passionate about; the work they do is so important and significant. Look Good Feel Better helps women who feel robbed of their beauty when battling cancer and cancer treatment to ‘look good’ and ‘feel better’ – to feel like themselves again. This is a beautiful gift that Look Good Feel Better provides through the work they do: the gift of confidence. Supporting the beauty industry’s charity with a bespoke Holiday Skincare Kit is truly an honor.” – Jennifer Yen, Founder of pūr~lisse

See this video below for more information about this special holiday kit:

Available at Purlisse.com

 

EAZE Holiday Gift Guide

November 28, 2017

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Eaze Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Create exciting new holiday traditions with marijuana and find the perfect gifts for anyone.The Eaze Holiday Gift Guide helps you find amazing gifts to create unforgettable holiday moments. More than just a gift guide, this is a gift pairing guide, so you can combine the right items into a truly special gift for anyone.

Check out the gifts below or shop the Guide on Eaze. First time shopping on Eaze? Take $20 off your first delivery with code: EAZEHGG

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For Grillmaster Dad

Dad loves feeding his family and friends good food. Help him fire up the grill and grab his new Stainless Steel Grill Set and a THC Design preroll. He’ll cruise through cooking and dish up a meal to remember – the perfect time for a toast.

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Get the THC Design Hybrid Preroll Pack 20% off ($49 $39.20) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGTHC

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For Mom who needs me-time

She’s a special kind of superhero. This year, treat Mom to a heavenly soak and divine fragrances with the Epsom Salt Mineral Soak by Om Edibles and an Essential Oil Diffuser. This thoughtful pairing will leave her smiling and rejuvenated.

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Get the Om Edibles Lavender Mineral Soak 25% off ($15 $11.25) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGSOAK

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For the Workout Warrior

They love to break a good sweat. Help them push it to the next level with this performance pairing – a Fitness Tracker Watch and Releaf Balm by Papa & Barkley. They’ll crush their workout, then relax and recover with the soothing CBD.

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Get the Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm 25% off ($20 $15.00) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGPB

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For the Yogi

The Yogi is all about finding balance and peace from within. Give them Zen with a Yoga Wheel and an Aura CBD 24:1 cartridge. It’s a sure way to boost their chakra with a clean and calming vaping experience.

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Get the Aura CBD Essential 24:1 cartridge 20% off ($39 $31.20) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGAURA

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For the Coffee Pro

They know all the different ways to brew, from French press to pour-over. Wake them up with an Aeropress maker and Chocolate Espresso Beans by Cloud Confections. Lightly dosed at 2mg for enjoyment at any time of the day.

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Get the Cloud Confections Espresso Beans 25% off ($14 $10.50) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGCLOUD

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For the Slope Shredder

Every winter, this person heads to the mountains to hit the slopes before relaxing at the cabin. Surprise them with the Beartek Bluetooth Gloves and CBD Raw Sipping Cacao, so they can shred with their tunes before warming up with infused hot cocoa.

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Get the Om Edibles CBD Raw Cacao 25% off ($35 $26.25) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGOM

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For the Beverage Connoisseur

They take great pleasure in handmade cocktails. Give them new ingredients to explore with a case of La Croix, a cocktail shaker set, and Ritual Daytime 20:1 drops by Elite California. Now they can serve up exciting new experiences to imbibe, and share.

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Get the Elite CA Ritual Daytime 20:1 Drops 15% off ($29 $24.65) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGRITUAL

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For the Girl Boss

Always ready to go above and beyond, she’s extremely productive during the holidays. Encourage her to #EnjoyTheMoment with the Rose Gold Pen Set by Bloom Farms and a 2018 monthly planner. She’ll be able to plan for—and enhance—any time of the day.

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Get the Bloom Farms Rose Gold Pen Set 25% off ($60 $45.00) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGBLOOM

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For the Film Fanatic

Cinema is their jam. They love movie marathons, and they love to share great movies that are unknown. Give them the pairing that makes the movies magic – the Mini Projector and Mind Tricks by Jetty. Perfect for all experiences.

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Get the Jetty Mind Tricks Cookies N Cream 25% off ($8 $6.00) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGJETTY

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For the Music Lover

They love discovering new albums and going to shows. Tune them into the unparalleled listening experience with Grado Headphones and a Damian Marley SpeakLife OG cartridge. Because nothing makes music sound great like a Hybrid.

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Get the Damian Marley SpeakLife OG cartridge

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For the Gamer

The gamer lives to compete. Level up their holidays with a new way to enjoy gaming – a Retro Game System and the PAX Era vaporizer. They’ll feel like a kid again as they play retro arcade throwbacks. Perfect for indoor holiday enjoyment.

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Get a PAX Era device and a Jetty PAX Pod for 25% off ($80 $60) from 11/27 – 11/29 with code: HGGPAX

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For White Elephant

Spice up a holiday tradition with the best present at the gift exchange – a gift card and a Focus CBD Peppermint all-in-one vaporizer. This lucky person will enjoy the peppermint-enhanced experience of using a gift card. Great for truly memorable family work gift exchanges.

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Get the Focus CBD Peppermint vaporize25% off ($35 $26.25) from 11/22 – 12/24 with code: HGGSELECT

Promotional offer valid 11/22/17 – 12/24/17. Limit one use per code per customer. Cannot be combined with other offers.

The Perfect Gifts For The Adventurous Cannabis Foodie On Your List

November 25, 2017

  

Gift the gift of chill and yum this year. It’s all about cannabis – so why not be the savviest gift giver this year?

Check out these cookies fromDr. Norm’s, available in single and 10 count bags, with dosage strength options from 5mg-75mg. The cannabis beginner and connoisseur are sure to appreciate these. Single cookies retail between $4-$8 and large bags for $20-$25, so you’ll have enough in your holiday budget to get a bag for yourself.

Dr. Norm’s encourages to “Know Your Dose” by starting off with a single low-dose 5mg THC Chocolate Chip Therapy Cookie to experience and gauge their tolerance.

Learn more about Dr. Norm’s here: www.doctornorms.com | @dr.norms | facebook.com/doctornorms

Breeze Mints

Breez Mints the small but strong mint made with real peppermint. These discreet breath freshners are infused with 5mg THC from top-shelf medical cannabis oil, and all with zero calories.

Breez Mints pocket-sized metal tin travels anywhere so you can get a perfect dose anytime, anyplace. Each package contains 50 mints.

How to Breez?

Novice: 1-2 Breez  |  Average: 3-5 Breez  |  Experienced: 6+ Breez

Wait 1-2 hours to feel the full effects. May last up to 8 hours.

CONTAINS: Sorbitol, Sugar, Pure Cannabis Oil, Gum Arabic, Maltodextrin, Peppermint Oil, Magnesium Stearate, Sucralose

NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size 1 Mint. Calories 0. Total Fat 0g (0%), Sodium 0mg (0%), Total Carb <1g (0%), Sugars <1g, Protein 0g (0%)

Personally, we loved these. One is the perfect after dinner treat.

 

5 Steps for Building a Healthy Relationship from Allie Stark

November 17, 2017

Human beings are not wired for isolation, we thrive in community and in companionship. Being in relationship—any type of relationship—is one of the single most rewarding and challenging aspects of being human. Our relationships at work, with our families, friends, and partners is what gets us through celebration, struggle, and everything in between.

In my professional work as life coach and in my personal work as an individual committed to a path of self-growth, I’ve come to know that relationships are merely an opportunity for self-awareness and selfactualization. They are mirrors to our inner landscape, reflecting back our brightness and our shadows. Being in relationship pushes us to question how we view ourselves and the world around us. Healthy relationships teach and encourage us to step more fully into our highest selves.

Here are my five steps for building healthy relationships:

1. Use Your Voice

No one is a mind reader. Although we have a tendency to believe that our partners, parents, and friends know exactly what is going on inside of our heads—they don’t, and they never will. When you expect others to fulfill a need, desire, or request without actually speaking up and clearly stating what it is that you want, you are setting your relationship up for failure.

Use your voice to openly and transparently communicate what you want and need in your relationship. Although these requests may not always be able to be met—you don’t know until you ask!

Call to Action: Practice asking for what you want or need 1X / week. This can happen in any type of relationship (a partnership or even with your favorite barista at the coffee shop that you frequent) and on any scale (a large request or a small ask). I would encourage you asking permission from the person you are about share with (i.e. I’d like to request something from you, is now a good time?), being as specific as possible (i.e. It would really mean a lot to me if you made the bed in the morning as I am out of the house before you wake up), and sharing how your request makes you feel (i.e. I know it may seem silly, but small actions like this make me feel seen and valued in the relationship). At the end of your request, thank the person you are sharing with for listening and notice how it made you feel to use your voice.

2. Have the Hard Conversations

We live in a culture that is afraid of conflict—afraid of speaking truths for fear of hurting someone else’s feelings. In my coaching practice, I see people everyday who express feelings of stuckness and malaise—a hunger for something more in life that I can almost always link back to a betrayal of self: not listening or aligning with their own unique truth. Fact is, the truth will set you free. In order to create healthy relationships, you must be willing to sit down and have the hard conversations. You have to create space for conflict and disagreement. Burying disappointment or frustration will only make it grow bigger. And yes, having hard conversation and aligning with your truth may lead you to see that the relationship is no longer serving you, but more often than not it will support you in deepening your relationship with yourself and others. Zakiya Harris, a cultural architect, artist and educator, shares a story in her Gutted episode of losing everything she had once had in order to find what she was looking for. She notes,

“We live in a society that is terrified of the darkness, terrified of quiet. We are inundated with more media and social media and messages … But when you look at nature you realize that nothing on this planet has started in the light. Everything started in a place of darkness. That is where the magic happens—that is where we really have the opportunity to seed our intentions for what we want to see grow up into the light and then therefore bring fruit that we want to nourish ourselves [with] and get to harvest.”

Call to Action: 1X / week meet up with a friend, family member, or partner that you have a close relationship with. Create intentional space for both of you to think about the relationship and possible areas of the relationship where each of you feel stuck. Then, allow each person to share for two minutes of uninterrupted time (I would encourage you to use a timer!). Share what is happening, how it makes you feel (take responsibility for your own actions and reactions!), and if possible—make a specific request for improvement. Use Step 1 and Step 3 to support you in these conversations. After your time is up, you get to decide if you want feedback (sometimes all we need is someone to hear us) and then switch roles.

3. Take Responsibility for Your Own Actions and Reactions

It’s often easier to blame other people for how and why we feel the way that we feel. However, nothing that anybody ever says or does is about you, ever. Nothing is ever personal. When we are in a state of reactivity, it is simply because there is something unhealed coming up inside of us that is asking to be looked at and explored. When you are having a reaction or resistance in any of your relationships—look no further than yourself. First ask yourself what you are feeling (sadness, anger, disgust, frustration, etc.). Then deepen this inquiry by asking yourself why you think you are feeling this way.

Call to Action: In my coaching practice, I regularly have clients practice taking responsibility for their actions and reactions. Keep a journal with you and write down every time you are having a reaction to someone or something. After writing down what happened, look at the following list and see which of these were coming up to be healed inside of you (it may be more than one thing at a time):

1. You feel small or not good enough.

2. You have an attachment or expectation to how someone or something should be.

3. You are reliving, regretting, or rehashing the past.

4. You are afraid of the future.

5. You are out of alignment with your own truth or integrity. (See step 2)

Once you are aware of why you are having a reaction (which is all based on YOUR stuff, not the other person) you can practice using your voice (Step 1) and having hard conversations (Step 2) OR just continue to build personal awareness and self-responsibility. Awareness and observation of how you operate in relationship are the first steps for becoming unstuck.

4. Let-go of Attachments and Expectations

No one is perfect and the only person that you can change is yourself. When you have an attachment or expectation to how someone should act and be, you are setting yourself up for suffering. People are very consistent in showing their true personality and way of being in the world. What happens in relationship (and this is any type of relationship), is that we create fantasies and false perceptions of reality in order to see what we want to see. In the short-term this can work as we are swept into a fairytale with rose colored glasses. In the long-term, this isn’t a recipe for a healthy relationship as we attempt to mold and change a person into what we want them to be versus who they actually are.

Call to Action: Build awareness around when you are wanting someone to act or be different than they are. Notice when you are wanting to change someone else’s behaviors or responses. Rather than acting on these impulses, sit with your personal discomfort and see if there is room inside of you to compromise and accept more fully who this person is and how they operate in the world. What would the relationship look like? What would the relationship feel like? Are you able to take responsibility for you expectations (look back to Step 3) and meet the other person where they are at.

Note: Resignation is different than acceptance. I am not telling you to stay in an unhealthy relationship and accept it exactly as it is. I am asking you to own the fact that you cannot change anyone other than yourself. This allows you to accept things as they are and then make the appropriate actions to support you in being your best self.

5. Express Empathy and Gratitude

Being a human being is hard work. Being a human being in relationship to other people is even harder. It’s so easy to take our relationships for granted and forget all of the tiny beautiful things that another person experiences and has to offer in life. A key part of building healthy relationships is extending empathy and gratitude to others for who they are—exactly as they are in that moment.

Harish Patel, the deputy director of New America Chicago, shares in his Gutted episode how he had to put himself in his Mother’s shoes in order to rebuild their relationship. He states,

“I didn’t realize the hardship that it is to have two kids and move to a different country that is not yours. Where you don’t speak English very well and you have to depend on everyone for everything—which my mom has quite a hard time with (and I do too). Seeing that part of me in her, made me understand how hard it must be to be so [prideful] as an independent woman, and then feeling like, ‘Oh I have to ask [for help] with everything.’”

When we expression empathy and gratitude, we are not only extending love out. The act of being empathetic and showing our appreciation for others inherently deepens our own capacity to love ourselves.

Call to Action: Take time every week to tell people how you feel about them. Call someone up unexpectedly and love on them for who they are and how they are being in the world. Compliment someone that you love on something specific. Listen intently to another’s experience with an open heart (see Step 4). Life’s too short to not choose love. Regularly show people that you care and I promise those same sentiments and feelings will be returned back to you tenfold.

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Allie Stark is a life coach, speaker, podcast host and inspired entrepreneur. Her work is centered around the idea of Reclaiming Your Instinct—a practice focused on quieting the clamor of social training in order to realign with your own truth. With over fifteen years of experience in health and wellness, Allie’s coaching and facilitation provides tools, ideas, and resources to support individuals and organizations to become their healthiest, happiest, and best selves.

Follow her Instagram @allie_stark_wellness 

Some of Allie’s clients include: Planned Parenthood, Zendesk, Nest, GoPro, Weebly, Wix.com, Brita, SheLift and the Seva Foundation.

Forward Now Open at Westfield Century City – High-tech, member-only health facility for VIPs

November 16, 2017

Get ready – the future is here!

Forward is a  futuristic approach to the concierge style medical practice now open at Westfield Century City.

Having been touted as the doctor’s office of the future, embodying the likes of an Apple store meets Westworld, Forward revolutionizes our country’s broken healthcare model. OH YES PLEASE!

Forward selected LA for a reason – it’s innovative, efficient and expects the best when it comes to technology and customer service.

Forward and its acclaimed group of investors – Ashton Kutcher, Eric Schmidt of Alphabet and Garrett Camp of Uber – recognized a white space in the market. And, in a day where innovation provides solution, Forward’s healthcare experience has finally healed the patient-doctor experience.

Why Forward?

Personalized Care: Forward’s doctors work with patients to understand goals, leveraging AI voice recognition technology to maximize doctor-patient facetime and create a personalized health plan.

 

Proactive Approach: With 24/7 access to a medical team via Forward’s free mobile app and ongoing monitoring of data from wearable sensors, Forward’s doctors can detect abnormalities in seconds

 

A Modern Experience: Gone are the days of sitting in a cold exam room alone in a Johnny gown. Forward provides patients with an inviting experience, complete with complimentary Lululemon athletic gear, and smart touchscreen displays to guide the way

SERVICES HERE

Your apps get updated every day, but healthcare hasn’t been updated in decades. We’re constantly releasing updated features and new services to our members. We’re improving to help you improve.

Primary Care, Rebooted

The core of Forward is a personalized relationship with an amazing doctor using our technology to manage an ongoing plan for your health. We take over your GP and assume responsibility for your care.

Onsite Blood Testing

A doctor without data is like a pilot without instruments. Unlike traditional doctors who send you (or your blood) to remote corners of your city, we do comprehensive blood testing on-site and get you back results instantly.

Speed

Our blood tests come back in 12 minutes, which means they’re actionable immediately for you and your doctor

Convenience

No more going back and forth between a doctor’s office and a lab–everything gets taken care of in one place.

History

Your labs are instantly available to your doctor and to you on your phone, so you’ll always know where you stand

Onsite Labs Available:

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Important for decreasing the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

  • Total Cholesterol
  • LDL
  • HDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Electrolyte Health

    Your electrolytes are important for maintaining blood chemistry and muscle action.

  • Sodium
  • CO2
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Metabolic Health

    Important for muscle and bone health as well as regulating hormones.

  • Glucose
  • Calcium
  • Kidney Health

    Your kidneys are responsible for waste removal and blood pressure.

  • Blood Urea Nitrogen
  • Creatinine
  • Protein Health

    Proteins are the building blocks of our body. They are important for tissue repair as well as enzyme and hormone regulation.

  • Albumin
  • Total Protein
  • Liver Health

    Important for a number of processes including blood filtering, hormone regulation, blood sugar regulation, and much more.

  • ALP
  • AST
  • ALT
  • Bilirubin

Personalized Plans

Your Forward doctor and care team support you throughout the year and ensure that your specific needs and goals are met. We help members with chronic issues but can also help with sleep, nutrition, and more.

Women’s Health

We offer a broad range of services geared toward female members. We go beyond the bounds of a traditional primary care to make sure you get appropriate care while minimizing visits needed to outside specialists for routine women’s health needs.

  • Birth Control
  • BRCA Screening
  • Pap Smear
  • Fertility Testing
  • Breast Exam

Genetic Screening

As part of your initial baseline visit, we do targeted capture of roughly 30 genes that relate to hereditary cancer syndromes like BRCA1 and MSH6. What we learn about your genetic cancer risk informs our doctors and the management of your health, including follow-ups and treatments we may want to pursue.

  • Breast & Ovarian
  • Endometrial
  • Colorectal
  • Pancreatic
  • Gastric
  • Prostate
  • Thyroid
  • Melanoma
  • Neuroendocrine

Onsite Pharmacy

No one ever got better staring at linoleum tile in line at the pharmacy. For your convenience, we can dispense many common medications onsite, such as antibiotics and antihistamines. There’s no additional cost–everything is included in your membership.

Travel Vaccines

Your flight to Southeast Asia leaves tomorrow and it’s not going to wait for you to get an appointment at an over-booked travel clinic. We’ll take care of all your travel vaccine needs onsite and will support you 24/7 via our app in case health questions come up while you’re abroad.

  • Influenza
  • Yellow Fever
  • HPV/Gardasil 9
  • TDaP
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Hep B
  • Pneumococcal 23
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • MMR
  • Hep A/B Combo
  • Zoster
  • Polio
  • Hep A
  • Pneumococcal 13
  • TB/PPD

Other Services

We’re not the kind of doctor that says: See you in a year. Our ongoing health programs are targeted to your specific needs and help you make meaningful progress toward your health goals. We’re constantly adding new capabilities in our app, at our locations, and on our remote care and coordination team.

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management
  • Prep Counseling
  • I&D
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • STIs

Experience the difference for yourself

 Memberships can be purchased here.

 

Healthcare Built For Humans, By Humans

Moving Health Forward

It’s no secret that healthcare in the U.S. and across the world has major challenges. For us, the problem is personal. Each of our founders experienced a close friend or family member not getting the care they should have. Those experiences inspired us to create Forward: a new healthcare system built from scratch to serve the needs of people, rather than those of the legacy healthcare industry. Our mission is to combine the best aspects of physicians – judgment, empathy, and experience – with the best aspects of technology – scalability, cost and convenience – to bring higher quality, lower cost healthcare to as many people as possible.

Read Our Launch Post 

Improving Quality

We aim to radically improve the care our members receive. We do this by arming our doctors with data they don’t normally get, including genetics, real-time blood testing, and data from connected devices.

Lowering Costs

Healthcare has a scaling problem: because it’s a labor-based business, it’s hard to keep costs low. We’re building hardware and software to help our care team take care of more people than they could without technology. Our ambition is for Forward to be affordable to everyone.

Fixed Incentives

Because traditional doctors and hospitals make money by billing insurance companies, the patient becomes the product, not the customer. Forward’s membership model allows us to focus entirely on our members and allows us to build anything imaginable to improve their lives — whether or not there’s an insurance code for it.

Proactive, Not Reactive

Healthcare today is like going to a repair shop – you wait for something to break and then you pay someone to fix it. But what truly harms us are things like heart disease, cancer, and kidney diseases – not always things you feel when you wake up in the morning. We built a system to manage and get ahead of issues early.

Full-Stack

Forward is a full-stack company: doctors, designers and engineers work together to build their own software and hardware, including our own electronic health records system. This allows us to innovate faster and prevents us from being held back by legacy systems. We’re constantly improving by adding new services and capabilities that are only possible because we rebuilt the entire system from scratch.

The fact that you have medical professionals and engineers working literally side-by-side to tackle problems in healthcare is really exciting.

RAVI BHATIA, DOCTOR AT FORWARD