Featured Member: Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot

Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot graduated with several awards from The University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1987 with an MB, Bch (MD equivalent) and has over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Dr. Eno has called the Chicago area home since 1998. 

Part of Dr. Eno’s practice, Thrive Functional Health LLC, emphasizes care for women over fifty and helping them learn to focus on themselves. “As women, we are nurturers, caregivers, and the backbone of society. We fulfill many roles and wear many hats. And yet somehow, we tend to leave OURSELVES out of the equation because we feel that we’ll get to us when we address all the other things on our plate,” explained Dr. Eno. “My functional medicine practice is for women to come and explore how they can feel their best selves without worrying about anyone else. I advise women not to ignore signs that something is awry and never put off seeking medical attention for any concerns they have.” 

Her passion for empowering her patients and directing their focus on their healthcare influenced her to become a professional life coach. Through the ICF (International Coach Federation) Dr. Eno was certified as an Accomplishment Coach in 2010. “I would say this skill enabled me to have more in-depth and meaningful conversations with my patients but also in my everyday encounters,” she says. 

Dr. Eno also specializes in helping individuals with type two diabetes find support and care. Her book “Dr. Eno’s A-to-Z Guide to Thriving with Type 2 Diabetes” won a Book Excellence award in 2018. For a sneak peek and other free resources click here. It is rewarding for her to be able to bring people who fear what may be a death sentence, hope for their future. 

However, the health and wellness industry is difficult for practitioners like Dr. Eno who work outside of the insurance model. Those who do find restrictions and must reduce what they can offer to their patients. “It takes a lot of educating people about this and making my services affordable. I explain to potential clients that, unlike conventional medicine, once we can address the root cause of what is causing you to be unwell and work toward optimizing your health, you only need periodic check-ups,” she says. 

She hopes the future of her practice becomes “a dynamic information platform where people can access reliable medical information through online courses, webinars, and in-person events.” Dr. Eno also hopes to expand globally to areas like Nigeria and other parts of Africa with holistic practitioners.

Dr. Eno is supported by her Influencer membership with IAW. “For me, becoming a member was a no-brainer. To be accepted into the Influencer program was an honor. It means being able to network with like-minded women and to be of service.” Her advice to other IAW members is to get involved with local chapter events and introduce themselves. 

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