Dr. Parmele received her BA in biochemistry magna cum laude from Harvard University. She then completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh. She practices community emergency medicine at CalvertHealth in Prince Frederick, MD.
Dr. Parmele is an endurance athlete in her spare time, having completed dozens of marathons, Ironman triathlons, and multiple other shorter-distance races. She is an avid home cook and as a Greek immigrant loves to teach others about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. She has also been practicing meditation and yoga since 2017 and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of their benefits. As a physician she is especially interested in helping other medical professionals achieve their own health and wellness goals in order to best be able to care for others in their practices and their communities.
As an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine and as a member of the Council of Directors for True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health experts committed to educate people all over the world on the proven principles of lifestyle as medicine, Dr. Parmele understands that personal choices determine 80% of chronic disease risk. As a Wellcoaches Health and Wellness Coach specializing in Lifestyle Medicine and with a Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Certificate of Culinary Coaching she is trained to inspire, motivate, and work with you to help you reach your goals safely and effectively. She also believes that changes stick only when the journey is fun and exciting, so expect joy, laughter, and an energetic vitality to accompany you on your path to optimal wellness!
As an emergency physician I am trained to save lives. In the last two decades I have treated tens of thousands of patients, many of whom I repeatedly treat for complications resulting from their chronic diseases. Unfortunately I am not alone in noticing that these diseases are appearing in younger patients every year. It is clear that as a society our lifestyle choices are significantly impacting our health.
Several years ago I noticed that it wasn't just my patients' health that was being affected. As our society was becoming more fast-paced and data-driven, the pressures to perform better and faster started to mount. This was starting to affect not just my patients but also my medical colleagues. I found myself questioning whether I had made the right career choice.
Fortunately my path of self-discovery has led me to health and lifestyle coaching and Functional Medicine. As a Greek immigrant I intrinsically understand the value of family and social interactions, as well as the value of home cooking and food as connection. As someone who performs in endurance sports I understand the importance of nutrition and recovery in achieving high performance. And as someone who was feeling burned out and stressed out I understand the power of meditation, contemplation, mindfulness and prayer in grounding our lives and helping us visualize our true purpose. My "why" is to help you discover and actualize your Best Self!
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