A doctor’s challenging path to success: Live Well Clinic, a new family medicine practice, opens in Sandyport
When Dr. Darius Bain opened the door of his ultra-modern Live Well Family Health Center at Sandyport on Friday, December 1, guests at the reception and clients who entered saw a smartly furnished and well-equipped facility which allows youngsters to be seen in a colorful suite of their own, complete with junior-sized furniture and an underwater theme. Patients waiting for their exam will be able to take in walls of artwork that takes functions of the body and organs to a new level.
The practice itself is expansive — a physiotherapist and occupational therapist is on board, a nutritionist on call for counseling, an in-house lab with analysis capability for blood work, cell counts, cholesterol levels, EKG equipment, a resuscitation station, and overall, a focus on wellness.
Few, outside his immediate family know of the challenging path that Bain took to get to where he is now.
The fourth of five children, Bain witnessed too many in his family die too young. His father and two of his siblings died suddenly from an unusual hereditary heart condition called cardiac hypertrophy, each an instant death without warning. The discovery of this anomaly fueled his drive to medicine.
The day after Bain graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology expecting to take up a job as a lab technician, he returned to New Providence. The following morning, two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the world paused. No one was hiring. Bain, needing a job, helped a friend with an event and spent the next six months as a designer, creating floral arrangements for weddings at hotels. He then landed a job with Doctors Hospital West on Blake Road, worked for three years to save for one semester’s tuition, before leaving for medical school in Belize where he earned a full scholarship for academic achievement.
He completed his clinical clerkship at Emory University Hospital Midtown, formerly Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. The day he graduated, he called his father, jubilant, “Hey Daddy, I’m done,” he said. “I finished.” They spoke for hours. “Dad congratulated me and gave me lots of good advice,” said Bain. Hours later, his father died from a cardiac hypertrophy related stroke. He was 60.
Bain delayed doing his Board exams so he could come home to help his mother and siblings.
“You might think that it was all the illness and medical strife that led me to practice internal medicine and family medicine,” said Bain. “But really, medicine is what I always wanted to do. If anything, the strife and challenges just made me more resolved.”
Now, the practitioner with certification in the United States and The Bahamas, wants to help change the mindset of a nation, creating healthier habits leading to a better quality of life.
“This office is a team effort, with the support of my wife and two sons, and aims to make a difference in The Bahamas by working with individuals to take control of their own health,” says Bain who now has nearly seven years of medical practice under his belt.
The Live Well Family Health Center’s hours current hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information telephone 677-9355 or visit www.livewellbahamas.com.