Polina Sayess, MD
Family Medicine- Nashua, NH
I am a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician. Worked as a primary care physician 2008-2012 and was one of the team physicians for Manchester Monarchs, a professional hockey team in Manchester, New Hampshire. For the past 2.5 years I worked as an urgent care physician in NH. Medical School: Dniepropetrovsk State Medical Academy, Ukraine. Residency: Family Medicine of Southwest Washington, Vancouver, WA, USA. Clinical interests: preventive and lifestyle medicine, urgent care. I felt frustrated with the state of healhcare in the United States and since 2014 became involved with the New Hampshire chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) with the goal to influence change of the healthcare policies in the USA.
In May 2014 I served as a New Physician Delegate from NH at the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL). In Oct 2014 I attended the AAFP Congress of Delegates as an Observer Delegate of New Hampshire chapter of AAFP. In March 2015 I was elected to the Board of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians and in April 2015 served as an International Medical Graduate Delegate from NH at AAFP NCCL. In Sept 2015 I represented NH as an Alternate Delegate at AAFP Congress of Delegates. This experience allowed me to actively influence change of the AAFP healthcare policies: author resolutions, serve on reference committees, testify at reference committee hearings and get familiar with this political process. It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and work on these issues with the leadership of the AAFP. In Nov 2015 I was nominated to represent Young Physicians at the New Hampshire Medical Society and I am really looking forward to the next 12 month.
How I discovered ancestral health: a friend of mine, Catherine Shanahan, MD, an author of Deep Nutrition, Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food and Food Rules, a Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating, invited me to attend Ancestral Health Symposium in Boston, MA in 2012. This was a very invigorating experience and made sense for me in many ways reflecting on the way I was raised in Ukraine. I have been seeking collaboration with like-minded people ever since. In 2014 I cohosted the Second Ancestral Food Summit.
Interests outside of medicine: Photography, USA and international traveling, dancing.