New Family Medicine Live Well Clinic Opens in Sandyport
When Darius Bain, M.D., D.M., opens the door of his ultra-modern Live Well Family Health Center at Sandyport on December 1, guests at the reception and clients who enter will see a smartly furnished and well-equipped facility. Youngsters will be seen in a colourful suite of their own, replete with junior-size furniture and an underwater theme. Patients waiting for their exam will find themselves smiling at the walls, fascinated by artwork that takes functions of the body and organs to a new level.
The practice itself is expansive – a physiotherapist and occupational therapist 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, will know the challenging path that Dr. Bain travelled to get to the place where he is now, the first to occupy eye-popping new space at the northeastern end of the busy shopping and professional office complex off West Bay Street, Nassau.
The fourth of five children, Darius 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 BSc. in Medical Technology expecting to take up a job as a lab technician, he returned to Nassau. 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 flower arrangements for weddings at Sandals and Marriott. He then landed a job with Doctors Hospital West on Blake Road, worked for three years to save for one semester’s tuition, and left Doctors Hospital West 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Bain. “But really, medicine is what I always wanted to do. If anything, the strife and challenges just made me more resolved.”
Now, says the practitioner with the smart new office and with international certification in the U.S. and The Bahamas, he wants to help change the mindset of a nation, creating healthier habits leading to a better quality of life.
The Live Well Family Health Center opens its doors to the public December 1 with hours Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, with possible weekends and longer hours in the near future. Opening celebrations will include guest tours and discussions. For more information call (242) 677-9355 or visit www.livewellbahamas.com.