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Jill Grimes, MD, practices family medicine in Austin, Texas. She is a clinical instructor for UMASS Medical School through an innovative internet-based ethics course for medical students. Dr. Grimes is passionate about all types of preventative medicine. She'd much prefer to help her patients lose weight and create healthy life habits than add on more prescriptions to treat their high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, and she definitely practices what she preaches. Dr. Grimes has a holistic approach to medicine, understanding that the whole person- their body, emotions, genetics and attitude- all play a role in health and wellness.
Dr. Grimes has been an associate editor for the 5-Minute Clinical Consult since 2008, focusing on the practical application of the best evidence-based scientific research. She is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Family Physicians with expertise in nutrition, adolescent medicine and dementia. Additionally, trying a new approach to adolescent education, Dr. Grimes wrote the award-winning book, Seductive Delusions-how everyday people catch STDs. "We have plenty of accurate data and educational handouts out there, but real stories impact with far more power. STDs are not lurking in dark corners, but are prevalent across all social, economic and racial boundaries." Seductive Delusions has been an interactive part of the high school curriculum in the San Antonio, Texas, (NEISD) since 2010, engaging students and their teachers in thoughtful discussions.
Dr. Grimes loves creating and thinking outside the box- whether it's in medicine or in her role as a girl scout leader, grade level advisor, or mother. She and her daughters were involved with scouting for a decade, then joined the National Charity League to continue mother-daughter service to their community. Favorite charities? Saint Louise House, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Meals on Wheels, Reading is Fundamental, and Special Olympics. She encourages everyone to "check out your neighborhood charities and get involved!"
Pet peeve? Fast-food medicine. "We need to stop popping pills for problems that life style modifications will solve. Medicines are wonderful and often necessary, but let's not rely on them to be the whole solution."