River City Six: Eyad Kakish
Omaha Health Clinic (www.omahahealthclinic.com) is a fully-equipped family practice, whose team of physicians and nurse practitioners also provide care for the elderly on-site at several assisted living facilities in Omaha and surrounding communities. Dr. Eyad Kakish is the Medical Director of the Omaha Health Clinic.
Tell us a little about your business.
At the Omaha Health Clinic, primary and preventative care are of the utmost importance. Since we function as an independent clinic, we’re able to dedicate enough time to allow patients to explain their concerns and ideal goals. We then perform a thorough exam, followed by our professional recommendations and any necessary treatments. Our nursing home and assisted living care team uses this same approach in understanding concerns and goals of the seniors we care for, in order to create an individualized plan of care that works for them.
How did you get started in the business?
My mission has been to treat the whole body, with an approach that takes into account wellness, health maintenance, and the correction of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. I felt that starting a clinic that put patients first and focused on these goals would optimize my ability as their doctor to make a real difference in their lives.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Starting a clinic on my own was very challenging, but has also been very rewarding. We’ve encountered growing pains along the way but have pushed through and now the clinic operates very efficiently. I have a dedicated staff that shares my passion to put our patients first and provide the best care.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Establishing a clinic that focuses on optimizing the health of our patients through a healthy lifestyle as a means to prevent disease and aid in the achievement of their goals.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’m married and have 3 kids. My wife and I share a passion for teaching patients the importance of healthy living, and she is currently studying to become a health coach. Our 11-year-old son enjoys taekwondo and robotics at his school. Our 9-year-old daughter enjoys playing volleyball, while our youngest daughter, who is 4, enjoys gymnastics.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Spending time as a boy at my father’s primary care clinic, and seeing how passionate he was and how he developed relationships with his patients. It was an amazing experience and inspired me to follow in his footsteps.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Go fishing with my kids or anything with family.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Aquatics; I grew up in Jordan and was on the national swim team.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to learn to play the guitar.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Endless Journey Hospice. Their holistic approach to hospice care nourishes the patient and family’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as they help prepare them for the next step in the end-of-life process.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I was in Greece last summer and picked up a book detailing all of the Greek Gods. It was very interesting!