Bret Scher, MD, FACC
Dr. Bret Scher hopes to become the most unique cardiologist ever encountered. Sure, he is a card-carrying, board certified cardiologist and has spent years learning the invasive procedures and the medications used to treat heart disease. Now he wants to do everything in his power to make sure those multibillion dollar tools and drugs go unused. Dr. Scher’s goal is to inspire individuals to dictate their own health by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Lifestyle habits that allow a person to achieve their best health ever. Health free of prescription drugs. Health that leaves one feeling great, feeling energetic, and living the life they have always dreamed.
Having competed in triathlons ever since he was a teenager, fitness and health were always obsessions of his. In college at Stanford University, Dr. Scher was able to maintain his daily training and focus on healthy nutrition. Then, real-life happened. He entered Ohio State University’s medical school, followed by my internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, and a fellowship in preventative cardiology at Scripps Clinic. Suddenly those gym visits, long runs and bike rides became a struggle to maintain. Finding time to eat well, stay active, get enough sleep, and handle the stress of a high-stakes job became a constant presence in his life. Fortunately, he knew the importance of those habits and did his best to maintain them, even if on a smaller scale.
As Dr. Scher entered cardiology practice in San Diego, he encountered thousands of people who struggled far more than him to maintain healthy habits. Some had never exercised or paid any attention to their nutrition. It just wasn’t how they were raised and they hadn’t considered it important. Others knew what they “should” be doing but lacked the tools and support structure to implement them. As a result, our healthcare system is full of people suffering from diseases that are completely preventable. Suddenly, Dr. Scher had a clear mission: to empower all of his patients to help themselves. To empower them to make the best-informed choices possible about everything from food to activity to sleep to stress management, every single day. After all, the best way to “treat” someone is to prevent the need for treatment in the first place.
Dr. Scher has since studied extensively in the areas of functional medicine, personal fitness training, and nutrition and added the following certifications to his credentials as a physician • Functional medicine from Functional Medicine University • Personal training from NASM • Fitness nutrition from NASM • Behavioral modification from NASM • Medical and fitness provider from Titleist Performance Institute. This extra training has broadened his perspective, allowing him to be a doctor, a health coach, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a cheerleader all wrapped into one. It is with this mindset that he can give his clients all the tools they need to lead healthy, natural lives.
So, is he the most unique cardiologist you have ever met? In the end, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he can help you take control of your health. Dr. Scher can help you experience natural health that comes from daily healthy lifestyle habits. He can help you safely get off your medicines or ensure that you never need them in the first place.