Alison McCallum calls herself a traditional family doctor, having worked at the Duffus Street Medical Centre since 1983. As health care evolved over the years she found her clinic was being booked up weeks in advance and people going to walk-in clinics or ERs for urgent care. "I found I was chasing patients after they became ill," she says. She now sees the epidemic of obesity, the coming epidemic of diabetes and a growing number of heart attacks. "A future generation could live shorter lives," she says. After taking an executive MBA degree, she decided to take matters into her own hands, to open a "one-stop-shop" centre for heath care and spa treatments, doing everything from cosmetic dermatology to pap smears. "Not only for people's physical, but their emotional well-being. The perception is that a traditional doctor isn't treating all their needs." Best of Being Wellness Studio and Spa employs massage therapists, aestheticians, dietitians and a holistic nutritionist, along with McCallum who continues to treat patients as well. For more information or to book an appointment, call 835-2378, visit the website bestofbeing.ca, or drop by Unit 113, 30 Damascus Road in Bedford.