Healthy Face -Dr Elizabeth Hess

1. Please share a little bit about you: Your family, profession, hobbies, etc.

I am married to Bridgeport native Mike Hess and we have 3 college aged kids and a big energetic rescue dog Rylee. For the past 20 years I have worked as a faculty physician and Associate Director at the UHC Family Medicine Residency. I am currently enrolled in an Integrative Medicine Fellowship program through the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson. Integrative medicine endorses the appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response. There is an emphasis on the foundations of wellness with nutrition, physical activity and cultivating the mind and spirit. I am excited to have the opportunity to gain this additional knowledge and share it with our residents and patients.

As for hobbies, I would have to say long distance running has been my main hobby for over 35 years. I enjoy running solo and training with groups. Over the years, I have completed several road marathons and trail distance races and one ultra trail run – the Highlands Sky 40 miler through Dolly Sods which was just epic. The Moab Utah Trail marathon also stands out as an unforgettable run. I love trail running because it combines my other favorite pastime – hiking and the great outdoors – with running. As I get older I tend to walk more than I run on the trails but I still love it.