Welcome to Well Acquainted … a weekly series dedicated to the amazing clinicians at Well Clinic
This week, we’re featuring a Q&A session with Harry McIlroy – an Integrative Physician and medical founder of Well Clinic.
Where did you grow up?
What is your favorite part about your work?
Recognizing the privilege of working with people to help navigate their obstacles to mental and physical well being.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
I love the diversity of the people and culture. It is also very close to some of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Mysore, India — and the country in general — have had a profound impact on my life. I love the authenticity and the stimulation.
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Training in some capacity.
Where was your last vacation?
Driggs, Idaho. In the Tetons where my parents live.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Social justice and providing integrative medicine to the underserved.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I haven’t had any other careers other than health care. I did work for Outward Bound during college. It was a great experience.
Do you have any talents that few people know about?
I am pretty good at table tennis.
What is your favorite book?
For a long time it was Still Life with Woodpecker.
What is your favorite movie?
Elling is one of my favorites.
What was your favorite toy as a child?
Green Machine or Big Wheel. I also had a lot of throwing knives and enjoyed playing a game called “Stretch” with my Dad.
When are you at your most creative?
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
Andrew Weil, MD has been a long time mentor and trailblazer in integrative medicine.
Name one guilty pleasure – past or present.
Binge watching lowbrow TV shows on Netflix.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
I strung tennis rackets all through high school. A lot of lawn mowing prior to that.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
Doing more work with my hands.