Kdekdo by si přál být ve své zemi prvním nebo jediným v perspektivním oboru. Monika Golková je. Neplánovala to. Při dvou malých dětech využila příležitost, a ta ji hřeje u srdce. Pro Česko objevila medicínu proti stárnutí – obor, který nejen léčí. hlavně nemocem předchází. Stala se první certifikovanou Anti-aging specialistkou u nás a její původně skromná ordinace narostla během 8 let do privátní kliniky na prestižní adrese v Praze 1. „Život mě ujistil, že když něco chcete a jdete si za tím, splní se vám to,“ říká v čerstvých čtyřiceti letech.
Když budeme uvažovat zkratkovitě a provedeme rychlý střih v čase mezi lety 1973 a 2013, nepochybně budeme zaskočeni, jak je možné, že se rodačka z Raduně, obce v okrese Opava s pouhými tisíci obyvateli, ocitla v reprezentativním sídle jen několik kroků od staroměstského Orloje. Zdá se to nemožné. Ale jakmile odhalíme mezidobí, záhada se rozplyne.
Raduň lies six kilometers south of the town Opava. It has, for example, two shops and four pubs. This village, with its history since 1312, lost its perhaps most prominent native in 1937 when Rudolf Gudrich, a local teacher and founder of the Czech fire brigades in Silesia, died.
Monica's mother was an artist. With her skillful hands she beautified reality. A childhood in the countryside strengthened in Monica the relationship to nature and people. These facts were important repercussions which were projected into the result of the equation of her life's desire. She decided to study medicine to try to change the reality for sick people.
She acquired her higher certification at the Secondary Medical School in the town of Opava. At the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in the town of Hradec Králové she became interested in plastic surgery. She saw not doctors, but even sculptors who were able to combine the art of her mother with help to others. In the sixth year of university she spent a half a year with Professor Radana Königová at the burn trauma center of Vinohrady Hospital in Prague. "People turn away their face whenever it concerns pain and suffering. But I was attracted to the skills of the doctors with which they are able bring back time on the body and face of the patients." But the doctors in the burn trauma center could not imagine that this young woman would be a good member of the burn team. And so she became a neurologist at the Thomayer Hospital in Prague-Krč, and was supervised by Jaroslava Nebudová, a prominent personality of this discipline. In this way she walked into an important alley. A blind alley.
"At Krč hospital I saw multiple sclerosis every day. It depressed me that we were not able to heal it. I realized that neurologists can diagnose a lot of problems, but unfortunately not cure them. They see serious stats, often suffering, and they are not able to help," Monika Golková shrugs remembering the day when she began to think "non-medically". Not dealing only with how to treat the consequences. But how to prevent the genesis of the disease. How to help people not to come to similar states at all.
Domestic medicine did not know the answer, and - busy with treatment - did not in fact look for it. The recently-graduated MUDr. Golková could not change this by herself. Meanwhile, she passed her medical attestation and switched over to her family life. Patrick came into the world; Christopher was born after three years, and with her sons came time to think.
Already in anticipation of her first child in 2001, she came across anti-aging medicine on the internet. She started to study it at home. "I felt like I was in a detective story. You search, as a criminalist, for the cause of a health problem and with its discovery, you acquire the ability to prevent the onset of the same disease or affect the course of an already-onset disease!"
She followed her interest. Because she could not learn more in the Czech Republic, she decided on postgraduate study at a university in Belgium. She shortened her maternity leave for the necessary time and stepped into the world. Into another world. In the midst of seminars, congresses, and consultations, she suddenly was drowning in a sea of new information. For three years she worked on her education and her contacts with international laboratories and anti-aging clinics abroad. Then it was enough to go home and try it.
She opened her small consulting room on Malé náměstí square in the center of Prague, right next to Old Town Square, trying to take advantage of an advantage that grew, the longer possible competitors underestimated this unknown field. Thus, Monika Golková learned to know the advantages and disadvantages of being one of the "first ones" in the field.
She was a revelation already to her first patients. Although these people came with a gynecological and cardiologic problem, the doctor did not limit her interest to only one organ. She perceived the human body in complex contexts. She did not just solve where the problem came to the surface, but mainly where and how it had arisen. And first of all she acted like a harakiri doctor. "It is true that medicine that effectively treats commercially behaves counterproductively because it relieves the patient of the illness and they no longer have the need to return. I heard that I would not be able to earn a living because by correcting the cause of the illnesses, I thereby actually take my clients away from me. But the opposite was true. Content people recommended me and didn't stop coming because they were interested in their health and wanted to follow their improvement and advancement. At regular intervals, they thus repeated their measurements - enthusiastic that by a modified lifestyle they of course will not stop the growth of their birth-certificate age, but will slow down the aging of their organism."
With the increasing number of clients, the A2C consulting room had to become the A2C Clinic and the senior consultant had to educate new colleagues. Since no local university has been systematically involved in this field, she founded a scientific Association of Medicine against Aging in the Czech Republic. "Anti-aging medicine is not such a profitable branch of medicine as other branches. This is a great advantage. There are doctors working in this area who see the profession more as a mission. They don't stick on old methods, respecting that our school knowledge is updated by continual research, and therefore they like to continually learn. Thanks to this, the methods that we have begun to practice at our clinic are passing over to other clinics in the republic with a delay of several years by inertia."
The client does not get any standardized hormones from the factory because everybody is different, so hormones have a different effect on each individual. At the A2C Clinic the hormone cream mixture is tailored to the specific hormonal consistency of the individual in question. It's enough to just brush your skin and you will feel better. One examination at this clinic tells you which flat-faced medication specifically damages your body and which food is to be excluded because its confirmed intake actually causes you a problem. The colorectal cancer test can predict the malignant disease on the base of assessed personal dispositions so that the ticking bomb - cancer - can completely be avoided successfully. But our clients do not only acquire revolutionary methods.
You feel it already from the atmosphere. The doctors are not condescending. The people around Monika Golková chose the first republic as a model. It’s as if you become members of a family. You are inclined to indulge in this environment as also with your friends, relatives, or acquaintances. Clients go to the A2C Clinic just to get advice . "I experienced what I had desired. The gratification that someone got help, his or her problem was discovered in time and he or she blossomed. We have already recognized an impending heart attack, prevented it and perhaps saved a life. I really cannot wish for more as a doctor."
When a firm is embodied by one person, this person is able to manage it. But with its development, employees come. They hold the reputation of someone else in their hands. Fragile is every one-person company that becomes larger. By what principles did MUDr. Monika Golková abide?
"More than on their knowledge and abilities, the choice of co-workers should be based on their inner personality. Many people are only in a quest for dollars. Yes, everybody needs to get paid, however, in personal realization there should be much more. Those who primarily asked about salary, I did not accept. Such people would drive my clients away. They would judge the importance of the patient primarily according to who has more money."
"The best school is the automatic school. Taking over the automations of others. As my future colleagues had to observe me at my own work, they began subconsciously to take over my habits, qualities and communication manners. They found out how important it is that it is the client who talks more - to open oneself up and gain maximum confidence. And when I speak, I try to speak so that the client understands me. I do not want Latin words to speak for us, but results."
"I appreciate the graduates of medicine; they are open-minded but needless to say, even if they have a decree they practically know nothing. By graduating from a school, self-education must not end, but begin. I feel it with myself too. The more knowledge and experience I gain, the more views of one thing become open for me. I see where I can go deeper and help people more. Likewise, the more I penetrate into the field, the more I discover how much I do not actually know. I estimate I'm halfway through. It’s as if I were climbing out of a funnel and the more effort I put into it, the more possibilities and desires open up before me to get any further. Moreover, medicine is developing globally; new procedures are constantly emerging. Perhaps I would still feel like a student if I were not greeted in foreign symposia where I lecture by the experts in their field, with the words: "We already know you, you are Golková..."
Source: The Magazine First Class 01/2014