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On behalf of the team, welcome to the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Rehabilitation. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you some of my insights related to the role of rehabilitation and the impact providers can make.
As a physician, I am often asked “What is your specialty”? My reply, “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” is always followed by further elaboration. The short name for the specialty is “physiatry or physiatrist.” The other term is “rehabilitation doctor”—where the emphasis of patient care is restoration of maximum function, usually after an illness or injury.
Another question I am often asked is “Why did you decide on this specialty for your practice focus”? This explanation requires a bit of history. After my undergraduate education in Kinesiology/ Exercise Physiology and prior to my entry into medical school, I had the opportunity to experience firsthand the life of a patient. Diagnosed with cancer, I was fortunate to have outstanding surgical and medical care that saved my life.
The next step for me was what to do to recover. As an advocate for exercise prior to this event, I had a firm belief in the connection of physical and emotional self. My physicians recommended I “take it easy for a while” and allow for time and medicine to work. Not satisfied with this, I searched the literature and was surprised to find little information about exercise as an important part of recovery. A few years later I came to the point in my education when I was considering options for practice after graduation. A physician who knew me suggested Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation would be a perfect fit for someone with my passions and experiences.
Through the years I have had no difficulty feeling enthusiastic each day as I treat patients. In addition to the pleasure I have guiding patients and their families through the process of rehabilitation and clinical recovery, I am very fortunate to work with an outstanding team of providers at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Rehabilitation. The foundation for our team is based upon core principles:
As the Brookdale Center’s medical director, I welcome opportunities to help patients achieve the best recovery possible—with shared success in outcomes. Together we can make a difference.