What is integrative diagnosis? How is it different than other tools?
Dr. Nottoli: From a big picture standpoint it is a system for complete diagnosis and conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions. Essentially everything that we do in our scope of practice whether you're a PT or a DC or even licensed massage therapist. That’s essentially what you're going to see coming in your door, conservative musculoskeletal problems. It’s got detailed procedures and tests for everything you do in your offices from the history, to the functional testing, to the palpation of adhesions, to the communication, to the management of the patient. Everything is built in that robust system.
Chiropractor at University of Maryland School of Medicine | An Interview with Brian Morrison By Noah Volz
What's the origin story behind your involvement with the Center for Integrative Medicine?
Dr. Morrison: The center has been with University of Maryland for well over 20 years. One of the first centers and Brian Barman is a medical doctor who was director there. He was able to get some grant money together and some supporters so they started an integrated medicine center which was placed on the second floor of a satellite hospital for the University of Maryland.
They had a medical doctor who did integrated medicine, an acupuncturist. The two things that was Dr. Berman's real interest was acupuncture and one of the directors of the clinic came to my office for care and she said, “We could probably use what you do, would you be interested in coming down?” I said yes.
You are all about clinical evidence, clinical excellence and evidence-based medicine. What does that mean to you and what does that look like for somebody who’s a student like me?
Dr. Steele: In school you follow the evidence. You do all the orthopedic tests you’re supposed to perform, the questions you’re supposed to ask and so one. When you get into practice you quickly realize that nobody falls in those buckets and there is always more than one thing going on. Or you’re treating someone and they don’t get better. It can be difficult. I always thought of myself as an evidence-based provider. I quickly realized that experience and being more evidence informed tended to guide my practice. I have found a happy medium where I merge an evidence-based with an evidence informed practice. Get all the best information, but then to use your experience and your intuition to actually get to the root problem and find the right solution.
What are planning to share at the first annual Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance Conference in Kansas City this summer?
Dr. Nemchenko: I'm going to be speaking about how to ethically create an evidence-based way do pregnancy and pediatrics. When I first started in practice I felt like a fish out of water because my husband was a medical doctor and I’ve been a paramedic. Most of the people I practiced with had a natural lifestyle. I've had two kids with two epidurals and two inductions so I felt a little out of place. I found a niche with my practice it had 50% athletes and 50% pregnancy. I started seeing pregnant mothers because when I was pregnant with my daughter the physicality of chiropractic made it so I couldn’t practice. I learned that if you get hurt while you're pregnant it really messes with your mind and it makes you feel weak.
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