I went to medical school at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, and did my residency at LaCross, Wis., with the Mayo Family Medicine Residency program. Rather than the initials MD, I have the initials DO after my name as a doctor of osteopathy. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology. It also includes treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
Integrative medicine comes from the perspective of offering therapies that complement traditional treatments in addressing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches or menstrual problems, and enhancing a sense of well-being. Integrative medicine recognizes that patients often want to address their symptoms and heal naturally, rather than taking another pill. I enjoy helping patients feel better using techniques such as acupuncture that do not have side effects. I am certified in medical acupuncture, and also have background in weight management, having served as medical director of Weight Management Services for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clair, Wis. Also known as holistic or complementary medicine, integrative medicine includes medical acupuncture, aromatherapy, mind-body movement, massage, nutritional counseling, weight management and more.