Why Physiatry is my career choice? This unique field is a perfect match for what I love most in medicine. I love anatomy and I love how the brain and mind work.
I have a confession to make: ‘I am an anatomy brainiac.’ My passion for teaching and talking about anatomy is core to my medical practice. For me, knowledge of anatomy is used in diagnosing every problem and designing every treatment plan to restore function. I teach at the hospital where I work and at yoga studios, but most of all I teach my patients, one on one. I enjoy teaching people how their bodies work and what to do to improve areas of concern. Sharing accurate knowledge about the innate healing potential in all of us can unlock new vistas of opportunities in life.
Through teaching my patients, our relationship transforms into a partnership to restore optimal function after injury or illness and treat a diverse range of problems, such as back pain, stroke and spinal cord injury. I treat people from all age groups by giving them a detailed diagnosis and offering nonsurgical comprehensive treatment whenever it is appropriate.
One thing a physiatrist knows is how to play on a team. We function as part of a multidisciplinary team with the patient calling most of the plays. This allows individualized patient-centered care. The members of the team vary depending on the patient’s needs, and may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, social workers, recreational therapist, psychologists, clergy, massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and yoga therapists, just to name a few.