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From Symptoms to Solutions: How PM&R and Functional Medicine Work in Tandem

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Janice Brown, a physiatrist who is certified in acupuncture and functional medicine. They talk about the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, functional medicine, and Dr. Brown’s own way of practicing medicine.

[01:08] Introducing Dr. Janice Brown

[03:43] Why Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

[09:16] Functional Medicine

[13:42] Practice Your Own Style of Medicine

Becoming a PM&R Physician

Dr. Brown always regarded herself as a healer, but not necessarily a doctor. After college, she spent 6 years exploring multiple paths before deciding to pursue medicine. She chose to become a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician because she is passionate about addressing the root cause of health problems, not just in managing symptoms. As a physiatrist, she can examine both the musculoskeletal and nervous systems to see what’s causing pain or illness.

Functional Medicine

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Brown is certified in functional medicine, a field which focuses on why patients are unwell. Physicians look at the different factors such as sleep, diet, exercise, hygiene, stressors, relationships, and personal history. Dr. Brown also practices acupuncture which helps patients relieve pain and anxiety.

Practice Medicine in Your Own Way

Regardless of what you’ve learned, you can always shape your own practice of medicine. Observe other doctors and emulate the traits and behaviors that resonate with you. Treat patients in the way that feels most comfortable and efficient for you.

But never forget that you are not just a doctor. It’s easy to lose sight of your other identities when your identity as a physician takes precdence. To stay grounded in who you are, make sure to devote time to your personal hobbies and interests when you can.

You can reach Dr. Janice Brown through her website or send her an email at [email protected].

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Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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