Bettina Herbert, M.D., F.A.A.P.M.R., D.A.B.O.I.M., I.F.M.C.P.

Bettina Herbert, M.D., F.A.A.P.M.R., D.A.B.O.I.M., I.F.M.C.P.

Dr. Bettina Herbert is a Medical Doctor and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2015 she became Board -Certified in Integrative Medicine, in the first ever class certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine from the American Board of Physician Specialties.

Dr. Herbert received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, simultaneously studying at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her Residency in Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Herbert was named a Bravewell fellow to the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner. She is a fellow-elect of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. For over six years, she led the Integrative Pain Program at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine where she saw many patients with chronic and complex illnesses and pain syndromes.

Since 2006, Dr. Herbert has been on the faculty at Jefferson University Hospital in Rehabilitation Medicine. She also serves on the faculty for the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, where she headed the team that created their inaugural curriculum in Integrative Pain Management. She is a regular guest instructor at several universities, has contributed to integrative medicine textbooks and is an active writer and public speaker.

Dr. Herbert has also been in private practice since 2006, providing medical services in physical, integrative, functional and osteopathic medicine. She was the Director of Functional Medicine at the Tao Institute of Mind and Body Medicine from 2008 until joining COEM in September 2014.

Dr. Herbert was recruited to join the Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine to expand the clinical services offered to our patients as an integrative addition to our current treatment programs. She chose COEM because it gives her the opportunity to work with other like-minded physicians, to deepen her knowledge to help chronically ill patients by learning from Dr. Lieberman and to further expand her use of Environmental Medicine, many aspects of which she had already been using. COEM’s resources expand the treatment options she can offer patients who are ill and those seeking preventive care.

Philosophy: My goal is to work with patients to help remove the barriers that are keeping them from regaining their own health.

You are seen as a whole person who happens to be suffering from pain or illness. You are not, for example, a “diabetic,” rather you are a human being whose body is reacting to something by responding with diabetic illness. Together we will look for and address the underlying reasons your body may be expressing these symptoms. These might be a combination of nutritional deficiency, poor digestion and absorption of nutrients, infection, modifiable genetic variations, and toxin or mold exposure, injury still lodged in the body/brain or abnormal stress.

Working together in a true partnership, the ultimate goal is relief of your symptoms such as pain, fatigue or systemic illness to put you back in charge of your own health. Most patients have had chronic issues, sometimes for decades. Integrative treatments take time as, instead of covering up symptoms, they seek to correct biochemical imbalances, remove systemic toxins and bring the body and mind into more harmonious alignment. Obstacles to regaining health will be minimized and your intrinsic vitality and health will be supported and strengthened.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:                          B. A. English  Cornell University                             1972-1975, 1977-1978 (diploma granted 1/79)

M.D. Michigan State University

College of Human Medicine                                    1997 – 2001

(with additional coursework

in the MSU College of

Osteopathic Medicine)

 

Postgraduate Training:

 

Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Council

(affiliated with Michigan State University)

Internship, Transitional Year                                                  7/2001- 6/2002

 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine           7/2002 – 6/2005

 

University of Arizona Center of Integrative

Medicine – Bravewell Fellow                                             1/2007 – 12/2008

 

 

Employment History:

 

Center For Occupational and Environmental Medicine              9/2014 – present

Charleston SC

Director of Medical Biodetoxification Center

 

 

Hands-On Medicine (private practice)                           full time 1/2006 – 9/2014

Philadelphia PA                                                       5 hours/month  9/2014 – 12/2016

 

Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine            4/2006-12/2012

Philadelphia PA

Director of Integrative Pain Management Program                    6/2010-12/2012

 

Jefferson Medical College

Clinical Instructor in Rehabilitation Medicine                 4/2006- 12/2016

Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine                                       4/2006-12/2012

 

Tao Institute of Mind and Body Medicine

Director, Functional Medicine Program                                        2009-2014

Body-centered therapy — Solo Practice                                                       1989-2005

Hands-on techniques include Feldenkrais method, osteopathic manipulation, visceral manipulation, cranial osteopathy, neural

tissue release, movement, gait and posture analysis

 

The Parisse Group                                           Co-Owner                                                 1987-2001

Boulder CO

Identified target markets, developed and executed business and

marketing plans, taught speaking workshops

 

Realty Repurchase Inc.                  Vice President/                       1985-1987

San Francisco     CA                                          Securities Principal

 

Consolidated Capital Companies               Vice President                                         1983-1985

Emeryville CA

 

Consumers Solar Electric Corp.   Fundraiser                                                1979-1983

Los Angeles CA

 

Merrill Lynch                                                      Stockbroker                                             1978-1979

San Francisco CA

 

 Curriculum Development

University of Arizona – Center of

Integrative Medicine

Fellowship Program

Integrative Pain Management Module

Lead Faculty                                                                                             2011-2012

 Teaching Experience:

University of Arizona – Center of

Integrative Medicine

Fellowship Program

Lead Faculty – Integrative Pain Management

Module                                                                                                2011- 2015

 

Jefferson Medical College

The Healer’s Art                                                                       2009-2012, 2014

 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine/

The Cranial Academy

Cranial Osteopathy

Table Trainer                                                                                         2006-present

 

University of Pennsylvania

Center for Organizational Dynamics

Guest Lecturer                                                                                        2004-2008

Affiliated Faculty                                                                                    2008-2011

 

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic                   2001

Medicine Continuing Medical Education –

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Table Trainer

 

Lansing Community College                                                                           1999

 

The Speaking Intensive                                                       1988-2002

                                                Co-Leader

 

 Licensure and Certification:

 

Pennsylvania medical license (2005)

 

New Jersey medical license (2013)

 

South Carolina medical license (2014)

 

Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2007)

 

Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (2013)

 

Diplomate, American Board of Integrative Medicine (2014)

 

 

Membership in Professional Societies:

 

National:

American Academy of Environmental Medicine

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Botanical Council

American Medical Association

Institute for Functional Medicine

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy

Physicians for Social Responsibility

 

`               Regional:

Mid-Atlantic Osteopathic Study Group

Greater Philadelphia Pain Society – education committee

 

 

Board Position:

 

Institute of Integrative Pain Management                                                 2012-2013

Greater Philadelphia Pain Society                                                                               2014

 

 

Editorial Position:

 

Rehab in Review                                                                                                    2002-2003

 

 

Publications:

 

Reichel’s Care of the Elderly  (Cambridge University Press) 2009

co- author “Integrative Medicine in the Care of the Elderly”

 

Andrew Weil’s Integrative Psychiatry (Oxford University Press) 2009

co-author  “Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Pain”

Andrew Weil’s Integrative Approach to Women’s Health  (Oxford                                                                            University Press) 2010 “Chronic Pelvic Pain”

 

“Chronic Pelvic Pain”. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,

Jan/Feb 2010;16(1):28-32.

 

                                “Do We Really Want to Know: the Role of Past Abuse in Chronic Pain.”

The Pain Practitioner. Summer 2010. 56-70.

 

Andrew Weil’s Integrative Approach to Women’s Health 2nd Edition                                                        (Oxford University Press) “Chronic Pelvic Pain”  2015

 

Andrew Weil’s Integrative Pain Management. (Oxford University Press) “

“Chronic Pelvic Pain” 2016

 

Awards:

 

Patients’ Choice Award                                                      2008, 2009, 2011 – 2015

                Compassionate Physician Award                                                                               2011 – 2015

 

 Presentations:

November  9, 2014 — Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society – Using a Wider Lens in Treating ADD/ADHD

August 28, 2014 – Temple University School of Podiatry — Food, Inflammation, Epigenetics and Wellness: Key Concepts in Integrative Pain Management

February 21, 2014 – West Chester University Center for Contemplative Studies — Relationship, Intuition, and Contemplation in the Practice of Integrative Medicine

January 27, 2014 – Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr PA – Functional Medicine

December 9, 2013 – West Chester University College of Health Sciences – Evidence-Informed and Evidence-Based Decisions in Integrative Health Care Delivery

November 12, 2013 – Temple University School of Podiatry – Food, Inflammation, Epigenetics and Wellness: Key Concepts in Integrative Pain Management

October 15, 2013 – Arcadia University – The Role of Epigenetics and Nutrition in Integrative Medicine

October 3, 2103 – Mid-Atlantic College Health Association – Integrative Medicine for College Student Health

September 30, 2013 – Interclerkship on Pain Management – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – The Role of Food in Inflammatory Pain: How What You Eat Can Help Control Your Pain

April 20, 2013 – West Chester University Integrative Health Conference – Why Your Genes are Not Necessarily Your Destiny: The emerging research on lifestyle and epigenetic changes

December 10, 2012 West Chester University College of Health Sciences – Applying Concepts in Integrative Health Delivery

October 1, 2012 – Interclerkship on Pain Management – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – The Role of Food in Inflammatory Pain: How What You Eat Can Help Control Your Pain

September 18, 2012 – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Introduction to Integrative Medicine

May 7, 2012 Microbes: How They Defend and Define Us.  Bryn Mawr PA

March 22, 2012 Nemours Children’s Hospital – Integrative Approaches to Pain Management in Obese Children and Adolescents

February 27, 2012 Science and Art Club of Germantown – How Microbes Defend and Define Us

December 6, 2011 – Grand Rounds Jefferson University Hospital – Key Elements of Integrative Fitness

November 20, 2011 – American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation annual meeting – Practicing Integrative Physiatry in an Academic Setting

November 7, 2011 – Interclerkship on Pain Management – Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – The  Role of Food in Inflammatory Pain: How What You Eat Can Help Control Your Pain

October 11, 2011: Greater Philadelphia Pain Society – Key Elements of Integrative Approaches to Pain Management

September 19, 2011 – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Introduction to Integrative Medicine

March 9, 2011 – Jefferson University Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Medicine didactics – Pain and Inflammation: How What You Eat Can Affect How You Feel

November 5, 2010 – GBS/ CIDP Foundation International Symposium – Integrative Medicine: Using Nutrition and Stress Reduction for Wellness

November 2, 2010 Grand Rounds Jefferson University Hospital – Using Integrative Medicine to Address the Sequelae of Early Abuse and Its Relationship to Chronic Pain

October 7, 2010 – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Welcome to Integrative Medicine

September 27, 2010 – Jefferson Medical College Interclerkship on Pain – The Role of Food in Inflammatory Pain: How What You Eat Can Affect How You Feel

September 21, 2010 – American Academy of Pain Management 21st Annual Clinical Meeting – Counterstrain

April 27, 2010 – Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia PA – Integrative and Nutritional Approaches to Stress Reduction

October 9, 2009 – American Academy of Pain Management 20th Annual Clinical Meeting – Do We Really Want to Know?  The Role of Past Abuse in Chronic Pain

May 26 2009 – Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia PA– Integrative Medicine

May 20 2009 – 3rd Annual Chronic Care & Prevention Congress, Washington DC –

Chair of Cancer and Chronic Pain Track

June 8, 2007—Grand Rounds Jefferson University Hospital: Osteopathy as a Cornerstone of Integrative Medicine

April 22, 2007 Medical Yoga Research Society , Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA — The Mysterious Connection: The Mobius Strip Within Our Bodies

April 2007 – Science and Art Club of Germantown, Philadelphia PA  – What (in the World) is Integrative Medicine?

March 19, 2007 – Specialty Pain Conference – Jefferson University Hospital

February 20, 2007 – Drexel University CAM class – guest lecturer on Integrative Medicine

June 21, 2006   Lourdes Wellness Center –What do you expect at Your Age?

March 10, 2006 CIM Jefferson University Hospital – Manual Medicine: An Integrative Approach or The Tale of The Methane Canary

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