My Journey into Integrative Medicine

Jane Snyder, CRNP, begins patient care at CovenantMD on Monday, October 15.  She has already spent many hours with us shadowing, learning our processes, and meeting her new patients through informational sessions.  We are excited to be adding a provider with special training in Integrative Medicine.  I asked her to consider a blog post explaining what I.M. is, and what drew her to it.  Here are her thoughts.  – Patrick Rohal, MD, FAAFP

Just like everyone, I want to enjoy a long, healthy life for myself, my kids, my family and my friends.  Exactly like most of you (I suspect), I google everything.  I use home remedies, and desire the best result with the least possibility of harm.  Sometimes my kids need to take prescription medications.  Sometimes they require deep breathing and massage.  While working in conventional medicine for over 10 years I felt something was missing.  Don’t get me wrong, lifesaving cancer treatments, organ transplants and even antibiotics when needed have saved thousands of lives.  And THAT is amazing!  But, I wanted to reach more people in ways that conventional medicine could not.  This is what attracted me to Integrative Medicine.  This journey has transformed the way I live and take care of myself and my family.  We have shifted our nutrition, activity levels, care for the mind, and our approach to physical ailments.

I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best in the Fellowship of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  I will finish this two-year program in August, 2019.  I have already begun applying I.M. principles to my practice.  As I continue in the program, I look forward to sharing what I know with you. 

What is Integrative Medicine?  The Arizona I.M. program defines it this way:  “Integrative Medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”

 Here are some key aspects of I.M.:

 *   Patient and provider have more of a collaborative approach to health and wellbeing, as opposed to the more hierarchical relationship that we’ve been used to for so many years in Western medicine.

 *   We examine all factors that influence your health, wellness and illness. These include mind, body, spirit and community.

 *   We emphasize health promotion and prevention, as opposed to a focus on “fixing what is broken.”

 *   When illness occurs, treatments are both conventional and alternative, with a priority on the use of the most natural and the least invasive modalities in order to facilitate the body’s own innate healing.

 *   Integrative medicine is grounded in good scientific evidence.  At times the evidence would suggest an antibiotic.  At other times a more natural herbal product may have equal efficacy.

 I am passionate about those aspects of wellness that traditional medicine has begun to emphasize, like nutrition, movement/activity, sleep and stress.  I am equally passionate about things that are less well known in traditional medicine but that hold the same promise of promoting health and wellness, things like guided imagery, acupuncture, yoga, and herbal products.

Direct Primary Care is a natural fit for Integrative Medicine.  I.M. requires ample time between provider and patient, a longitudinal relationship that emphasizes continuity, and ways for patients to access timely and convenient healthcare.  Joining CovenantMD gives me the chance to be the best Integrative Medicine provider I can be.  I look forward to serving you!

 If you would like to find out more about CovenantMD and Direct Primary Care, email us or give us a ring at 717-287-1983. New patients can sign up for Jane Snyder’s panel by clicking here.