Dr. Georgia Tetlow: Integrative Medicine is Simply Good Practice

Integrative MedicineIntegrative medicine is an evidence-based approach to care that combines the best of modern Western medical techniques with complementary healing practices from around the world. The goal of this established specialty is to focus on the whole person and utilize all available therapeutic modalities to achieve optimal health and healing. Subscribing to the belief that health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, practitioners of integrative medicine address the full range of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social influences that can negatively affect a person’s wellbeing. Health promotion, the prevention of illness, and individually tailored interventions are of paramount importance to this fast-growing medical discipline.

Dr. Georgia Tetlow of Philadelphia Integrative Medicine explains in this video how she brings together conventional, allopathic medicine with evidence-based complementary therapies to treat the whole person. According to Dr. Tetlow, treating each patient as an individual is central to the practice of integrative medicine. Developing personalized treatments – as opposed to rigidly following broad treatment guidelines – enables her to provide cutting-edge care and achieve the best health outcomes possible. Eventually, Dr. Tetlow believes, the word “integrative” will no longer be necessary as the medical community recognizes integrative medicine for what it truly is: just good practice. This multifaceted approach to patient care has already proven itself highly effective at both treating and preventing a wide range of medical conditions, such as:

  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Digestive problems
  • Hypertension
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer

Board Certified in Integrative Medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) and a Bravewell Fellow from the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, Dr. Tetlow has completed more than 1,000 hours of study directly under Andrew Weil, M.D., and other respected leaders and researchers in the field. She regularly speaks to both practitioner and public audiences across the country to increase awareness of integrative medicine’s effectiveness.

The American Board of Integrative Medicine®, a Member Board developed by the American Board of Physician Specialties®, provides board certification to the most highly qualified and experienced Integrative Medicine physicians in the country. To determine if a physician is Board Certified through the ABPS, contact us today or click here for more information.

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Art Cooper, MD
Disaster Medicine
When the American Board of Physician Specialties offered to host the American Board of Integrative Medicine, ABPS became a landmark organization working to move medicine into the twenty first century. Certifying physicians who have completed rigorous academic training in Integrative Medicine ensures that the field of Integrative Medicine will continue to develop academically, clinically, and professionally. The leadership of ABPS continues to impress me - they are diligent in constantly innovating to provide certifications for physicians who want to advance their careers and their areas of expertise. I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Integrative Medicine
There are many ways board certification advances a physician career. ABPS Board examination verifies your accuracy, precision, and reflects your mastery of your residency training verifying your expertise. ABPS Board certification demonstrates your level of expertise beyond your practice experience, primary education degrees, and training which are necessary for insurance reimbursement and practice privilege requirements. Attaining your ABPS Board Certification will clarify your purpose, secure your practice growth, and expand into leadership positions. Board certification can serve as an indication of a physician’s commitment to medicine, beyond the minimal standards and competency of training, their measurement to quality of care, and attaining an award for excellence.

Chris Kunis MD
Internal Medicine
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Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine