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 Expert  727977

Expert in Family Medicine, Chronic Pain, Hypnosis, General Nutrition, and Diagnostic Laboratory Procedures

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Virginia (VA)
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Expert completed a residency in Family Medicine at First Colonial Family Practice, a part of Medical College of Virginia, in 1986, became Board Certified later that year, and became a Fellow of the Academy of Family Physicians shortly thereafter. She practiced in a rural primary care office, part of the time as an employee of a rural health system and part of the time in her own private practice, retiring in December 2004. She has maintained competency by continuing to read appropriate medical and clinical journals.

As a family physician, she was knowledgeable to treat 95% of the patients' problems. However, as a rural physician with limited available referral resources, she became even more proficient in some areas. The major problems she treated related to diabetes; hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases; allergies, asthma and other lung diseases, and allergic rashes; other rashes and skin cancers; gynecology and family planning; geriatric physical and psychosocial problems; and preventive medicine. She also treated many adolescents, developing a well-received sex education class for teens.


birth control


atopic dermatitis








adolescent medicine


family medicine








internal medicine




preventive medicine


psychosocial medicine


clinical medicine


child and adolescent health

A large percentage of the visits to Expert were for diabetes diagnosis and management. She developed "The Munch Box," an easy-to-use method for keeping track of one's food intake designed for the 30% of people unable to read but useful for all, to teach patients how to manage their diabetic diets. She taught patients to recognize hypoglycemia and how to manage it. While most of the patients were Type II, she also treated a number of Type I diabetics. She became proficient at manipulating pills, insulin and diet to achieve stable results.

She was a charter member of the Eastern Shore Chapter of the American Diabetes Association and served on the Advisory Board for ten years.






type 2 diabetes


type I diabetes


diabetes treatment

A large percentage of visits to Expert dealt with hypertension. There were also cardiac problems (atrial fibrillation, bundle branch block, frequent PVC's, murmurs, or varying degrees of failure), and vascular problems (peripheral artery disease to aortic aneurysm), frequently occurring simultaneously. All required careful application of medications, patient education, and, when appropriate, coordination with subspecialists. As a rural physician, Expert became the "local hands" for the subspecialist, becoming more knowledgeable in these areas as well as in post-surgical follow up care. She also kept a close eye on the hypertensives' renal functions, often referring to the nephrologist in time to preserve the kidneys.

cardiopulmonary disease


cardiovascular disease

Expert was the first medical director for Hospice of the Eastern Shore. Working closely with the nurses, she was responsible for prescribing, or convincing the patient's physician to prescribe, the medications for keeping patients comfortable yet functioning. She attended Hospice conferences and training sessions to become proficient in pain management and other aspects of palliative care.

palliative care


pain management

Expert received specialized training in the psychological aspects of chronic pain syndromes from Dr. John Sarno at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitative Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. One of only a few physicians qualified in this method nationwide, she began her own practice in Mind-Body medicine in addition to her Family Medicine practice. After ruling out structural defects as a cause of the patient's pain with a thorough history, physical exam, and review of prior studies, she taught patients Dr. Sarno's method for relieving pain through acceptance of the psychological stressors causing it, whether chronic back pain, sciatica, cervical nerve pain, headaches, or fibromyalgia, among other diagnoses, with a high success rate.

She also trained in clinical uses of hypnosis with success in smoking cessation, weight loss, and improving self-esteem. She believes in treating the entire patient, including: mind and body, exercise, proper nutrition, and medicines when necessary.


back pain


chronic pain




holistic medicine


lower back pain

From 1980-1983, Expert was the student representative to the Consultation on Medical Ethics program, a method of teaching ethics to practicing physicians, administrative staff, and research clinicians. She later published and presented papers on this activity with Dr. Donnie Self. These Consultations presented challenging ethical dilemmas which were discussed by a guest ethicist and the other attendees, including topics such as accepting gifts from drug companies, handling religious objections to medical treatment, and when, if ever, it is appropriate to break the law. This program created a profound sense of personal ethics in the attendees, a knowing where one stands on issues before they present in an emergency. This training surpassed anything done by other schools at the time. Expert has the tools available to her for studying an ethical issue and understanding the implications.

medical ethics

Before attending medical school, Expert designed and conducted experimental research involving cloning and later worked in clinical laboratories, including the microbiology department at Albany Medical Center (NY) and chemistry and special chemistry at Shore Memorial Hospital (VA). She studied texts and, with hands-on experience in the hospital laboratory, was able to pass the Medical Technology exam to become certified by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. She was qualified to run a high-complexity office laboratory under CLIA.

She received a grant award from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for original research, "Mammogram Use and Outcomes Study." She designed a review of several years' data generated by her patients that compared mammogram rates and outcomes when mammograms were available in her office with those when they were available only at the hospital.


clinical measurement

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Virginia Beach, Virginia;  Norfolk, Virginia;  Chesapeake, Virginia;  Richmond, Virginia;  Newport News, Virginia;  Hampton, Virginia;  Portsmouth, Virginia;  and Suffolk, Virginia.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1983   MD   Medicine   Eastern Virginia Medical School  
1971   MA   Developmental Biology   State University of New York at Stony Brook  
1967   BA   Biology   Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton   Perfect score on Biology GRE

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to 2006


Expert, LLC dba Mind and Body


Sole proprietor, sole employee


Expert provided chronic pain relief without medications using Dr. Sarno's method and used hypnosis to treat various problems including smoking cessation and weight loss. She was responsible for all administrative functions and provided all services.

1998 to 2004


Patient Plus Family Care, Inc.


Physician/Medical Director/Sole Proprietor


Expert designed the medical office space, decorated it, wrote the policy and procedure manuals, and obtained financing for her solo practice. She provided medical services in a rural family practice office to over 3000 different patients. She oversaw all administrative functions and was actively involved in the financial aspect of the practice. She also provided Occupational Medicine service to local employers, including the both School Districts, a national farming company, and Perdue Farms, Inc. As a Community Faculty member of University of Virginia Medical School, Medical College of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School (since 1990), she accepted students and residents for month-long rotations. She retired from active clinical practice in 2004.

1996 to 1998


Hospice Care of the Eastern Shore


Medical Director


As Medical Director, she attended all Advisory Board meetings, conducted chart reviews for quality of care, and acted as a resource for the nurses. She also assumed responsibility for patients with no local physician. (She was paid for chart review and volunteered the rest of her time.)

1993 to 1997


Eastern Shore Rural Health Systems, Inc.




Expert provided medical care to a large number of patients. For two years, she was Center Director, responsible for other physicians and nurses within the center and for administrative details.

1993 to 1995


Preferred Choice Healthcare at Home


Medical Director


Expert reviewed charts for quality of care, attended conferences and Advisory Board meetings, and served as a resource for the nursing staff.

1986 to 1993


Onley Medical Center, Inc.


Physician, Managing Partner


Expert was a full-time physician and the business manager of a two-physician primary care facility with approximately 8000 active patient charts. She designed the office layout and was responsible for personnel management.

1977 to 1980


Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital


Laboratory Technologist


Originally responsible for the Chemistry bench, she was promoted to Special Chemistry. Along the way, she learned venipuncture, drawing blood gases, and running all tests in the lab, including blood banking, and passed the Medical Technologist exam.

1974 to 1976


Eastern Shore Community College




She was a part-time instructor, teaching adults a basic biology course with lab.

Career Accomplishments:

She is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (1981-present) and Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (1981-present).

While in active clinical practice, she belonged to: Accomack County Medical Society (1986-2005); Academy of Hospice Physicians/American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (1988-2001); American Diabetes Association (1988-1998);


Board Certified by American Board of Family Physicians in 1986 and recertified in 1992 and 1998. Fellow, American Academy of Family Practice, elected 1992. Licensed to Practice Medicine and Surgery in Virginia (active 1984-2006, inactive 2007-present). Licensed to practice Medicine and Surgery in Maryland (active 1998-2000, voluntary non-renewal in 2001). Medical Technologist, H.E.W., 1979. Lamaze Instructor, C.W.P.E.A., 1975.

Professional Appointments

Accomack County Medical Society President (1994-1996, 2003), Secretary-Treasurer (1991, 1996-2000); Eastern Shore Chapter, American Diabetes Association Charter Member (1988) and Advisory Board (1988-1997); Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees (1987-1992); Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Delegate to Congress of Delegates (1990-1994) and Legislative Committee (1995); Medical Director and member of Professional Advisory Board of Preferred Choice Healthcare at Home (1993-1995); Medical Director of Hospice Care of the Eastern Shore (1996-1998).


Teaching Award from American Academy of Family Physicians (1989, 1990-1992, 1994-1996, 1999-2001). Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association (1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004). American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation grant award for "Mammogram Use and Outcomes Study," 1995. SmithKline Medical Perspectives Fellowship, 1985.

Medical/Professional Internships

Residency: First Colonial Family Practice Center, Virginia Beach, VA, 1983-1986 and Riverside Hospital, Newport News, VA 1983-1984.

Mini-Residencies: General Hypnosis and Sports Hypnosis with Daniel Zellig, MD (2000 and 2004).

Mind-Body Prescription with John Sarno, MD (2000).

Publications and Patents Summary

She has co-authored or presented three (3) papers on medical ethics. Additionally, she has written and produced two (2) multi-media patient education programs; one copyrighted patient education nutritional guide ("The Munch Box"); five (5) articles for "Medical Economics" and one (1) for "Diversion" magazine.

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been deposed and has appeared in county superior court twice as an expert witness, introducing medical evidence and explaining it.
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Market Research:
Expert has an acute understanding of the complexities involved in obtaining reimbursement for provided medical services and has learned to navigate through them. She also understands patients' behavior: whether or not they follow the doctor's advice, how many other opinions they seek for the same problem, and whether or how much they are influenced by the internet. As a primary care physician, she is well-versed in continuity of care and the concept of a "medical home."

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

Acutely aware that over 30% of the adult population cannot read above a sixth grade level, she developed a simple but effective diabetic diet guideline that all her patients could understand and use. Many patients, not all diabetics, used it to learn proper nutrition, thereby losing weight.

She developed her own presentation of Dr. Sarno's material, which she used at her educational sessions for patients. Further, she developed her own presentation of the Lamaze childbirth program, which she used from 1975-1980 as the first Lamaze instructor in her two-county community and trained her successor when she left for medical school.

Other Skills and Services

Expert has co-authored two published articles in peer-review journals and co-presented these concepts at an American Academy of Family Physicians convention. She has written several articles for other medical journals, brochures for the local Boys and Girls Club, and newspaper articles. She also authored a mystery novel (as yet unpublished) that won Honorable Mention in the Florida First Coast Writers' Contest. She is very detail-oriented and timely.


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