Each of us brings a certain expertise into the consulting room. Mine is based on my professional training and experience. Yours comes from your knowledge about yourself and your personal experiences. The doctor-patient relationship works best when we incorporate the experience and expertise of both individuals. I have been in practice for over 35 years, first in primary care, then in preventive medicine and counseling. When I first opened my own practice in Ann Arbor in the 1990s, the most frequent complaint I heard from new patients was “My doctor doesn’t listen to me.” So I made it a priority to be a doctor who listens.
I went to medical school at Wayne State University, where I also did an internship in family medicine. Afterwards, I joined the Public Health Service and provided primary care in a rural clinic in South Carolina. It was at that time that I became interested in preventive medicine. I moved to Baltimore, Maryland, to complete a residency in General Preventive Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and became board-certified in 1987. Upon completion of my training, I worked at St. Luke Health Center, a multidisciplinary health center, in Baltimore.
After moving to Ann Arbor, I opened my private practice, offering preventive medicine services and counseling for adults. I have also trained as a sexuality counselor in the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program and am a certified sexuality counselor. In addition, I am co-facilitating Living Well with Illness workshops for people dealing with the challenges of chronic illness.
I have co-authored a book, The Wholeness Handbook: Care of Body, Mind, and Spirit for Optimal Health, and have authored and co-authored scientific and general-interest articles.