Do words matter? Does how a physician or provider gives you information make a difference in how you interpret it? I spent 4 years in medical school, 4 years in internship/residency, and 1 year in fellowship to learn how to diagnose and manage musculoskeletal injuries.Read More
I posted this video (or see below) after I came across one of my favorite articles. This study by de Britto et. al. looked at people (51–80 yo) who could perform this movement (sitting rising test) from the floor without losing balance or needing support. They found those who could complete this movement tended to live longer compared to those who could not!Read More
In my line of work I see a lot of musculoskeletal pain. My typical day consists of sedentary folks, weekend warriors, professional athletes, and retirees. One population that I do not think gets enough attention are pregnant moms and those taking care of very young children. There may be several reasons why I tend to not see this population.Read More
I posted this video after I came across one of my favorite articles. Basically in this article, the authors found that people (51-80 yo) who could perform this movement (sit to rise) from the floor without losing balance or needing support tended to live longer (de Brito et al. 2012). Such a simple test!Read More
Pain diagrams are used in clinics to allow people to illustrate where they experience their pain. It’s an interesting exercise because you see a wide variation of pain patterns. I patients fill them out so that I have a rough idea of what parts of their bodies are giving them problems. One day, a patient came in and did not fill out the diagram but wrote down the words: adductors, piriformis, gemelli.Read More
Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints. It is a major cause of disability in the world. Oddly enough, for such a big problem less than 20% of back pain has a specific cause (Ehrlich et al. 1999). Fortunately, back pain is typically a self-limiting condition that can resolve itself with conservative management within 2-4 weeks. That being said, can back pain turn your life upside down? ABSOLUTELY.Read More
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I currently work in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I also serve as assistant professor at EVMS working with residents and medical students.
I loved living in the Pacific Northwest! Aside from clinical care, I was involved in holding monthly spine conferences and helping develop a multidisciplinary spine center.
A year dedicated to diagnosing and managing a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. I also had the opportunity to give a variety of lectures to various residents in the Chicagoland area.
Outside of residency, I became very involved within the field at a national level serving as president of the Resident Physician Council for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Helping develop the largest and longest running physiatric medical student programs in the country is one of my proudest achievements.
A challenging yet exciting part of my life. This is where I started to create my vision of musculoskeletal medicine. My skills as an osteopathic physician have truly complemented my sports medicine practice.
Aside from studying, I became very involved in the Filipino-American community on campus. This is where I realized my passion for leadership and mentoring.