Category: Back Pain

You are damaged.

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.

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Where are the moms?

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.

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Unlearning the Diagnosis

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.

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Back pain and dieting

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.

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WORK HISTORY

April 2016 – Current

Director of Sports Medicine

EVMS MEDICAL GROUP, NORFOLK, VA

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.


August 2012 – March 2016

CLinician and managing Partner

REBOUND ORTHOPEDICS & NEUROSURGERY, VANCOUVER, WA

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.


EDUCATION

2011 – 2012

Spine and Sports Medicine Fellowship

SPINE AND SPORTS PHYSIATRISTS, ELMHURST, IL

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.


2008 – 2011

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY / REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO, IL

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.


2003 – 2007

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, GLENDALE, AZ

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.


1997 – 2001

B.S. Biology

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

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.

NAVIGATION