Category Archives: Integrative Medicine

Center for Integrative Medicine Moves To Cynwood Drive

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CIM is moving out of 607-B Dutchmans Lane on Monday, August 24.

CIM is moving out of 607-B Dutchmans Lane on Monday, August 24.

The Center for Integrative Medicine is moving from its location on Dutchmans Lane to 522 Cynwood Drive, Suite 300 in Easton. The move will take place this Monday, August 24.

Says Monika Armbruster, L.AC, M.Ac., acupuncturist who also provides administrative services for the Center. “With three acupuncturists, a massage therapist and a psychotherapist, we serve a variety of clients who come from a wide area, and we are hoping they will appreciate our new accommodations.”

 

The view of CIM's location from Cynwood Drive.

The view of CIM’s  new location from Cynwood Drive. Suite 300 is the third one to the left.

CIM’s Cynwood Drive location was formerly occupied by the offices of Walid Kamsheh, MD, neurology and sleep medicine. Dr. Kamsheh is now located in UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Easton on Cadmus Lane.

Monika Armbruster packing boxes to get ready for the move on Monday.

Monika Armbruster packing boxes to get ready for the move on Monday.

According to Armbruster, another newsworthy change regarding the CIM services is that thanks to changes in UM Shore Regional Health employees’ insurance coverage, the copay for acupuncture has dropped from $40 to $15.

“This represents a 63 percent reduction in the out-of-pocket cost for an acupuncture treatment for our employees,” Armbruster points out. “For Shore Regional employees who benefit from acupuncture, this is a huge savings, and for those who would like to try acupuncture, the cost barrier is now greatly reduced.”

UM Shore Regional Health employees also now can avail themselves of psychotherapy services with only a $15 copay. Psychotherapy is provided by clinical therapist Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C, whose experience includes outpatient clinical treatment to children, families and adults, and consultation and training to community agencies as well as the Circuit Court Systems on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Pam Schulte provides counseling at the Center for Integrative Medicine. For UM Shore Regional Health employees, the copay for counseling is only $15 per session.

Pam Schulte provides counseling at the Center for Integrative Medicine. For UM Shore Regional Health employees, the copay for counseling is only $15 per session.

Schulte also  has provided counseling at the Dorchester County Health Departments Wellness Program and served four years as an adjunct professor in Salisbury University’s Department of Social Work. Her previous work experience includes several positions involving child welfare education program development; advocacy program leadership; clinical assessment, training, supervision, consultation and training in a variety of settings; and serving as an expert witness in court cases.

Other CIM practitioners are:

Silvia Byerly, AC., M.Ac, Acupuncturist
Marie Nuthall, AC., MA.c., Acupuncturist
Stephanie Blades, RN, LMT, CEIM, Massage Therapist

Information regarding appointment scheduling and all massage, counseling and acupuncture offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine may be obtained by calling 410-770-9400.

Nursing Update: Familiar Faces in New Places

Access-to-CareMichael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, has assumed the leadership of Shore Wellness Partners since the position was vacated when Sharon Stagg,  DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Director of Shore Wellness Partners (SWP) since its inception in 2011, was appointed to the new position of Nurse Practitioner for Shore Regional Palliative Care.

Michael Kingan, DNP, CWOCN,  Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Michael Kingan, DNP, RN, CWOCN, Director of Shore Wellness Partners

Kingan, joined UM Shore Regional Health early in 2014 as nurse manager of inpatient services at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Previously, he served as nursing director at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

As director of Shore Wellness Partners, Kingan  leads a team of nurses and medical social workers who assist  clients in meeting certain criteria in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties. Based at 121 Federal Street in Easton (on the second floor in the Home Care suite), SWP services include home visits to provide patients with information and education, connections to community resources and other support. By informing and empowering clients to better understand and manage their health care needs, SWP helps them reduce their reliance on emergency care services and their likelihood of hospitalization. Last year, SWP conducted more than 7300 nursing and social work visits and phone consultations with clients and their primary health care providers.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care.

Sharon Stagg first served Shore Regional Health’s nursing team as a surgical staff nurse, 1988-94.  After several years in administrative, teaching, and nursing practice positions for organizations including Chesapeake College, McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing, Episcopal Ministries to the Aged (EMA), Delmarva Health South Surgery Center and Advantage Orthopedics, Stagg returned to Shore Regional Health in 1997 as nurse practitioner, occupational health, and retained that position until becoming director of Shore Wellness Partners. As NP for Palliative Care, she joins the multi-disciplinary team led by Lakshi Vaidyanathan, MD, medical director, and serves patients at UM Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton; her primary role is to provide comprehensive care to acutely ill patients with a chronic illness, or life-limiting conditions by developing a Plan of Care based on patient values and goals. Stagg’s office is located in Room 259 at UM SMC at Easton (formerly  Shore Works).

 

 

Center for Integrative Medicine Welcomes New Practitioners

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Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM,  and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT, CEIM, and Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C are new practitioners at the Center for Integrative Medicine.

Two new practitioners have joined the team at UM Shore Regional Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine on Dutchman’s Lane, Frank Rath, Outpatient Rehab Manager for Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation Care, has announced.

Massage therapist Stephanie Blades RNC, LMT,  CEIM, of Easton, is already well-known in the Shore Regional Health community for her work as a nurse in the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center. A nurse for 16 years and a massage therapist for two years, she offers prenatal massage as well as general massage at the Center, and anticipates completing more specialized certification courses to expand her massage modalities. “I believe that each of us has the inward power to heal outward ailments, and that often, the manifestations of injury, disease, and unease in  life are shown to us through our aches and pains,” Blades says. “In my practice I take great pride in listening to what my clients tell me, but also the feedback that their bodies give me. I then fine-tune the massage to meet those needs.”

Clinical therapist Pam Schulte, MSW, LCSW-C, of Cambridge has joined the Center to offer individual and family counseling services.  Since 2003, she has been in private practice at Sailwinds Family Center, LLC in Cambridge, providing all aspects of outpatient clinical treatment to children, families and adults and also providing consultation and training to community agencies and the Circuit Court Systems on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Schulte also  has provided counseling at the Dorchester County Health Departments Wellness Program and served four years as an adjunct professor in Salisbury University’s Department of Social Work. Her previous work experience includes several positions involving child welfare education program development; advocacy program leadership; clinical assessment, training, supervision, consultation and training in a variety of settings; and serving as an expert witness in court cases involving abuse. Information regarding appointment scheduling and all massage, counseling, acupuncture and Reiki services offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine may be obtained by calling 410-770-9400.

Shore Regional Health Pain Center Offers Course for Those Dealing with Chronic Pain

More Americans suffer from chronic pain than from diabetes, stroke, coronary disease and cancer combined, according to the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. And the suffering takes many forms, as more than 70 percent of those reporting chronic pain indicate that depression, poor concentration and/or low energy are among the effects.

Traditionally, the medical approach to pain has been to identify and treat the cause. However, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine shows that chronic pain can outlast the illness or injury that caused it, altering the nervous system so that pain – persistent and amplified — becomes its own disease.

On a more encouraging note, research also has shown that individuals dealing with chronic pain can benefit from strategies that help them manage it. One of the more successful programs in this regard, The Chronic Pain Self Management Program (CPSMS), is a six-week interactive program that will be offered at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Pain Center beginning on Thursday, September 19.

Taught by Barbara V. Jarrell, coordinator for the Mid-Shore, Chronic Disease Self Management Program, the course includes techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep; appropriate exercise; appropriate use of medications; effective communication techniques; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and how to evaluate new treatments.

According to Cathy Asche, BSN, RN-BC, Clinical Coordinator for Shore Regional Health’s Pain Center, CMSP was first developed in Canada in the mid 1990s, and subsequently adapted and refined by the staff of Stanford’s Patient Education Center. Research studies conducted by clinics where CMSP has been provided have shown that overall, compared to those who have not taken the program, those who have experience not only less pain and dependence on others, but more vitality or energy, higher activity levels, improved mental health, and greater overall satisfaction with life.

“It’s important to note that CPMSP program is designed to enhance and complement other pain treatment programs, says Asche. “The goal is help people dealing with pain coordinate and manage various aspects of their health, which will enable them to be more active in their lives.”

Advance registration for the CPMSP is required due to limited class size. For information about the course, including registration, contact Barbara V. Jarrell, 410-310-2331.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class Offered this Fall

 

Do you ever notice yourself operating on “automatic pilot,” unaware of what you’re doing? Are you struggling with too many obligations and pressures, chronic pain or illness, stress, heart conditions, high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches, difficulty sleeping or feelings of anxiety?

Larissa Kitenko, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist for Shore Regional Health

Larissa Kitenko, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist for Shore Regional Health

Mindfulness can help! Mindfulness means focusing your mind on what is happening in the moment rather than getting lost in thoughts about the past or worries about the future. This method of focusing your mind can be learned by anyone, and is taught in an upcoming course, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, offered by the Center for Integrative Medicine. The course instructor, Larissa Kitenko, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist for Shore Regional Health, is skilled at creating a safe, supportive and deeply engaging learning environment.

Participants will learn how to regain control of their health and find peace of mind by through three practices: meditation, body awareness and gentle stretching. Movement will be adapted to accommodate those with physical limitations.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction will meet Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm, September 10-October 29. An all-day (9am-4pm) class on Saturday, October 19 is also required. For Shore Regional Health employees, the tuition is $200 (a 1/3 discount off the regular rate), and a deferred payment plan is offered as well as limited financial assistance for qualified applicants. 

If you are interested in learning about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, come to a free presentation (worth 10 Wellness points for Shore Shaper participants) on Thursday September 5, 6:00-7:00pm at the Center for Integrative Medicine, 607-B Dutchman’s Lane, Easton.

 For more information and/or to register for the September 5 free presentation or the course, call The Center for Integrative Medicine, 410-770-9400.