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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

WHAT IS INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE?

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented medicine that focuses on the whole person (body, mind, spirit and emotions) including all aspects of lifestyle. Tampa General Hospital's Integrative Medicine Program is committed to integrating complementary therapies along with conventional health care. Our focus is on restoring balance to support the body's natural healing processes and enhancing whole-person health and healing.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES AVAILABLE INCLUDE:

· Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation · Bio-energy (Healing Touch, Quantum Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki) · Guided imagery · Mind-body medicine · Cranio-sacral therapy · Area-focused massage therapy · Music and art in medicine

Therapies to implement are selected after initial consultation with the Integrative Medicine Program physician leader and/or coordinator.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE THERAPIES SUPPORT:

· Comfort · Relaxation · Sense of well-being · Clarity of thought · Improved rest · Improved circulation · Increased rate of healing · Natural healing processes · Reduction in perceived stress Integrative medicine is provided to inpatients at Tampa General Hospital and Tampa General Rehabilitation Center by physician referral only. Therapies are provided in the comfort of the patient's hospital room, or in the Peace Room on 6A in the West Pavilion. Integrative medicine has been welcomed by patients at several leading medical centers including: Harvard, Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, University of Arizona and the Moffitt Cancer Center. After initial consultation, follow-up sessions may be provided by specially trained team members. Patients who feel sessions have been meaningful may ask their Integrative Medicine Program representative how to continue to receive integrative medicine support through the outpatient program after discharge.

Sheela Chokshi, MD, an internal medicine physician, is the physician leader of the Integrative Medicine Program. She initially attended programs and workshops at the Harvard School of Medicine, Mind-Body Institute, followed by the completion of an Integrative Medicine fellowship under Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. She has also completed the Medical Acupuncture for Physicians Program at Stanford University Medical Center in California. Dr. Chokshi's background and training allows her to combine the science and technology of medicine with the philosophy of the mind-body approach to self-care, self-healing and wellness.

Kimberly Gray, RN, LMT, NCTMB, CHTP/I, the Integrative Medicine Program coordinator, is a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and a certified healing touch practitioner and instructor. Her nursing background with both adult and pediatric patients includes ICU, orthopedics, neurology, home health, acute rehabilitation and pain management. Kimberly's experiences have also included nursing management, education and marketing. She believes all complementary healing modalities are efforts to create an optimum environment for self-healing on body, mind, spiritual and emotional levels.

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02/09

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