To speak of Andrew David Shiller as an eminently-qualified doctor, is to state the obvious. This is a physician whose professional development journey began at Harvard University and has continued through years of experience in conventional, complimentary and now functional medicine. His assessment skills, his ability to see the full picture, and to lay the groundwork for an enlightened healing process is phenomenal. But I encountered another dimension in my consultation with Dr. Shiller, something that has distinguished all the great healers and physicians throughout history: a deep level of care, sensitivity and regard for the patient.
T.B., Stockbridge, MA
I originally began seeing Dr. Shiller numerous years ago to get help with stuffed sinuses and hayfever allergies.
What I received, not only relieved me of my allergies but enhanced my overall well being in almost every way.
I have returned over and over again to Dr. Shiller for many forms of discomfort: from back pain, anxiety and more. Every time I am newly amazed how good I can actually feel when my body is returned to a healthy state.
H.Z. Gush Etzion
My name is Jacqueline Sheehy and I am a 48 year old woman who suffered from herniated discs in my neck. I am writing this letter to let others know about my symptoms and treatment under the care of Dr. Andrew Shiller.
My symptoms first started in Oct 2012, with a stiff neck. This did not go away and then my left arm started to become numb and tingly in my lower arm. About a few weeks later, the numbness and tingling continued, but now there was a dull pain in the top half of my left arm. I continue to ignore it. Each day, the pain intensified. The pain was so intense I couldn’t sleep or do any kind of physical activity. I wanted to go the hospital and just be treated for the pain without my daily responsibilities to think of. Who would help me? What is wrong with me? Am I having a heart attack?
I began my care with a Chiropractor in Nov 2012. He treated me for a pinched nerve. The chiropractor was adjusting my neck and trying to improve the curvature in my neck. This did not help at all as the pain in my arm unbearable. During Nov 2012, I visited a cardiologist to see if my heart was causing this pain. A blockage? I didn’t know. I was referred to Dr. Shiller after my heart was diagnosed as being very healthy. I began seeing Dr. Shiller in late Nov 2012. When I first came to him, I was in so much pain. I was in tears. Dr. Shiller instructed me to get an MRI. He put me on Lyrica which acts as a nerve blocker for the pain. He also prescribed a low-dose of pain reliever. I was very upset about the possibility of being on medicine, but the symptoms were demanding some action. I had my first Osteopathic session with Dr. Shiller and went on my way. The following week, the pain that I was having was revealed as three herniated disc in my neck. Two of the herniations were pushing against my spinal cord.
The good news….two Osteopathic sessions and my pain subsided. I was very weak in my left arm, but the pain and numbness were gone! I started to take away the Lyrica and was completely off of it in two weeks time. Dr. Shiller prescribed Physical Therapy which helped me regain the strength in my arm.
Here is my interpretation of it. You lay on a table, Dr. Shiller get “in tune” with your body and gently moves the body into balance. If I had to say what took away my pain, the direct answer would be the Osteopathic sessions. It is very relaxing. You are wondering while you are on the table what is being done. Answer: not sure, but it worked for me.
Dr. Shiller is very caring and easy to talk to. He listens to you when you are speaking. He is thorough and also had me consult with a Neurosurgeon. I didn’t want to, but I listened to him because he is trustworthy. I am so happy to have gone the route of Osteopathic medicine. It is a great alternative to manage your pain. It is not invasive and it worked for me.
Jaqueline Sheehy, New Jersey
I was struggling with my 70 year old uncle who just had a stroke. “How did this happen? One moment he was on the phone with his office supposedly scheduling for an upcoming client webinar, and the next thing he realizes is that he is on the floor and has no body control. Was it genetic? Should I be concerned for my health?”
He was in the hospital at the time Dr. Schiller and I got to speaking. I was not clear how I felt but I had so much rolling around in my mind. I knew he was a Doctor but did not know much more than that. I happened to tell him about my uncle in hopes that maybe he knew someone at the hospital who could put in a good word or give some advice. Turns out Dr. Schiller specialized in rehabilitation medicine which is exactly where my uncle was heading.
Using only his words, Dr. Schiller painted a perfectly clear picture of how the body works, how events such as stroke happen and how recovery works. He delved into the entire experience for the patient and family. Including recovery, but also discussing how insurance works, understand different therapies and why one might be better than another. Interestingly, another relative of mine had done tons of research on the internet over the course of days about what this condition is, how it happened, etc. In my conversation with this person, it was obvious that disparate facts of internet research was not comparable to a comprehensive, personal and intimate conversation with an expert in the field. I had a real sense of what was going on and I didn’t do a single search on the internet.
In my mind, the best we can do is to care for each another and hope to share the wisdom and experience we have in a way that others can put it into practice. Dr. Schiller is an excellent example and role model for this goal. I am very thankful to have had the conversation with him.
J.L. New York