What Happens in an Office Visit?
Doctor Shiller is very thorough and attentive. Many people have said that they never had such a comprehensive evaluation. That includes a careful history, extremely detailed physical examination, review of any relevant data and ordering of additional testing if needed. Dr. Shiller evaluates your situation with the knowledge and perspective of a Harvard-trained medical doctor, who has 20 years of experience with 30-40,000 patient encounters. He also has extensive experience and knowledge of several complementary healing systems including Osteopathy, MindBody Medicine, Spiritual Psychology, Functional Medicine, Yoga and Tai Chi. Dr. Shiller endeavors to provide the highest level of attention and care so that he understands the problem and its impact on your life. He learns about you as an individual, so he understands your values and goals. Then he takes the time to help you understand the problem, and together with you, develop a treatment plan that is best for you.
What Does He Actually Do to Help Your Problem?
Many practitioners have “an approach”–the technique that they use on all their patients. But every patient is different. So Dr. Shiller’s approach is tailored to you. It’s called personalized medicine.
Regardless of your conventional medical diagnosis, the suffering and dysfunction underlying most problems stem from some combination of Mechanical, Metabolic, and MindBody imbalances. His skill is to clarify what are the most important issues, and what are the best treatments to address those issues. As such, Dr Shiller’s therapeutic toolbox includes the breadth of conventional medical treatments, as well as Osteopathic Manual Treatment, Functional Medicine (a scientific approach to correct metabolic disturbances and optimize biochemical functioning), Visual Imagery, spiritual counseling, and Mindfulness.
If he doesn’t have the tool to help you, he refers to providers in the community, which can include other physicians, physical therapy, acupuncture, manual therapy, massage, pilates, yoga, tai chi, homeopathy, and various counseling and mind-body techniques. If necessary, he will communicate and coordinate with your other providers to assure that your treatment plan is cohesive and effective. Then he walks the road with you to see how you respond, and fine tune the healing process.
If you can’t come to the office, you can schedule a virtual visit. A virtual visit is an excellent way for you to maintain contact with Dr Shiller, or to ‘meet’ him for the first time. Much can be done about chronic problems in a virtual visit. Click to learn more about Virtual Visits.
What Is Osteopathic Manual Treatment?
Osteopathic Manual Treatment is a hands-on approach to helping the body heal itself. It is a set of principles and techniques that help the body function more effectively. Dr. Shiller uses gentle techniques that balance ligaments, muscles, nerve and brain function, to allow free flow of fluid and vitality. He doesn’t “crack backs.” Treatment is done fully clothed. Most people find treatment extremely relaxing and pleasant. Many find they get a great night’s sleep after treatment.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is an approach to understanding the root cause of disease. It uses a systems-oriented approach that understands the interconnected functioning of all the body systems that are so often treated as independent by conventional medicine. It engages the patient and practitioner in therapeutic partnership to address the whole person and their lifestyle. The doctor will spend more time with you, taking a very careful history to find the factors that predispose, trigger, or perpetuate the problem. This includes the interaction of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that influence long-term health and chronic disease.
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