Student Member Profile: Jeana Lyn Shelley

Name: Jeana Lyn Shelley
Undergraduate: Evangel University, Springfield, MO
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Iowa); DO-13

Q: What first attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?
A: I shadowed a PM&R physician and thought his practice was a perfect combination of osteopathic manual manipulation and neurology (two of my top interests).  I then attended the AOCPMR Student Conference in April 2011 which emphasized the different procedures commonly performed in PM&R and the importance of putting your hands on your patients for efficiently diagnosing and treating.

Q: Do you practice a specific specialty?
A: I am a third year medical student at Des Moines University.

Q: Why did you join AOCPMR?
A: I joined AOCPMR to become more involved with the specialty and get more information about PM&R while I am still in medical school.  Also, PM&R emphasizes holistic medicine.

Q: What do you love about belonging to AOCPMR?
A: AOCPMR feels like a large family – everyone is encouraging to one another.  Also, I won a free hotel stay for the AOCPMR Student Conference from AOCPMR!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love watching movies with my husband, playing with my two dogs and my cat, reading and working out.

Resident Member Profile: Drew D. Lewis, DO

Name:  Drew D. Lewis, DO
Undergraduate: University of Puget Sound
Medical School: Des Moines University
Internship: Downey Regional Medical Center
Residency: University of California at Davis (UC Davis)
Additional Degrees/Training: Undergraduate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Fellowship - DMU

Q: What first attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?
A:  Having thoroughly enjoyed learning about the art of manual medicine, I found myself wanting to learn as much as possible about the neuromusculoskeletal system.  Finding out that PM&R not only had this as a major focus, but that it also primarily focuses on the treatment of patients from a ‘how can we help this person function better standpoint’ – I knew I had found the right specialty for me.

Q: Do you practice a specific specialty?
A:  My practice is primarily outpatient musculoskeletal PM&R with most patients referred to my clinic for Osteopathic Manual Medicine treatment of pain or injury.

Q: Why did you join AOCPMR?
A:  I joined AOCPMR to find more like-minded colleagues who share similar passions for helping patients live more fulfilled lives with less dysfunction.

Q: What do you love about belonging to AOCPMR?
A:  I have thoroughly enjoyed the collegial atmosphere of the conferences.  They are great opportunities to meet other osteopathic physiatrists - who are often experts in their field – and network.  In addition, the academic quality of the presentations has been terrific.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A:  Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful wife and three small daughters.  I try to keep some time for exercise on a regular basis.  Otherwise we enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as possible.

Resident Member Profile: Libi Galmer, DO

Name:  Libi Galmer, D.O.
Undergraduate: New York Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (combined 7 year BS/DO program)
Internship:  North Shore University Hospital at Plainview - Traditional Rotating Internship
Residency: New York Presbyterian - Columbia and Cornell

Q: What first attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?
A: Without knowing it, my path to PM&R began when I was a child.  I was fortunate to have exposure to Osteopathic medicine early on.  My father, a former MD anesthesiologist, decided to undertake the study of Osteopathy and would spend hours showing me what he had learned and discussing its philosophies.  It was because of his enthusiasm, and more importantly, the logic of the practice, that I knew I wanted to be a DO.  Upon entering medical school, I did not know about the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, but as I learned more about the field, it became the logical choice to fulfill my vision as a future physician.  It is one of the few medical specialties where, rather than fragmenting the body into organ systems, the patient is addressed as a whole. Having always believed in the ideals that the body functions as a unit, and that form and function are related, PM&R seemed, to me, to be those very principles in practice.  Furthermore, I would be able to combine modern medicine, technology and procedures, as well as my knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics to restore a patient’s function.  I truly find Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to be a wonderfully diverse field, and the support for growth and development will almost certainly lead to huge strides within the medical community as a whole.

Q: Do you practice a specific specialty?
A: I am currently entering my PGY3 year of residency training.  Although I have not settled on a specific specialty of practice, I have been able to immerse myself into various specialties during my training.  We are fortunate enough to rotate through 6 different sites, including an orthopedic hospital, a cancer hospital dealing strictly with the rehab needs of cancer patients, two academic centers with both inpatients and outpatients, a pediatric hospital, and a traumatic brain injury/spinal cord injury hospital. These rotations have opened my eyes to different avenues and potential areas where I can concentrate my practice, but I have not settled on a specific direction yet.  I can say, however, that I am certainly enjoying the process and will continue to explore all that the field has to offer!

Q: Why did you join AOCPMR?
A: I became interested in joining the AOCPMR during my PGY2 year with the intention of meeting other like-minded osteopathic physicians within the field, as well as contribute to the field on a larger scale by helping to promote and advance the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  I believe it is very important to know people in the field, especially on a national level, as there is always so much to learn from colleagues and mentors in the osteopathic and physiatric community.

Q: What do you love about belonging to AOCPMR?
A: Although I am a fairly young member of the organization, I have already met several colleagues with whom I have shared interests, and whom I am already working with on a few projects.  In addition, I find it to be a great resource to learn what is new and emerging within the field of PM&R.  It is wonderful to see so many enthusiastic and motivated physiatrists working toward a common goal of advancing our field.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A:  That is a tough question to answer, since I value my free time so much! I recently moved to New York City for residency training and I love exploring the city and all that it has to offer.  I consider myself a foodie and love to sample the wonderful cuisine in town and I also love to cook.  Whenever I have I few days off, however, I always find myself travelling to new places stretching the 4 corners of the world.  I also love the outdoors and spend a lot of time sailing, biking, and skiing.

Student Member Profile: Jon Benfied

Name: Jon Benfield

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University Provo, UT

Medical School: Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Glendale, AZ

 

Q: What first attracted you to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation?

A: The combination of orthopedics, neurology and musculoskeletal medicine and the variety of subspecialties one can pursue after a PM&R residency.

 

Q: Do you practice a specific specialty?

A: No. Currently, I’m a fourth year medical school student looking to match to a well rounded PM&R program. I’m genuinely interested in all aspects of PM&R but I do particularly like musculoskeletal disease and spinal injuries.

 

Q: Why did you join AOCPMR?

A: It was a group of physicians who took time to explain the field to me and answer my questions. This grew into a mutual mentorship/friendship with a number of them. In essence, it has become a professional home for me. Also, I enjoy the AOCPMR’s ability to grow, build and problem solve from a team approach. It gives its physicians, residents and students a sense of responsibility, ownership and pride in the project and college.

 

Q: What do you love about belonging to AOCPMR?

A: It’s the perfect mixture of professionalism and camaraderie between everyone involved. It’s just a great group of people who enjoy what they do and each other.

 

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: What’s that? Most of my free time is spent with my spouse or family. We like trying a lot of new restaurants or getting out into the mountains for a weekend of hiking and camping. Personal free time training for endurance events, watching sports and learning how to cook. These are all just great ways to relax and enjoy life.