Jamiel Hafiz, LPA, LAc
CLINICAL DIRECTOR -- INTEGRATIVE REHAB MEDICINE, ACUPUNCTURE, OSTEOPATHY
Jamiel began practicing Neuromuscular therapy and shiatsu in the early 90s. In New Mexico, he apprenticed with Trigger Point and Feldenkrais therapists, and gained proficiency in a broad range of manual and movement-based treatment techniques. While completing a degree in Evolutionary and Sociobiology at UNM, he also trained in manual medicine alongside Osteopathic residents. Recognizing some extremely useful therapeutic traditions were missing from modern medicine, Jamiel came upon classical East Indian medical science called Ayurveda. Ayurvedic Medicine employs numerous medicines, treatments, techniques, and exam skills that are still utilized in modern medicine and surgery today. Jamiel graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute under, Dr. Vasant Lad, and went on to learn more specific naturopathic treatments, for a wide range of conditions, as a Ayurvedic Panchakarma Technician at Maharishi International University. Jamiel also had the honor of apprenticing in Ayurvedic Naturopathy with Vaidya Agam Baghel. In 2001 Jamiel qualified in the first class of Registered Yoga Teachers in the U.S., with a special proficiency in medical (Ayurvedic) usage of yoga, asana, and pranayama. He also holds a Master’s Degree in a more constitutional approach to acupuncture from TAI(now Maryland University of Integrative Health), and he served on the Honor Council during his PA medical education at Towson University.
Michelle Yentsch, MS, OTR/L, FMCHC, CMES
Michelle graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology and spent the first part of her career working within Johns Hopkins Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program as a psychometrician, which spawned her passion for mind-body health and rehabilitation. She went on to pursue an MS in Occupational Therapy from Towson University and has been primarily treating adults and older adults who are coping with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions or who are struggling to manage symptoms of chronic disease. Over the past two years, Michelle has received two additional certifications, one as a health coach through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and another as a medical exercise specialist through American Council on Exercise. She also brings forth ten years of experience co-facilitating an early stage, young onset support group for people with dementia and their caregivers. Michelle is committed to a holistic and evidence-based treatment process that incorporates close collaboration with her clients and the rest of the integrative medicine team. Her comprehensive approach to rehabilitation addresses specific physical impairments through targeted exercises, therapeutic activities, and manual techniques in addition to remediating and/or modifying the cognitive, social-emotional, and environmental factors contributing to her clients’ overall wellness and ability to carry out meaningful and essential activities of daily living.
DR. DV, DUSHYANT VISWANATHAN
Dr. DV, Dushyant Viswanathan, MD, ABIM, ABOIM, AACE, is a pioneer in modern biomedicine, forging the broad-reaching specialty of microbiome medicine. He is dual board certified integrative internist, licensed in Maryland and California, Medicare/Medicaid provider, and skilled/trained in hospital-based, house-call, and office-based clinical care. He specializes in enteroimmunology & endocrinology, bringing them together for a powerful system that can address conditions modern medicine does typically not do as well with, or that keep patients dependent with ongoing medications. Dr. DV is based in California and does not see patients directly at PIM&R. He serves as our medical advisor and consultant for the Integrative Medicine programs we offer. One of the few actually Board-Certified Integrative Medicine physicians in the area, he is experienced using therapeutic Yoga, prolotherapy injections, and other naturopathic approaches.