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Integrative Family Medicine Program

Integrative Medicine Consultation

Integrative Medicine makes use of the best of conventional and alternative medicine. It weighs both approaches while seeking care that is responsive to the needs and health of individual patients. This requires the doctor and patient to work together as a team. Integrative medicine is for people who want to prevent illness and take charge of their health. It can also be useful to those who have been diagnosed with a new problem and would like to explore choices in healing. Patients with conditions that have not improved with conventional medical care alone often benefit from an integrative medicine consult, as well. 

Before your first visit you will be asked to complete an intake form designed to help you clarify your needs and help the doctor understand your situation. Your first visit will generally last about 60 or 90 minutes and will include a physical exam and detailed history exploring your lifestyle, values and beliefs, as well as treatment options that interest you. An integrative treatment plan will be designed specifically for you.

Craig Schneider, M.D. is the Director of Integrative Medicine in the Maine Medical Center Department of Family Medicine. He is fellowship trained to offer Integrative Medicine Consultations. Dr. Schneider has training in osteopathic manual medicine, meditation and guided imagery, and is certified in medical acupuncture and hypnosis. Along with conventional approaches, he often uses herbal medicines, nutritional strategies, and other lifestyle changes when developing his treatment plans. Dr. Schneider will help you choose the gentlest effective conventional and alternative healing options, and connect you with skilled and ethical providers with whom to work.

Ted Wissink, M.D. is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Fellowship trained to offer Integrative Medicine Consultations.  He focused much of his fellowship training towards both osteopathic manipulation and medical acupuncture and is now certified in medical acupuncture after taking the Helms Acupuncture for physicians training through the Helms Institute in Berkely, CA.  He also provides lifestyle, nutrition, and herb/supplement advice during his integrative medicine consultations.

Dr Schneider and Dr Wissink both provide clinical services and supervise Integrative Family Medicine Fellows who have completed their conventional medicine training and are board-eligivle or board certified in Family Medicine.  These Fellows are receiving training jointly through the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona founded by Andrew Weil, MD as well as Maine Medical Center.

Dr Schneider and Fellows see patients at our Falmouth Family Medicine Center.

Dr Wissink and Fellows see patients at our Portland Family Medicine Center.

Please call the Falmouth Family Medicine Center at 781-1500 to schedule an appointment or the Portland Family Medicine Center at 874-2466 to schedule an appointment.

These visits are covered by most insurance plans with referral from your primary care practitioner. For more information about coverage, call your individual health insurance carrier.

 

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