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Dr. David Sniezek to Provide Medical Acupuncture at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC
Date:6/6/2009

Doctors and Medical Staff at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC Learn How They Can Help Their Patients by Using Medical Acupuncture with the Help of Dr. David Sniezek.

Washington DC (PRWEB) June 6, 2009 -- Thursday afternoon, June 4th, Dr. David P. Sniezek spent his afternoon teaching physicians and medical staff during Grand Rounds at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) how to utilize medical acupuncture for children suffering with pain and other conditions such as nausea and vomiting. Dr. Sniezek, a 1989 graduate of the Rehabilitation Medicine program at the George Washington University Medical Center, is a pioneer in Integrative Rehabilitation in the Washington, DC area. He is also a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine's Medical Acupuncture for Physicians and the Harvard Medical School's Structural Acupuncture for Physicians programs. He is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and American Association of Integrative Medicine.

"I get great satisfaction teaching physicians, residents, and medical staff how to help their patients using safe, effective, and inexpensive strategies such as medical acupuncture."

Dr. Sniezek was invited by the Pediatric Advanced Needs Assessment and Care Team (PANDA) physicians at CNMC, to provide acupuncture for palliative care and pain management as well as participate as a clinical investigator in an NIH study using acupuncture in the treatment of children with solid tumors that suffer with nausea from chemotherapy. The PANDA care team serves children, adolescents, and young adults under the care of any inpatient service at Children's National Medical Center.

The multidisciplinary team of medical professionals assists health care team members, families, children, and adolescents with advanced illnesses. The team's goal is to prevent, reduce or soothe the symptoms of patients in the advanced stages of illness.

"I have no doubt that sharing integrative medicine strategies with my medical colleagues will turn into improved patient care and an increase in further study of complementary methods by conventional physicians. I believe that sharing the science behind acupuncture and explaining exactly how acupuncture is performed to the medical community will take some of the mystery out of it."

During Pediatric Oncology Grand Rounds, Dr. Sniezek talked about the theory and science of acupuncture as well as appropriate indications and contraindications for pediatric medical acupuncture in the hospital and outpatient setting.

"Acupuncture is used to treat many childhood conditions in China and we are just beginning to see the benefit of combining acupuncture with our commonly used medical treatments for both adults and children."

David P. Sniezek, DC, MD, FAAMA, Director of Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center, located adjacent to GW Hospital and the Foggy Bottom Metro in downtown Washington, DC, specializes in conventional Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management but also utilizes complementary methods such as Medical Acupuncture and Manual Medicine. He is on the Editorial Board of Medical Acupuncture, the author of numerous medical articles, and has been named "Top Doctor" in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine by the Washingtonian Magazine for over 15 years consecutively. To learn more about Dr. Sniezek and his practice, go to Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation or call 202-296-3555.

"Especially with regard to health care, I believe that two hands are better than one and that by combining Western and Oriental medicine we can improve upon the outcomes and the overall treatment experience for our patients."

Doctors that practice Integrative Medicine are committed to evidence-based medicine but also understand that making correct diagnoses, spending time with patients and families, and developing good relationships are qualities in health care that are difficult to measure and overlooked when considering evidence-based medicine and research. A fundamental premise with Integrative Medicine is to sort out what treatments may be helpful for patients and to partner with patients over time to help reach patient's health care goals.

Other than helping doctors and other medical staff, Dr. Sniezek spends much of his time doing activities that he enjoys such as treating patients in his Washington, DC and McLean, Virginia offices, reading, writing, watching his children participate in sports, and relaxing with his wife, Edwina, in his McLean, Virginia home.

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