"The Physiatrist is the doctor who takes over when all the other doctors say: "Good luck with that"! - Dr Wendy Miller
"To find HEALTH should be the objective of the doctor. Anyone can find disease"
AT Still, founder of Osteopathic Medicine
Wendy Miller, DO is an Osteopathic Physiatrist. She is now devoting most of her time to providing patients with the unique benefits of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Acupuncture from the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation perspective in the Tucson area. She has additional OMT training beyond what is offered in medical school, internship, and residency including Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and other intensive coursework. She trained in the only medical school with an acupuncture course and practiced during residency and is completed additional intensive coursework in medical acupuncture.
Dr. Miller was considered a non-traditional student. She originally graduated college as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, but when her youngest daughter was in Kindergarten, she started going back to school to be an Osteopathic Physician. She had an early introduction to the medical world with surgeries as a young adult and though appropriately treated by the standard of care of the traditional allopathic (MD) medical community, she was left to deal with the effects of her condition and surgery on her own. She knows what it is like to be dismissed by doctors.
She knew Osteopathy offered something more and chose Osteopathy from both MD and DO medical school acceptances. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a traditional rotating internship as Chief Intern at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, MI and served as Chief Resident in her final year of residency at Michigan State University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in East Lansing, MI.
Dr. Miller is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has simultaneously served as medical director of two acute hospital inpatient rehabilitation units. Currently, she sees patients at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson, and has an outpatient OMM and general rehabilitation clinic, an amputee clinic ..... AND... COMING SOON a mobile clinic to provide OMM and acupuncture to some of Tucson's outlying areas!!!
Dr. Miller is married, has 3 beautiful daughters and 3 grandchildren. She has a retired Greyhound who is an amputee, and is training her own mobility service dog, Samwise, a Golden Retriever puppy.
As you can see from this website, Dr. Miller is anything but traditional. She believes the body has the ability to heal itself, and though she does use traditional medicine when needed, she thoroughly enjoys helping the body heal itself with alternative treatments including OMT, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, activity, and other natural means. She started Mountain Osteopathic to provide Osteopathic Manual Medicine and acupuncture services from a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation perspective to people recovering from acute and chronic illnesses and injuries.
Yes, all of the photography on this website is Dr. Miller's own locally produced artwork!
DOs and MDs complete 4 years of college, followed by 4 years of medical school, and then an additional 3-8 years of internships, residencies and fellowships after medical school. That's at least 11 years of education!
DOs receive extra training in treating the musculoskeletal system and use their hands to diagnose and treat illness and injury, utilizing the body's inherent ability to heal itself. This is usually called "osteopathic manual manipulation" (OMM) or "osteopathic manipulative treatment" (OMT). Throughout their training, DOs learn to treat the whole person, and learn the relationship of the body's structure and function relating to disease and health instead of just treating diseases or symptoms.
DOs, like MDs, have unlimited licenses in all 50 states and can prescribe medications, admit patients to the hospital, perform surgery, order the full array of available labs, tests and procedures and can practice in all the medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.
Unlike DOs and MDs, Chiropractors do not go through such an extensive and rigorous educational process. They are not licensed physicians, they have limited licenses to practice manipulation of skeletal structures and other limited services. Chiropractors cannot prescribe medications, admit patients to the hospital, perform surgery, obstetrics, or Osteopathy.
DOs can offer "something more" - a broader range of therapeutic options than MDs or Chiropractors!
The depth and breadth of training of the practitioner.
Cranial Osteopathy by definition is only done by DOs . DOs learn about this during medical school, but most DOs who utilize Osteopathy in the cranial field pursue additional rigorous and specific accredited education in this area. See the extensive educational requirements for DOs above! MDs, DDSs, DMDs may also pursue additional training in and contribute to the scope of these principles.
Craniosacral therapy is a simplified version taught to physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists and other healthcare and even non-healthcare professionals.
Acupuncture is used across the country and around the world for many conditions and recognized by the WHO and NIH. Here are a few:
What is a Physiatrist? Physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. They have a broad scope of practice. They are experts in the function of muscles, nerves and bones and are specialists in non-surgical treatments.
Physiatrists are neuromusculoskeletal and back pain specialists!
Physiatrists treat the whole person and consider their family and environment in leading teams of medical professionals to restore function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions.
Yes, I take many insurances, including Medicare.
Probably! You DO need to call your insurance company and see if I am on your plan, what your deductible and copay costs are and whether you need a referral to see me, a specialist.
I spend my time with patients in hospital and office, not on the phone. I have set up my practice to allow me to spend more time with patients and less time "making overhead".
I've been seeing Dr. Miller for a while now to see if her healing powers were better than her prior colleague. Shots, and drugs weren't helping my back pain much, but her care, OMT, helped a lot. One thing that is immediately apparent with Dr. Miller is her caring manner, and ability to communicate so well with her patients. Yes...I wish her new office was closer to home but I plan to follow her to her new practice (it's not that far!!). And...if you live in SaddleBrooke...she is currently scheduled to be our Health Night Out speaker in the fall. Watch the papers and email blasts for more info.
- DJ who's Sleeping Better in SaddleBrooke!
Dr. Miller gets my STAR award for her straightforward communication softened with plenty of compassion. Thanks, Dr Miller!
I am grateful to have found Dr Wendy Miller. I had long term jaw and neck pain and her osteopathic work (including cranial manipulation) in combination with acupuncture has brought me relief and put me on the path to pain free. In addition to her medical skills and knowledge, I also appreciate her kind and informative bedside manner. And my final testament to how much I appreciate her: I travel 1.5 hours each way to her clinic.
Dr. Miller is very compassionate and helpful. Feeling at a loss as a snowbird without my regular physician, l was quite pleased when Dr. Miller was able to fit me into her schedule. She discussed several approaches for my neck and shoulder pain, caused by long-term torticollis. After her assessment, I agreed to start with OMT. This treatment has significantly improved the level of pain I was experiencing. If further treatment is advisable for low level residual pain, I won't hesitate to proceed with acupuncture.
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