COEM Physician News:
Dr. Herbert now Board-Certified
in Integrative Medicine
The Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine (COEM) and the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) are pleased to announce that Bettina Herbert, M.D., successfully completed all of the requirements for certification in Integrative Medicine through the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®). Herbert is one of the initial group of U.S. physicians to pass the first-ever board exam in Integrative Medicine, the newest specialty offered by ABPS.
“Thanks to the effort of many medical pioneers and determined advocates, Integrative Medicine is now an official board specialty,” stated Herbert, who is also a physiatrist and a Certified Practitioner in Functional Medicine. “This means that physicians can offer a much wider range of treatment than ever before. At COEM, we treat a wide range of chronic illnesses, allergies, toxins from mold and chemicals, and other diseases using integrative approaches. This board certification further validates my treatment philosophy of an all-encompassing, patient-centered approach to health care.”
Board certification from the ABOIM enables successful candidates to present themselves to the public as qualified medical specialists in the practice of Integrative Medicine. Completing the board certification indicates mastery and advanced knowledge of the specialty. The ABOIM defines Integrative Medicine as the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, including conventional and complementary disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.
Herbert is also board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a member of the first group of physicians certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine, and a Bravewell scholar from the world-renowned University of Arizona Integrative Medicine fellowship founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Herbert also serves on the faculty at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She has additional expertise in targeted nutrition, cranial osteopathy, as well as in botanical and Environmental Medicine.
After graduating from Cornell University, Herbert became a financial services executive before changing careers. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and has additional training from MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency in Rehabilitation Medicine was completed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she served as the Director of the Jefferson Integrative Medicine Pain Program for six years before entering private practice.
For more information on Dr. Herbert or COEM’s programs in Integrative Medicine, visit the Center online at www.coem.com or call (843) 572-1600.
March 3, 2015