December 16, 2011 — National University of Health Sciences has opened a new clinic in the western suburbs of Chicago, offering patients the advantages of integrative medical care.
The new NUHS Whole Health Center-Naperville, features the clinical expertise of Dr. Jennifer Ma who holds degrees in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine and advanced clinical practice. The clinic also has a strong relationship of consultation and inter-referral with the adjacent private practice of Sean Rardin, MD. Rardin also serves as a faculty clinician at National University’s on-campus clinic, the NUHS Whole Health Center-Lombard.
Integrative medicine features healthcare professionals from differing medical specialties working together to combine the best possible strategies to address each patient’s unique healthcare needs. Instead of competing with each other, experts in chiropractic medicine, oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, and conventional allopathic care work together as colleagues at National University’s clinics. The university believes that bringing the best of all medical specialties together can improve patient outcomes.
With the opening of its Naperville Whole Health Center, National University now operates six clinics in Illinois, and one on its campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. All seven of the university’s clinics offer a full range of primary care chiropractic medicine, and several, including Naperville, offer physicians trained in multiple fields of medicine, or teams of doctors from differing specialties.
“What I like most is that we have all these different healing traditions under one roof — in Lombard and now in Naperville — and that we can provide an unusual type and number of solutions to the problems our patients present,” says Rardin. “I think the medicine of the future should involve both more collaboration between different healing traditions and also a broader education for health care providers.”
“I’m very happy that we’re able to provide another convenient Whole Health Center for our patients as well as another clinical learning opportunity for our students,” says Dr. David Parish, dean of clinics at National University. “We look forward to bringing the same excellence in integrative medicine to the community of Naperville that National University is known for at its other clinic locations.”
“Integrative medicine makes sense in terms of patient-centered care. We need to develop a new healthcare perspective in our society where all healthcare professions can work as colleagues, bringing their unique skills to the table in the effort to better help our patients,” explains National University’s President, Dr. James F. Winterstein. “We are one of the first universities in the country to make this part of our mission, and are pleased to provide this new facility to the community in Naperville.”
Source: National University of Health Sciences, www.nuhs.edu