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John C Reed Functional Medicine Physician


Functional Medicine Physician

Education – University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine

Harvard Divinity School

Residency- Mary I Bassett Hospital Cooperstown, NY.

Typical Conditions Treated:

Honors and Certifications:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
  • Fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy
  • Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine
  • Diplomate American Board of Integrative Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine State Licenses: Arizona Homeopathic Physician(1982-2018), Maryland Physician Acupuncturist (current)
  • Virginia Physician Acupuncturist (current)

Positions Held:

  • Chief Medical Officer American WholeHealth
  • Clinical Professor University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • President, Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Examiners
  • Faculty: Helms Medical Acupuncture Institute
  • Medical Officer USPHS Indian Health Service

Specialized Training:

  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Nutritional Pain Management
  • Functional Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • East Asian and Euro-American herbal medicine
  • Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
  • Interactive Guided Imagery
  • Process-Oriented Psychology (with Amy and Arny Mindell)
  • Energy Medicine
  • Spirituality and Health Care

Personal Facts:

Family: 4 married daughters and 7 grandchildren

Community development volunteer: Marshall Islands and Philippines

Community acupuncture volunteer: Humla, Nepal

International Teaching and Lecturing:

Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland

Personal Note from Dr. John:

I remember sitting in a big auditorium during the first month of medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. A senior professor was telling us what to expect. “You are going to learn a lot,’ he said, “but 50% of what we teach you will be obsolete in 7 years. You are going to have to learn to think about health, to ask intelligent questions and to always seek new answers if you are going to be a good physician.”

Sure enough, 8 years later, my family practice patients in my HMO group practice were generally doing well, but I started wondering what to do about their chronic aches and pains. When some of them refused to see a specialist and came back better after taking vitamin or homeopathic medicine, I started looking for some new answers. My search led me to study hands-on physical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional therapy (now called functional medicine), guided imagery and hypnotherapy. I soon left the HMO to practice in a holistic clinic down the street from my home in Arizona. I become a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978 to associate with like-minded physicians. By the 1980’s I had a successful integrative holistic practice and was teaching acupuncture and manual therapy to other doctors. I feel like my long-term patients were teaching me about the process of recovery from chronic illness as I was helping them with the new healing tools that had not been offered in my medical school training.

In the 80’s and 90’s I served as an officer, director, or founder of four other major organizations for integrative health practitioners: a state regulatory board for homeopathy and integrative practice, two start-up specialty trade organizations for acupuncture and manual medicine, and a national business of integrative practitioner clinics. I organized a study trip to China for my acupuncture Academy members. To support the kind of practices that I knew would insure a better balance of care options in our healthcare system, I gave testimony to the FDA on acupuncture needles as non-experimental devices, helped write the NIH document that first laid out the basis for a scientific agenda at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and lobbied the American Medical Association to create billing codes that insurance companies could use to pay for acupuncture.

Over the past 20 years, Integrative healthcare has blossomed. While I have remained board-certified in Family Medicine, I have national recognition and certification in Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine, Osteopathy, and Nutritional Pain Management. From 2008 to 2011, I broadened my perspective with patients while completing a Master of Divinity program focused on medicine and spirituality at Harvard. I brought this spirituality informed approach to my practice at an integrative clinic for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and to my work at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center leading an inpatient integrative care team for the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. I co-authored the chapter on Acupuncture in the just published 2020 edition of the Textbook of Natural Medicine.

I offer my current patients a well-honed expertise in helping people recover from the limitations of chronic pain and in addressing the after-effects of traumatic stress, whether it came after adverse childhood experiences, war or natural disasters, violence or abuse, accidents and family losses, or just negotiating a difficult situational adjustment in life.  Over the years I have developed the insight to be a problem-solver for people whose chronic illness situation of any sort seems unresponsive to well-intentioned primary care, specialty interventions, or even alternative practice methods.

As my patient, you will be invited to share your health and life history and current concerns from a nutritional, lifestyle, family, genetic, psychological, and spiritual perspective.  We will work together to create a customized recovery plan which could include the following approaches: functional medicine (diet, detoxification, homeopathy, and supplements), body oriented therapies ( massage, healing touch and bioenergy therapy, acupuncture, osteopathic manual therapy, and injection procedures), therapeutic counseling and mind body therapies (hypnotherapy, guided imagery, healing rituals, meditation, and stress management). I will work with the team at Rose Wellness, and your primary care and specialty providers, to tailor a program that works for you.

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Dr. John

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