Patient Care Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY

Dr. VanVleet’s treatment philosophy reflects both traditional psychiatry practices as well as a holistic perspective based on her osteopathic training.

Dr. VanVleet believes in a strong mind-body connection. She advocates for good nutrition, regular exercise, enhanced breathing/relaxation techniques, optimized sleep hygiene routines, as well as technology assisted meditation practices for patients interested in receiving cutting edge mental health care.

Dr. VanVleet is dedicated to providing the expert care you need with the personal touch you want. Her goal is to partner with patients to empower their treatment decisions and provide exceptional outpatient mental health care. Her ideal patient is one who enjoys being an active partner in their health care; a person who is willing to be responsible for their health by partnering in decisions made about their care, regularly takes their medications as indicated by the treatment plan, and who provides Dr. VanVleet and her staff with prompt, honest feedback about their progress.

FAQs

Q:  What is a D.O.?

A:  Both a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and an M.D. (Doctor of Allopathic Medicine) utilize all current scientifically accepted methods of diagnosis and treatment including the use of medications and surgery.  However, an osteopathic physician has an additional dimension to their training and practice which is not taught in medical schools awarding allopathic (M.D.) degrees.  The D.O. recognizes the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones and joints) make up over 60% of the body mass and that all body systems, including the musculoskeletal system, are interdependent.  Disturbance in one system of the body may cause altered function in another.  The interdependency of body systems is  also affected by the proper functioning of the other systems, in particular, the nervous and circulatory systems.  The emphasis on the relationship between body structure and organic functioning provides a broader and more holistic base for the treatment of the patient as a whole.

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