Dr. Rachel Hallmark, MD PhD
For traditionalists, click here to see my CV (curriculum vitae).
I cringe when I hear people say that they "hate doctors."
Let me show you how different HEALTH care (not just sickness care!) can be.
The short story:
I am a Medical Doctor (MD) specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with expertise in Exercise Physiology and obesity. I am also a Yogini (since 2000) and 200hr trained Yoga Instructor (2007), former collegiate fitness instructor (1998-2008), and certified Medical Acupuncturist (2013). I have been told for years that I have "healing hands" (a gift of using my hands for diagnosis and treatment).
The universe ultimately led me to a mentorship under Dr. Peter Bower, and I began training in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. These techniques have become my primary tool in the management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. I value the non-surgical, non-pharmacologic approach whenever appropriate, but I also know how to get you into the hands of a "good surgeon" if that is needed. Our bodies have an amazing capacity for healing, particularly when guided by appropriate therapeutic touch.
I am a lifelong student of the human body, and I LOVE what I do.
When I'm not in the office, you'll often find me
spending time with my 2 sons (Gabe, 9, and Bennett, 7),
on my yoga mat, on my paddle board (usually on Beaver Creek),
or out enjoying (dancing to!) live music.
Here's where the long story will go... one day.
(I actually did start writing a draft of this section once, but it is CRAZY long. [No surprise to any who know me well] It may? be published eventually after some heavy editing.)
That's me on the rock above. A "few" years ago. But Ashtavakrasana ("crooked in 8 places pose") is one of my favorite yoga poses still.