Dr. Ali Carine
Dr. Carine is an integrative osteopathic pediatrician. She provides comprehensive, holistic primary care for children. Her practice provides a medical home to many children with special needs, such as autism. However, Dr. Carine’s passion lies in the power that integrative, osteopathic care has in prevention of many illnesses that plague today’s American children.
So what do these terms mean?
Integrative is a term that describes physicians who utilize mainstream medicine as well as nutritional and complementary medicine. Dr. Carine utilizes both nutritional supplements and pharmaceuticals in the management of her children, depending on the child’s individual needs.
Doctors of Osteopathic medicine (D.O.) are fully licensed physicians, in the United States. They practice alongside their Medical Doctor, (M.D.) counterparts, with equal privileges performing surgery, medicine, and more. During their medical school training, which is equivalent in duration and complexity to MDs, D.O.’s are taught a philosophy of medicine that is holistic and looks at the relationship of structure and function.
Medical Home is a term being used by our health care system to describe physicians who desire to provide one office that is aware of all that is going on with a particular patient. Whenever needed, that physician will coordinate care with other practitioners, such as subspecialists, therapists and alternative medicine providers. We hope that this will lessen trips to the Emergency Room and main hospital, and that parents will have a better understanding of how all the problems their children face interact with one another in a holistic manner.
Physician specialties are determined by what board certifications they hold. Board certifications are acquired through extensive qualifications and testing, that have to be repeated throughout a practitioner’s career to ensure that the physician is staying current with their specialty’s advances. Dr. Carine holds 2 board certifications. Primary care physician’s routinely only carry 1. She is, of course, certified in Pediatrics but is also certified in Neuromuscular and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM). This demonstrates an advanced knowledge of osteopathic treatments and muscular skeletal injuries. Therefore, she performs osteopathic treatments when needed for the children in her practice.
Dr. Carine has also sought further training in the management of autistic children through the Autism Research Institute. Many would refer to her as a DAN!, physician (Defeat Autism Now!). This group educates physicians on nutritional and medical management of autistic children. Dr. Carine also applies this knowledge to the preventative management of all her patients, in an effort to help them develop optimally.
Dr. Carine, due to her extensive training and diversified background, is well respected among her peers nationally. She speaks regularly at national meetings, participates in leadership of her profession and contributes to professional publications. But most important to her, is the relationship she builds with her families, watching the children rise to their potential.