Introduction to Holistic Care or Integrative Medicine

Holistic Care or Integrative Medicine combines conventional medical treatment, complementary therapies, and lifestyle changes. It encourages a compassionate, healing relationship between patients and caregivers. Integrative Medicine views the whole person – mind, body, and spirit.

Conventional medicine is a term that describes healthcare carried out by licensed medical doctors and by allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, registered nurses, and psychologists. This type of healthcare is familiar to most people – it is the routine and established treatments that are carried out everyday in hospitals and clinics in the United States. Conventional treatments may include prescription medication, x-rays, surgical procedures, physical, and occupational therapy.

Complementary therapies include yogamassageacupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary supplements, meditation, hypnosis, chi gung, tai chi, and reiki. Historically, complementary therapies were not part of conventional medicine; however, certain therapies are becoming more common in healthcare today because knowledge and research about their effectiveness continues to grow.

Started in 2004, the Program for Integrative Medicine and healthcare Disparities at Boston Medical Center is committed to evidence-based practices. Our multidisciplinary team is composed of highly qualified:

  • Physicians
  • Massage Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Class instructors

Your first appointment will be a time to meet with a provider and discuss your current health and understand any past medical issues, develop a plan with you that incorporates both integrative therapies and conventional medicine, and recommend you for a follow up appointment or refer you to integrative medicine services (massage, yoga, acupuncture, etc.) as needed. 

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Treatments & Services

Breathing Exercises

Buteyko is a clinically-proven, natural, safe breathing retraining program which utilizes the body’s self-healing capacities. It is based on the standard medical principles of respiration and the Bohr effect.

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Massage is the manipulation of muscles to improve healing, health and wellness and relax the mind and body. The term “massage therapy” encompasses many different techniques.

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Mindfulness at Boston Medical Center

Mindfulness can be achieved by anyone. The practice of mindfulness is a purposeful way to approach your day to day tasks: this mindset can reduce stress and enhance the joy experienced in daily life.

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Yoga originated over 2000 years ago in India as a system of physical, moral, and spiritual practices. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, modern day yoga typically combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.

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Our Team

Integrative Medicine Practitioners

Bonita Jones, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist and Meditation Instructor 

Betsy Simmons
Yoga Instructor

Ramel Rones
Tai Chi Instructor 

Beth Sommers, Ph.D., MPH, Lic.Ac.,

Chris Lehmann, Lic.Ac.,
Staff Acupuncture 

CJ Allen, Lic.Ac.,
Acupuncture Preceptor

Maria Broderick, Ed.D., Lic.Ac.,
Pediatric Acupuncture, Acupuncture Preceptor

Kathy Seltzer, Lic.Ac.,

Patricia Leydon, Lic.Ac.

Integrative Medicine Research Staff

Eric Roseen, DC
Research Fellow

Patient Resources

Holistic Care and Integrative Medicine Classes

Group offerings are an opportunity for individuals living with the same medical challenges to come together to share, learn, and experience mind-body practices in a safe environment. There are two opportunities for this; chronic pain management and chronic illness management. These are not times when you will meet individually with your provider and discuss your care plan. Rather, the goal is to help you learn a holistic approach to your health.