University of Maryland Medical Director Resigns to Co-Found Fibromyalgia Clinic Based on New, Unique Treatment Model

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A Medical Director has resigned her position at the University of Maryland to open a clinic combining Modern Western and Traditional Chinese medical techniques, used in concert with psychotherapy, a combination unique in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is often described as a stress-induced condition affecting millions of middle-aged Americans and is generally considered unresolvable by most Western medical practitioners.

Janine Blackman, M.D., PhD. has resigned her position as Medical Director at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine (UMCIM) and will be involved on a full-time basis in the opening of an integrative medical clinic to treat fibromyalgia, combining Western and Eastern medical approaches with psychotherapy.

Dr. Blackman and her partners Jonathan Gilbert, NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and Anita Bains, APRN, BC, (a specialist in psychotherapeutic treatment of chronic afflictions, including fibromyalgia) have demonstrated substantial success in arresting the causes of fibromyalgia and eliminating for the long term its symptoms in their patients.

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that is characterized by muscle and joint pain and fatigue that lasts for many months, and that is often accompanied by irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disturbance, headaches, anxiety, depression and a variety of other symptoms.

It is often described as a stress-induced condition affecting millions of middle-aged Americans. It is generally considered irresolvable by most Western medical practitioners. Prior to the founding of The Gilbert Clinic, the best that patients could hope for is "management" of their condition and symptoms. The protocol established at The Gilbert Clinic will focus on arresting the causes of the condition and eliminating the symptoms. This is in contrast to most models of treatment for the condition, which focus primarily on symptom management.

The clinic's combination of Western and Eastern medical techniques, used in concert with psychotherapy, is unique in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The Gilbert Clinic's mission as stated by Mr. Gilbert is: "To get people well and keep people well."

According to Dr. Blackman, "Until now, the best that sufferers of fibromyalgia could hope for was treatment of their symptoms. With the founding of The Gilbert Clinic, fibromyalgia patients now have the option to treat the cause of their condition for the first time. By combining Mr. Gilbert's expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine with conventional Western medical approaches and safeguards as well as psychotherapeutic 'coaching,' we believe The Gilbert Clinic is about to make history in the treatment and resolution of fibromyalgia."

Dr. Blackman's co-founders of The Gilbert Clinic are Jonathan Gilbert and Anita Bains. Mr. Gilbert has been the Senior Consultant for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Anita Bains was formerly President of the Advanced Psychiatric Practice Nurses of Maryland.

The Gilbert Clinic can be reached at 866-546-0777.

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