A team that treats the body, mind and spirit
Children’s Minnesota’s integrative medicine program uses an interdisciplinary approach to treat children. Doctors, advanced practice nurses, nurses and psychologists work alongside massage therapists, reflexologists and other specialists to deliver comprehensive healing treatments, often in conjunction with conventional medicine.
When you visit the integrative medicine program, you may meet several different specialists with different types of backgrounds including:
- Pediatric and family doctors with advanced training in integrative medicine treatments such as hypnosis, acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, biofeedback, reflexology and more.
- Advanced practice nurses have received additional training and specialize in integrative medicine treatments such as acupressure, reflexology, aromatherapy, biofeedback, reflexology and more.
- Pediatric psychologists help with the emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, school, behavioral problems and more.
- Massage therapists are certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and are able to provide different techniques, including craniosacral therapy, myofascial release and Swedish massage to help manage pain and discomfort. Massage therapists at Children’s have also received additional training in reflexology, acupressure and healing touch.
Children’s integrative medicine program works closely with professionals from many other fields, such as the interdisciplinary pain program.
When visiting the integrative medicine program, keep your eyes peeled for these key players:
Melanie L. Brown, MD
Program director of Integrative Medicine
Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD
Medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine
You may also meet a few others from the team, including:
Massage therapists: Candace Linares, Barb Cant, Jill Maltrud, Karen Haeg and Laura Beck
Child psychologist: Kavita Desai, PhD, LP