Patricia A. Schmidt, DO, FACOI, FAAHPM
Dr. Patricia Schmidt brings a wealth of understanding and compassion to the care of patients and their families. Dr. Schmidt began her health care career as a practicing physician at Hamtramck Health Center (Michigan), a faculty-resident clinic of internal medicine at Horizon Health Systems. She advanced as a supervising physician in teaching practices at Mt. Clemens General and Garden City Hospitals in the 1990s. In 2002, she joined the Visiting Nurses Association of Southeast Michigan-Hospice before joining a growing hospice organization in 2005. In 2014, Dr Schmidt has embarked on new horizons of empowering individuals in their care, with an emphasis on wellness.
With nearly 30 years of experience in internal medicine, Dr. Schmidt is a noted and sought-after speaker on issues of palliative medicine and hospice, as well as living with chronic conditions and wellness. She has been invited to speak on issues relating to pain and end-of-life symptom management at statewide programs. Dr. Schmidt is involved with passionately educating and advocating for quality of life. She received her DO degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a recognized educator, presenting nationally for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the International Society of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine. Currently, she is expanding her focus to include wellness and integrative internal medicine. In all settings, Dr. Schmidt applies an integrative whole person model as it applies to chronic disease management. Realizing that we are more than our biology, she seeks to incorporate and re-integrate spirit, mind and body in her practice. Since 2014, she began her collaborative relationship with Dr Sharon Forrest to promote the highest wellness for individuals and families and the opening of her own practice, Center for Transforming Health.
In the past few years, Dr. Schmidt presented at a webinar on Chronic Disease Management with MPRO (Michigan Peer Review Organization) Also in 2014, she is participating in the Compassionate Leadership Academy for Medical Students at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2011, she collaborated with the Michigan Public Health Training Center to develop a webinar entitled “Real Life Approaches to Pain Management”. In recognition of her work, Dr. Schmidt has been awarded the Dream Team Physician of the Year in 2008 and Educator of the Year in 2007 by the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (now known as Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan). She was also the 1987 recipient of the Judith K. Weiswasser Award for Outstanding Woman Graduate from Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Additionally, she received a faculty development and clinician educator certificate from MSUCOM-COGMET in the areas of evidence-based medicine. She is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has CAQ in palliative medicine from the American Osteopathic Association.
Your health and wellness is your most valuable possession. So, why treat it as a bottom line item on a to-do list? The Center for Transforming Health helps patients to prioritize and affirm healthy living standards and wellness on a consistent basis.
The Center for Transforming Health was an idea Dr. Patricia Schmidt had for many years. It is her goal to improve medical practices for patients by teaching people how to live well. What does this mean? It involves the consistent practice of reforming how healthcare can be delivered, and it puts power back into the consumer’s pocket and good, healthy living back into their lives. Dr. Pat believes in restoring the kind of close and trusted relationships patients used to have with their family physicians, while advancing new practices and methods of hands-on care that allow today’s patients to experience and embrace healthy living. The Center for Transforming Health offers a wide range of personal care for individuals and families including the use of osteopathic manual medicine to support diagnosis and treatment of chronic medical conditions, pain, illness or injury. On-site healthcare services include aromatherapy, hormone therapy, nutritional support and massage for treatment of chronic pain, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalance and chronic conditions.
Center for Transforming Health allows Dr. Pat to help every patient receive the kind of personal care available in medicine’s not too distant past while taking advantage of the latest innovations and services that support higher and more consistent wellness. The Center for Transforming Health is a fee for service, cash-based practice located in Keego Harbor, Michigan.
Featured Book Review
Rich in Years — Finding Peace and Purpose in a Long Life
By Johann Christoph Arnold
Reviewed by Phyllis Schalk
NOTE FROM DR. PAT: Phyllis Schalk is a former elementary school teacher with an engaging, caring, and supportive nature. She is active in her journey to achieve health and wellness through the Center for Transforming Health. As a proactive collaborator in her patient-care relationship with me, Mrs. Schalk encourages a dynamic dialogue to help achieve her best health. She is a genuine supporter of our mission at CTH where we encourage all patients to seek their “Highest Health and Wellness!”
”Rich in Years” is an inspirational read for people of all ages, but particularly for an aging population. Author Johann Christoph Arnold helps readers to see aging as a normal progression, dealing with health issues, loneliness and facing the end of life. Some chapters can be difficult to reflect on, depending on one’s stage in life. Mr. Arnold however, reminds us of the assurances that God is with us in every step of life’s journey.