In 2016 I “quit” traditional pain medicine. The destruction caused by radiofrequency ablations and steroid injections, the perceived bartering of medication refills for procedures, the inadequate “bandaids on bullet wounds” instead of getting to the root cause of the pain and addressing that through a holistic approach. For the first time in a long time I feel my calling again. I intentionally chose osteopathic medicine for its unique approach to the whole being and the integral relationship between structure and function. I’m influenced by training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center, by practicing in Navy Medicine for 12 years, by fellowship training at Stanford in Pain Management, and by private and academic practice in both Anesthesia and Pain Management. I am building my dream practice in Regenerative Medicine and changing the lives of my Practice Members by applying the integrally related pillars of health and harnessing the catalyst of the body’s own healing properties using PRP and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate.
Robert Kornfeld, DPM concludes the piece on his personal experience with burnout and how he went from burnout to thriving, in part II of II.