Integrative Medicine

An evolution in medical practice, integrative medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for every individual. If you have an interest in learning about non-allopathic techniques, or if you already have training in them, the UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency is the place to be! 


We can help you get the training to be effective and supervise your use of these techniques. While you are fine tuning your skills in Western Medicine, you will gain extensive experience in the practice of integrative medicine:

Acupuncture:  the ancient practice of using tiny needles to change the energy patterns of the body in order to restore balance and health. 

Cupping:  used to treat muscular joint pain as well as many systemic diseases. Uses hand-pump or heated cups to create local suction on the skin.

Functional Medicine:  addressing the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms, practitioners gather extensive personal, medical and social histories. Then, they evaulate the interactions among genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.


GuaSha: also called "coining". Scraping the skin with a blunt tool (coin, spool or other instrument) to treat local pain or systemic problems.

Hypnosis: each day the human mind controls millions of events through the body. Using hypnosis, "inward focus," you can train your mind to influence many areas of function.

Natural Therapies: using non-prescription compounds such as Western or Chinese herbs, or vitamin and mineral supplements to restore balance and function.

Osteopathic Manipulation: OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility


Meet Dr. Melissa Rathmell


"After practicing Family Medicine for a few years, I realized that Western medicine had little to offer many patients. I started looking into non-Western therapies and have become an Integrative Medicine Practitioner. Contact me anytime with questions!"

Melissa Rathmell, MD, Director of Integrative Medicine
UMass Family Medicine Residency
To learn more about Dr. Rathmell, we invite you to read our recent interview with her!

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

American Osteopathic Association
Institute for Functional Medicine
New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis

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