Dr. Irene M. Estores serves as medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program. Her interest in integrative medicine grew out of self-exploration of other healing and belief systems, a spiritual practice of prayer, self-reflection and meditation, and a mindful experience of wanted and unwanted events in her life. She considers her practice of medicine as a vocation and a spiritual path.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Acupuncture, Shingles, and Allergen ImmunotherapyMedical Acupuncture
David McMahon, et al.
The Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) remains dormant in the dorsal root ganglia and can become reactive later in a person's life. Factors such as stress, trauma, chronic disease, systemic illness, immune disorders, and age-related decline in host immunologic responses can potentially incite reactivation. Activation of VZV resulting in shingles following acupuncture has been reported in the literature previously, and some mechanisms have been proposed for this observation.
Functional medicine: Focusing on imbalances in core metabolic processesThe Journal of Family Practice
Frank A. Orlando, et al.
This medical field surveys details of assimilation, defense and repair, energy, biotransformation and elimination, transport, communication, and structural integrity, and addresses 5 lifestyle factors. Could screening patients for cytokine markers help direct interventions to prevent quality-of-life deterioration? What evidence is there that a patient’s methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genotype and baseline folate level can determine whether folate therapy will be needed to prevent stroke?
Improving burnout and well-being among medicine residents: Impact of a grassroots intervention compared to a formal program curriculumJournal of Education and Health Promotion
Amy J. Sheer, et al.
With growing resident burnout, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education issued new requirements for program interventions to optimize resident well-being. Little evidence exists on how to best teach resiliency to residents. This study assesses the impact of both a grassroots intervention and formal resiliency curriculum on resident burnout and well-being.