The Role of Integrative Medicine in the Treatment of TBI

Dec. 18, 2013; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


Over the past 12 years, military health care providers have noted an increase in the incidence of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) during the provision of care to service members. Although common, mTBI is often challenging to delineate in its presentation due to co-occurring psychological health symptoms. Integrative medicine synergistically combines conventional and alternative medicine treatments to achieve safe and effective care. In this webinar, we will examine evidence-based alternative and complementary medicine interventions for symptom management. We will also discuss the role of integrative medicine in holistic, personalized, patient-centered care.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the difference between conventional and integrative medicine
  • Describe alternative and complementary medicine practices commonly employed in the military health system
  • Discuss and explain how to create an integrative medicine clinic and/or program


David F. Drake, M.D.
Director, Pain Clinic and Director, Integrative Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; VA Representative, Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va. David F. Drake received his medical degree from the University of Nevada, School of Medicine. He did his physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency and his pain fellowship with the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of PM&R, where he is now an assistant professor. He also is the assistant director of the department’s pain fellowship. He has worked for the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense as a doctor for the Warrior Transition Unit and the medical evaluation board; as a pain fellowship director and pain consultant; and as an Army Reserve medical officer.
Margaret MacDonald, M.D.
Senior Scientific Director, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Fort Carson, Colo. Margaret MacDonald received her medical degree from Dalhousie University Medical School. She started off in family practice and spent several years working in a forensic psychiatric hospital in British Columbia. She eventually branched into neurorehabilitation. She has certifications in neurofeedback and quantitative EEG, in addition to clinical experience in biofeedback and mind-body medicine. She joined DVBIC at Fort Carson, Colo., in 2010. She has been a sub-investigator in the interactive metronome randomized clinical trial and is about to start a pilot study at Fort Carson of a neurofeedback technique for persistent symptoms after TBI in soldiers. Her primary research focus is on detection of physiological change after TBI and remediation of functional deficits by targeting neuroplastic responses in the brain.


Jean-Louis Belard, M.D., Ph.D., M.Ac.
Research Advisor for Integrative Medicine, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Jean-Louis Belard received his medical degree from Lyon University Medical School in France and his doctorate in Human Ecology from La Sorbonne University in Paris. He also is board certified in acupuncture. Belard retired in 1991 as a colonel in the French Medical Corps. During his 22-year career in the U.S., he has been a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and scientific director for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

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