Jennifer Lee, DO, MPH completed her Master’s degree in Public Health at George Washington University and did an internship at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and decided to pursue medicine. Her training includes obtaining a Doctor of Osteopathy/D.O. degree at the founding school of osteopathy, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. She then completed a family practice residency at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Fairfax Family Practice Residency Program. During her residency, Dr. Lee completed a course in Medical Acupuncture offered through Stanford University and Helms Medical Institute.
Dr. Lee is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She has clinical faculty positions at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Medical Society of Northern Virginia.
She frequently uses manipulation and acupuncture in combination to address a wide range of issues such as fibromyalgia, headaches, pain and inflammation. Dr. Lee also has expertise treating gastrointestinal issues, chronic fatigue using a holistic approach with the judicious use of nutrition, supplements and lifestyle changes.
Joined Steinmetz Medical Associates: November 2008
The Birth of a Doctor
When Dr. Lee was a young girl, she had some serious health problems. Her mother took her from doctor to doctor, and they all seemed to say the same thing: “Do surgery, or do nothing.” Her mother was proactive and intelligent enough to seek several opinions, and an osteopathic physician suggested bracing and physical therapy. She began to heal from the physical therapy, and once she got better, came to realize that she wanted to do for others what that one physician did for her.
Her first step towards following her path in medicine was to work in the field of public health, but she knew right away that it wasn’t for her. To truly make a difference, she knew that she to be directly involved in her patients’ lives. “I like working with people one-on-one, and it’s very gratifying to see how our suggestions and advice can help people turn their lives around.”
Dr. Jennifer Lee, DO, MPH, DABFM board certified in family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine offers leading edge holistic healing techniques. From family medicine to treating acute and chronic pain, chronic fatigue, thyroid, hormonal, neurological and gastrointestinal disorders, her unique training is widely sought by patients seeking to optimize a practical blend of Eastern and Western medical and healing techniques.
Dr. Lee is a frequent speaker on acupuncture, holistic healing and nutritional medicine. She holds her medical degree from the prestigious founding school of osteopathy, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and earned a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the clinical faculty at both Georgetown University School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Dr. Lee likes the concept of being a D.O. vs. an M.D. because of its foundation in musculoskeletal medicine, with a great emphasis on anatomy. “You have to learn how to do manipulation as a student.” Dr. Lee specializes in headache cases, in addition to low back pain.
Dr. Lee understands that each patient has different needs, and it is her goal to determine what is best for the individual. “I ask them point blank—what are your expectations of me?” Once she finds out, she can assess what the problem is, and discuss what she can do for them. “I lay out all their options, but I do get focused and share with them what I think their best option is. I give the patient choices. Some can make up their might right away, and others need a little time to think about it. Some patients don’t mind needles, so I suggest acupuncture. Others can’t stand needles, so I can do manipulation.”
A Doctor’s Passion
Because of this country’s current obesity epidemic, Dr. Lee is passionate about helping her overweight patients reach a healthy weight. She likes to take them through each step of the process, giving detailed tips and advice. Physically active herself, Dr. Lee likes to run, play ultimate Frisbee, and go hiking.
Creating Optimal Wellness
“There are times when I have to be painfully blunt with people, and tell them it almost doesn’t matter what changes you make in your life, but you have to do something, or you’re going to die. I give the option to do lifestyle changes, or take medicine, but they have to do something. Some patients will try to put off making these drastic changes, but in order for me to help them, I have to inspire them. There are times when they simply don’t have a choice if they want to survive.”
Regarding lifestyle changes, she works with them to find out ways to make the changes fit for them. Her philosophy is to suggest realistic lifestyle changes. For example, Dr. Lee tailors the changes to fit their life by asking them:
One of her favorite tips is to march in front of the TV. “You may feel like an idiot, but it works. Studies have shown that the more you watch TV, the higher your risk for getting obese. I try to get people to watch less TV, and to get out, walk, and become part of their community. Almost everyone can walk!”
“I had a young patient not too long ago that suffered from an unusual type of headache. It was different for her, because instead of the pain being in the front of her head, around her forehead, this one generated pain on the top of her head. She had been uncomfortable and suffering from these headaches for a while. After asking her several questions, I found out these headaches started after she was involved in a car accident, and the airbag deployed. So I did manipulation on her head, and she felt better immediately. She only had to see me two more times, and that was it. Her headaches resolved, and she’s never been back since! We followed up with her to see how she was doing, and she said she was fine—no more headaches.”