Rosemarie Rose, MD has evolved her practice of medicine from traditional Family Medicine into an integrative, holistic framework over the last 20 years. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed her Family Medicine training at Fairfax Family Practice Residency Program. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She is also licensed as a physician acupuncturist in Virginia. Additional studies have included Advanced Practice courses with the Institute of Functional Medicine and she is a Certified HeartMath® Practitioner. Dr. Rose serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for Virginia Commonwealth University and acts as a preceptor for medical students and residents interested in integrative care. Special areas of expertise include stress adaptation, gastrointestinal issues, thyroid and adrenal hormone imbalance, sleep disorders and integrative approaches to ADD, anxiety and depression.
Joined Steinmetz Medical Associates: November 2011
The Birth of a Doctor
Growing up in a medical family where her father was “an old country doctor,” Dr. Rose has always known she wanted to help people heal. Her years spent working in family practice she found enjoyable and rewarding since she could help her patients every step of the way. However, she found that she wanted to give her patients more. “My favorite part was hearing my patients’ stories, appreciating the small and large triumphs and tragedies that make up our lives. But the lack of effective treatments for so many of the common conditions I saw began to trouble me.”
Driven by her desire to get to the root of the body’s issues, she initially began to study neurotransmitter imbalances. Through her study, she learned that these imbalances can express as depression, fibromyalgia, attention problems, and out-of-control appetite. After learning a few techniques for using nutritional amino acids to help address these imbalances, she opened a small consultative practice to help people with neurotransmitter disease. At this point, she says: “It quickly became clear that I was just seeing the tip of the iceberg. There was so much else going on.”
Dr. Rose then began her in-depth study of functional medicine, hoping to uncover the underlying causes of illness. She studied textbooks, scientific publications, attended educational conferences and seminars, and spent time with other functional medicine practitioners in the area to see functional medicine in action. “These mentors confirmed my dismay that medical schools are not teaching the systems biology necessary to understand the interconnecting causes of disease. Unfortunately, most of current medical practice is diagnosis-driven and pharmaceutically centered.”
Once the door to functional medicine was opened, Dr. Rose never looked back. She continues to use integrative approaches both personally and with her patients, and is excited to share her evolving perspective. “As my practice progresses, my understanding grows. I continue to expand my knowledge base and look forward to bringing even more to my practice of functional medicine.”
Rosemarie D. Rose, MD, earned her medical degree in 1989 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the Fairfax Family Practice Residency Program, part of the Medical College of Virginia. Starting in 1992, she practiced a full range of family medicine with Fairfax Family Practice and affiliated practices. She has also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2000, Dr. Rose suspended her clinical practice while starting a family. She continued work in the medical field as an online medical editor and later by co-founding a company dedicated to improving the quality of continuing medical education for physicians.
Dr. Rose returned to clinical practice in 2007 working with our military veterans. Searching for a deeper understanding of diseases that were not well managed by conventional medical practice, she first completed specialized training in amino acid supplementation for the treatment of neurotransmitter disease. Thereafter she began a comprehensive course of study through the Institute of Functional Medicine.