Dr. Michelle Malkie Brunner, M.D., C-AC
Medical Director of Manhattan Total Health
Please list your licenses/degrees:
- Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Diplomate, American Academy of Sports Medicine
- Licensed in Acupuncture
Where did you receive your schooling?
- BA from Brooklyn College 1995
- MD with distinction in research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1995-2000
- Internship in Internal Medicine Long Island Jewish 2000-2001
- Residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Long Island Jewish 2001-2004
How long have you been practicing? I have been practicing since August 2004.
What tasks/treatments does your medical description include?
- I evaluate patients with musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system issues. After taking a detailed history and physical, I may have to order further diagnostic workup. I then discuss the diagnosis or diagnoses and come up with a treatment plan that suits the patient’s needs. Treatment options include physical therapy, oral medications, acupuncture and injections. I follow up with my patients at regular intervals to monitor their progress
- I also access “Up to Date,” an online medical subscription database, for the most cutting-edge medical information enabling me to stay informed and take the best care of my patients
What is something that you want your patients to know about your method of caring for them? I really care about all my patients. I leave no stone unturned. I spend time listening to what my patients have to say knowing that 90% of the information necessary to make a correct diagnosis comes from the patient history. I treat my patients as I would want to be treated.
I have been at Manhattan Total Health since I completed my residency training in 2004.
In my free time, I like to… spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy reading. I exercise to be healthy and to practice in my personal life what I preach to patients.
I love what I do because… I am fascinated by the human body and I really enjoy helping people become more functional and feeling better.
If I could give one piece of advice, it would be… to make being and staying healthy their number one priority. Exercise and eating healthy will get pushed to the wayside if it is not made a priority. And having a routine will enable a person to live this way consistently.