Missouri native Dawn M. Myers, DO, MPT, joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group in September as a new physiatrist — a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Physiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating neurological, musculoskeletal and other types of disorders that cause temporary or permanent injury and functional disability.
“We basically assist patients who have any impairment that prevents them from functioning normally,” Dr. Myers explains. The goal of all the treatments in physical medicine and rehabilitation is to increase a person’s mobility, strength and balance.
Dr. Myers earned a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in health science and later received her master of physical therapy (MPT), both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In May 2013, she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB).
After graduating from KCUMB, Dr. Myers completed an internship at Capital Region Medical Center in
Jefferson City. Earlier this year, she finished her residency program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Myers may provide patients with assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to help during rehabilitation. In certain cases, medication can be prescribed to help with pain management, alertness and fatigue.
Among the procedures or treatments that Dr. Myers is trained in include joint injections, Botox injections or trigger point injections (TPI). Dr. Myers also can perform EMGs (electromyograms) and nerve conduction studies, where the electrical activity of muscles is measured.
She is working with fellow PCRMC physiatrist Matthew Rieth, MD.
To learn more about physical medicine and rehabilitation, visit pcrmc.com.