Enhancing Whole Body Health at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

By Katy Mena-Berkley
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Elizabeth Acevedo-Danzi, DO, Family Medicine Physician with St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, discusses the relationship between mental and physical wellness.

Q: What sets St. Catherine’s apart from other institutions in terms of the approach to treating mental and physical health?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: At St. Catherine of Siena, we begin our approach to each individual’s mental and physical health with a broad focus. The patient’s physical condition is always of primary concern, but mental and physical health is impacted by a constellation of factors that we juggle in our day-to-day lives. We strive to know our patients’ needs as individuals, family members and participants in our local community.

Q: What types of services do you offer?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: Health and disease management for adults and children, preventive primary care, including personalized metabolic testing, and special services, such as vitamin deficiency testing and replacement and health coaching. We will also soon be offering osteopathic manipulative treatments and medical acupuncture at the practice.

Q: What role does your team play in treatment?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: Speaking generally, our team strives to provide each patient with compassionate care and an attentive ear. However, our team is composed of a spectrum of roles, each contributing to the patient experience. A patient’s office visit experience begins with a warm greeting from the front desk staff and ends with a handshake from the doctor.

Q: Who would be a good candidate for the care you provide?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: Our best patients are generally already interested in learning about a healthy lifestyle and in investigating the causes of diseases. However, one of the wonderful and challenging things about family medicine is that your patients come to you from all walks of life.

Q: What drew you to the field of medicine?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: As a physician, I am also a scientist, and the science of medicine has always been an irresistible topic to me. I am proud to be part of what I think is a noble profession populated by so many people who were likewise motivated by an altruistic desire to help others.

Q: Why did you choose your specialty?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: As many others have observed about their own careers in medicine, my specialty chose me. In many ways, my gravitation toward the role of a generalist was a natural consequence of my medical school education. That experience convinced me of the overarching value of the coordination of an individual’s various healthcare needs.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: Nothing is as satisfying as when a successful treatment plan using less invasive and more natural techniques reduces or eliminates the need for drugs, devices and medical procedures. Seeing my patients get better is what I live for.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Dr. Acevedo-Danzi: I enjoy spending time with my husband, Vincent, and son, Alexander, and exploring nature’s wonders.

To learn more about family medicine services offered at St. Catherine of Siena, visit stcatherines.chsli.org.