Beverly Wedda, MD
As a pre-med major at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Beverly had the intention of becoming a physician from the start of her college career. Beverly was active in the United States Air Force while completing her medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and fulfilled her residency in family medicine in the Washington DC area at Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center. She was a family medicine physician for the U.S. Air Force for 9 years. During that time she was also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Practice at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and at the University of California, San Francisco. After leaving active duty, Beverly continued to practice family medicine and also teach physicians in residency as an Instructor at UMass Medical School in Worcester, and more recently Harvard Medical School - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
Early in her healthcare career, Beverly received a book, Manifesto for a New Medicine by James Gordon, MD which ignited her interest in integrative medicine. She recalls the book rekindling a fire for her, reminding her of the reason she chose to enter into medicine in the first place. Years of exploration, research, and self-learning ensued by means of reading books, attending conferences, and receiving treatments herself in alternative therapies in order to understand other ways to heal and be well.
Beverly considers Functional Medicine and Holistic Medicine the paradigms that resonate most with her clinical practice now. She is committed to patient-centered care and views the doctor-patient relationship as one of teamwork. Beverly believes that deep listening is the most important skill a doctor needs. She strives to be intentionally present to what each patient is saying and how they are saying it. Beverly encourages her patients to be active in their healing process and to assess their well-being by taking a holistic view of their lives, attending to the condition of each aspect of themselves - body, mind and spirit.
Beverly’s favorite part of working in healthcare is the opportunity to sincerely engage with individuals along their health journey. She appreciates and respects the sharing and connectedness of partnering with patients. Secondly, she admits the joy she experiences while problem-solving using science and literature, and engaging in in-depth investigations of each person’s unique biochemistry. It is satisfying for her to see when the results of such investigations align with her evolving clinical theories.
Beverly loves teaching and feels that her role as a healthcare provider in each office visit is very similar to her role as an educator in a classroom. Being a lifelong learner, she also thrives in the role of student. Beverly has learned Level I Reiki and feels this experience has improved her patient interaction and care by allowing her to better appreciate the impact of one’s energy - how it moves within us, out from us, and between us as individuals. Beverly has also experienced the incredible benefits of mindfulness training by completing the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at UMASS Worcester.
Beverly takes pleasure in working with individuals of all ages to assist them in meeting their unique health goals, and she is equally committed to attending to her own well-being. She enjoys time with her spouse and family and especially loves being active outdoors. Her most enjoyable recreational activities are road biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, taking long walks and hiking. She loves listening to music and reading a good book. She is active in her faith community and feels that one’s spiritual health is an essential element of overall well-being.
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