Meet Our Team
Kim Ariyabuddhiphongs, MD
Medical Director, Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care
Kim Ariyabuddhiphongs, MD, is Medical Director of BIDMC's Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care. Dr. Ariyabuddhiphongs is an Internist and Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ariyabuddhiphongs specializes in women's health and has a particular interest in bringing integrative care into the primary care setting. She attended medical school at State University of New York Downstate, in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Ariyabuddhiphongs completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine Primary Care Program in New Haven, Connecticut. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.
She has published several professional educational materials, clinical guidelines at BIDMC, and reports. Dr. Ariyabuddhiphongs has also lectured on a wide array of women's health issues including osteoporosis, cervical cancer prevention, and teaching the pelvic exam to medical residents. In addition to women's health issues, her focus includes patient safety initiatives and quality improvement.
Suzanne Bertisch, MD
Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH, is an Internist and Sleep Medicine Specialist at BIDMC's Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care. Dr. Bertisch is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include behavioral, lifestyle, and integrative therapies for sleep disorders, cardiovascular risk factor and disease, and other common medical conditions.
Dr. Bertisch attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed both her internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr Bertisch completed a fellowship in the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School, during which time she worked at the Marino Center for Progressive Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a large integrative health clinic with both conventional and complementary providers. She also trained in sleep medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and BIDMC.
Dr. Bertisch's research focuses on the use, efficacy, and physiological mechanisms of mind-body mechanisms (MBM) as well as other types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Recently, she was awarded a career development award by the NIH that supports her research in this area. She also collaborates on several research projects, including dietary supplement and sleep research.
Catherine Buettner, MD, MPH
Catherine Buettner, MD, MPH, is an Internist and Cholesterol Specialist at BIDMC's Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care and an attending preceptor for internal medicine residents. Dr. Buettner is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests include lipid management, headache, women's health, and lowering risks for chronic disease, primarily cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, and diabetes. Her integrative approach centers on optimizing behavioral and lifestyle changes through nutrition, physical activity, weight management, and smoking cessation, along with appropriate use of medications when needed. She has specific expertise working with individuals who have experienced musculoskeletal pain using lipid medications.
Dr. Buettner attended medical school at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway/New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she also completed her internship and residency with a concentration in women's health. She also holds a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Buettner completed a research fellowship in the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School, during which time she worked at the Marino Center for Progressive Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a large integrative health clinic with both conventional and complementary providers. She also trained in the Cardiovascular Health and Lipid Center at BIDMC.
Her primary research focuses on the use of dietary supplements among those with cardiovascular risks. She has been awarded a career development award by the NIH to research musculoskeletal symptoms and statin use and to investigate whether the dietary supplement, CoQ10, decreases musculoskeletal symptoms that occur in some individuals when they use statin medications. She also collaborates on several in projects involving dietary supplements and/or migraine research.
Gloria Yeh, MD
Gloria Y. Yeh, MD, MPH, is an Internist at BIDMC's Cheng Tsui Center for Integrative Care at Health Associates. She is also an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and on the faculty of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Yeh attended medicine school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore. She also holds a Masters of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Yeh completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University Medical Center. She also completed a fellowship in the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. During this time, she also worked at the Marino Center for Progressive Health, a large integrative health clinic in Cambridge.
Dr. Yeh's clinical interests include mind-body medicine, integrative therapies and preventive wellness care (including stress-management and exercise). Her research interests have focused on the safety, efficacy, and mechanisms of mind-body therapies for chronic disease including cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, musculoskeletal pain, depression, and healthy aging. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct several studies related to mind-body exercise, meditation, and tai chi. Dr. Yeh has received numerous honors and awards for her work.
She is a member of many professional societies including the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Yeh is also a candidate for the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD
Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, is a board-certified internist at The Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also a Research Fellow in Integrative Medicine within the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at BIDMC.
Dr. Dossett attended medical school and completed a PhD in immunology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She completed both her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. During her residency training, she performed comprehensive mind body and integrative medicine consults for patients at the Benson-Henry Mind Body Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. As part of her practice there, she taught patients brief meditation techniques to practice on their own at home.
Dr. Dossett is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Dossett's research interests include mind body medicine, functional medicine, and the nature of healing. She has presented talks on mind body medicine, nutrition, and physician well-being. While her clinical interests include mind body medicine, stress-reduction, nutrition, and functional medicine, especially as they relate to autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders, she is interested in seeing patients with a variety of integrative health concerns. Well-versed in a range of both conventional and complementary approaches to care, she sees her role as an educator and facilitator, helping patients to make decisions that best incorporate their personal values, medical conditions, and the available evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of all therapies.
Our Integrative Therapy Providers:
Jeanne Spellman, RD, LDN
Jeanne Spellman, RD, LDN, is a dietitian at BIDMC's Cheng Tsui Center for Integrative Care at Health Associates. Jeanne's professional interests include health education, lifestyle coaching, weight control and diabetes self management.
In addition to her work at the Cheng Tsui Center for Integrative Care, Jeanne is a clinical research dietitian at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Her responsibilities include providing nutrition/lifestyle coaching to research participants, coordinating and conducting group nutrition/lifestyle classes and mentoring nutrition students.
Jeanne also served as a health educator in the Boston Public Schools for five years. While at the Boston Public Schools, she developed and conducted training for over 50 health teachers, taught Boston's health curriculum to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and conducted classes including yoga, relaxation, aerobics and tennis. In addition, Jeanne taught Spanish and Science in Dorchester and served as a nutritionist, fitness instructor and assistant fitness director at local health clubs.
A 1984 cum laude graduate of Framingham State College's nutrition program, Jeanne is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, a licensed dietitian in Massachusetts and she holds a certification in Adult Weight Management and a Provisional Certification in Health/Family and Consumer Science from the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Jeanne is excited to work with HCA patients in helping to develop the desired lifestyle and nutrition changes that will empower each individual to reach their health goals and complement their medical treatment. Areas of focus will include weight control, prediabetes, type II diabetes, and hypertension. Jeanne believes in tailoring each plan based on the unique needs of each individual while moving toward a whole-food, balanced diet.
Our Administrative Staff:
Barbara Bix has more than 20 years of experience in project management, marketing strategy, and new product introduction. Her specialty is working with health care and technology organizations to identify and address unmet market needs. Barbara graduated Wharton School with an MBA in Management Information and Control and has completed post-graduate courses at the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern's State-of-the-Art Engineering program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The Wall Street Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Mass Device have quoted her in articles about health care and social media. In 1999, an ever-growing body of evidence had begun demonstrating that many "alternative" therapies were producing desirable health outcomes for a host of medical conditions. These findings motivated Barbara to study how Boston-based health care organizations were marketing mind/body and alternative services. Her report, entitled
Marketing Mind-Body and Complementary Medicine in the Boston Area provided a snapshot of what organizations with sizable local practices were doing, what was working, and what was getting in the way.
Clinical Administrative Assistant
Hillary Reuter is excited to be joining Dr. Kim Ariyabuddhiphongs at the Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care as the Clinical Administrative Assistant. After graduating from Boston University in May, Hillary is now pursuing a Masters in Health Administration from Suffolk University. While at BU, she worked at a cardiologist's office, scheduling patients for cardiac procedures and managing patient care for doctor offices and hospitals. This spring Hillary had the opportunity to be involved in research at the Dorchester House Multi Service Center focusing on treatment options available for the HIV positive patients in the Dorchester Community.
Katie McGraves-Lloyd is a Research Student at the Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care. Her work includes creating patient and provider education tools, working on marketing ventures such as the website, and researching evidence-based guidelines and practices. She is currently finishing a B.S. in Biostatistics and Public Health at Simmons College. Her interests include research methods as well as health education and programming. Her optimal wellness involves coupling yoga and running in her exercise routine.