TUCSON, Ariz. – Laura Micek-Galinat, MD, MPH, has joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine and Banner – University Medicine.
As a family physician, Dr. Micek-Galinat will provide primary patient care at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon, 707 N. Alvernon Way
She is certified in integrative medicine and culinary medicine, a subset of integrative medicine that blends the art of cuisine and cooking with the science of medicine. Consequently, Dr. Micek-Galinat will help patients better understand the important connections between the foods they eat and their overall health.
"Food is an integral part of our daily lives” Dr. Micek-Galinat said. “As physicians, we realize that when patients are required to make dietary sacrifices because of health conditions, it is difficult for them. Culinary medicine is a practice that helps physicians teach their patients to look at food in a different way. I believe it is part of our responsibility as medical professionals to help our patients through dietary change and give them concrete recommendations for leading healthier lives."
Dr. Micek-Galinat earned her medical degree at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and then completed her family medicine residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. In addition, she completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the UArizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and then completed the Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist Program at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University.
Prior to joining the UArizona and Banner – University Medicine, Dr. Micek-Galinat was associate professor of clinical family medicine, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Family Medicine, and assistant director of the Somerset Family Medicine Residency at RWJBarnabas Health.
Her clinical interests include nutrition and lifestyle counseling within office visits and community outreach programs. Her educational and research interests include culinary medicine, physician wellness and resiliency.
To make an appointment with Dr. Micek-Galinat at Banner – University Medicine Family Medicine Clinic at Alvernon, 707 N. Alvernon Way, please call (520) 694-8888.
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About the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is one of the top-ranking family medicine programs in the country. The department is known for outstanding pre- and post-doctoral education, groundbreaking research and innovative community outreach programs designed to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in the region and beyond. The department places strong emphasis on research, particularly in the fields of tobacco cessation, substance abuse, obesity and related diseases, cancer survivorship, behavioral health and disabilities, and Native American and Latino health. For more information, visit: fcm.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook).
About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many specialty clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/UniversityTucson or www.bannerhealth.com/UniversitySouth (Follow us: Facebook - Tucson | Facebook - South).