The Optimum Health Center of Chicago | Dennis J. Gates, MD | Integrative Medicine and Orthopedics

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Optimum: "greatest degree attainable" | Health: "being sound in body, mind, or spirit" — Webster

Optimum Health
Health: "the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; freedom from disease or pain; the general condition of the body "

Optimum: "the amount or degree of something that is most favorable to some end; greatest degree attainable under implied conditions" (Webster, 10th ed.)

Dr. Gates sees regular orthopedic patients in his Chicago office for consultation or referral. In that setting, he advises on conventional orthopedic treatment, and optimum health advice as it applies to your orthopedic condition or disability.

Health is wholeness and balance, an inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of living without being overwhelmed. Optimum health brings to life a sense of strength and joy. Optimum health is the greatest degree of soundness of the body, mind and spirit taken as whole, that a person can attain in this lifetime.

Dr. Gates
Dennis Gates is an Integrative Medicine Physician in Chicago, after a 27-year career as an orthopedic surgeon. He is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Northwestern University Orthopedic Residency Program. Now, a graduate fellow of Dr. Andrew Weil's program at the University of Arizona, he teaches healthy living and the integration of holistic and standard medical care to all who want optimum health including medical and surgical, and hospital staffs.

Dennis presented his first "Eight Weeks to Optimum Health" course in l996 to a group of orthopedic patients in his office. They were there recovering from or about to have joint replacements and all had disabilities of some kind. He had been looking for faster and more predictable healing for his patients for years. Dr. Weil's first book, "Spontaneous Healing" gave him the impetus and his "Eight Week" book provided him with a framework.

His orthopedic surgical practice came to a halt In September of 1997 after an accident left him unable to perform surgery. During his recovery and rehabilitation, he began to assist and then to teach "Optimum Health for Cancer Patients" at Gilda’s Club in Chicago, and other cancer centers. He then studied integrative medicine for two years as an associate fellow of Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson. He recently taught the course "Eight Weeks" at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, at the Miraval Center in Arizona, and at Gilda's Cancer Support Club in Chicago.

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