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Shelley Freimark, MD

Shelley Freimark, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management physician at the Brain + Spine Center who evaluates referred patients to determine the best conservative treatment options for their spine or back related pain. She also treats a wide variety of general rehabilitation issues.

Dr. Shelley Freimark was raised in Jenison, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan in 1991 and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, obtaining her Medical Doctor degree in 1995. She completed a transitional internship year at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan, and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. From September 1999 to December 2005, Dr. Freimark ran a very successful PM&R practice in Kentucky. She has been practicing at the Brain + Spine Center since January 2006 and practices part time in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the St. Mary’s Spine Center, in Grand Rapids.

Dr. Freimark is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, and North American Spine Society. She lives near Grand Haven with her husband and three young daughters, all who are active in Tae Kwon do. Dr Freimark enjoys pilates, reading, and downhill skiing in her free time.

Dr. Freimark uses a wide range of non-surgical treatments to return her patients to their fullest level of function. This may include physical or occupational therapies, joint or spinal injections, and the use of different medications as appropriate. She works very closely with the therapists and other physicians to coordinate the patients overall care. Dr. Freimark’s specialty focuses on a patients overall function. “I want patients to feel like they are getting back to aspects of their life that pain or illness has kept them from, “ she says. She looks at the entire person and their lifestyle, not just the part of the body that hurts. Dr. Freimark says, “Even though a pain may not be that severe if it keeps them from doing something they love, then to the patient that is unacceptable.”

Dr. Freimark also specializes in nerve testing for the diagnosis of a variety of neuromuscular diseases.

“Patients or referring physicians might not realize that most patients with back or joint pain don’t need surgery. My specialty is designed to treat musculoskeletal issues non-surgically, but also trained to know when surgery is necessary. Physiatry is the best “1st step” in the treatment process”, says Dr. Freimark.

Dr. Freimark’s area of expertise, research and experience include:

  • Spine Injury and Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Peripheral Injections
  • IME and Case Reviews
  • Board Certification: American Board of PM&R
  • Oral presentations on a variety of related topics including:
    • Pain Management: Hospital vs. Home, Pharmacological Treatment of Pain, and Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy for Management of Spasticity at the King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, KY,
    • Arthritis of the spine: Maintaining Function Through Non-surgical Treatments at Freedom Village Retirement Home in Holland, MI
    • EMG/NCS Workshop at Consulting Physicians Worker’s Compensation Seminar in Lansing, MI
    • Zeeland Community Hospital’s Senior Seminar Series on Function Through Non-Surgical Treatments
    • Workers Comp workshop on Reflex sympathetic Distrophy at Bleakley Cypher Parent Warren & Quinn law offices
    • Lumbar Spine Physical Exam at Citizen’s Insurance in Howell, MI
    • Family Health Matters televised panel discussion on low back pain for WGVU public television