Specialty: Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), Integrative Medicine
Clinical Interests: All aspects of integrative ENT care with specialization in allergy and pediatrics.
Board Certifications and training: Otolaryngolgy, Otolaryngic Allergy, Integrative Medicine
Academic Appointments: Visiting Attending, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Gereau brings a unique approach to diseases of the ear, nose and throat. She started her medical career as a National Public Health Corps physician at a community health center in East Harlem NY, where she crafted fitness and nutrition programs as a part of her medical treatment of patients. “This is where I learned what being a doctor is all about. Caring for the sickest patients in a medically underserved community with dedicated, holistic physicians.” She credits her first medical director; Dr. Steven Tamarin as setting the tone for her approach to patients – to listen, meet patients where they are and treat within the context of what is important to them.
She later did surgical training as a resident in Otolaryngology at Montefiore Medical Center and then as fellow in Pediatric otolaryngology . She subsequently remained at Montefiore Hospital as an attending otolaryngologist and went on to head the pediatric ENT clinic at Jacobi Medical Center and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, where she was awarded The Marvin Schevy award for excellence in clinical teaching. During her 22 years as a surgeonDr. Gereau tackled all varieties of disorders of the ears, nose and throat, both inside the OR and out. But she found herself constrained by standard allopathic medicine. It failed to allow her to fully incorporate the whole-person approach with which she started her career.
Thus, Dr Gereau pursued training in Integrative Medicine and in 2002 graduated in the first class of associate fellows of The Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Here, under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Weil, she trained in new methodologies to restore wellness. She has since obtained additional training in allergy immunotherapy, herbs and supplements, craniosacral and myofascial therapies and homeopathy. These methodologies allow her to assess and treat many of the same illnesses that she previously approached with a scalpel – only now with diet, herbs, supplements, allergy management and myofascial manipulation.
“Often a patient will get a diagnosis and embark on a set of treatments, including surgery, that ultimately do not offer relief. Every runny nose and “sinus” pain is not sinusitis. First and foremost, establishing the right diagnosis is critical to each patient’s treatment plan. This often takes probing further, including looking into organ systems that are not traditionally be thought of as contributing to ENT diseases.”
Dr. Gereau’s most recent position was as an integrative otolaryngologist at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, once the largest integrative academic medical center in the country. For over 12 years she worked collaboratively with other integrative physicians, acupuncturists, nutritionists, chiropractors, homeopaths, manual therapists and exercise physiologists. Her transition to the Blum Center is the culmination of Dr.Gereau’s professional career, one that allows her to offer an exacting approach to illness backed by years of experience, grounded in evidence based approaches.
“Anatomically, my specialty is where humans perceive their environment. Here is where the brain reaches out to sample and communicate with the world. if you have chronic facial pain, itchy eyes, runny nose or sore throat, you are never able to see beyond your symptoms, and it colors your entire approach to the world. This is where otolaryngologists have potential to dramatically improve a patient’s life.”
Dr. Gereau sees both adults and children. In addition to ENT care, she tests and treats for food and respiratory allergies, prescribes sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) and performs trigger point release for chronic head, neck and facial pain. She maintains an academic presence, recently completed a chapter on integrative approaches to migraine, and presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy on integrative approaches to allergy. She is faculty at the Weil Cornell Allergy Course. Dr.Gereau is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, an associate of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and an associate fellow of the Program in Integrative Medicine of the University of Arizona.