Dr. Seleena Rashid has dedicated her time to treating patients of all ages since joining The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley. With an education in Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Rashid uses manipulation of the bones, muscles and fascia to treat multiple ailments, along with traditional medicine.
B.S. in Chemistry, Minor in Biology and Mathematics, Saint Francis College, NY
D.O., New York Institute of Technology: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Residency, McLaren Greater Lansing Family Medicine, MI
What inspired you to become a doctor? More specifically, what drew you to osteopathic medicine? Certain family situations inspired me to become a physician. I felt as though I was surrounded by people who did not fully understand what their disease process was. I wanted to be someone who could talk to patients and help them understand what was going on. I still feel that way today. During my undergrad years, I really enjoyed Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Physics. I discovered Osteopathic Medicine through a friend and found that it was a combination of those three fields.
What lead you to Northeast PA? Actually it was The Wright Center. They loved my husband who interviewed for the Internal Medicine residency program and offered us both jobs!
Difference between allopathic and osteopathic physicians: Allopathic and osteopathic physicians have the same training: four years medical school, residency plus/minus fellowship. Osteopaths learn osteopathic medicine in medical school. It is a hands on approach, similar to chiropractic medicine. We learn how to work with the bones, muscle and fascia to help with multiple issues from headaches to lower back pain.
Benefits of osteopathic medicine? The hands on approach is what I get complimented on most of all. I also love being able to offer patients manipulation for ailments that we mostly give medication for. I see most patients two to three times per month and I end up connecting with them a lot.
Title and primary responsibilities at The Wright Center: Family Medicine physician and faculty. I see patients of all ages. In addition, I work with the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents, who are great resources in clinic. They help see patients with our team and we learn from each other.
Over the course of your career, how has the medical field grown and/or changed? Technology is the biggest change. I remember having to do hand written notes and prescriptions not too long ago. Now everything is electronic! Almost every hospital and clinic has a different electronic medical record and sometimes it takes a while to get used to a new one. The other main change I’ve noticed is the rate at which new medications/guidelines come out. It’s ever changing and there’s a lot of reading every day. It’s challenging at times but never boring.
Hope for future advancements in the field: I hope that there will be an affordable way for medications to be covered. This is one of the most frustrating parts of practicing medicine.
What lead you to attain additional certification in the Cranial field? Cranial manipulation uses the inherent motion of the cranial bones to alleviate conditions such as headaches. I have used this a lot in my practice and found that about 85% of my patients respond well to the treatment.
Current research or initiatives in your field: I am currently doing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona. It’s two years long and mostly online. I was attracted to it because I strongly believe that self-care, including diet, exercise and mind body modalities, can assist everyone in achieving optimal health.
Memorable experience from your time at The Wright Center: Being on Lecky Live! Allyson (one of The Wright Center’s Nurse Practitioners) and I went to the medical school and did a live segment on allergies early one morning. I always wanted to be one of those doctors that give advice on TV, and I was happy (and nervous) to have that opportunity!
Best part about working at The Wright Center: Everyone gets along really well. There is an overall compassion towards the patients. There are multiple times when everyone rallies behind patients in need. I’ve never felt such a sense of community.
Family: Husband: Dr. Jeremy Freiwald, Furry baby: Starlord, Baby on the way: Nov 8
Hobbies: Golf, running (especially half marathons), crochet, watching tennis and the Tour de France
Tips for staying healthy and active: Exercise three to five times per week. Eat healthy: Use the 80 – 20 rule. 80% good, 20% not so good. Also, laughter, mindfulness and meditation. Healthy applies to the mind as well.
Something people may not know about you: I can quote many things from Sesame Street.