Wendy Luo, MD
Dr. Wendy Luo is a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine’s office in Birmingham, Michigan. A physiatrist with a significant background in women’s health and integrative medicine, she takes a holistic approach to pelvic pain, using a broad range of treatment techniques. Medication may be a useful part of a treatment plan, but Dr. Luo also believes strongly in incorporating other methodologies such as diet, acupuncture, and physical therapy, and addressing the mental as well as physical effects of pelvic pain through practices like meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy.
After completing her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, Dr. Luo went on to obtain her doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit. She then spent a preliminary year at Northshore and Long Island Jewish Hospitals before fulfilling her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at Nassau University Medical Center in 2018. After completing a year-long fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center, Dr. Luo returned to Michigan, where she provided inpatient coverage at Mclaren Bay Special Care. She joined the Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine team in 2021.
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Why did you become a physiatrist?
When I was in medical school, it took me some time to find anything I could really see myself doing forever. Many areas of medicine seemed to me to just be about writing prescriptions and maintaining the status quo. I was attracted to physical medicine and rehabilitation because it’s based on real progress and real results, and it gives the patient an active role to play in their own treatment.
What are the goals of your approach/treatment/program?
It isn’t always possible to fully eliminate pain, but I want to be able to help people get to a point where they can be independent and able to manage their pain on their own. That means teaching techniques like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, even simple practices like applying heat and cold during pain flare-ups – any tool that helps cope with the physical and emotional stressors of pain.
How would you define patient care?
A lot of times the information is right there but doctors don’t listen. It’s important to make the patient feel understood and acknowledged, that their experience is valid. Patient care means showing empathy and compassion, and not taking any part of the process for granted. I want every patient to feel like they understand every step of our approach, and not just what the treatments are but why we’re choosing them.
The University of Michigan, Bachelor’s degree, Molecular Biology
Wayne State University, Doctor of Medicine – MD
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we look at things differently. We consider the patient as a whole person, and we focus on the pelvic region because it’s the central core of your body. The pelvis is one of the primary regions in your body that helps your muscles, nerves, organs, ligaments and bones work together as a unified organism.