Meet the Doctor
Emily Queenan, MD, ABFM, ABIHM
Background in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine
I am a board-certified family doctor with additional training and board certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. I became a family doctor because in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, family doctors were the only doctors I saw approaching patients in their context of family, community, and larger society, which just made intuitive sense to me. Keeping the patient at the center, rather than their disease processes, has always been central to me. My family medicine residency training at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital, from which I graduated in November 2008, helped me gain an understanding of family dynamics and family systems, which has proved critical to me in my ability to care for families. While in residency, I became interested in Integrative Holistic Medicine through my involvement with a local chapter of the national organization Holistic Mom's Network (HMN), with whom I became connected because of my interest in Mindful Parenting. As I spent time with the Holistic Moms, I realized how little I had been trained to truly support optimal health in my conventional family medicine training, so I pursued formal training in Integrative Holistic Medicine. I became board certified with the ABIHM (American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine) in November 2008, and continue to deepen and broaden my knowledge in integrative medicine through formal educational forums and informal interactions with both patients and colleagues.
Major Professional Interests
My major professional interests are in maternity care (in particular, in supporting normal birth, informed by my training as a birth doula in medical school), end-of-life care (I am co-medical director of Isaiah House, a two-bed home for the dying in the city of Rochester), health care disparities and social justice (I am a member of the steering committee of the local chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program), integrative medicine (in particular nutritional medicine, mind-body techniques, homeopathy, herbal remedies), and a holistic approach to patients and their health (approaching patients as whole people, not just a sum of their organ systems).
About Dr. Emily Queenan
Dr. Emily Queenan grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She explored a love of the outside, cultivating interests in rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and cycling while at college in Williams College. After college, she spent 1.5 years working as an AmeriCorps member in a community health center in the Hudson Valley. Before starting on the path of medical training, she took another path altogether and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with her dog Ambler. She then returned to Philadelphia for medical school at the University of Pennsylania, where she learned to love life in the city. When she and her husband Rick came to Rochester, NY for her interview for family medicine residency training, they immediately fell in love with the area. They have now made their home here with their 3 young boys, Rowen, Riley, and Robert. Life is busy and full of joy.