FORSTER INTEGRATIVE AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

Forster Integrative and Regenerative Medicine was created by Dr. Forster after completing her fellowship in Integrative Medicine and returning to the Philadelphia region. Dr. Forster enjoys working with motivated patients who want to take control of their own health.

Danielle Forster

Dr. Danielle Forster is a native of the Philadelphia region. She completed her medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010. She is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, having completed her residency at Temple University/Moss Rehab in 2014. She then relocated to Southern Ohio, where she served as Medical Director for an inpatient rehabilitation unit for 5 years. 

Dr. Forster has a strong interest in the body’s self-healing abilities. In a quest to discover more about her own health, she enrolled in the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine training program. This opened her eyes to innovative ways patients can find their way back to wellness. She then completed Helms Medical Institute acupuncture training for physicians to broaden her scope of practice, particularly in the realm of non-pharmacologic pain management. In 2019, she and her family relocated to Erie, PA to complete an Integrative Medicine fellowship at LECOM. Her fellowship training focused on Regenerative Medicine (prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma treatments), medical acupuncture, osteopathic manipulative medicine, lifestyle and mind-body medicine. 

She herself is an athlete. She trained under a board-certified Sports Medicine/Integrative Medicine physician at LECOM and has a strong interest in helping athletes of every size, shape, and ability get back to doing what they love to do. She is also a nutrition enthusiast at heart. She believes in the healing power of quality, nutrient-dense food. She practices what she preaches! When not in the clinic, Dr. Forster can be found outside moving with her husband, daughter, son, and 2 dogs. She wholeheartedly believes that what you do should bring you joy. So, whether it’s working with a patient to alleviate nagging knee pain or playing in the dirt with her children, she’s striving to be present for every experience.

PHILOSOPHY 

Dr. Forster has spent years honing her skills as an osteopathic physician. She believes deeply in the body’s innate ability to heal and return to wellness. She describes her method of practice as slow and soulful. She will spend time LISTENING to your story to get to the root of the problem. She believes many pain patterns are deeply embedded in the body and take more than what traditional medicine has to offer in order to better understand and to cure. Additionally, she believes in food as medicine. She is well-versed in nutrition and lifestyle measures to enhance healing and promote the best version of you.

MEDICAL TRAINING

Undergraduate Education:
Temple University 2002-2006
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 2006-2010
Internship: Crozer-Keystone Health System, Traditional Rotating Internship 2010-2011
Residency: Temple University Hospital/Moss Rehab 2011-2014
Medical Acupuncture: Helms Medical Institute 2018-2019
Fellowship: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Integrative Medicine 2019-2020

Sean Forster

Sean Forster is a native of the Philadelphia region. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He then completed both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. Finally, Sean completed is Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Wilkes University in 2018. 

Sean worked as a front-line nurse from 2011-2014 before transitioning to nursing professorship at Shawnee State University (Ohio). Following his tenure at Shawnee State, he served as a professor at Chamberlain University in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and at Gannon University. In 2020 Sean returned to Thomas Jefferson University as a nursing professor, where he has had the pleasure of educating nursing students about best practice techniques. 

Sean has a strong interest in sustainable, functional health. For nearly a decade, his interest in holistic lifestyle choices and functional movements that positively impact health has shaped the lives of his patients, students, family, and friends. Sean is also a certified wellness coach. His lifestyle coaching includes procurement and preparation of foods in support of overall health, functional body movements, and stress reduction techniques, among others. He believes in getting to the root of the issue. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for his patients. Sean is a compassionate listener who wants to know you to best serve you.

Sean is an active, athletic person who enjoys moving with purpose and finding joy in all aspects of life. When he is not working with patients or educating students, he enjoys golfing, playing pick-up hockey and basketball, and spending time outdoors with his family.

TRAINING

Undergraduate Education: The Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Kinesiology, 2005-2009
Thomas Jefferson University, B.S. Nursing, 2010-2011
Graduate Education: Thomas Jefferson University, M.S. Nursing, 2014-2015
Wilkes University, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, 2016-2018
Certifications: Thomas Jefferson Leadership Coaching Certificate, 2021
Certified Wellness Coach, 2021


Services Offered


INITIAL CONSULTATION

This includes a detailed history. Prior medical records and images will be reviewed as provided by the patient. A thorough physical examination will be performed. Typically, the ultrasound will be used for assessment as indicated by the physical examination. This appointment lasts approximately 60-90 minutes. An initial consultation will be performed for each patient regardless of the anticipated treatment (regenerative medicine, acupuncture, OMT) as the consultation allows us to formulate the best treatment for you at that time.

PROLOTHERAPY:

Prolotherapy is an injection-based procedure, often performed under ultrasound guidance, which stimulates the body’s own innate healing mechanisms to generate tissue repair.
The process of prolotherapy involves injecting dextrose (a type of sugar water) into areas of musculoskeletal injury thereby causing local tissue trauma. The body creates an inflammatory response to this traumatized area. The body’s cells then work together to lay down new collagen in the weakened structure. Ultimately, as the tissue remodels, pain ignited by the weakened tissue resolves.

PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP):

Injection-based procedure similar to prolotherapy. PRP utilizes the patient’s own blood to promote healing of weakened structures. 

PERINEURAL INJECTION THERAPY (PIT):

(“Peri” around, “neural” nerve) Injection-based procedure utilized to reduce nerve-type pain, which often occurs in conjunction with musculoskeletal pain. PIT involves injecting fluid into areas of restriction where nerve structures are prone to become entrapped. The release of these nerve structures using a dextrose (sugar water) solution has been shown to reduce neuropathic pain.

MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE:

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of ailments, including but not limited to: musculoskeletal pain, headaches, anxiety/depression, GI issues (IBS, GERD), infertility. Acupuncture can also be performed as a “tune up” treatment to maintain balance and fortify the immune system. Subsequent acupuncture treatments include a follow up appointment with Dr. Forster to review health and wellness goals. It may be suggested that we initiate acupuncture prior to regenerative medicine procedures as a means of calming the nervous system to allow the body to receive the injections in a better state.

* The first acupuncture treatment is free and done on the same day as the initial consultation. 

DRY NEEDLING/TRIGGER POINT RELEASE/SPORTS ACUPUNCTURE:

Trigger points are areas of muscle tension, which can cause referred pain into other areas of the body. These areas can be released using a small needle +/- the injection of a lidocaine solution. 

OMT:

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is a hands-on treatment used to alleviate discomfort and bring the body into a more centered state. Your muscles, joints, and connective tissue will be manipulated using gentle stretching and resistance in order to ease discomfort and facilitate healing.

CUPPING:

Cupping is a technique in which pneumatic cups are placed over the areas of muscle tension/discomfort. A partial vacuum is created using a pump, and the skin/underlying tissue is drawn up into the cup. The goal is to release stagnant blood to alleviate pain.

GUA SHA:

Gua Sha is a technique used to manually break up muscle tension using a smooth tool. This technique is helpful for many musculoskeletal pain complaints as well as tension headaches.

HOLISTIC WELLNESS MEMBERSHIP PLAN:


**Membership provides 10% discount on all Regenerative Medicine procedures and Acupuncture treatments with Dr. Forster

Do you struggle with consistency in your day-to-day life when it comes to food choices, commitment to movement, and the ability to be centered and just breathe? 

Are you curious about environmental toxins but don’t know where to begin to remove them?

Do you feel “stuck” or confused by the many messages of the nutrition and fitness industry?

Are you seeking a lifetime of wellness more than a quick fix?

Do you aspire to lose weight without resorting to fad diets, restriction, and ultimate disappointment?

Do you feel confused by nutrition labels or don’t know what to prioritize and where to begin?

Would you like a nutrition, movement, stress and environmental toxin reduction plan tailored to YOU?

  • Our holistic wellness membership is an opportunity for direct one-on-one coaching with Sean Forster, DNP, certified wellness coach. 
  • This holistic wellness membership includes a comprehensive initial Integrative intake with both Dr. Forster and Sean Forster. Together, we will formulate a treatment and lifestyle plan to help you achieve your personal wellness goals. 
  • While working with Sean, you will have direct access to him throughout your membership experience. This will include weekly check-ins to evaluate progress, assess for roadblocks, and update goals.
  • 1:1 grocery shopping experience to help you decipher labels and choose the best foods for your body.
  • 1:1 meal preparation and cooking classes. We will take the stress out of meal planning and help to create a streamline system, so meal prep/cooking becomes enjoyable again.
  • Functional movement training so you can get back to moving as humans were designed to move.
  • Stress management coaching… no matter how fit you are and how finely tuned your nutrition is, stress reduction is paramount for wellness.
  • Tangible techniques to reduce your environmental toxin load.

The goal of this membership plan is for you to develop confidence in your ability to manage your own health and wellness independently. We will provide you with a strong foundation and support along the way so you can thrive!

FAQ


INSURANCE

We believe in offering in-depth and thorough integrative consultations. These consultations take more time than is allotted by our current insurance model. As such, we have chosen to opt-out of the current insurance model and do not take insurance. We will provide a superbill that can be submitted by the patient to insurance providers for reimbursement if desired.

PRICING

Please contact us for details regarding pricing. Note: included in the membership package is a discount on Regenerative Medicine procedures and Acupuncture treatments with Dr. Forster. 

HOURS OF OPERATION

We believe in flexibility to accommodate our patients’ busy schedules. We offer evening and weekend appointments as needed. Please contact us for specific date/time options, and we are more than happy to work with you.

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For appointments, please call the number listed below. We ask that you please complete the patient intake form at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Forster Integrative and Regenerative Medicine

1024 N. Bethlehem Pike
Ambler, PA 19002

Telephone : (215) 874-5559

Fax : (364) 202-9756

eMail : info@forsterintegrative.com






    Forster Integrative and Regenerative Medicine

    Wynnewood House
    300 Lancaster Ave, Suite 201B
    Wynnewood, PA 19096
    (215) 874-5559