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Joy Weydert, MD

Joy Weydert, MD

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Dr. Joy Weydert is professor of integrative medicine and pediatrics at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, Kansas, as volunteer faculty. She has a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention in children using an integrative medicine approach to facilitate healing. She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Graceland University and later attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine for her medical degree. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Indiana University—Riley Hospital for Children. After many years in private practice and with a desire to pursue greater knowledge and skill in integrative medicine, she completed a two-year clinical/research fellowship at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine funded by NIH/NCCAM center grant—5 P50-AT00008. There, she was involved in the study protocol: “Treatment of Functional Abdominal Pain in Children: Evaluation of Relaxation/Guided Imagery and Chamomile Tea as Therapeutic Modalities.” After completing the fellowship, she became the director of Integrative Pain Management at Children’s Mercy Hospital where, for years, she used various CAM modalities to successfully treat children with chronic pain disorders such as headaches, recurrent abdominal pain, complex regional pain syndrome, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and wide-spread myofascial pain.

She is board certified in integrative medicine through the ABOIM and in pediatrics through the ABP. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where she was a founding member of the Provisional Section on Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine, now known as the AAP Section on Integrative Medicine. She is on the executive committee and is the current chair for this section as of 2019. She has authored various manuscripts and book chapters on integrative medicine in children and speaks widely on the same subject both locally and nationally. Her current clinical practice includes caring for children with chronic pain disorders, ADHD, and autism, as well as healthy children and families who desire a holistic approach to their health care.