Col. Richard P. Petri
Col. Richard P. Petri, MD, is chief of Physical Medicine and Integrative Health Services at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. When it opened in 2004, the Center for Integrative Medicine was the first physical health and integrative medicine clinic in the Department of Defense. Since then, programs that feature integrative medicine have spread throughout the United States Army and are utilized in combat environments to relieve the pain associated with minor sprains and help alleviate combat stress.
Under Col. Richard P. Petri’s guidance, the Fort Bliss center’s integrative medicine clinic has grown into a center housing several holistic disciplines in one location. Soldiers, family members, and retirees can now also benefit from a variety of treatment services that include massage, meditation, acupuncture, and meditation.