The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model of Medicine

At Reset Ketamine, we take a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to medicine.   Dr. Ko's medical training is from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. This is where the biopsychosocial model was founded.  For example, when someone comes to their doctor with chest pain, we’re not only looking at the organic or biological causes of chest pain, (i.e heart attacks, pneumothorax, aortic dissection, fractures, pneumonia, costochondritis, etc.) but the holistic picture.

We may ask them, "What else is going on?"  The patient may reply,  "My partner and I got into a huge argument and that’s when this chest pain started." Or they may reply, "I’ve had chest pain since a traumatic event in childhood.”

It’s important to consider other factors than just the biology.  Something to think about is that there really is no separation of mind, body, and spirit.  One analogy of this is a map. For example, if you look at the border between California and Arizona on the map there is a black lined border. But if you actually go the physical location of the state line between California and Arizona, there is no border. 

Similarly, there is no border between mind, body, and spirit.  Every disease has a psychological, a sociological, and a spiritual component to it. Accordingly, we ask our patients, "How’s your exercise?  How’s your meditation? How’s your sleep? How are your relationships going?  How is your diet? What are you feeding your body and your mind?” 

We also recommend having strong relationships with your therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, spiritual counselor, life coach, health coach, spiritual & local community. Furthermore, we suggest daily physical exercise, meditation, adequate sleep, journaling, listening to uplifting music, eating a healthy diet, associating with positive friends, & gratitude exercises.