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Dr. Michael Sinel is a nationally-known expert on spinal disorders and back pain. After completing a residency at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, he received board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has worked closely with patients in several private practice settings, helping them to overcome the pain and loss of mobility that spinal disorders can cause. In addition to his private medical practice, Dr. Sinel serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, where he has offered electives on yoga therapy and meditation to medical students for over 20 years.
Dr. Michael Sinel, MD, began his educational path by attending Stony Brook University in 1977. Located on Long Island in New York, the University was established in 1860 and has a long history of preparing students for career challenges. He graduated from the University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors in 1981. Immediately after completing his undergraduate degree, he entered the medical program at State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center, located in Brooklyn, New York. In 1985, he earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the school.
Internships and residencies followed as Dr. Sinel continued his education. In 1985, he began his general medicine internship at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, then followed it up with a three-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Hospital/ Cornell University Medical Center in the heart of New York City.
Immediately after completing his residency, Dr. Michael joined the physician staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he served as the Director of outpatient Physical Medicine. Dr. Sinel holds two board certifications, the first from the American Academy of Pain Management and the second from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Sinel is well-known for his study of pain and the mind-body-spirit relationship as it pertains to treatment of chronic pain in his patients. He blends traditional Western pain management treatment practices with Eastern medicine, with each discipline complementing the other. Stress management programs, breath work, mindfulness meditation and yoga therapy have been able to give his patients healthier, happier lives and freed them from the pain they had been experiencing.
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As a private practice physician, Dr. Michael has helped thousands of patients throughout his extensive career. By blending Eastern and Western medical approaches, he has been able to improve the lives of his patients dramatically. He sees patients at the CliniCare Spinal Rehab Medical Group in Santa Monica, California and has held a number of mind-body medicine workshops at California facilities like the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and the We Care Spa in Desert Hot Springs. Dr. Sinel also volunteers his time with several community-oriented organizations. Presently he volunteers in a non-profit addiction rehabilitation facility teaching mindfulness meditation and serves as a strategic adviser to Creative Visions. He also serves as a board member of CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking. This non-profit group provides advocacy and valuable services for those affected by human slavery and human trafficking. As a board member, Dr. Sinel is able to help shape the direction of the organization, offering his insights to the group as it continues to work against the terrible violence victims have undergone around the world. \
Even more recently, Dr. Michael Sinel has lent his support to beach restoration programs, particularly a wild-beach restoration project that is a joint effort by The Bay Foundation and the City of Santa Monica. The group’s goal is to restore a section of the city’s beach to a more natural wildlife habitat, providing refuge for animals and plants while improving human access to the resource. Inspired by this project, Dr. Sinel hopes to host his own beach restoration or cleanup programs in the future.
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Dr. Michael Sinel, MD, is the author of two popular books. The first was Win the Battle Against Back Pain: An Integrated Mind-Body Approach in 1997. This first book was published by Bantam Doubleday. After success of that book, Dr. Sinel finished Back Pain Remedies for Dummies in 1999, and this book was published by IDG Books.
Dr. Sinel is also a well-respected author of many peer-reviewed research articles, with works appearing in the Archives of PM&R , Contemporary Orthopedics, Biomechanics and others. Based on his experiences in private practice and as an instructor at UCLA, he shares his findings with medical professionals around the globe.
Dr. Michael Sinel has had many years of experience studying yoga and meditation, including training in India. He has offered instruction on yoga therapy and meditation to the medical students at UCLA for two decades. The development of transformational healing sessions and groups with Dr. Michael are in the works, as are programs in association with Insight LA, a multidisciplinary mindfulness training environment in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Michael has trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques with instructors at Insight LA.
Another project he is developing is to offer free meditation and yoga classes in some of Santa Monica’s homeless shelters, providing mindfulness meditation as medicine to those who can benefit from it most. Michael is also working in association with Ceremony Meditation in Venice, California. One of the programs he is involved in at Ceremony will explore how thoughts and beliefs can trigger or help heal illness. Michael’s long experience in mindfulness and yoga, coupled with his extensive instruction in both fields, have helped him provide cutting-edge care to the many patients he has worked with throughout his career.
In his career as a medical professional and as an instructor at UCLA, Dr. Michael Sinel works with people from around the greater Los Angeles area. With his private practice to his innovative mind-body medicine workshops, his meditation instruction, and his community services taking up much of his time, Dr. Sinel does not spend much time on social media. Still, he shares information about his life and his work with followers on Facebook and SoundCloud. Those interested in reading his well-received books on back pain can visit Amazon to purchase titles. Dr. Sinel was also
featured in an article in the New York Times on yoga therapy. Yoga therapy is quickly gaining traction as an effective addition to pain management treatment strategies, and once again, Dr. Michael’s many years of experience have given him the ability to incorporate these strategies into his own patient care.