Forest Hills resident Dr. Justin Berthold relies on the mind-body techniques he learned during his training as an Osteopath to balance the various facets of life—from his growing family and expanding medical practice, to keeping up with the latest advances in his field. With the holidays right around the corner, Justin is counting down the days until he can relax with his loved ones for their unconventional Thanksgiving tradition—a cosmic dinner at his family’s business, Bowl-A-Rama in Swissvale.
Monday, November 16
My week is kicking off with a meeting in Oakland where I’ll talk with a group of rehabilitation technologists to discuss current concepts in biomedical engineering. There are exciting things happening in the rehabilitation engineering world, and I am enthusiastic about finding new ways to integrate technology into my practice.
The rest of my morning will be spent at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, where I now lead the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. This summer, my partner Dr. Tim Burg and I expanded into the world of pediatric rehabilitation. Being able to work more with teens has been a rewarding experience for both of us.
I’ll see more patients this afternoon at our private practice, Rehabilitation Physicians of Pittsburgh in Forest Hills, before picking my kids up and heading home for dinner.
Tuesday, November 17
I’ll start my day at the Starbucks in Irwin for breakfast with my friend and colleague Dr. Josh Sokolowski, a chiropractor in North Huntingdon.
After I over-caffeinate with Starbucks’ holiday blend, I’ll head over to my med school alma mater, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) at Seton Hill, where I now teach an Osteopathic Manipulation course. Then I make the drive back to the east end of town for my afternoon appointments at The Children’s Institute.
Tuesday night is family night with my wife, my 2-year-old daughter and my 4-year-son. Lately, family night has consisted of playing Duck Hunt (that’s right, original Nintendo—my kids love it), and also the occasional dance party to YouTube videos.
Wednesday, November 18
Another day packed with patients is about to begin. I see my young patients all morning at The Children’s Institute and my adult patients in the afternoon at Rehab Physicians of Pittsburgh. It’s so satisfying to have the opportunity to serve this broad range of patients with varied conditions and challenges to overcome.
After work, my business partner Dr. Burg and I are going to D’s SixPax & Dogz in Regent Square to grab dinner and toss around some ideas about enhancements to The Children’s Institute’s Pain Rehabilitation Program. There’s nothing like it in all of Western Pennsylvania, and I’m proud to be a part of such an innovative care model.
Thursday, November 19
Thursday morning I am treating patients at Rehab Physicians of Pittsburgh, and then I head to Murrysville all afternoon for medical rounds at nursing homes.
Before heading home, I’ll try to fit in a workout at Keystone Health and Fitness near my home in Forest Hills. I have to get ready for the Woodland Hills High School Reunion Hockey Game that I’m playing in next week.
Later that night, I’ll grab some father/daughter time before bed, watching my toddler’s favorite show—Barefoot Contessa.
Friday, November 20
I usually have some administrative time on Friday mornings, and today I hope to brainstorm about ways to incorporate more osteopathic techniques into the daily practicum of The Children’s Institute. It’s so important to treat the whole person rather that just addressing one symptom or problem, and this is equally as important in young patients.
Saturday, November 21
Saturday morning my family will grab brunch at the kids’ favorite restaurant—The Porch at Schenley. It’s always great to be back on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus, where I went as an undergrad. After brunch we’ll let the kids run around in the park and take a family stroll if the beautiful fall weather holds up.
That night, my wife and I will have a rare night out, attending a friend’s wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown.
Sunday, November 22
Sunday is finally here! This is the day I look forward to the most. Just the four of us, spending time laughing and enjoying the comforts of family life. We’ll make dinner as a family, and with the chill in the air I think soup will definitely be on the menu. Some great old and new country music will be on in the background—”‘Man in Black” and “The Dance”—since Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks are two of my wife’s favorites. Once we’ve tucked the kids away in bed, I’ll read another chapter in Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World to try to prepare for another busy week!