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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lifespan Physician Group Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also known as physiatry, restores patients’ functional abilities.
Patients who are treated with physiatric practices may have physical impairments or disabilities that affect the brain, spine, nerves, joints, muscles, or tendons.
Physiatrists act as liaisons between patients and other providers. They focus on safety and coordination of care for the patient, provide functional consultative services, and guide the patient’s rehabilitative journey from the hospital, to rehab, and ideally, back to their community. Physiatrists build long-term relationships with patients in order to help them reach their goals.
They work with patients to help them gain independence, enhance quality of life, and build self-efficacy. Physiatrists at the Lifespan Physician Group treat the whole patient, not just one part of the body.
We want our patients to feel safe, respected and comfortable. Every aspect of our facility was designed with accessibility in mind. Exam rooms have high-low tables for easy transfers, valet parking is available, and all entries have wheelchair ramps. Inside, the doors are extra wide to accommodate stretchers and wheelchairs. In addition to structural accessibility, we have extra canes, walkers, and slide boards available for wheelchair-bound patients to easily move from wheelchair to examining table or other surfaces.
Meet Our Team
Claudia A. Wheeler, DO is the medical director of outpatient rehabilitation services at Rhode Island Hospital. She is a co-course director in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Wheeler’s work has most recently been published in Comprehensive Pain Management in the Rehabilitation Patient. She is a member of the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
Xin Li, DO specializes in neurorehabilitation. During her residency, she participated in numerous studies assessing the effects of stimuli on brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and rehabilitation.
Dr. Li is also an accomplished lecturer and has led discussions on a variety of topics, from spine anatomy to concussion treatments, to accurate needle placement. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Association of Academic Physiatrists. She is also an active volunteer, lending her time and expertise to tutoring medical students as well as volunteering for various charitable organizations.
Caroline F. Sizer, MD, is a physiatrist at Lifespan Physician Group. She specializes in brain injury and neuroscience. Her clinical interests include management of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and post-stroke care. Dr. Sizer is a member of the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.