Newsmaker: Dr. Judith Balk

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: Dr. Balk, an Allegheny Health Network gynecologist, has been named to the executive committee of The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine based in Minneapolis.

Age: 50

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Family: Husband, Andy Schaer, children, Jordan, 19, Brady, 17, and Maya, 14.

Background: Dr. Balk's practice, Midlife Women's Associates, guides women through menopause by traditional means such as medication and non-traditional means such as yoga and acupuncture. Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, she said.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis, medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, master's degree in public policy from the Wharton School at Penn and a master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Quote: “I am honored to serve on the Executive Committee and look forward to helping advance the ideas of integrated medicine to promote health and healing in people and communities. It's never too late for women to make important lifestyle changes.”

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