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Deborah Bernal, MD

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Map Marker A WellSpan Physiatry
228 St. Charles Way, Suite 101
York, PA 17402
(717) 812-2212
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WellSpan Spine Care
(877) 483-6471

About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in healthcare:

I wanted to be a doctor from the age of three when I had pneumonia. My doctor had made me feel better, and I wanted to help people feel better. I pursued specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to practice medicine holistically. As a physiatrist here at WellSpan, I feel gratified by the opportunity of working with an interdisciplinary team of highly qualified professionals in Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health, the Center for Mind Body Health, and Nutrition just to name a few. I enjoy empowering patient in lifestyle change and in taking personal responsibility for their healing process.

What I want my patients to know about me:

I am a Reiki, meditation and Colorpuncture practitioner with extensive training in mindfulness, introspective and relaxation practices. I am training in Lifestyle Medicine and practice healthy eating, exercise, stress and sleep management, avoiding risky substances and positive social connections. My ultimate goal is to use my integrative health background to impact population health for chronic spine pain patients through patient education for self-care and wellness. I love the dynamics of group instruction and interaction. I hope to return soon to offering Shared Medical Appointments for chronic spine pain patients.

What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

When I am not seeing patients you may find me teaching or taking a hot yoga class or enjoying cultural dance. You may find me combining my love of art and music while figure drawing at First Friday Jazz. I love to teach and share healthy lifestyles through writing self-help books, recording videos and audio. You may catch me doing health lectures for NAACP York Branch or York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. You may see me mentoring junior or senior high school students with my sorority sisters, rite of passage society or as a community volunteer. You may catch me out on a hot date with my husband.

Clinical Interests

  • Herniated Disk Problems
  • Spinal Problems
  • Physiatry
  • Spine Care
  • Back & Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Back Pain: Adult
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck & Back Problems

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
  • Residency Program: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Undergraduate Education: Howard University

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • WellSpan York Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Cigna Medicare Advantage
  • Gateway Highmark Wholecare
  • Geisinger
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • HPP/Jefferson Health Plan
  • InterGroup/Prime Health Services
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • PA Health & Wellness (Centene)
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • WellSpan Health Plans

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