Allied Health Professional Disciplines

        

1. Acupuncturist - is a person who practices the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain for therapeutic purposes

2. Audiologist - are the highly trained personnel responsible for the accurate testing of hearing function in both adults and children,diagnosis of hearing disorders and the prescription of appropriate rehabilitative measures.

3. Chiropodist - is the British English version of podiatrist, which is the American English version of “foot doctor.” Depending on which country you are in, you will want to ask for the appropriate person if you are having foot difficulties. The word chiropodist literally means “medicine of the hand and foot,” although today’s chiropodist does not treat difficulties of the hand.

4. Chiropractor - Chiropractors provide health care services to patients for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. They are concerned with improving and maintaining the integrity of the biomechanical systems of the body.

5. Dental Hygienist - is a licensed dental professional who specializes in preventive oral health, typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. Local dental regulations determine the scope of practice of dental hygienists. In most jurisdictions, hygienists work for a dentist, and some are licensed to administer local anesthesia. Common procedures performed by hygienists include cleanings known as prophylaxis, scaling and root planning for patients with periodontal disease, taking of prescribed radiographs, dental sealants, administration of fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care.

6. Dental Technologist - Dental Technologists and Dental Technicians play a role in protecting patients from harm and in providing a safe and effective standard of care. Scope of practice includes the design, fabrication, repair or alteration of dental prosthetic, restorative and orthodontic custom made medical devices.

7. Dental Therapist - Dental therapists operate in a primary care role, carrying out low to medium technology oral health care and health promotion, referring patients to dentists (or other health care providers) for services which are beyond their skills.

8. Dietitian - (dietitian is the preferred spelling within the dietetics profession) is an expert in food and nutrition. Dietitians help promote good health through proper eating. They supervise the preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits. In a medical setting, a dietitian may provide specific artificial nutritional needs to patients unable to consume food normally. Dietary modification to address medical issues involving dietary intake is also a major part of dietetics. The goals of the dietary department are to provide medical nutritional intervention, obtain, prepare, and serve flavorsome, attractive, and nutritious food to patients, family members, and health care providers.

9. Emergency Medical Technologist – EMTs respond to emergency calls, perform certain medical procedures and transport patients to hospital in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by physician medical directors. They may work in an ambulance service (paid or voluntary), as a member of technical rescue teams, or as part of an allied service such as a fire or police department. EMTs are trained to assess a patient’s condition, and to perform such emergency medical procedures as are needed to maintain a patient’s airway with adequate breathing and cardiovascular circulation until the patient can be transferred to an appropriate destination for advanced medical care.
 
10. Emergency Medical Dispatcher – An Emergency Medical Dispatcher is a professional telecommunicator, tasked with the gathering of information related to medical emergencies, the provision of assistance and instructions by voice, prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services, and the dispatching and support of EMS resources responding to an emergency call.

11. Herbalist - A herbalist is a person whose life is dedicated to the economic or medicinal uses of plants .

12. Homeopath - Homeopathy (also spelled Homoeopathy or Homœopathy) is a form of alternative medicine, first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 that treats patients with heavily diluted preparations which are thought to cause effects similar to the symptoms presented. Homeopathic remedies are prepared by serial dilution with shaking by forceful striking, which homeopaths term “succussion,” after each dilution under the assumption that this increases the effect of the treatment. Homeopaths call this process “potentization”. Dilution often continues until none of the original substance remains.

13. Imaging Technologist – A medical imaging technologist is a health care professional trained in the use of specific imaging equipment utilized to help diagnose patients. Imaging is various techniques and computer-based machines that take pictures of the inside of the body. These images assist physicians in diagnosing or identifying problems or illnesses inside the body.

14. Masseuse - A massager: someone who rubs or kneads parts of the body to stimulate circulation and promote relaxation.

15. Medical Technologist – A Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) is a healthcare professional who performs chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. Medical Laboratory Scientists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor’s offices, reference labs, and biotechnology labs.

16. Naturopath - Naturopathy practitioner takes a holistic approach to healing. This means the focus isn’t just on specific physical ailments, but your emotional and mental wellbeing. Nor is the goal simply to cure illnesses. Naturopathists also aim to maintain and promote good health. Rather than offering treatments that work against the body’s healing powers, for example by producing unpleasant side-effects, they use natural remedies to strengthen and encourage the body’s in-built healing system.

17. Occupational Therapist–An ocupational therapist (OT) who is trained in the practice of occupational theraphy. The role of an occupational therapist is to work with a client to help them achieve a fulfilled and satisfied state in life through the use of “purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury or disability and which develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence.”

18. Optician - An optician is a licensed health care practitioner who provides lenses for the correction of a refractive error. Corrective lenses may be contact lenses, spectacles lenses, low vision aids or ophthalmic prosthetics to those who are partially sighted. The corrective lenses are mounted either on the eye as contact lenses or mounted in a frame or holder in front of the eye as spectacles or as a monocle.

19. Optometrist - Optometry is a health care profession concerned with eyes and related structures, as well as vision, visual systems, and vision information processing in humans.  Like most professions, optometry education, certification, and practice is regulated in most countries. Optometrists and optometry-related organizations interact with governmental agencies, other health care professionals, and the community to deliver eye and vision care. Optometry is one of three eye care professions, the others being Ophthalmology (which is a branch of surgery) and Orthoptics (a sub-specialty of ophthalmology primarily dealing with strabismus).

20. Podiatrist - The podiatrist’s role is to identify, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet and legs and implement appropriate and timely care. This may be provided directly by a podiatrist or in association with other healthcare team members as required by the individual’s foot problems.  Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.

21. Psychotherapist - Psychotherapy or personal counseling with a psychotherapist is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid a client or patient in problems of living and psychosis.  It aims to increase the individual’s sense of their own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavioral change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in the family).

22. Physiotherapist - Physical therapy (physiotherapy in many English speaking countries) is a health care profession which provides services to individuals in order to develop maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

23. Psychologist – Is someone who studies human behavior, human perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, and interpersonal relationships. Psychologists in health services include counselors who tend to conduct more vocational assessment and less projective or objective assessment, and work in public service or university clinics, and clinicians who tend to work in hospitals or private practice.

24. Reflexologist - Reflexology (zone therapy) is an alternative method involving the practice of massaging or applying pressure to parts of the feet, or sometimes the hands and ears, with the goal of encouraging a beneficial effect on other parts of the body, or to improve general health.




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