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Amy de la Garza, MD

Candidate for Region VIII Director

Biography and Statement

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1. What are your greatest contributions to ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

I have not had the opportunity to serve ASAM directly. I am an active member of the Utah Chapter of ASAM, serving as the Legislative Chair for the last 2 years. In addition to this I have been appointed to our county Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, which serves as a liaison between the county and state governments in the development of policies and legislative efforts directed at the prevention and treatment of behavioral health and substance use disorders in Salt Lake County. I look forward to using these experiences to expand my knowledge in regards to efficacy and delivery of treatment as well as working to overcome barriers to treatment within my immediate community and beyond. I believe these experiences will lend to my ability to serve more effectively as a member of the ASAM community.

2. How would your election benefit ASAM and the field of addiction medicine?

I am an empathic, motivated, thoughtful physician who is dedicated to educating patients, families and communities about appropriate, evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder. I am working in my own practice to create treatment programs that incorporate integrative and complementary approaches to the treatment of SUD. I am working to develop an interactive curriculum for my patients which teaches them about the importance of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other aspects of wellness, in their recovery process. I believe that if helping patients work actively towards wellness, in parallel with their recovery efforts, that we may be able to improve patient outcomes. I would hope that my election may enhance my ability to discuss these ideas with thought leaders in addiction medicine and perhaps allow for the development of wider reaching discussions or programs to promote wellness in our patients.

I would very much look forward to the opportunity to serve my chapter, my region, and importantly, my patients, as the Regional Director for Region 8.

Biographical Sketch

I am a family practice physician who has dedicated a large part of my training and professional practice to the care of patients with substance use disorder. Two years ago I opened the first community based, co-located primary care and behavioral health practice in Salt Lake City. We serve patients who have a primary behavioral health diagnosis, including substance use disorder. We believe that patients with these diagnoses deserve an integrated approach, including primary care, individual and group therapies, lifestyle education and support including nutrition, exercise, and sleep practices, and complementary therapies including acupuncture, physical therapy, and mindfulness. I believe strongly in the application of integrative and functional modalities to the treatment of behavioral health and substance use disorders. In order to expand my knowledge of these treatments I will complete my training and receive certification in Functional Medicine by the Institute of Functional Medicine. Our hope is to expand our practice and eventually collect data on the efficacy of an integrated approach to the treatment of these challenging diagnoses.

In July of this year, in order to continue to expand my knowledge of the treatment of substance use disorder I was accepted into the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah. I spend 50% of my clinical time at the University treating patients and engaging with addiction medicine colleagues. I will graduate in 2021, as I have been allowed to engage in the program as a part-time fellow in order to maintain my private practice. I am committed to the education of patients, families and my community. I have provided educational lectures and led discussions about medication assisted treatment to the Salt Lake Bar Association, various parent groups, 12-step organizations, and schools in the Salt Lake area. I believe that education and continued dialogue about the evidence based treatment of SUD is crucial to the healing of our communities.