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My name is Doris Jean Rapp.  I was born in Erie, PA.  I graduated from the university of Buffalo, Magna Cum Laude, in l950 and earned a B.A. and M.A. in biology at the University of Buffalo before doors miraculously opened and I was granted scholarships and accepted in New York University, Bellevue Medical College. When medical school was completed, I studied pediatrics and then pediatric allergy and immunology in Buffalo. I was told that I had the highest grade in the country when I took the national pediatric allergy board examinations and I was subsequently a medical examiner for a short while.  I married my college boyfriend after my medical training was completed and remained married until l996 when I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona.  Unfortunately we never had children but I do have two darling spoiled apricot toy poodles.

Early Religious Background And Value System

  Although my father was a non- practicing Catholic and my mother a theosophist, we never attended church.  My mother studied comparative religion and instilled an extremely high set of personal life and spiritual values in her children.  She was forced to become a workaholic and all her children adopted this philosophy.  She was very proud and would never have considered taking welfare or assistance from anyone.

In time, I too became interested in various forms of Christianity and spirituality. I believe that compassion and caring are values to strive for on a daily basis, not just on Sundays for an hour or so.

Early Childhood History

  My childhood was poor beyond belief.  My parents separated when I was 9 years old.  Mother moved my older sister, my younger brother and myself to Dunkirk and for the next six years we children picked crops every day from sun up to sun down during the summer except when it rained. The rest of the year, my idea of fun was to go to the library and bring home as many books as I could carry, as often as possible.  Many laughed at me when I said I wanted to be a physician but it never entered my head that I would not make my dream a reality.  Fortunately, when I was 15, we moved to Buffalo, N.Y.  I graduated from high school when I was 16 and because we were already in Buffalo, premed at the University of Buffalo was possible.

Why I Became A Physician

  There were no professionals in my family, and women physicians were very rare in the 50's.  I knew that medicine was my destiny because for no explainable reason I was positive at the age of 4 years that I would become a physician.  We never saw doctors when I was a child. We had no money for such a luxury.  Fortunately, I was a very healthy child and I never even saw a physician until I had to have a physical examination to enter medical college.  I never regretted my choice and have always been thankful to have the opportunity to help so many in this lifetime.

My Philosophy of Medicine

I believe with all my heart that far too many individuals cannot afford proper medical care or drugs so we must meet that challenge and educate everyone so they can learn more about medicine and help to care for themselves.  My aim is to make the very best decisions that I can in relation to all aspects of each child's total well being. It is rarely just a child who needs treatment; it is a family.  I therefore sincerely try to help all the other family members if that is indicated and possible while I am caring for a child. 

Our challenge for physicians is to find fast, easy, safe, effective and inexpensive ways to heal. Yes, there are times to use antibiotics and cortisone, but safer herbal and homeopathic remedies surely should be tried first if they can resolve medical problems.  The joy and opportunity in medicine is to try to find ways to relieve illness without the use of drugs by using safer equally effective modalities and medications.

Each individual is different and the treatment is rarely identical.  Everyone must find out why they are ill, not just treating the symptoms.  The key is success is to find and eliminate the cause of an illness and then teach each individual, an even child, to recognize the early clues of an illness and how to eliminate the cause if that is possible.  Illness is typically a mix of factors, which are physical, emotional and spiritual.  All levels must be discussed and considered in relation to any sickness.

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Doris J. Rapp, M.D. • 1421 Colvin BlvdBuffalo, New York 14223
Phone 716-875-0398 • Fax 716-875-5399 • Email drrappmd@aol.com
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