About IFSMED Diagnosis & Treatment of Autoimmune Disease, Arthritis & More

Finding each person’s optimal path to better health is at the heart of all we do at IFSMED – the Institute for Specialized Medicine. Dr. Shikhmann and Dr. Lloyd have a unique focus on both the innovative and the integrative, IFSMED utilizes traditional and alternative technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as a host of other “mystery” conditions. Founded in 2008 by renowned MD, Dr. Alexander Shikhman, IFSMED’s approach is unprecedented – Dr. Shikhman and Dr. Lloyd  focus on an integrative approach to rheumatology including diet modifications, physical therapy, and the use of food supplements.

At IFSMED, our practice relies on state-of-the art diagnostics – leveraging both traditional and “unthinkable” tools to reveal the individual nuances that define a condition. From high-resolution 3D ultrasound and electrodermal screening based on acupuncture meridians, to complex immunological testing and stool and saliva analysis, our ultimate diagnostic goal is to find the causative root of the problem – no matter what it takes.

Obviously, solving the mystery is not enough. The power of medicine is in the treatment. Our clinic provides a systematic, holistic approach to therapy, uniting remarkably diverse traditional and alternative techniques under one roof. These vary from micronutrient therapy to ultrasound-guided joint injections, from acupuncture to high-tech physical therapy or chiropractic orthopedics, from “Western” drugs to customized food supplements, to name but a few. Moreover, we treat both the disease and the person, and offer a supportive environment in which to sustain your personalized wellness plan.

The ultimate goal of everything we do at IFSMED is to help our patients to achieve their optimal health and to live life to its fullest. We are enormously proud that we can help.

IFSMED’s state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment facility offers:
•    Traditional rheumatology clinic
•    Center for infusion therapy
•    Musculoskeletal ultrasound
•    Physical therapy
•    Movement studio/Pilates
•    Chiropractic orthopedics
•    Alternative diagnostic center
•    Dietary consultations
•    Acupuncture
•    GLUTEN-FREE REMEDIES™


Dr. Alex Shikhman

Founder of the Institute for Specialized Medicine, Dr. Alexander Shikhman is a leading clinician and researcher in the field of rheumatology.

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Dr. Peter Lloyd

Dr. Peter Lloyd joins IFSMED after completing his rheumatology fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles.

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Erika Gleva PA-C

A board certified Physician Assistant, a graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

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Marsha Norris

A registered nurse with over eight years of experience, Marsha Norris is a manager of the infusion center at IFSMED.

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Nicole Blacher, RPT

With 25 years experience, Nicole received her degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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GLUTEN-FREE REMEDIES™ are food supplements and herbs selected by Dr. Shikhman and specially manufactured for the Institute for Specialized Medicine. Learn more.

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