Posts by Stephanie Pieczenik Marango, MD

Stephanie Marango is an alterna-doc, yoga teacher, and co-founder of living anatome.

LA feature: Pilates Style magazine, “Anatomy Lessons”

This profile of living anatome in Pilates Style magazine is short, sweet & to the point!

My favorite quote is from Carrie, eloquently stating the LA mantra:  “It’s paradoxical, but there is not much emphasis on self-care in the education of a medical student… But I believe all medical professionals have an obligation to maintain their own health. We can’t communicate with patients effectively about the importance of exercise and eating happens if we can’t practice what we preach!”

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The Bones manifesto

Bones is at once a skeleton and yet so much more.

As a skeleton, Bones is a complex interlinkage of, well, bones. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll see that his endoskeletal frame belies the fundamental similarity and connection between all human beings. You agree? Stripped of our skin—of our outer layers of fashion, fascia, age, sex, education, income, beliefs—we all look like skeletons. Yup, we’re all the same, bony creatures. And Bones represents that. He represents the shared, physical framework of our humanity. Read More »

Great press from Well + Good!!

It’s not good, it’s great!

Our favorite  wellness wire service, Well + Good, wanted to pass on the good word (pun intended), and wrote an awesome commentary on living anatome.  Why do we like them so much? Well, apart from having given us great press, they are driven by a similar mission as us folks here at living anatome land: they help  New Yorkers better care for themselves with advice from and access to a whole host of wellness gurus ranging from acupuncturists and nutritionists… to fellow New Yorkers who simply want to share their experiences of what they do in their own lives to feel well and good.

Plus… it’s a great way for anyone in the wellness industry (e.g. a medical student, resident) to keep their finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the larger community *and* find some great deals for fun, healthy services while scoping the scene.

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Site explanation/FAQ

What is this site?

1. A way to learn & teach anatomy. This site provides free access to the living anatome curriculum for those interested in teaching it (or just seeing what it is). To this extent, the content includes: class outlines, teaching tips, logistical considerations, resource links, and a living anatome blog.

2. A forum for treating your anatomy well. Health is hard, and especially so on the wards. We want to not only help you teach others about anatomy (and learn more about yours in the process), but also help you take care of it. To this extent, there are two blogs you may contribute to and/or comment on: “Staying Healthy on the Wards,” and “Bones Says.”
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Counteract white-coat kyphosis

What is white-coat kyphosis?

You wear a white coat with big pockets full of pocket guides, pens, and patient lists, a stethoscope hangs around your neck… and your shoulders are perpetually slouched, head jutting forward. Friends jokingly call you “Grandma.” You’re suffering from a clear case of White-Coat Kyphosis.

How does white-coat kyphosis affect my anatomy?

Due to the body’s chronic misalignment (e.g. rounded shoulders, increased flexion of the thoracic spine, forward head), the muscles of your anterior chest wall (e.g. pectoralis major) become chronically short and contracted, while the muscles of your upper back (e.g. erector spinae) become elongated and weak. Read More »

A call to arms

It’s really, truly imperative for every human being to be a healthy human being. Even doctors… especially doctors.

Am I biased? Absolutely. I’m a co-creator of this site. But, at the very least, my bias is one that serves both you and those around you; after all, how can you take responsibility for another individual’s wellbeing when you are unable to do the same for yourself? And you should be doing what’s good for yourself—it’s your life! For all we know, the one and only! Read More »