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Dr. Betty Keller

Rheumatology
Franklin Lakes , NJ
36 years experience female

Locations

Office

Franklin Lakes , NJ

Address

777 Franklin Ave, Franklin Lakes , NJ
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About

Bio

Dr. Betty Keller is the Medical director of Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes New Jersey. She specializes in Fibromyalgia, fatigue. prevention of chronic diseases and weight loss. Dr. Keller trained in Internal Medicine at St. Michael's Medical Center a Division of Seton Hall School of Graduate Medical Education, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. She then went on to complete a Fellowship in Rheumatology also through Seton Hall. Dr. Keller is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Keller has further enhanced her education by studying complementary and alternative therapies,including advanced training in Mind Body Medicine at The Henry Benson Institute at Harvard Medical School and becoming a certified First Line Therapy Health Care Provider. She also practices Medical Acupuncture having completed the Structural Acupuncture Program for Physicians at Harvard Medical School in 2010. She practiced Rheumatology for over 15 years before deciding to take a more holistic approach to medicine and founded the Optimal Wellness Center. Visit Optimal Wellness Center web site at Optimalwellnessctr.com or call 201-485-7930

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Rheumatology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

197 Answers
61 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get Evaluated: There are many causes of a swollen knee. Including trauma, overuse, arthritis (many different forms of arthritis can cause a swollen knee) and infec... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get Evaluated: There are many causes for fatigue and body aches. Get a good evaluation, it could be your thyroid, but your doctor will want to do additional tests to... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Possibly: Wrist pain with flexion and extension can be a sign of many things. It is best to get an evaluation. You can start with your primary care physician. H... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends on type: It depends on what type of arthritis you have. Soaking in warm water can give relief to painful joints, adding epson salts can help aching joints and ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Yes: If your body does not get enough calories, it sends stress signals to the brain. These stress hormones try and preserve the body by decreasing energy ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get evaluated: Get an evaluation so you get the correct diagnosis and treatment options.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: Swollen glands are not typical for fms. Swollen lymph glands can be seen with a variety of conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, which has so... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get Evaluated: There are many causes of weight gain and weight loss. Getting a comprehensive evaluation including history, physical, blood tests and additional testi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Meditation: Try relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, visualization, massage, regular exercise or acupuncture. All these techniques help reduc... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: Most people feel better after a massage, however some people feel worse after deep tissue massage. Additionally, there is some evidence that massa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Evaluation: First someone with fatigue should get a complete evaluation to rule out causes for their fatigue. Including tests for anemia, thyroid, infections and ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get Evaluated: Get a good physical exam and lab work to make sure there is not a medical reason for your weight gain. Check out healthtap weight loss tips to get sta... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia is not contagious. However some people do develop fibromyalgia after having a viral or bacterial illness. Physicians do not know why some... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: Fibromyalgia does not cause muscle weakness. Motor strength is normal. However because of chronic pain, some patients stop exercising and can become d... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Pain in Muscles: Trigger points are focal areas of muscle fibers within a muscle that are hyperirritable. They are felt to be small areas of contracted muscle within t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get evaluated: There could be many causes including arthritis and infections. You need to get evaluated to get correct diagnosis and treatment options.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: Joint cracking and popping is not a symptom of marfan's. Marfan's syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene, responsible for a protein fibrillin which... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Whole Food Based: A whole food anti inflammatory diet is best. Fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and healthy fats like omega 3 fatty... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Maybe: Some people feel increased joint pain right before it rains, others have increased symptoms when exposed to cold temperature.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Yes: There are a lot of diseases that cause pain, joint pain and weakness. There are several autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, pol... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Integrative: A complete evaluation should be the first step to confirm the diagnosis. A combination of diet, supplements, medications, stress reduction, and exerc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on your individual case.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Overuse: Overuse of certain joints can increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Rheumatologist: Rheumatologist specialize in diagnosing and treating arthritis and autoimmune diseases.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: No, using chopsticks do not cause arthritis.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Find an Expert: Cbt has been shown to help people with cfs. It is important to find a therapist who has experience with cfs. Cbt is a form of psychotherapy that help... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: Some people have food sensitivities to tomatoes. The only way to know for sure if a certain type of food increases your joint pain is to eliminate it ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Not related: Knitting does not cause arthritis.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Possibly: There is some evidence that there is a genetics may play a role in fibromyalgia.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Cold/stress: Raynaud's can be triggered by exposure to cold or increased stress.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Very Common: Fibromyalgia affects as many as 1in 50 americans. Fibromyalgia can be seen in women, men and children. However is it most frequently seen in women and... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on your particular case and job responsibilities. Many patients with cfs are able to work. Find a doctor who has experience in treating cf... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Weight Loss: Getting down to ideal body weight can decrease the pressure on weight bearing joints like hips and knees. Exercise to strengthen the surrounding muscl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: It depends on what type of arthritis you have in your hands. It may or may not be related. The medications for your ankylosing spondylitis( usually a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Pain Reduction: Physical therapy can help reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, and improve strength.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Yes: Yes, massage can be very helpful in helping reduce the pain of fibromyalgia.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Vasculitis: The cause of most forms of vasculitis ( inflammation of blood vessels) is unknown. However we know the immune system plays a role. The immune system ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Yes: You should see a rheumatologist, early evaluation and treatment can help stop or slow progression of the disease.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Depends: Some people find that their osteoarthritis of the knees feel better while taking glucosamine this usually takes between 1 to 3 months. Studies on gluc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No.: No depression does not cause fibromyalgia. However, suffering from chronic pain can cause anxiety and depression which can make fibromyalgia symptoms ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Whole food.: The best diet is a whole food diet. Vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and omega 3 fatty acids. Avoid processed foods, fo... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
No: Skipping meals sends an alarm message to your brain that you are under stress. These stress hormones cause your body to try and decrease energy use (d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Anyone: Women, men and children can get fibromyalgia. However fibromyalgia is much more common among women and people with chronic autoimmune diseases like rh... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Plantar Fasciitis: It could be plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia) this tissue connects the heal to the bo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Widespread pain.: Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of widespread muscle and joint pain. Other symptoms can include fatigue, stiffness, insomnia, headaches, irritable bowel, i... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Very common: Fibromyalgia is very common. It affects up to 1 in 50 americans.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Lab tests: If clinically indicated, ANA and additional autoimmune laboratory tests should be done.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Sjogrens Syndrome: There are many causes of dry eyes and dry mouth. One such syndrome sjogrens syndrome, people have dry eyes and dry mouth. It is considered an autoimmu... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 36 years experience
Get Evaluated: Get evaluated for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

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Impressive breath of experience and knowledge in orthodox and complementary practices
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Nov 28, 2015
Dr. Keller I want to thank her my health is back to normal by following her steps thank you
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Keller is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. I have been trying to get answers from Doctors but I am not getting very far. I am getting worse some days I can hardly move.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I should show this to my doc, not very thrilled about her assumptions of my condition. This shows up on my skin, and swells, fatigue.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My mother has had this for many years and cant get any help with it because of insurance problems. I also have this i suspect.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 1986MD

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