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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Baltimore, MD
13 years experience female

Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, MD

Address

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 600 North Wolfe Street Phipps 186, Baltimore, MD
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My office hours

Thursday: 1:00am - 6:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Gonzalez is faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research focuses on the brain control of swallowing and communication disorders and on pain measurement. Her clinical practice is general but has special interest in amputee rehabilitation, stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and swallowing (Dysphagia) rehabilitation.

Specialties
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: Maryland

Doctor Q&A

655 Answers
385 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Stretching: I would personally exhaust all other treatments before doing that. Stretching especially overnight is crucial to get plantar fasciitis under control ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
In small amounts: Hummus has about 70 cals/oz. A small amount would be a good snack. That's brand has fairly high salt content. Like everything else portion control ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Unknown: Fortunately this problem usually resolves on its own. It is not known why it occurs but there seems to be a relationship with a prior viral illness.... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Different problems: A cold is caused by a viral infection. Seasonal allergies are caused by an immune related hypersensitivity reaction to seasonal allergens such as pol... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Notalgia paresthetic: This may be nostalgia paresthetica. The cause for this is not completely understood but several treatments are available. Some over the counter trea... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Neck muscles : Tight neck muscles can irritate the nerves going to the head/scalp and cause headaches. Check with your physician for evaluation. Referral to a phys... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Possible: Problems with the L5 roots can cause both back and leg pain. Confirming with EMG that the root has been affected is helpful but it might not be the o... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Not common: This is not common especially 4 months after surgery. He should have it checked by his surgeon.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Don't worry: Soap and water is better than antibacterial gel. Even in hospital it is preferable to hand wash instead of using gel for some bacteria. I would not ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Not necessarily: The main reason to have surgery is to release the nerve if your doctor thinks it is pinched. In most cases surgery is not necessary for the nerve to ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Concerning: These symptoms are concerning. I would suggest you see a neurologist as the needles/spasms are clues to a neurological problem.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Likely: After surgery, the muscles of the back weaken (much more if the surgery was extensive and muscles were cut to get to the spine). Starting pt as soon ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Stroke: A clot inside of any blood vessel in the brain can enlarge and cause a stroke. If the clot remains inside the aneurysm it should not be a problem. ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Depends: For leg prosthesis the latest advances include microprocessor controlled knees. The most advanced of these have accelerometers and gyroscopes to dete... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Ignore: Keep moving the shoulder as much as tolerated; a sling can make it worse and reduce range of motion.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Some: Progressive aphasia is the most difficult to treat but researcher are looking into new treatments such as electrical brain stimulation (no surgery inv... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities being a common one pinching of the ulnar nerve. This could happen at several locations through the path of the nerve. I... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Diet, exercise : Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise are most important. Not smoking is important as well. If the person has hi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
No exact answer : When reflux is severe it can come all the way up to the throat and cause irritation and swallowing difficulties. Long term reflux may cause problems ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Urinary infection: Follow up with the doctor who ordered the test your symptoms and the results point to a urinary infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Balancing act: A good way to keep good posture is to imagine you have to balance a book on the top of your head while walking or sitting (practice with an actual boo... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Practice: Practice your speech a lot it will make you feel that you know the information well. Avoid caffeine containing drinks before the speech. It is norma... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Muscle weakness: Als or lou gherig's disease affects the nerve cells that control muscles (motor neurons). Degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Evaluation needed: Swallowing problems are most commonly related to neurological disease. The most common reason for these symptoms would be a stroke in the brain stem ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Amitriptyline: If you refer to Amitriptyline this medication comes in pills as well consult with your physician. Nevertheless, the liquid should not have anything t... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Many possibilities: Pops or sound in the knees are not necessarily related to a bone problem and sometimes are present in people that do not have a knee problem. Knee pa... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Yes: If the leg length is uneven it can cause pain in other joints or the back. Medical evaluation by a physical medicine physician can help you figure ou... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Dining: Dining out does not mean unhealthy. It is all about good choices and portion control.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
You should not: Your blood pressure can get out of control. I would have someone send them overnight if possible or see if you can obtain a few abroad.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
See doctor: It is difficult to say based on the information you gave but it merits medical evaluation. If you are diabetic do it as soon as possible!
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
No reason to do that: The body will get rid of the medication. Any procedure if only with saline has the potential of causing more problems.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
No but lots to do!: A spinal cord injury cannot be cured but a good rehabilitation program can manage symptoms and help the person return to the most active lifestyle pos... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Neurology evaluation: A face to ace evaluation is needed to figure out what is going on. You might be experiencing partial seizures or muscle tightness. Only a good eval... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
No exact answer: Unfortunately there is no exact answer to your question. Some people have reflux with acid coming high in the throat (pharynx) causing swallowing dys... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
See below: Custom orthotics do work well but if the price is too much for you i would suggest that you try over the counter orthotics for a period of time. Some... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Symptoms?: Do you have any symptoms? Any strong family history? Stress tests are not usually done without symptoms or a strong suggestion from history. For a ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Ingrown hairs?: These occur often due to ingrown hairs since the liners are snug. Meticulous care of the liners, rotating them every other day, and use of antibacte... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Depends: The normally white part of the eye turns yellow due to increase in bilirubin (a breakdown product of hemoglobin metabolism) which stain the conjunctiv... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Overuse: Most finger cramps are the result of overuse. Too much writing, typing, playing an instrument may be the culprit. If rest does not improve the cramp... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Not at age 25: Compression fractures occur most commonly in post menopausal women with osteoporosis. Weight lifting increases bone strength it does not reduce it. ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Evaluation needed: This should be evaluated by a physician as testing such as EMG may be necessary to determine the reason for the pain. A nerve injury (likely in the u... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Correct PT?: When people let me know that pt is not working my first question is who, where, and what was done during therapy. More often that not the treatment d... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
For pain: Gabapentin is a pain medication used primarily for nerve related pain. It will not improve spinal stenosis or disk herniation but it can help reduce ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Very low: Condoms are one of the most effective contraceptive methods (about 98% effective) used correctly and without it breaking the chances are very low.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Better late....: Better late than never. Discuss with the pediatrician as other vaccines are due at 6 months. Rota virus and pneumococcal are usually given at 2 4 an... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Not perfect!: Bmi only takes into account weight and height. That is good enough for most people but for people that exercise a lot and have a lot of muscle it is ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
No alternative: The best test to look at the brain is an mri. Other tests might miss important information (and a ct requires radiation exposure). I have patients w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Possible: There are multiple possible effects of viral meningitis although in general it tends to be milder than bacterial meningitis. I would suggest that you... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Bed: Bed rest is not helpful, rest as instructed by your doctor but out of bed if at all possible.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Concerning: This is a concerning symptom the should be evaluated promptly. It could be related to multiple causes but most concerning would be a spinal cord issu... Read More

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Oct 1, 2014
Outstanding specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Highly recommend.
Aug 12, 2013
I am grateful for you fund of knowledge and caring responses. Thank you.
Jul 13, 2013
a fantastic doc!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! If the answer was more comprehensive, one I can't google, I'd be happy. I waited for 2 sentences of a reply all day, and my question was not answered.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I realized after I sent that I should have said electrical accident. Hand-Ortho said Schwann Cells Fried, No New Myelin :-(
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Did therapy several times, last was 3 per week for 6 weeks. Turned them latent, but no release. Thanks for endorsing the needling

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Awards

Associate professor of PM&R
Medical Director Outpatient PM&R Clinics
Top Doctor, First Place, Baltimore, MD - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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