As a teenager, Dr. Betesh spent weekends at a neighbor’s standardbred horse racing farm feeding the horses and cleaning the stalls. Occasionally riding the one horse on the property that could be ridden. Many years later, on vacation, she took her children horseback riding in Colorado. Immediately her youngest daughter began to share her love for the sport. Dr. Betesh has spent almost two years schooling in hunter/ jumper lessons since and recently started dressage. On January 15, 2013, her life was changed forever when she acquired a horse that was abandoned at the barn by another family. Surprisingly, her show name was Jersey Girl.
Many times around the barn, Dr. Betesh heard other riders complained of chronic aches and pains. Other times, she would not see the familiar faces for weeks at a time. When she would ask them where they had been, they would tell her that their back, shoulder or hip pain prevented them from riding for a while.
When treating equestrians in her office the question was invariably, “When can I ride again?”. It is here where she decided that as, a clinician, she should make an effort to educate and help these fellow riders. From here, Saddle Up: A Focus On Equestrian Injury Rehabilitation, was developed with the goal of getting equestrians back in the saddle after injury and trying to prevent injury.
Dr Betesh is a 2005 graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was inducted in the National Osteopathic Honor Society. She completed a preliminary medicine internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Elmhurst Hospital, where she was awarded “Intern of the Year”. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was elected and served as chief resident.
During her residency she co-authored a chapter about the management of gastrointestinal problems in patients with neurological disabilities in book titled “Management of Medical Problems in Adults with Neurological Disabilities”. She served as associate editor for the spinal cord injury edition of “Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine”. After residency Dr Betesh completed a fellowship in Pain Management in Anesthiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr Betesh is board certified in Pain Management and Physical Medicine and rehabilitation.
She is also certified in Acupuncture. Dr Betesh’s practice focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain including interventional procedures, acupuncture, electrodiagnosis and rehabilitation medicine.