Daniela Jurisic


Date of birth 23 June, 1959
1979 - 1997


Bachelor of Arts with Honors, University of Wisconsin in Madison in German Literature, 1979.

Doctor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1985.

Specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1989.

Fellowship, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1990.

Board Certification with the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1991.

Doctor of Medicine, with honors, University of Pavia, 1993

Specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Pavia, 1997.

Honor Societies

Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Societies

Member American Academy of PM&R

1990 to present date


Attending Physician, Rehabilitation Services,  Veteran's Administration Medical Center (VAMC) a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1990-1992, acting chief, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1992.

Assistant Clinical Professor, MCW, Milwaukee, 1990-1992, 2007 to present date.

Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic  VAMC, 1990-1992.

Consulting Physiatrist to the Pain Clinic and the Occupational Medicine Clinic  of the Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, 1993-2003.

Consulting Physiatrist, Italian Association of Multiple Sclerosis in Brescia, from 2000 to 2008.

Consulting Physiatrist for the “Don Orione” (Fumo, PV) stepdown rehabilitation unit, 2002-2003.

Medical Director, Occupational Rehabilitation, Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro "S.Maugeri", Pavia, from September 2003 to  May 2004.


Integrative Medicine and Physiatric consultant for the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic, Policlinico Cà Grande IRCCS, Milano, 2012-2015.


Medical Director of Rehabilitation for the clinics for Active Integrative Medicine Associates in Milano and Pavia, from May 2004 to current date


Clinical rotation director for international rotation in rehabilitation medicine, in liaison with the Medical College of Wisconsin, from 2009, ongoing to present, hosting 2 physiatric residents annually.


Italian liaison physician and clinical rotation director for  Global Health Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2010 to present time, hosting 1-2 American medical students for clinical rotations, annually.


Adjunct Professor of “Ergonomics for Performing Artists” at the Musical  Conservatory “Vittadini”, in Pavia, Italy, 2007 to 2010.


Founder and Vice-President of the Association for Active Integrative Medicine (AIM), from 2008 to 2012.


President and co-founder of “Traditional/transcultural Body”; an association for the study of and practice of health-oriented movement from various cultural traditions, 2014, ongoing.


Founder and Director of the summer campus in Avigliana for Stress-Related problems of Musicians, 2009 and 2010.



Consultant to “Ami” in Aosta, Italy for teaching the staff  integrative medicine (Ambulatorio di Medicina Integrata per la Salute della Donna: a clinic funded by the region of Aosta for integrative treatment, such as acupuncture and nonpharmacologic treatment of pain, in painful disorders specific to women; pregnancy, puerpuerium, menstrual pain, menopause) 2009 to 2012.


Vice president and physician in charge, for KFM school of “discipline orientali”, (kung fu, tai chi and studies of traditional chinese martial arts), from 2012-2014.


Consulting physician for Harmonia Mundi Association for Yoga education and treatment of pain, scoliosis in adolescence, and stress disorders, from 2005, ongoing.


Consulting physician for Iyengar Yoga School, Milano, from 2016, ongoing


Medical Director for the integration of medical  studies for health, with IWA (International Wang Academy)  an international  school of tai chi, qi gong and neigong tui na based in Lugano, Switzerland. 2013-2016

Areas of interest

Musculoskeletal Medicine, Mild Brain Injury, Scoliosis management,

Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Sports

Medicine, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation, Spinal Wellness and Posturology, Integrative Medicine, Salutogenesis in Medicine Martial Arts:  (black belt, karate) tai chi, yoga, qi gong, tui na,  1998 to present time


English, Italian, German, Croatian (fluent)

French (fluent in reading, working knowledge in speaking)


  • Kosasih JB, Jurisic DH: Tai Chi and Feldenkrais: Therapeutic Movement-Based Mind-Body Practices. Non-Pharmacologic Management of Osteoporosis: Exercise, Nutrition, Fall and Fracture Prevention. Sinaki M; Pfeifer M (Eds.). ISBN-13: 978-3-319-54014-6, Springer International Publishing, June 2017.


  • Jurisic DH, Gandini C Re: “Alternative Medicines: Yes: alternatives to medicine: No” Am J phys Med Rehabil 2013 December. Epub ahead of print.


  • Kosasih JB, Jurisic DH, Gandini C, Sauter CN, Braza DW. “Implementing a Global Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Rotation. A physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program's experience.”: Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 June; 92(6):533-41.


  • Kosasih JB, Jurisic DH, Gandini C, Sauter CN, Braza DW Re: Alternative Medicines: Yes: alternatives to medicine: No” Am J phys Med Rehabil. 2013 June; 92(6): 546.


  • Jurisic M. and Jurisic DH (2008) The Power of Patient and Employer Education.  Chapter 17 of “Low Back Pain. An evidence-based biopsychosocial Model for Clinical Management”, 2nd Edition (J Derebery and J.R. Anderson, Editors) OEM Press, Massachussets


  • Jurisic DH, Mennoia V. Ginnastica Terapeutica . Gogliardica Pavese


  • Jurisic DH. (2004) Riabilitazione Occupazionale. Atti Convegno Nazionale “Disabilità e Lavoro”, Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Sett. 24-25 Pavia


  • Jurisic DH. (2004) Occupational Therapy Services: a Methodology for Teamwork in Rehabilitation” Proceedings, 14th European Congress Conference on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Vienna May 12-15


  • Jurisic DH (2001) Functional Ability in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain before and after Spinal Cord Stimulator Placement, as Measured by the 5 minute walk test . Poster presentation accepted for the Annual Assembly of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New Orleans.


  • Jurisic DH., Sparpaglione D., Bossi D., Vittadini G., Capodaglio E.M., Dalta Toffola E. (2001) Evaluation of improvement in Treadmill Lifting Tests in Alcoholic Patients in an inpatient Detoxification Unit. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil., 82(9): 1334


  • Gandini C., JurisicDH., Coccini T., Castoldi A.F., Locateli!' C., Butera R., Prockop L.D., Manzo L. (2001) Carbon Monoxide-Induced Asymmetrical Neurologic Impairment: a diagnostic Study.   Toxicol Letters, 123(1 ):62


  • Gandini C, Prockop Ld, Butera R, Locatelli C, Jurisic DH, Manzo L. Instrumental Evaluation Of  Neurological Sequelae After Mild Carbon Monoxide Exposure. J Neurol Sci 2001; 187: S 10


  • Gandini C, Jurisic DH, Locatelli C, Butera R, Prockop Ld, Manzo L. A Patient With Dominant Hand Weakness After Mild Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. An Integrated Diagnostic Study Functional Neurology 2001; 16: 203-204


  • Gandini C., Jurisic DH., Locatelli C., Butera R., Manzo L., Prockop L.D. (2001) Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment Evaluation of Asymetrical Handgrip Strength in a Patient with Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil., 82(9): 1304


  • Buonocore M., Bettaglio R., Jurisic DH. and Bonezzi (2000).  Possible use of the neuropathic pain scale (Italian version) in assessing different neuropathic pain conditions. Neurol. Sci., 21(4):S95


  • Capodaglio E.M., Villa G., Jurisic DH, and Salvadeo A. (1998) Leveis of Sustainable aerobic worload in dialysis patients. Intern.Journ. Artif. Organs. 21(7):391-397


  •  Jurisic DH.,  Capodaglio E.M. (1998) Guida semplice al mantenimento del benessere corporeo Ed. Fondazione Maugeri


  • Jurisic DH. (1996) Le neuropatie radicolari: principi base, implicazioni cliniche e ruolo del fisiatra nella fase post-chirurgica. Atti VI Congresso Nazionale Società Italiana dei Clinici del Dolore Parma


  • Capodaglio P., Nilsson J. and Jurisic DH. (1995) Changes in paravertebral EMG spectrum parallel to strength increases after rehabilitation in chronic low back pain patients. Clin. Rehabil. 9:354-32


  • Jurisic DH. (1995) La scala di valutazione Klein-Bell. In: Efficacia e Qualità in Riabilitazione Motoria (a cura di G. Bazzini) Adv. Occ. Med. Rehabil., 1(1) FSM Edizioni


  • Orsay E.M-, Muellerman R.L, Peterson T.D., Jurisic DH., Kosasih J.B., Levi P. (1994) Motorcycle Helmets and Spinal Injury: Dispelling thè Myth. Annls Emerg. Medicine, 23(4):802-806


  • Jurisic DH. (1994) II Ruolo del Fisiatra nel Trattamento del Dolore Post-laminectomia. Atti IV Congresso Nazionale Società Italiana dei Clinici del Dolore, Bressanone.


  • Moderg-Wolff E., Hammond M., McGrath M., Welshofer J. And Jurisic DH. (1993) Electric Stimulation in thè Teatment of Chronic Pressure Ulcers. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil


  •  Jurisic D  “Getting to Salutogenesis”  A lecture on a clinical method to Promote Salutogenesis, as Invited Speaker, to International Integrative Scholars’ meeting of the Institute for Integrative Health, July 2018, Baltimore MD


  • Jurisic D, Kosasih J: (2018) “BASIC health: A series of Exercises Linking Interoception with Exteroception to promote Salutogenesis”  presented at AHIM international Integrative Medicine Conference in Baltimore, 10 May, 2018.


  • Jurisic D (2014 to present, ongoing): BASIC health seminars: (Body as a Source of Identification and Coherence for Health). A course to stimulate salutogenesis, given to patients, teachers of yoga, tai chi, Feldenkrais, physical therapists and medical practitioners.


  • Jurisic D (2016) (course director) : “Valutazione Articolare del Rachide” con Colombo I, DO (osteopathic and integrative evaluation of the spine).


  • Jurisic D (2016) Dolore cronico nel bambino e nell’adolescente: cosa succede fuori dall’ospedale?” “medicina integrata: la soluzione” Università degli studi dell’Insubria, Varese


  • Jurisic D (2014) Medicina Integrata e Medicina Tradizionale Cinese: “Lost in translation?” Summer session of IWA martial arts school, Folgaria, Italy


  • Jurisic D (2014) Attiviamo il rilassamento per disattivare lo stress. Convegno per azienda Citibank, Cordusio, Milano.


  • Jurisic D (2013) Tui na and integrated medicine: the scientific basis. Grand rounds presentation, Medical College of Wisconsin


  • Jurisic D (2013) Integrated movement strategies for stress-related musculoskeletal pain. 10 month weekly program for diminishing stress. Implemented in Milano, Italy to a group of 15 participants.


  • Jurisic D (2013) Integrated movement strategies for stress-related musculoskeletal pain. 10 month weekly program for diminishing stress. Implemented in Milano, Italy to a group of 15 participants.


  • Jurisic D (2012) Un sentiero per la salute. Il movimento efficace a qualsiasi età. Convegno del Centro Nazionale Sportivo Libertas.


  • Jurisic D (2012) Il Tocco delle Medicine. Medicina integrata e tui na. Presented in Locarno, Switzerland, for IACMA (International Academy of Chinese Martial Arts) as part of the study curriculum for chinese TCM tui na massaage.


  • Jurisic D. (2011) “Equilibrium Day”. Integrative Medicine strategies for acquiring and maintaining a balanced Life. Held in Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia.


  • Jurisic D (2008) Esercizio Fisico nel Trattamento multidisciplinare della CFS . Presented to the Second International Conferernce on Asthenia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Pavia 26 September, 2008.


  • Jurisic D (2008) The value of precise exercise prescription in rehabilitation of chronic pain disorder of the spine. Presented to National Conference of Occupational Medicine Clinics of Concentra, in Chicago.


  • Jurisic D. (2008) Diagnosi differenziale del dolore cronico della spalla nello sportivo.(Differential diagnosis in chronic shoulder pain in the athelete) Relazione al Congresso Multidisciplinare  “Sport Injury Updates: la spalla dello sportivo”, 15/3/2008 Torre d’Isola (Pavia)


  • Jurisic D. (2002) Terapia Fisica della Sclerosi Multipla Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento per Personale Sociosanitario, Unità operativa di Neurologia di Chiari.


  • Jurisic (2001) Dolore e Disabilità: Confini e Confronti. Atti 2° Congresso Nazionale Multìdisciplinare AIRSAF "I dolori muscolo scheletrici e sintomi correlati", Latina


  • Jurisic D. (2001) Terapia occupazionale nella Sclerosi Multipla. (Occupational Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis)  Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia


  • Jurisic D. (2001) Splinting e spasticità. (Splinting and Spasticity) Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia


  • Jurisic D. (2001 ) Attività di vita quotidiana e Riabilitazione Occupazionale. (Activities of Daily living and Occupational Rehabilitation)Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia


  • Jurisic D. (2001) Ausili, trasferimenti e biomeccanica in terapia occupazionale per pazienti affetti da Sclerosi Multipla. (Ortheses and Prosthetic Devices, Biomechanics and prescriptions for patients with Multiple Sclerosis). Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia


  • Jurisic D. (1996) Valutazioni del dolore della disabilità.(Pain and Disability Assessment) Relazione alla 19 Giornata Alessandrina di Terapia Antalgica: Disabilità, Dolore Rachideo e Cefalea.


  • Jurisic D. (1993) Terapia Occupazionale : utilità e impostazione. Relazione al Seminario "Terapia Occupazionale e Qualità della Vita: bisogni e risposte nella Sclerosi Multipla", AISM. Pavia.

CME*/ECM lectures

  • Jurisic D (2017) La “presa in carico del malato”: uno, nessuno centomila (taking care of the patient; one, no one, anyone”) in “Il paziente al centro, strategie di successo, strategie di convivenza”, 2°national congress AINPU (national italian association for pudendal neuropathies), Pordenone, Italy


  • Jurisic D (2015) Prescrizione di attivazione fisica precisa per la salute dei piccoli (physical activation for the children’s health), in “Il dolore cronico nel bambino: tra medicina e società” Aula Magna, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria.


  • Jurisic, D. (2015) Approccio Integrato al Dolore Cronico.  (Integrative approach to chronic pain)   Program for advanced studies in Chronic Pain, .Società Italiana di Cure Palliative  Bentivoglio, Italy


  • Jurisic D (2014) Malattie Reumatologiche: Vecchie e Nuove Terapie. (rheumatic diseases, Old an new therapies).  Rheumatology grand rounds, IRCCS Policlinico Milano, Italy


  • Jurisic D. (2013) Tui na and integrated medicine: the scientific basis. Grand rounds presentation, Medical College of Wisconsin


  • Jurisic, D, director. (2012, ongoing. 3 year certified course ). Chinese therapeutic medical massage, for treatment of acute and chronic pain disorders, from an integrative medicine perspective. (Through the Policlinico Cà Grande di Milano. Course for physical therapists, doctors, nurses, and parents of children with acute and chronic non oncologic pain)


  • Jurisic D. (2010) Integrated Medicine Treatment for Scoliosis


  • Jurisic D. (2009) Precise Therapeutic Exercise Prescription in Rehabilitation.(Medical College of Wisconsin) Grand rounds presentation, Medical College of Wisconsin


  • Jurisic D. (2002) Cerebrolesioni acquisite: la riabilitazione con approccio olistico (Acquired Brain Injury, Rehabilitation with a Holistic Approach) (IRCCS Eugenio Medea, Associazione “La Nostra Famiglia” Treviso)


  • Jurisic D. (1989) The Brain Injury Patient and Brain Injury Rehabilitation


  • Jurisic D. (1989) Thè Brain Injury and Brain Injury Patient


  • Jurisic D., Kosasih J., Hargarten S. and Lemke D. (1990) Head Injury in Motorcycle Crashes: Helmet Usage correlated with severity of injury and longterm disability


  •  Jurisic D. (1990) Concussion, Mild head injury and the  post-concussive syndrome


  • Jurisic D. (1990) Medical problems of musicians


  • Jurisic D. (1990) Physiatric management of brain injury patients


  • Jurisic D. (2001) Splinting e spasticità. Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia


  • Jurisic D. (2001) Attività di vita quotidiana e Riabilitazione Occupazionale. Relazione al Corso di Aggiornamento sulla Sclerosi Multipla, AISM, Brescia