Manual Medicine // Michigan State University ONMM Sabbatical

To My Patients,

I have some excellent news to share with you! I was accepted to a Faculty position at Michigan State University as an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) Resident. 

With the skills that I learn in the program, I will have the opportunity to offer Detroit-area patients treatment that is not generally accessible to them now for pain and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions. ONMM is a unique, Osteopathic manual medicine treatment that helps patients in a natural, non-pharmaceutical way with lots of common problems like back pain, chronic headaches, joint pain, and TMJ. 

It has become clear over the last few weeks that I am not able to concentrate properly on my training and teaching while being the sole provider at Medicina Urbana. The program in East Lansing will go until the Summer of 2023. 

Fortunately, Acadian Health Clinics recently opened a location on Springwells Street just a few blocks from our current location and Medicina Urbana has been welcomed as a contractor there! This will allow Medicina Urbana to support Acadian’s care of patients in Southwest Detroit given its years of experience in the neighborhood. Likewise, we are excited to connect our 500+ patients with access to medical care through the new clinic.

Scarlett Idema, MSN FNP, is one of the wonderful providers at the location. She is trained in functional medicine, with a focus on chronic disease, whole body wellness and preventative care. Originally, she is from Costa Rica and speaks fluent Spanish. 

Please contact Medicina Urbana at 313-281-1362 for your next appointment. We will coordinate an appointment for you with me or a qualified medical provider at Acadian. We are happy to help you get the medical care that you need!


Dr. Mark R. Beard

¡Las inscripciónes abiertas en ya están aquí! // 2020 Open Enrollment on

¡Las inscripciónes abiertas en ya están aquí! Solo quedan 37 días para inscribirse en su programa de aseguranza.
A veces le pasan cosas malas a las personas buenas. Inscribase en su plan de seguro para protegerse en caso de una catástrofe médica.
Mientras usted se prepara para lo peor con su plan de seguro, nosotros podemos ayudarle a sentirse mejor en Medicina Urbana. Sane con nuestros servicios preventivos y holísticos en nuestra oficina.

2020 Open Enrollment on is here! There are only 37 days left to enroll in an insurance program.

Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Get an insurance plan in place to protect yourself in the event of a medical catastrophe.

While preparing for the worst with a insurance plan, we can help you be your best at Medicina Urbana. Heal yourself with preventative and holistic services at our office.


Aquí están las aseguranzas que aceptamos:
Here are the insurances that we accept:
Aetna Health Plan Better Health
Aetna Health Plan of MI Medicaid
Aetna Health Plan (All Commercial Plans)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Traditional)
Confinity Medicare
Community Care Associates
Health Choice of MI
Humana Employer HMO
Humana Medicare HMO or Gold Plus HMO
Humana Medicare PFFS
Humana Medicare PPO or Employer PPO
McLaren Health Plan (Medicare)
McLaren health Plan (Commercial HMO) ALL
McLaren Health Plan (Medicaid)
Meridian Choice Plan (Silver Plan & Gold Plan)
Meridian Health Plan (Medicaid)
Medicare of Michigan
Meridian Care (Medicare DUO)
Michigan Complete Health
Michigan Complete Health Medicare
Molina Health Care Healthy MI Plan
Molina Health Care of Michigan Medicaid
Molina Health Care of Michigan Medicare & Medicaid
Molina Medicare Dual Options Michigan (Health Link Medicare-Medicaid)
Molina Marketplace (Silver 100 Plan, Silver 150 Plan, Silver 200 Plan, Silver 250 Plan & Gold Plan)
Total Health Care (ALL 50 PLANS)
Total Health Care (Medicaid)
Total Health Care (Medicare)
Trusted Health Plan ( Used to be Harbor Health Plan of MI)
United Health Care Core Choice Plus
United Healthcare Charter EPO
United Healthcare Charter HMO/HMO Plus
United Healthcare Choice EPO
United Healthcare Core EPO/HMO
United Healthcare Medicaid Network
United Healthcare Group Medicare
United Healthcare Navigate (ALL)
United Healthcare NexusACO (ALL)
United Healthcare Select Plus HMO/POS

Medicina Urbana // Medical Assistant/Receptionist (Bilingual in Spanish + English)

At Medicina Urbana we focus on removing barriers to wellbeing and enabling people’s innate ability to heal themselves. 

Medicina Urbana is seeking a Bilingual Medical Assistant/Receptionist (Spanish + English) to work closely with Dr. Beard and his team in front desk, back office, and social media support. This position allows for an opportunity to be an advocate for patients and help the Southwest Detroit community. Given that our front desk person is typically the first and last human seen at our office and has lots of contact with those we serve, the person selected for this position needs to be a positive force at the office for patients, especially those facing difficult medical situations. 

Responsibilities at Medicina Urbana will include:

  • checking in/out patients
  • scheduling appointments and verifying insurance eligibility
  • processing referrals
  • taking messages/notifying medical staff of patient issues in a timely fashion
  • requesting and accepting payments (e.g., copays and deductibles)
  • helping patients navigate our extremely complicated medical system 
  • checking vital signs, drawing blood, and other Medical Assistant tasks
  • online content generation and semiweekly posting
  • promotion of the clinic in our community

Note Regarding Training: 

The EMR system will be taught in-house and outside of normal work hours through training videos/live tutorials. Basic Life Support (BLS) training opportunity will be provided but paid for by the employee. 

The position offers health insurance (after 3 months of consecutive employment), 7 paid holidays (including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM Monday and Tuesday; 9 AM – 5 PM on Wednesday;  2 Saturdays/month 10 AM to 3 PM (selected with staff preference the preceding month); flexible Thursday administrative day = 24.5 hours  +/- 5 hours (for Saturday) +/- additional hours on Thursday.

Pay: $13.88 to $18.42/hour*

*Based on MIT’s Living Wage Calculator and level of experience.

To apply: Please send an email telling us why you’re interested in the job along with your resume to Dr. Mark Beard (