Indiana University of Pennsylvania
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glen Head, NY
St. Luke's University Health Network
Residency – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship – Sports Medicine
Christiana Care Health System
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine
- American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Q. Where are you originally from?
A. Bethlehem, PA
Q. How did you become interested in medicine?
A. I have been interested in medicine since I was 5 years old when my mother was studying to be a nurse’s aide. I would browse through her books and look at the anatomical illustrations in awe.
Q. When did you decide to specialize in physical medicine and sports medicine?
A. I became interested in physical medicine and rehabilitation during my last year in medical school when a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician came to speak to our class about the field as a potential career path. I decided to pursue a Sports Medicine Fellowship in an effort to further serve the Dance Community and to practice Performing Arts Medicine.
Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?
A. The satisfaction of allowing them to return to the activities that they love and assisting patients in maintaining or restoring function.
Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?
A. I am impressed with the commitment and dedication to patient care that each of the physicians of the practice stands behind. I also believe that they are the leading experts in Sports Medicine within the Lehigh Valley.
Q. If you were not a physician, what would you be doing?
A. If I would have had a dance background earlier in life, I likely would have pursued a career in dance.
Q. How do you apply your experience as a physician to the rest of your life?
A. I believe that in life, as I did to pursue my career in medicine, resilience and determination will get you anything that you desire. In medicine I have had to push through difficult times to achieve the path that I have chosen, and I continue to implement that determination to continue to shape my path forward.
Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?
A. I pursued and succeeded at obtaining a career in medicine despite being a first generation college student and not having an available role model to help me navigate through the medical field.
Q. What do you enjoy in your free time?
A. I enjoy spending time with family, movies, outdoor activities, and dance.
Michelle Cintrón, DO is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has the further distinction of a Certificate of Added Qualification and fellowship-training in Sports Medicine. She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine and returned home to the Lehigh Valley in 2018 to practice at OAA Orthopaedic Specialists. Dr. Cintrón practiced for several years in Sports Medicine in Georgia, where she served as a Team Physician for several colleges and area high schools, the Augusta Ballet, and the Augusta Green Jackets professional baseball team. She then went on to practice as a Sports and Spine Interventionalist in Florida, before happily returning to the Lehigh Valley community in which she was raised and where her dreams of becoming a physician were fostered in the first place.
Dr. Cintrón finds the greatest satisfaction from helping her patients return to the activities they enjoy and partnering with them in their goal of maintaining and restoring full function. She routinely treats an array of musculoskeletal injuries including: back pain, neck pain, knee and hip pain, and shoulder pain. As a result of her training and professional medical experience, she is well equipped to provide a unique perspective in treating a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
Her goal is to establish a comprehensive plan that allows for maximum improvement in the least invasive way. Whether treating an athletic injury or treating back pain, her approach is to improve the patient's quality of life and to minimize their pain in the recovery process. Ultimately, she strives to expose her patients to non-surgical treatment options, such as therapy, injections, or conservative oral medications, that facilitate the patient’s efforts in regaining function and maximizing their healing process.
On a more personal level, Dr. Cintrón is bilingual in Spanish. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, and dance. She has even made efforts to combine her recreational interests with her career by seeking further education in Performing Arts Medicine and Adaptive Sports Medicine.