Dr. Halbeisen - Team Physician for U.S. Water Polo Team
In addition to delivering excellent care to the Veterans at the VA
Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, Anna Halbeisen, DO is currently the
Team Physician for the US Water Polo team. In the summer of 2015, she
was approached by a colleague about this role for the Women’s Cadet
Team. Being a sports medicine fellowship trained physician, providing
care to these players is a very rewarding role for Dr. Halbeisen.
“I love working with these athletes” Halbeisen said. “They are motivated to be well and get back into the water to compete.”
In late August 2015, Dr. Halbeisen traveled with the team to the Pan
Am games in Kingston, Jamaica where the team beat Canada, winning the
gold medal. It was an amazing experience for her and the team.
Dr. Halbeisen had to face some unique challenges during this visit. “We
had to deal with heat and dehydration,” she said. “It took some outside
of the box thinking to keep the team hydrated.” Another challenge was
coordinating care with medical professionals from other countries. This
made for an uncontrolled environment in her goal of keeping the team as
healthy as possible.
For any aspiring Water Polo players, Dr. Halbeisen says to protect
your head. “Water Polo is a brutal sport. It is high impact and can be
aggressive.” She plans on continuing this role. “Working with the team
makes me a better doctor.”
Dr. Halbeisen completed an Emergency Medicine Residency program
through St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, OH and a Sports
Medicine Fellowship program through Michigan State University.