What is your background and training?
I trained as a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) specializing in family medicine, and have a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree in toxicology and public health genetics. Before I entered medicine, I worked in the field of public health toxicology. I contracted with the Environmental Protection Agency and US Geological Service in biostatistics and toxicology, and later worked as a regulatory toxicologist with an well-known third-party certification company. I brought my understanding of biostatistics, risk assessment, and toxicology through my medical training and practice, to better inform my treatments for patients.
Beyond the study of osteopathic and family medicine, I have spent hundreds of additional hours learning nutrition, lifestyle, integrative and functional medicine, so that I can offer more treatment options for patients.
Why did you choose to enter medicine, and specifically osteopathic medicine?
I decided to pursue the path of becoming a physician after spending years working as a toxicologist. I was perfectly happy as a regulatory toxicologist, doing my risk assessments and compiling toxicology data. Maybe a little bored. But happy.
But one fateful day, a friend from grad school stopped by for a visit to our workplace after his first semester in medical school. He entertained us with fascinating stories of what he was learning and demonstrated some magical thing called “osteopathy” on my friend Allie’s sore neck…and it helped immediately!
I was intrigued, and had to learn more.
I specifically chose to enter osteopathic medicine for two reasons:
1) I needed to know the mystery behind this “osteopathic manipulation”, and
2) because of its “whole person” approach to health.
I knew I wanted to help people, not just symptoms.
Along the way, I learned that and so much more. I trained in not only traditional medicine approach (pharmacology, allopathic diagnostics and treatment, general medicine, surgery, etc), but also in osteopathic manipulation, complementary, holistic and lifestyle medicine, so that I can incorporate these additional tools to help you. At your visits, expect a comprehensive and detailed approach to wellness.
Why are you offering a direct care practice?
I opened a direct patient care practice to focus directly on patients and offer truly patient-centered care.
Insurance company payments require ever increasing amounts of paperwork and behind-the-scenes busywork, that drive up not only the time and frustration for patients and everyone working in healthcare. Patients experience this and become frustrated with not only the process, but also the cost.
Direct care offers a solution.
What services do you offer?
My practice offers direct primary care and also more in-depth integrative service visits for patients who would like more advanced testing and treatment options. I also offer osteopathic and craniosacral treatments and cranial electrotherapy stimulation. You can find more information under the “Services” tab here on my website.
My goal is “whole person” care that connects body, mind, and spirit. I use additional integrative and holistic care with the osteopathic approach, to direct the body’s natural inclination toward healing.
Can you talk more about osteopathic medicine?
Doctors who train in osteopathy receive traditional allopathic-based training as well as additional training in osteopathic manipulation. Training is framed by the following osteopathic principles:
- The body functions as a unit with no part independent, including body, mind and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Treatment integrates the first three principles, for care of the patient as a whole.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Master of Public Health in Toxicology and Public Health Genetics, University of Michigan School of Public Health
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and National Board of Physicians and Surgeons
- Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine
- The Wedge for Health Freedom
- Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy
- The Body: Patient Centered Healthcare Initiatives and Networking
- FLCCC Alliance