Osteopathic Physician:

Email: Mark E. Rosen, DO FCA

I always knew I would become a physician. During my childhood I had only known of MD’s, and planned to become one. During my undergraduate college years, I became aware of alternative medicine, and I was intrigued.

When it came time to apply to medical schools the only logical choice was osteopathic medicine. In a single setting I could learn conventional medicine, become fully licensed, and learn an alternative form of diagnosis and treatment.

Though I had been accepted into an Osteopathic Medical School, I had no real understanding of Osteopathy. Manipulation initially made no sense to me. I thought “manipulation” meant “banging someone’s bones around.” I had little appreciation for subtlety. My curiosity, however, led me to discover the most talented practitioners in the profession. Watching them work was fascinating, but being treated was astonishing. I had no idea my body was capable of changing in this fashion. I was hooked.

I had been in a severe car accident as a teenager, and I was badly hurt. My ability to attend to subtle perceptions was overwhelmed by the internal disruption of my broken physiology. I loved Osteopathy, but I could not learn. I did not know what was wrong, and I was deeply frustrated and disappointed. Though my love for Osteopathy never diminished, I changed course, and became a psychiatrist. My psychiatric training was invaluable, providing new experiences that deepened my perceptions and understanding. Gradually, I was able to heal… and Osteopathy would not leave me alone. I eventually discovered my latent abilities… and upon completion of my psychiatric residency, I entered private practice as an Osteopath.

Private Practice:

I have been in private practice in the Palo Alto area since 1983. I consider myself to be a “Traditional Osteopath,” in that my primary mode of practice is osteopathic manipulation. My primary styles of osteopathic treatment include Cranial, Biodynamic, Indirect and Direct Functional, Visceral, and Vascular approaches.

Medical Education:

1975 – 1979: Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing Michigan. Research / Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathy.
1979 – 1980: General Medical Internship at Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital, Saginaw Michigan.
1980 – 1983: Residency in General Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Wayne State University School of Medicine.
1985 – 1987: Classical Homeopathy, The Hahnemann College of Homeopathy.

Academic Positions:

1985 – Present: Clinical Assistant Professor: WUHS College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California
1998 – Present: Clinical Assistant Professor: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, California.
1992 – Present: Senior Faculty – The Osteopathic Cranial Academy

Professional Activities:

2000 – 2017: Member Board of Directors – The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
2000 – 2017: Chairman of Multiple Committees – The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
2006 – 2017: Chairman Credentials Committtee – The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
2007 – 2009: President – The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
2010: Fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy (FCA)
2018: Sutherland Memorial Lecture