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.
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.
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.
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
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