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Dr. Michael Joseph Franceschina DO, FAOAO
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery

Dr. Michael Franceschina's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Federal Way, WA. Clinical interests for Dr. Franceschina include arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement (arthroplasty). Dr. Franceschina is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He trained at Botsford Hospital for his residency. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Franceschina's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement

Dr. Thomas L Cross DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Thomas Cross' areas of specialization are hand surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Federal Way, WA. Dr. Cross's areas of expertise include the following: amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and shoulder injury. He takes Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Cross is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Cross trained at Flint Osteopathic Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Joint Replacement, Amputations, Ankle Surgery, Anterior Hip Replacement, Arthritis, Arthroplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary P Hunter DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Gary Hunter's areas of specialization are foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Hunter's patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Hunter's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Joint Replacement, Amputations, Ankle Surgery, Arthritis, Arthroplasty, Arthroscopy, Athletic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
915 6th Avenue; Suite 200
Tacoma, WA
(253) 403-7299

Dr. Kathleen Polo is a neurologist and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. Before completing her residency at Tripler Army Medical Center, Dr. Polo attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
209 Martin Luther King JR Way
Tacoma, WA
(253) 596-3410

Dr. Lyudmila Petruk's specialties are osteopathic manipulative medicine and sports medicine. She practices in Tacoma, WA. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Petruk completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Dr. Petruk accepts Medicare insurance.

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Mark Richard Mariani MD
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Family Medicine
3124 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
(253) 459-7000; (253) 459-6999

Dr. Mark Mariani is a family medicine practitioner and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Tacoma, WA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mariani include sports medicine. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Sports Medicine

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Neurosurgery, Addiction Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurophysiology
316 Martin Luther King JR Way; #408
Tacoma, WA
(253) 403-0344

Dr. Laura Hershkowitz is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery specialist. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

Osteopathic manipulative medicine is the keystone treatment that sets osteopathic physicians apart from other doctors. With similarities to chiropractic, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage, osteopathic manipulative medicine is a hands-on approach that involves manually moving, stretching, and adjusting the body to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Osteopathy was developed in the 1870s by Dr. Andrew Still. In the United States, doctors of osteopathy are full medical doctors (D.O.s) - they can prescribe medications and perform surgery. The osteopathic medical view tends to differ slightly from that of an M.D. however, with D.O.s treating the whole person and seeing illness less as an isolated event. Osteopaths believe that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, if restrictions on movement are removed. With increased motion and circulation will come increased well-being. Osteopathic manipulative medicine aims to free the body to heal itself.

An osteopathic manipulative treatment may involve stretching, gentle pressure, counter pressure, resistance, and craniosacral therapy among others. It may be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent illness or injury. Studies have shown that osteopathic manipulation is particularly effective for back pain, but it may also be used to treat:
  • Joint pain, such as that due to sports injuries or arthritis
  • Menstrual pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sinus disorders
  • Migraine headaches
  • Pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain

Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses healing touch to restore the function of the body’s own structure in order to promote health. It looks at the entire musculoskeletal system to ease limitations that may be causing problems.
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