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Dr. Michael Joseph Franceschina DO, FAOAO
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552; (253) 944-2080

Dr. Michael Franceschina is a Federal Way, WA physician who specializes in foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement (arthroplasty). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Franceschina graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. His residency was performed at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Franceschina is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. New patients are welcome to contact his 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, Sports Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552

Dr. Thomas Cross is a Federal Way, WA physician who specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. His clinical interests include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and shoulder injury. Dr. Cross is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. He accepts Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Cross is a graduate of A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Flint Osteopathic Hospital's residency program.

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Clinical interests: Knee Injury, Prosthetic Implant, Joint Replacement, Amputations, Ankle Surgery, Anterior Hip ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary P Hunter DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552; (253) 839-6126

Dr. Gary Hunter specializes in foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Federal Way, WA. His areas of expertise include the following: amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. Dr. Hunter graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Flint Osteopathic Hospital for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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)
Tacoma, WA
(253) 403-7299

Dr. Kathleen Polo is an osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Dr. Polo attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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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. Her patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Petruk honors Medicare insurance. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Petruk trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for her residency.

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

Dr. Mark Mariani's areas of specialization are family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Mariani studied medicine at the University of Washington School of 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 works as a rehabilitation physician, neurosurgeon, and neurophysiologist in Tacoma, WA. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 2.0 stars out of 5.

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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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