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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, who practices in Federal Way, WA, is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Franceschina has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement (arthroplasty). He is affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. Dr. Franceschina welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. For his residency, Dr. Franceschina trained at Botsford Hospital.

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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 an orthopedic surgeon, osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist, and sports medicine specialist. His areas of expertise include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and shoulder injury. He is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. Dr. Cross graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Cross accepts Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients.

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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 works as a foot and ankle surgeon, orthopedist, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Federal Way, WA. His areas of expertise include the following: amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Hunter is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. 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. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hunter is open to new patients.

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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's medical specialty is osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Polo's education and training includes medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and residency 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 is an osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist and sports medicine specialist in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Petruk's average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at 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.

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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 specialties are family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He graduated from 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's specialties are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery. She practices in Tacoma, WA. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. On average, patients gave her a rating 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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