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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, who practices in Federal Way, WA, is a medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Franceschina's areas of clinical interest consist of arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement (arthroplasty). He is affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. He attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school and subsequently trained at Botsford Hospital for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He welcomes new patients.

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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 specializes in hand surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Federal Way, WA. Clinical interests for Dr. Cross include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and shoulder injury. Dr. Cross is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Patient ratings for Dr. Hunter average 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hunter's areas of expertise include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at Flint Osteopathic Hospital for his residency. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his 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, Sports Medicine
209 Martin Luther King JR Way
Tacoma, WA
(253) 596-3410

Dr. Lyudmila Petruk is a Tacoma, WA physician who specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine and sports medicine. Dr. Petruk's patients gave her an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. Dr. Petruk is professionally affiliated with Group Health Cooperative.

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

Dr. Kathleen Polo's medical specialty is osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. J. Wells' medical specialty is osteopathic manipulative medicine and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She is affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. Dr. Wells attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5.

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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 specializes in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Mariani focuses on sports 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 specializes in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery. She attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 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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