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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 is a foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Federal Way, WA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement (arthroplasty). Dr. Franceschina's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his residency training at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Franceschina is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. His practice is open to 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' specialties are hand surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Federal Way, WA. These areas are among Dr. Cross's clinical interests: amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and shoulder injury. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. He obtained his medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. He accepts Medicare insurance. He is open to 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 medical specialist in foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Hunter include amputations, tibia (shin bone) fracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. On average, patients gave Dr. Hunter a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Flint Osteopathic Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. His practice 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, Sports Medicine
209 Martin Luther King JR Way
Tacoma, WA
(253) 596-3410

Dr. Lyudmila Petruk is a specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and sports medicine. Her average rating from her patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Petruk attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington for residency. She 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 is an osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. She obtained her medical school training at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and performed her residency at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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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 works as a family medicine physician and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Mariani include 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's medical specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery. She studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hershkowitz's average patient rating is 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. J. Wells' areas of specialization are osteopathic manipulative medicine and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Wells is professionally affiliated with Franciscan Medical Group. She attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating.

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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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