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Dr Michael J Franceschina DO
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
34612 Sixth Avenue S.; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA

Dr. Michael Franceschina sees patients in Federal Way, WA. His medical specialties are foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). He is affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. Before performing his residency at Botsford Hospital, Dr. Franceschina attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for medical school. Dr. Franceschina's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Replacement Arthroplasty

Laura Lynn Hershkowitz DO
Specializes in Physiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurosurgery, Neurophysiology, Addiction Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry
Average rating 2.91 stars out of 5 (3 ratings)
316 Martin Luther King Jr Way; #408
Tacoma, WA

Dr. Laura Hershkowitz practices physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In her practice, Dr. Hershkowitz focuses on epilepsy. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Hershkowitz is professionally affiliated with MultiCare.

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy

Dr Gary P Hunter DO
Specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (12 ratings)
34612 Sixth Avenue S.; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA

Dr. Gary Hunter's specialties are foot & ankle surgery, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Hunter is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter include replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Hunter is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. He honors Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Hunter attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hunter trained at Flint Osteopathic Hospital for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Replacement Arthroplasty

Dr Thomas L Cross DO
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
34612 Sixth Avenue S.; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA

Dr. Thomas Cross' areas of specialization are osteopathic manipulative medicine, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine; he sees patients in Federal Way, WA. His clinical interests encompass replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Cross accepts Medicare insurance. He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. He is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. Dr. Cross welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Replacement Arthroplasty

Specializes in Pain Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
2200 N. 30th Street; Suite #201
Tacoma, WA

Dr. Ashley Keays is a pain medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Tacoma, WA. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
915 6th Avenue; Suite 200
Tacoma, WA

Dr. Kathleen Polo is a physician who specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine. She accepts Medicare insurance. She attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Physiatry, Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
3124 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA

Dr. Mark Mariani is a physiatrist, family medicine practitioner, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. Dr. Mariani studied medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Average rating 2.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
209 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA

Dr. Lyudmila Petruk is a specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine. She works in Tacoma, WA. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. She takes Medicare insurance.

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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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