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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) can take care of you from head to toe.

“We are fully licensed and certified physicians who have a few extra tools in our toolkit,” says William Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin.

More than half of DOs focus on primary care as internists, family doctors, and pediatricians. Others go on to specialize in fields such as psychiatry, neurology, and cardiovascular surgery.

“MDs and DOs work side by side in virtually every hospital in the country,” Burke says.

The Big Picture

A DO will check for the cause of your health problems, says Shannon Scott, DO, clinical associate professor at Midwestern University Clinics Arizona. “We focus on prevention by looking at how your lifestyle and environment are affecting your health,” Scott says. “In a typical visit, I sit down and listen to what’s going on with your home, family, and work,” she says. “I’m interested in your mental, physical, and spiritual health.”

underlying health concerns.They use this technique to help treat low back pain, as well as a variety of other health problems, including headaches and sinus issues.

“You know the old song, ‘The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone’? Well, it’s true,” Burke says. “The body is a unit, and if one thing is not functioning normally, it can affect everything else.”