Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in the 21st Century

The American Osteopathic Association held its annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Anaheim, California, Sept. 17-20. At the Academy’s program, which ran Sept. 17-20, attendees learned about emerging concepts in the field of manual medicine, including medical imaging and musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment, as they relate to the disciplines of neuromusculoskeletal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and sports medicine.

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The AAO joined forces with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Osteopathic International Alliance to offer exceptional lectures by speakers such as Shawn R. Kerger, DO, FAOASM; Richard G. Schuster, DO; Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, FNAOME; Kenneth J. Lossing, DO; Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO; Priscilla Tu, DO, and more. In addition, Martin S. Levine, DO, MPH, FACOFP dist., delivered the 44th annual Thomas L. Northup Lecture.

Daniel G. Williams, DO, program chair“
A 2005 graduate of the Oklahoma State University for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Daniel G. Williams, DO, has trained with internationally renowned experts in osteopathic manipulation from the United States, Europe and Japan. His training in Europe inspired interest in the benefits of osteopathic manipulation for pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain, and he continues to treat women with these concerns.

Dr. Williams is the assistant chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, where he also is an assistant professor of neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Over the past several years, Dr. Williams has taught and presented to students and medical professionals throughout the United States and Europe. He has designed and published board review books for osteopathic medical students. His medical research includes National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research on the effects of manipulation on low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dr. Williams’ practice focuses on osteopathic manipulation and medical acupuncture primarily for acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as headaches, neck, back and joint pain and fibromyalgia. His approach to osteopathic manipulation focuses on optimizing biomechanical function and reducing stress and strain.

His breadth and depth of training has given Dr. Williams a unique skill set and perspective to creatively address his patients’ concerns. He has worked with new mothers and their babies, patients with TMJ disorders and cranio-facial pain, and countless people with all types of back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.

Dr. Williams also has a passion for working with athletes. He previously worked with a major Division 1 university, providing consultation and osteopathic manipulation to high performance athletes. Through this experience he has developed a strong professional interest in working with professional, collegiate and aspiring athletes to reach their optimum potential through osteopathic manipulation.

AAO Program Schedule (subject to change)

Time Title Presenter(s)
Sat., Sept. 17 Joint session with AOASM
8 a.m. Welcome Daniel G. Williams, DO
Laura E. Griffin, DO, FAAO
8:15 a.m. "Common Myofascial Trigger Points"
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Robert D. Gerwin, MD
9:15 a.m. "Introduction to Dry Needling"
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Robert D. Gerwin, MD
11:15 a.m. 44th annual Thomas L. Northup Lecture: "Osteopathy in an Osteopathic Medicine World" Martin S. Levine, DO, MPH, FACOFP dist.
1:30 p.m. "Diet and Fitness Industry Review: Get Off the Hamster Wheel!"
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Steve Karageanes, DO, FAOASM
3:05 p.m. Functional movement screen workshop Steve Karageanes, DO, FAOASM
Sun., Sept. 18 Joint session with AOCPMR  and AOASM
8 a.m. "Lumbar and Cervical Spine MRI Interpretation"
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Michael Wilcyznski, DO
10:30 a.m. "A Rational Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Low Back Pain"
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Lisa Ann DeStefano, DO
1:30 p.m. "Updates in Interventional Management of Low Back Pain"
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Shounuck I. Patel, DO
3 p.m. "Yoga for Low Back Pain and Rehabilition"
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Stacey L. Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, FNAOME
Mon., Sept. 19
7:30 a.m. Joint session with AOASMACOP and OIA
  "Concussion Evaluation and Management"
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Priscilla Tu, DO
in partnership with the AOA's Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research
8:30 a.m. "Dural Diagnosis and Treatment"
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Kenneth J. Lossing, DO
10:30 a.m. "Osteopathic Considerations in the Pediatric GI Patient," Parts 1 and 2
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Kimberly J. Wolf, DO, FACOP
Stacey L. Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, FNAOME
1:30 p.m. Joint session with ACOFP and AOASM 
  "Evaluation and Management of the Crossed Syndromes" (lecture and workshop)
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Shawn Kerger, DO, FAOASM
Richard G. Schuster, DO
in partnership with the AOA's Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research
Tues., Sept. 20 Joint session with ACOFP and OIA
8-9 a.m. "Geriatrics and Palliative Care"
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Charles A. Beck, DO, FAAO
9-10 a.m. "Meds, Meds, Meds: Polypharmacy, Medication Risk Management and Delirium in the Geriatric Patient"
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Ronna New, DO, FACOFP



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