Osteopathic medicine is a profession that was founded over 100 years ago, in the U.S., by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. Doctors of Osteopathy, or D.O.s, are one of two medical professions in the U.S. that have full medical licensure. Training for Doctors of Osteopathy involves functional anatomy, physiology, osteopathic philosophy and its application through Osteopathic treatment (or osteopathic manual medicine).
The osteopathic physician is also highly trained in palpatory diagnosis of the human body and uses this skill to diagnose structural problems and abnormalities involving the whole body. He then uses his osteopathic skills to treat these areas to help improve the functioning of the body as a whole and to help the patient overcome their illness. These treatments are unlike any other form of treatment. They are usually gentle and work with the body by enhancing its own self-treatment mechanisms (immunity).
Dr. Brett P. Thomas is the only physician to practice complete Osteopathic Manipulation at Physician Associates. Though he was residency trained in family practice, he now specializes in Osteopathic Manipulation and Neuromusculoskeletal medicine solely. Dr. Thomas will always try to give an honest assessment of a patient's chances of symptom resolution.
* None of these lists are fully comprehensive and results may vary depending on the patient. *
Dr.Thomas sees patients 16 years of age and older.
Believe it or not, the bones in the head move, even in older individuals. Dr Thomas has been trained to
palpate the motion of the bones in the head and to treat them if they are not moving properly. He is also
a nationally known lecturer and trainer on this treatment and other topics pertaining osteopathic manipulation.