- Years in Practice:
Over 20 Years
- Board Certification:
Family Practice & Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
- License No. and State:
What is Osteopathy
Traditional osteopathic manipulation is a manual treatment method which assists the patient's body in reattaining a healthy balance and, as such, is very well-suited as an effective complementary modality to the others offered at GWCM. Most techniques are extremely gentle and well-tolerated by patients of all types, sizes, and ages. It can be used to treat a variety of disorders including, but not limited to the following: chronic and acute musculoskeletal pain, headaches of all types, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, and many other conditions.
In my life, for as long as I can remember, the most long-standing motivation has been to choose a life path that allows me to help humanity as a whole. My father was a military pilot until I was 7 years old and that was the first thing I actually remember wanting to be. As I got a bit older and realized my eyesight didn’t meet the stringent military requirements, I thought I might design more efficient aircraft and help in that way; in fact, that idea stayed with me until my undergraduate education.
At university, I became very interested in studying archaeology, antiquities, English, creative writing, primitive and prehistoric religious studies and eventually came full circle to the sciences. It was at this point that I became acquainted with a chiropractor who asked whether or not I had ever considered chiropractic as a profession. This was the first time I had ever considered anything in the healthcare field as a potential profession. I quickly determined that osteopathy’s philosophy fit with my own more than allopathic medicine’s mainstream philosophy.
I began my osteopathic education in 1992 in Chicago and upon attending the first class in actual osteopathic principles and practice, I knew I was home. Having a background in varied martial arts, I had an easy time learning the manual skills presented to me. I developed a keen and deep love of osteopathy and felt compelled to compete for an osteopathic fellowship position during my 2nd year of school, which I was awarded and began during my 3rd year. It was during this time as a fellow that I began to truly hone my manual skills and develop a treatment approach to patients of all types.
Since that time, my osteopathic skills have continued to evolve and I very much wish to assist with bridging the gap in understanding between Chinese Medicine concepts and Western ideas. I believe the ideas of East and West all have a huge role to play in our collective future of health care and even lifestyle.
I believe very strongly in the idea of bringing a coordinated, complementary, and individually-tailored approach to health care delivery with a component of the practice devoted to short and medium stay domiciles to accomplish Lifestyle Training. The training wound be comprised of cooking methods for optimum health, the most ideal exercise/activity program, meditative training (chi kung, yoga, etc.), stress relief training, and more. The idea behind this approach is to cater to clientele who wish to have an immersive residential experience to learn to replace unhealthy lifestyle habits with healthy ones and to reaffirm and further ingrain healthy habits.
I’m extremely happy to begin collaborating with Dr. Xiao and the Great Wall staff to bring the best possible version of health care to the public.