What is Osteopathic Medicine?

What is Osteoapathy

There are two main branches of medicine in the United States, Allopathic and Osteopathic. Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still’s life work was to study, establish, and teach the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. The philosophy of Osteopathy today remains centered around the fact that the body works together in unity both to maintain health and to heal in the presence of illness. Practicing Osteopathic Physicians, or DOs, are trained in every medical specialty from neurosurgeons to OBGYNs, family practice to psychiatry. DOs are trained to take a whole-person approach, considering lifestyle, environment, nutrition, and more in addition to the symptoms a patient displays. DOs use the best technology and continuously study throughout their careers to further their knowledge. They also have additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment which is a tool for diagnosing, treating, and even preventing illness.1

Dr. Goodwin maintains an active Osteopathic Medical and Dental License. Practicing Dentistry and Medicine, he was formally trained in a dual degree program emphasizing the importance of caring for the whole person. He firmly believes in the unity of all systems of the body, from the teeth to the toes. This medical background compliments his dental knowledge and technique. During your visit, you will experience a fresh look at full spectrum dentistry which is whole-body focused.

In summary: Osteopathic Medicine is a major branch of medicine in the USA. The focus of an Osteopathic Physician is to strengthen and maintain health with the knowledge that all systems of the body work in harmony together.


What is Osteopathic Medicine? Osteopathic website. https://osteopathic.org/what-is-osteopathic-medicine/. Updated . Accessed April 2020.

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)? American Academy of Osteopathy website. https://www.academyofosteopathy.org/what-is-osteopathy. Updated . Accessed April 2020.