Osteopath Joins SJEH Staff
A family physician and specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine, Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, has joined the medical staff of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, South Shore. Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses “hands on” manipulative techniques to remove impediments to the body’s own healing forces. The removal of these obstructions allows the body to heal itself.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is not alternative medicine and osteopathic physicians who train in OMM are fully licensed and certified. The difference between osteopathic physicians and MDs is in the training: osteopathic physicians receive training in both traditional medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Rivera-Martinez received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. At the same time, she completed an OMM teaching fellowship. She went on to do an internship and a family medicine residency at Long Beach Medical Center.
Dr. Rivera-Martinez has published numerous papers and abstracts on osteopathic manipulation and family medicine as well as given presentations and lectured internationally. She has spearheaded many osteopathic research studies. Foremost among the numerous awards and recognitions she has received was the 2004 AmericanOsteopathic Foundation Wyeth Emerging Leader Award.
A wide variety of illnesses are treated by osteopathic manipulative techniques from headache to backache, pneumonia, digestive difficulties and more. The osteopathic physician focuses on the whole person (mind, body and spirit), using a more holistic approach to treatment. Osteopathic manipulation may also be used as an adjunct treatment.