Services We Provide

Pediatrics/Adults:  We are contracted with most PPO's for general pediatric care and will see adults for
minor acute medical care.  We are contracted with one HMO -Physician Associates of the Greater San
Gabriel Valley as pediatric PCP.  We are not a Medi-Cal provider.  
Cash charges for services:
Sick/Urgent Care -  $80
Physicals - $120
Medical Consultations - $120
Injections, Vaccines, Nebulizer treatments, urine test, strep test - separate

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT): We accept only Cigna, Aetna, and Blue Cross insurance for
pediatric and adult osteopathic treatment.  Our cash charges for adult chronic pain consultations are $300
for the first 1hr visit and $200 for subsequent visits 45-60 min.  Pediatric OMT prices are 1/2 the time for
1/2 the charges of adult.

Concierge:  I will pick up and fly out anywhere  for a chronic pain consultation within the United States. This
service is intended for the busy executive who wants results.  Anyone who has "seen every kind of doctor
and had all kinds of treatment" and yet still is looking for an answer to their problems might find the service
valuable.  It will be worthwhile when everything else has failed because this is detective work and medical
profiling, tailored to each individual and their history of multiple layered physical strains.
Osteopathy
medicine could not save 3 of his 5 children from spinal meningitis.  He experienced a
professional crisis.  A man of faith, he reasoned that the human body was designed with self
healing capacity.  The physician does not cure or heal disease, but assists the patient to
regain that diminished capacity.  

In our profession, of the approxiamately 65,000 DOs, only 3-5% of us practice osteopathy as it
was originally intended by Dr. Still.  DO's are physicians and surgeons licensed by the state to
practice in any field of medicine.  Although DO schools require 500 extra hours of anatomy and
2yrs of musculoskeletal labs with inculcation of 'techniques,' when I treat a patient, actual use
of 'technique' is only about 5%.  The rest is pure, powerful osteopathy, finding the strains,
figuring the patient's problems out, and undoing the strains.  It is detective work that takes
time.  Anything worth doing, is worth the time in order to do it right.  No patient will ever
permanently respond to cookbook recipes of 'technique.'  This is what makes Osteopathy more
powerful than any other treatment modality like physical therapy, craniosacral therapy,
massage, acupuncture, Reiki, prolotherapy, and chiropractic.  This is why we get lasting results
and patients feel "amazing" differences after our subtle, high precision treatments.  Osteopathy
is pure anatomy, physiology, embryology, and diagnosing and treating through palpation.  All
this knowledge can only be acquired through a medical school background.  It is not easy,
quick work, but it is beautiful and profound work.

Disease is the end point of a process.  MDs and allopathic medicine treat disease once it is
found.  Treatment is biochemical and expedient.  Scientific studies to evaluate drug efficacy
and treatment outcomes, if "statistically significant", meet with FDA approval and become
"accepted."  Patients who do not respond like everyone else, I call these people "statistical
outliers" are ignored. Gross diagnostic procedures to find disease, if negative, means that the
patient must be faking or crazy.  

Traditional osteopaths believe that physical strains lead to disease.  This process can be
reversed.  We diagnose these strains and treat them with our hands.  Physical strains,
traumatically induced, are embedded in the anatomy and are layered one on top of another.   
The symptoms that each patient experiences are real to them and can be explained by the
mechanical strains.  Acupuncture serves to divert chi and its effects are  temporary.  I remove
the strains permanently and chi is secondarily released.  My Chinese patients think that I am
practicing chi gong and manipulating their chi.  These results give lasting relief and are
permanent.  [
Aside: In the first 5 years of treating adults, while I was trying to figure out how to
explain osteopathy to people, I hated using the 'E' word; now I at least acknowledge it
somewhat].

In the teaching of medicine, we are taught to reduce the human body into organ systems, the
systems to tissues, the tissues to cells and the biochemical processes therein.  We are taught
to look at the trees.  But when someone clearly has disease that is mechanically induced,
patients are shunted off to physical therapy or to surgeons to grossly 'fix' the mechanical
constraints. For example -

whiplash - traumatically induced spasms in the back and neck from a high velocity impact
cannot be undone by range of motion exercises, by someone yanking on these irritated
muscles. When you get a cramp in your leg, what do you do? If you lay still and wait for it to
pass, it will eventually calm down.  What would happen if someone yanked on it?  You would
hurt terribly; so why would you let someone yank on your neck, much less "massage" it? I
figure out where physical the strains are locked and undo them
gently.

carpal tunnel syndrome - standard treatment is opening up the tunnel surgically. Stepping
back to look at the big picture (the forest, not the trees), the tunnel is made of living connective
tissue that has elasticity, plasticity and pliability.  With knowledge of the anatomy of the wrist, I
can open up the tunnel a few millimeters just enough to decompress the nerve; within a few
days, wrist swelling diminishes, tenderness is reduced and hair return to the skin surface.  
Imagine that.

I love explaining Osteopathy and the mechanical causes of disease to my patients who are
physical scientists - physicists, engineers, computer people, JPL, and NASA people; I can see
that they "get it," and we 'click.'   I have never, ever, had a physical scientist stop me and tell
me that my logic and explanation of their physical strains is flawed.  There is more to human
disease than just biochemistry.

Unfortunately, I am going to have to admit that there is more to the physical human body.  I
absolutely hate to acknowledge that there is
more...