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A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center Arizona opens in Mesa

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Fourth-year osteopathic medical student and osteopathic manipulative medicine fellow Roya Vahdatinia instructs first-year students from the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona during the open house for the ATSU osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic on the A.T. Still University campus in Mesa. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

The A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center Arizona is now open on the A.T. Still University (ATSU) Mesa campus.

Dr. David Shoup, associate professor of osteopathic medicine, and Dr. David Keane, assistant professor of osteopathic medicine at A.T. Still University, are two of the physicians who will staff the new osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic on the university’s Mesa campus. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

Physicians at the center provide osteopathic manipulative treatment to address a variety of problems, including neuromusculoskeletal issues, headaches, neck pain, lower-back pain, fibromyalgia, jaw pain, chronic otitis, and injuries related to sports or the performing arts. The center will also offer specialized services for children with special needs.

“It’s called a center instead of a clinic to not think of fixing somebody, but to get them on the road to health. A lot of lives will be changed here,” said Dr. Craig Phelps, ATSU president.

Dr. David Shoup, the center’s medical director, said that as the new center grows they plan to add a third doctor and be “open full time for treatment, probably starting in November.”

“The mission of this clinic is to provide high-quality treatment,” Shoup said. “We teach students to listen and treat the cause of the problem, not the symptom. This is the vision we’ve been looking at for several years.”

First-year medical student Renee Crawford, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, said she was excited to be attending the new A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medicine Center in Mesa because she gets to shadow as a first-year student.

Deborah Health, DO, professor of osteopathic medicine at A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Dr. Craig Phelps, president of ATSU, explore the new examining rooms at the grand opening of the ATSU osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic on the university’s Mesa campus. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

“Usually, you don’t get to be included in rotation until your third or fourth year,” she said. “I like the class size. It’s smaller than most medical schools and we get a lot of time with faculty members.”

Crawford said the new facility is also “good to have because people are always asking where they can get treatment and now we have it available on campus.”

ATSU’s Dr. Deborah Health said they have “three overreaching principles: body, mind and spirit.”

“The body has the ability to heal itself so we look at the whole person,” she said. “We rely on the body to help healing through full optimized motion through indirect and direct methods. We have a hands-on focus in a full scope medical practice.”

The center, located at 5845 E. Still Circle, is open to the public. To schedule an appointment or request information, contact the office at 480-248-8198.

Mrs. Mandy Weaver, former executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association; Deborah Health, DO, professor of osteopathic medicine at A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Dr. Craig Phelps, president of ATSU, greet visitors at the April 18 grand opening of the ATSU osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic on the university’s Mesa campus. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

“We are thrilled to open a center dedicated to the highest quality in osteopathic manipulative medicine,” Shoup said. “Services will benefit patients of all ages and foster interprofessional collaboration at the university.”

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

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