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  • Writer's pictureJay Danto

Walk-in "Osteopathic" curious...

We just had a fantastic walk-in visit yesterday by someone attracted to the #Osteopathic in our name! It turned out that two of their siblings were Osteopathic physicians who graduated from the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. One sibling still lives in Michigan, the state in which Dr. Debbie and I grew up, and the other had passed in the tragic plane crash in which many of my colleagues from ATSU had passed away in 2004. When I was working at ATSU I attended the 10 year Memorial Service commemorating their passing (

My intention here isn't to bring readers down because of the crash, but to share how joyous it was to connect with someone who had an osteopathic story to share. Also, it was an honor because I had the opportunity to help part of our extended Osteopathic Family to optimize their health with OMT. Additionally, it was even more special because we had two osteopathic medical students with us. One of those students was from Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine, the alma mater of the patient's family members, and the other was my daughter who lived in Kirksville with us while I worked for A.T. Still University (ATSU) and who was shadowing me in the clinic on the day of the memorial service and also attended the service.

Sharing those old stories that create our shared Osteopathic history, passing on Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (#OMT) skills, and practicing using our Osteopathic Principles and Practices (#OPP) is why we opened and named ourselves "Danto Osteopathic." About half of the patients we currently see have sought us out because of our name and the other have come to us upon the recommendations of friends, family, or other medical professionals. This is just one of those stories. We feel so blessed to be serving Kansas City and focusing upon seeing our patients #THRIVE using #OPP!

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