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Georgia Osteopathic Care Center Open to the Public

Gwinnett residents now have access to a specialized Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) clinic at Georgia Campus–Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA–PCOM) in Suwanee. Open to the public by appointment through physician or self-referrals, patients may seek treatment at the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center to ease pain, promote healing and increase mobility.

Is the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center the right fit for you?
A physician may refer you to the OMM specialty clinic at GA–PCOM to pursue a more conservative treatment regime or to delay a surgical option. If you are not a surgical candidate but need pain control, you may benefit from a combination of pharmaceutical and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

“Patients who feel they have tried everything else hear about the clinic and make an appointment as a direct self-referral, although the majority of our patient referrals come from other physicians,” says Murray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH, tenured associate professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at GA–PCOM, where he is director of both the Family Medicine/OMM Clerkships and Preventive & Community-Based Medicine.

What is a DO?
Medical training for an allopathic doctor (medical doctor or MD) is virtually identical to that of an osteopathic doctor (DO), in terms of undergraduate and medical education. They serve three to eight years of relevant internships, residencies and fellowships, and these physicians may practice in all medical specialties. MDs and DOs represent the only two types of “complete physicians” in the United States, meaning they are fully trained and licensed to prescribe medications and to perform surgeries.

DOs take a holistic approach to healthcare. Approximately 60 percent of osteopathic physicians choose to practice primary care medicine. While in medical school, DOs receive additional training in the neuromusculoskeletal system. When appropriate, they may use their musculoskeletal knowledge to incorporate hands-on OMT to diagnose and treat illness or injury – complementing and sometimes reducing the need for drugs or delaying surgery.

Some DOs pursue Board Certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM), which is currently only available to osteopathic physicians. This specialty care is available through the physicians at the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center.

Training physicians for Georgia
GA–PCOM is a private, not-for profit branch campus of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. To provide students with an OMM experience, the clinic is co-located on the Suwanee campus. Students may participate in patient examinations under the oversight of faculty members Dr. Berkowitz, William Delp, DO, and Walter Ehrenfeuchter, DO.

For appointments, call 678-225-7485. The Georgia Osteopathic Care Center accepts select insurance plans.

Georgia Campus – PCOM
625 Old Peachtree Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
admissions.pcom.edu