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Dr. Burnett Assumes Helm of Memorial's Osteopathic Residency Program


Dr. Jeffrey O. Burnett, D.O.

Jeffrey O. Burnett, D.O., who joined Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center last July as part of their Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program, has been named director-elect of the Practice.

A board certified primary care physician, teacher and practicing physician, Dr. Burnett instructs, trains, and supervises medical students and new physicians.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is the only teaching hospital in Niagara County accredited by the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice.

The underlying principle of osteopathy is that the bone (osteon) is the place for physicians to begin to discover the real cause of a disease.

The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874, and the term "osteopathy" was coined by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., a physician and surgeon.

Dr. Still believed that humans were made up of mind, body, and spirit and man was endowed with the natural ability to heal himself.

Dr. Still founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892 and thanks to him there are two types of licensed physicians in the United States - D.O. and M.D. - qualified to prescribe medication and perform surgery. 

Osteopathic medicine therefore is a parallel branch of American medicine with a distinct philosophy and approach to patient care.

It is a growing field.

Today, more than 20 percent of medical students in the United States are training to be osteopathic physicians.

Osteopathic physicians can choose any specialty, prescribe drugs, perform surgeries, and practice medicine anywhere in the United States.

The nation’s approximately 63,000 fully licensed osteopathic physicians practice the entire scope of modern medicine, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating illness and injury.

In addition to the traditional practice of medicine, the osteopath's added role is to practice manual and manipulative therapy to encourage the patient's natural ability to heal himself.
Osteopathic physicians bring the additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to diagnose and treat patients.

It is actually simple. Nearly every day, medical science unveils new discoveries from brain scans to anti-cancer drugs. In the midst of these wonders, it's easy to forget that sometimes what patients really need is a healing touch. Osteopathic physicians haven't forgotten.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain, asthma, sinus disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines and menstrual pain.

OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery, bringing an important dimension to standard medical care.

Dr. Burnett has been in private practice since 2003 and has served on the medical staff at Lifetime Urgent Care since 2004. He is a clinical assistant professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and was honored as the 2011 Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year. He is a graduate of Canisius College and the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Burnett will continue to instruct and train family practice resident physicians and is currently accepting new patients at the Summit Family Health Center. Call 278-4499 for an appointment.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

Mar26, 2013