What is a DO


What is a DO?


Dr. Rasheed is a DO. DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. People sometimes have questions about what DO’s are, so we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.


Are DO’s actual doctors of medicine?

  • Yes.

Are DO’s (Osteopaths) the same as MD’s (Allopaths)?

  • The answer is yes and no.

How we are the same.

  • DO’s have the exact same medical training as MD’s and we go through the same number of years of training in medical school and in residency.  The medical schools for both are accredited in the same manner by similar accrediting bodies.
  • Both MD’s and DO’s hold the same, equal, unrestricted, medical licenses in every state in the US.
  • Both MD’s and DO’s can prescribe medication.
  • The same information is tested on MD and DO board exams and certification exams.

How we are a bit different.

  • In addition to the general medical knowledge and training which MD’s receive, DO’s are also trained in hands on evaluation, diagnostic, and therapy techniques called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMT)/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).  We spend 100’s of hours of extensive learning of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems to be able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients from this hands on perspective as well.  We are able to offer this to our patients as an adjunct to traditional allopathic medicine.
  • While there is a spectrum of traditional vs wholistic practice where any physician could lie, DO’s tend to be more on the wholistic side of the spectrum.  DO philosophy is based on a “mind, body, spirit approach” when evaluating and treating our patients, in general, more so than our fellow allopaths.  Nothing is wrong with either approach, however DO’s do pride themselves on working from this philosophy.

Will my child be treated the same as if an MD would see them?

  • 100% yes. We feel as though we were given the best of both worlds in our training.  We have traditional medical training, and our DO background gives us many other tools in our tool kits to be able to offer and help our patients. Dr. Rasheed uses traditional medical practice with a mind, body spirit approach behind it.

Are DO’s Naturopaths?

  • While we believe in a more holistic approach, we do not have formal training in herbs, plants, and supplements, thus we do not make recommendations on these.

Do DO’s use medications?

  • Yes.  We always try to find a good balance between allowing the body to utilize it’s innate ability to heal itself and using medication and/or testing to help it along a bit.  We absolutely use antibiotics, steroids, and other medications when necessary.

What is OMT?

  • OMT is a gentle, hands on approach to restring the proper structure to the body with the goal of restoring proper function.

What can OMT be used for?

  • OMT can be greatly beneficial for but not limited to, headaches, musculoskeletal (muscle/bone/nerve) complaints, back pain, neck pain, ear infection pain, sinus/congestion/cold pain, relief of acute and chronic injury pain, anxiety, depression, and relaxation.

Does Insurance cover OMT?

  • Most insurances will cover at least several treatments per year.  We recommend checking with your insurance before making an OMT appointment.


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