Leadership

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Course Directors

Druelle_Philippe.jpgPhilippe Druelle DO, DScO is a renowned osteopath and international speaker. He is a long-time presenter at OCC and has shared his passion, knowledge, experience, and skills with our students for nearly 20 years. Professor and founder of several osteopathic campuses in Canada and Europe, he is a pioneer in the application of the Osteopathic concepts to the endocranium and the dynamics of the ventricular network and brain, particularly in relation to traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. He developed numerous techniques to restore the functions of the brain, the heart and the abdomen. He has also contributed in the fields of osteopathic pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. Involved in research for the past 20 years, Dr. Druelle continues to share his knowledge and considerations during his seminars to present his vision of an osteopathic clinical methodology and offer an appropriate treatment for each patient, in relation to the universal forces.

Ray Hruby, DO.pngRaymond J. Hruby, DO, MS, FAAO graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa in 1973, is certified in OMM and family practice, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy.  Retired as professor and chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at COMP, he continues consulting with the school’s Department of NMM/OMM on teaching, research, curriculum analysis and development, new faculty mentorships and Predoctoral OMM Fellows. He is involved with WUHS’s Interprofessional Education program, and lectures part-time in the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, among others.

Darick Nordstrom, DDS.pngDarick Nordstrom, DDS, graduated from USC, DDS, Dentistry, 1975– 1979. In practice, he found that it was common in orthodontics to remove teeth and collapse the dental arch for crowding, instead of expanding in a natural way. He began studying and adapting existing designs, focusing on the Crozat, Kernott, and other ‘functional’ concepts, and became active in the AAGO. The dedication of this academy lead to embracing the cranial concept, 3-Dimensional analysis, and encouraging midfacial growth, and pioneering their implementation in orthodontic / orthopedic practice. Following introduction to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, he began working 4-handed with osteopathic physicians (DOs) and cranially trained DCs. Although the AAGO-type appliances were least-straining of any, the DOs would need to work around them during active treatment. With direct feedback from the DOs, he developed appliance designs that not only were cranially compatible, but were positively supportive of the body’s natural healing process, and the DO’s treatment to facilitate it.

R. Mitchell Hiserote, DO.pngR. Mitchell Hiserote, DO is a practicing osteopathic physician in Sebastopol, CA and Associate Professor/past Chairman of the Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine – Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Department. He is an alumnus of Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, CA, and completed his postgraduate training at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA. Dr. Hiserote currently maintains board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal/ Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromuscular Medicine, Osteopathic Cranial Academy Certification of Proficiency, and is a Midwestern University –Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Costin scholar. His first faculty position under the direction of Viola M. Frymann, DO, began as an OMM teaching Fellow in 1995 and he has served in this role nearly annually since 2000. Additionally, he has served as faculty for osteopathy in the cranial field courses with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, Osteopathic Cranial Academy (OCA), and Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Education:
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, TX. D.O., 1983.
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1971.
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. M.S. in Psychology, 1967.
Duke University, Durham, NC. B.A. in Psychology, 1965.

Dr. King is a Fellow of and Past-President of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He has served on the faculties of several colleges of osteopathic medicine and most recently was Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Mary Anne Morelli Haskell is a 1988 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. After an internship in general medicine, she completed pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Haskell practiced with Dr. Viola Frymann for 13 years and was the President of the Osteopathic Center for Children before opening her own pediatrics practice in Coronado, California in 2005. She has lectured nationally and internationally in the field of pediatric osteopathy for over 23 years. An avid student of osteopathy, homeopathy and integrative medicine, Dr. Haskell creates a unique blend of integrative osteopathic pediatrics. Dr. Haskell is a member of the AOA, OCA, and AAO. She serves as teaching faculty for OPC, OCA, and is adjunct faculty at COMP.

Dr. Julie Mai graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2005. After her traditional Osteopathic Internship, she worked and taught along with Dr. Viola Frymann at the Osteopathic Center for Children for numerous years. In addition, she had numerous training with Philippe Druelle D.O. from Canada. Dr. Mai achieved a Certification of Proficiency from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and a Diploma in Clinical Homeopathy from the CEDH. She currently has a private OMM practice in Solana Beach and a second private OMM practice in Orange County. She currently serves on the Board of Director of the Osteopathic Center for Children and is a member of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy, AOA, and AAO.

Centers, Shawn.pngShawn K. Centers, DO, FACOP is the course director. He will speak on the importance of osteopathy in pediatrics. He is a graduate of Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Board certified in Integrative Pediatrics. Dr. Centers completed a pediatric internship at Saint Barnabas Hospital of New York Hospital/ Cornell Medical Center, and a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Saint Barnabas Healthcare System in Livingston, New Jersey. He currently practices as Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hope Center in San Diego, CA. He is a fellow of the American College of Pediatrics, a distinguished fellow of the American Pediatrics Council and is a member of the American Council of Pediatric Specialists.

Mark M. Morris, DO, FACOP is the course Co-Director and a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). He is Board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Morris completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. And currently practices at New Jersey Osteopathic Medicine, LLC in Springfield, New Jersey. He is a fellow of the American College of Pediatrics, and is a member of the American Board of Osteopathic Pediatrics.

Faculty

Dr. Giusti currently serves as Chair of the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) Department at Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS) in Pomona, CA, and has directed many cranial courses. She is an experienced lecturer and has held workshop presentations in NMM/OMM techniques for more than 10 years.

Education:
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), Pomona, CA. DO, 2003. Undergraduate OMM Fellowship.
Certification – American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, 2006.
Certification – NMM/OMM, 2007.
Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, VA. BS in Biology, 1998.

Dr. Magoun is currently a staff Clinician/Pediatrician specializing in NMM/OMM at Western University of Health Science (WUHS), Patient Care Center, Pomona, CA, and Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Dept. of NMM/OMM, Dept. of Pediatrics. Dr. Magoun is well-qualified to present lectures in pediatric OMM/OMT and has lectured and table-trained at numerous cranial and pediatric courses for over 10 years.

Education:
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences: Pomona, CA. DO, 2001.
Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in NMM/OMM. 1998-2001. Residency, Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA. 2001-2004.
American Academy of Pediatrics Diplomat, Certification 2009.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. BA in Russian Studies, 1976.University of Colorado Denver, CO. Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Chemistry, Physics and Psychology, 1992-1996.

Dr. Vuksich has been course director, lecturer or table trainer in courses for more than 20 years and is well qualified to present lecturers at basic, intermediate and pediatric cranial courses. She has served as Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco since 1995, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Touro University of College of Osteopathic Medicine,Vallejo, California since 2011.

Education:
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences: Pomona, CA. DO, 1991.
Residency, Family Practice, University of California San Francisco, Program B, Santa Rosa, CA. 1991-1994.
HIV Fellowship, Sonoma County Department of Public Health, Santa Rosa, CA. 1995.
University of California, Berkeley, CA. BA in Genetics, 1975.
California State University, San Jose, CA. BS in Chemistry, Mathematics Minor, 1978.
California State University, San Jose, CA. MA in Biology, 1982.
Certifications: American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) in Family Medicine and OMM; Cranial Competency of Osteopathic Cranial Academy with Proficiency.