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Meet the Team

Physicians, researchers, and support staff at the Osteopathic Center for Children 

Hollis H. King, DO, PhD

Hollis H. King, DO, is a board-certified osteopathic physician. He has a whole-body approach to medicine and is highly experienced in osteopathic manipulative treatment, a type of hands-on care that diagnoses and treats illness and injury by moving a person’s muscles and joints to ease pain and increase mobility. Dr. King provides care for patients of all ages, and helps people adopt lifestyle changes aimed at disease prevention. 

His research interests include plagiocephaly, autism, glaucoma, migraine headaches, traumatic brain injury, gastrointestinal diseases, metabolic disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry, and sleep research. He has been published in numerous medical journals, including The Journal of American Osteopathic Association and Lymphatic Research and Biology. 

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. King was the residency director in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Wisconsin Medical School. Before that, he was a professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona and the associate executive director of the Osteopathic Research Center at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. King earned his degree in osteopathic medicine from UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University, and is board-certified in family practice. 

Dr. King is a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and member of several professional societies, including the American Osteopathic Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and the American Psychological Association. Dr. King also serves on the research committee for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and editorial advisory board for The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 

In 2002, Dr. King was awarded Physician of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.

dr hollis king

Kimberly Wolf, DO

Dr. Wolf’s professional career has taken a unique path that has allowed her to pursue her passion of pediatric osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).  After graduating from osteopathic medical school in 2010, she began her pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which she chose for the osteopathic education she would receive to complement her pediatric training.  

In 2013, she presented her first research poster at the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians/American Academy of Pediatrics conference. The poster was entitled “Reshaping Plagiocephaly in Pediatrics,” and featured a case study of a patient she had successfully treated with OMM.  

After completing residency, Dr. Wolf was hired by Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s ambulatory department to develop and grow a pediatric OMM clinic and assist with OMM didactic and clinical education for medical students and residents training at the hospital.  She was also hired in 2016 to be the co-director of the Osteopathic Recognition Track for the Pediatrics residency program at Nationwide.  This was the first (and currently only one of two) pediatric programs to receive Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME.  

While at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, she was involved in research on the use of OMM to treat asthma (publication pending) and was able to publish a case study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 2016 on using OMM to treat a concussion in an adolescent patient. 

Dr. Wolf was also involved in a research study on the use of OMM to treat breastfeeding/latch dysfunction in neonates.  She had a second case study published in the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians’ eJournal in 2017 which featured the use of OMM to manage right lower quadrant pain in an adolescent patient.  

She was recruited in 2017 to work at Touro University California – College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Director of Pediatric OMM.  While at Touro, she has been working on a research project in conjunction with University of California- San Francisco exploring the use of OMM in children with autism spectrum disorder (publication pending).  

She is also a national educator on the use of OMM in the field of pediatrics, and has lectured for the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, American Academy of Osteopathy, American Osteopathic Association, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, Ohio Osteopathic Association, and others on the topic of OMM in the field of pediatrics.  

Also known for her work promoting osteopathic research, she has hosted three webinars on the topic for the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators and serving as the keynote speaker for the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicines’ Research Day in 2018.  

Dr. Wolf is passionate about the need for additional research on OMM, especially in the field of pediatrics, and has committed her career to filling this need for the profession.  Her clinical practice is exclusively pediatric OMM at this time, and includes patients with plagiocephaly.  

Notably, she trained at the Osteopathic Center for Children in San Diego with Viola Frymann, DO as a medical student, and has since participated in courses as both a student and teacher at the Center to further osteopathic education.  She was also recently elected as a board member for the Osteopathic Center for Children, and is excited to serve in this role as another means to support the field of osteopathic pediatrics.

Kimberly Wolf

Jessica Martone, PhD

Dr. Martone obtained her PhD and MSW from Loyola University Chicago and has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation. She was the Director for Research and Evaluation at The MarkUSA and oversaw 60 concurrent projects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Jessica designed the research and evaluation methodology, conducted data collection and analysis and developed and disseminated findings. While at Loyola University Chicago Jessica worked for the Institute on Migration and International Social Work and contributed to several immigration focused research projects, including a global study on immigrant integration to identify best practices for social and economic integration.

Jessica was an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Fullerton and taught the Research Capstone course and was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago where she taught introduction to social work policy and practice courses.

jess martone

Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, DO

Dr. Haskell is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific of Western University and completed a year of training in general medicine and then three years of pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She is board certified by the Osteopathic National Boards. She is boarded by the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. She holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and is a Fellow of the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. The College d’Etudes Osteopathiques presented Dr. Haskell with the Viola Frymann award for excellence in osteopathic pediatrics. Her memberships include: AOA, AAO, ACOP, and OCA.

Mary Anne Morelli

Julie Mai, DO

Dr. Mai is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, CA and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA. Dr. Mai completed a traditional internship at Chino Valley Hospital in Chino, CA and worked closely with Dr. Viola Frymann and her pediatric patients at the Osteopathic Center for Children for several years. She practices Traditional Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy in her two office locations in Encinitas and Fountain Valley.

She is the Medical Director and owner of her Center for Synergistic Healing in Encinitas. She holds a Certificate of Proficiency in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy and also a Diploma in Clinical Homeopathy from the CEDH. The College d’Etudes Osteopathiques of Montreal presented the prestigious Companion of Osteopathy and Honorary Diploma for excellence in Osteopathy. She served as the second author to the JOM published Plagio Case Study with Dr. Hollis King.

She serves on the Boards of Osteopathy’s Promise to Children, Osteopathic Center for Children and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. She served as the President of the Osteopathic Center for Children, and is currently President-Elect for the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. Her memberships are AOA, AAO, OCA, and AAPO.

Julie Mai