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Click on the "Physician Search" button on the left side of this page; then type in the doctor's last name. Clicking on Practice Setting and Specialty will provide more information. Should you need additional assistance, you may call the Board at (405)528-8625.

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D.O.s are osteopathic physicians; M.D.s are allopathic physicians. D.O.s and M.D.s are the only fully-licensed physicians. D.O.s practice a "whole-person" approach to medicine. Rather than treating only specific symptoms or illness, the osteopathic physician and surgeon treats the body as an integrated whole, focusing on the unity of all body parts. Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. developed the philosophy of osteopathic medicine in 1874 and pioneered the concept of "wellness" more than 130 years ago.

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Per Section 621 of The Oklahoma Osteopathic Act, "Osteopathic Medicine" means a system of health care founded by Andrew Taylor Still and based on the theory that the body is capable of making its own remedies against disease and other toxic conditions when it is in normal structural relationship and has favorable environmental conditions and adequate nutrition. Osteopathic medicine utilizes generally accepted physical, pharmacological and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy while placing strong emphasis on the importance of body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function.

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Dr. Andrew Taylor Still was an M.D. who was dissatisfied with the effectiveness of many of the 19th century medications, believing some were useless or harmful. He developed a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. That philosophy evolved into osteopathic medicine, a unique form of American medical care that focuses on the unity of all body parts. Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. and D.O., prescribed appropriate medical treatment for his patients and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit. Today's D.O.s also serve as modern-day medical pioneers as they continue to stay abreast of today's medical technology and provide excellent health care in primary care areas, specialties and sub-specialties.

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At present, 2369 osteopathic physicians and surgeons are licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Of that number, 1879 live in Oklahoma or treat patients from Oklahoma. The remaining 490 live out of state but keep their Oklahoma licensure current. (Updated 03/01/2012)

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Click on the "Disciplinary Actions" button on the left side of this page for an alphabetical list of physicians who have been disciplined during the last five (5) years. If the doctor is not listed there but "Board Actions: Yes" appears when you do a "Physician Search," that denotes an earlier disciplinary action and you may call the Board if you require more information. Most Oklahoma D.O.s have no disciplinary actions.

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The first step is to mail your written complaint to the Board. You will find a Report Form on this website under Forms (for the Public) which has the mailing address. Step 2: All Reports (complaints) are sent to a Case Review Committee comprised of the Executive Director, Board Attorney, Medical Advisors and Investigators. Step 3: Depends on results of review by the Case Review Committee. Please be patient. Reviews and/or investigations take time.

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