What Is Osteopathic Medicine?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO's) are medical doctors, just like allopathic (MD) physicians.
DO's, however, have hundreds of hours of extra instruction and experience in manual manipulation -- the direct application of hands to relieve pain and symptoms that otherwise would be treated with medication or disregarded.
DO's subscribe to the Four Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine:
The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function
Using these principles, DO's who practice manipulation use their hands to affect the structure and function of the body, keeping in mind the person as a unit.
After retiring from the military, Dr Hillman and her family moved to Pensacola (because Pensacola's pretty awesome, right?). However, she found no clinics or availability of osteopathic manipulation services. So she decided to start her own dedicated OMT clinic -- the first in Northwest Florida, serving the Gulf Coast.
Meet the Team
It's a human thing.
Dr Alexys J. Hillman, DO
Dr Alexys J. Hillman, DO, was born in Philadelphia, attending St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls and earning a full tuition scholarship to Temple University. There, she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology, as well as earning her US Army commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Army ROTC Program. She graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from this program.
From there, she pursued her medical studies at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, in Pomona, CA. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Fort Benning, GA, and served in Korea as a staff physician in Seoul. Throughout her time in the military, Dr Hillman was able to achieve pain and symptom relief through the regular use of osteopathic manipulation (OMT), and frequently received new patients for treatment through word of mouth. She contributed a chapter to the latest edition of "Taylor's Family Medicine," and published a self-guided book for chronic pain.
Outside of medicine, her interests include reading, sewing/crocheting/crafts, volunteering with the SightLines Program through WUWF 88.1FM in Pensacola and the American Red Cross, generally geeking out, and taking care of her family. She believes Star Trek is better than Star Wars, and asserts the Tenth Doctor is her doctor.
Chris Hillman, MPA
Chris Hillman is a medical administrator who works with Pensacola Osteopaths to help provide holistic care to the Emerald Coast.
Chris believes that community is life and that caring for and bolstering the community is imperative. This can be seen in the work that he does to ensure that the clinic supports its patients and community through excellent customer service and community relations. A healthy mind and body assists in a healthy, happy community.
Chris has supported this lifestyle through years of experience in community service, a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Public administration. He spent 6 years with the U.S. Army developing and efficiently running medical clinics and considers this to be not just his duty but his philosophy.
And yes, he is married to Dr Hillman. 🙂
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. Lao Tzu
Candice Thompson, MA
I wish I could see my nurse jump like this. But I probably won't.
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