Family Medicine

Holistic Western Medicine

“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease

than what sort of a disease a patient has.”

Sir William Osler, MD

I function as a specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine with grounding in Family Medicine and Physiology. I do not provide primary care services in my office and ask that patients have a Family Doctor, General Internist, or Pediatrician to coordinate all primary care needs.  However, I consider myself an Osteopath and Family Physician and incorporate all the best of traditional American Family Medicine.

I believe that Family Medicine is inherently holistic. Family Medicine has a broad scope of practice that provides acute, chronic and preventive care, to both soma and psyche in the context of caring for the whole person. In my medical worldview, modern Family Medicine can be distilled into four key principles. I take the finest aspects of science and combine it with a humanistic application. I offer patients the preventative medical care and coordinate the complexity of treatment with other health care professionals. Listed here are the details of my personal Family Medicine philosophy.

As an Osteopathic Family Physician I offer the best features of objective medicine. The objective part of western medicine uses of science, linear thinking, and logic. Objective medicine is dominated by the use of surgery, scientifically proven medications, lab tests, and imaging tests such as MRIs, x-rays, and CAT scans. I am an expert at integrating evidence-based 21st Century treatments with art of medicine.

As an Osteopathic Family Physician I also attend to the essential interplay of subjective medicine. The subjective part of western medicine has no scientific foundation but is based upon practical and authentic person-to-person interactions. Subjective medicine uses what works for an individual rather than treating based upon rigid rules. I also have a developed sensitivity to patient’s feelings and have insight into relationships. As a thoughtful Family Doctor I also have a personal self-reflective practice. The subjective aspects of medicine respect that the art of healing is inseparable from the science of evidence-based medicine.

As an Osteopathic Family Physician I strive to collaborate effectively with other health care providers to optimize team oriented care. Family Physicians are a central element of a community-wide network of health care professionals. Family Physicians can be much more effective if they can coordinate all the resources of the community for the benefit of his patients.

                    Steve Paulus, DO, MS